BAOR British Infantry 1:72

Elhiem BOAR British Infantry 1:72 scale and the Airfix Landrover.

A follow on from my previous blog post (Quick look at Elhiem 1:72 (20mm) figures). I take a quick look at the Elhiem BAOR British Infantry 1:72 scale (BAOR08 British skirmishing with SLRs).

I’ve managed to get some bench time and painted this set. I think they came out looking OK.

Started with a coat of Halfords grey car primer.

Elhiem 1:72 primed with Halfords car primer.

To prime the figures, I used Halfords car primer, as it is designed to cover metal surfaces. The primer is ideal for giving a great base for the next stage.

Looking at each figure in turn of the BAOR British Infantry 1:72

Elhiem 1:72 BAOR British infantry.

This figure is kneeling at the ready. Very pleased with how the DPM looks on this one.

Elhioem 1:72 BAOR British infantry figure.

Rifleman taking aim with his SLR. Again very happy with the DPM at such a small scale.

Elhiem BAOR British infantry 1:72.

Posed as to be shielding his eyes while he peers into the distance. Probably just noticed some T62’s and BMP1’s heading in his direction!

Elhiem British Infantry 1:72

This figure shows how well the webbing is done at this scale. It includes his respirator bag on his hip. two kidney pouches with groundsheet rolled up below those.

BAOR British Infantry 1:72 from Elhiem Miniatures.

Final thoughts about the BAOR British Infantry 1:72

I have to say, I’m really impressed with these figures. They are not perfect, some of the facial expressions are a bit odd. However, at this scale that is something I can live with.

The important part is, is that they look like British Infantry from the period. I also really like the natural poses of the figures. No over exaggerated limb positions, and they look purposeful.

The detail is also very well done. I can tell they have ’58 webbing’ on. The SLR’s look like SLR’s. Just be careful when trimming the flash, not to cut the muzzle off the SLR’s (like I did with the standing rifleman). Because the detail is so good, it makes it much easier to paint.

I highly recommend the Elhiem figures. For more information about their range of figures, you will need to visit their website https://www.elhiem.co.uk/ourshop/cat_1116373-ELHIEM-MINIATURES.html

Airfix 1:72 NATO Ground Crew

Box art of the Airfix 1:72 NATO Ground Crew.

Just a quick look at the contents of the Airfix 1:72 NATO Ground Crew set. This set was first released in 1981. Re-boxed in 2000, this is the example in this review. Last re-boxing was in 2013.

It will be interesting to see if Airfix re-box these figures. I hope they do, as I suspect they would be very popular.

Contents of the Airfix 1:72 NATO Ground Crew

The box contains 48 figures in a green soft plastic.

The contents of the Airfix 1:72 NATO Ground Crew

OK, going off topic a bit here. The soft plastic that Airfix use for these figures is a pain to paint on. I understand the history of using this plastic. The Airfix small soldiers were made and sold as toys. But I think Airfix, and other 1:72 figure producers are missing a trick here. If they produced these in hard plastic, they would be very popular with model makers. They may even result in more sales.

The set is labelled as NATO, but the figures in the set look very much like British Royal Air Force to me.

Break down of the figures from the Airfix 1:72 NATO Ground Crew set

Pilots (x4)

Pilot figure from the Airfix 1:72 NATO Ground Crew

The set contains 4 very nice pilot/aircrew figures, all in the same stance. Once painted, these figures will complement any RAF Cold War aircraft.

Aircraft Marshaller (x3)

Aircraft marshaller from the Airfix 1:72 NATO Ground Crew

Three figures of aircraft marshallers. Again, all the same pose. The figure appears to be wearing woollen jumper and DPM trousers, or lightweights and the hated ‘Cap, Combat, DPM‘. Would look good on an airfield display.

Airman carrying case/toolbox/equipment pack (x4)

Airman/Soldier carrying case/box from the Airfix 1:72 NATO Ground Crew.

Now this figure could be quite useful as an extra on non aviation dioramas. To me it’s not quite clear what he is carrying. So if he is stood next to a Jaguar GR1 or a Scorpion CRV(T), he would fit in quite well.

Again, this figure is wearing woolly jumper, DPM or lightweight trousers and the combat cap.

Radio Operator (x3)

Radio operator from the Airfix NATO Ground Crew.

Another figure that lends itself to either an airfield/FOB for Harriers or Army diorama. His uniform also appears to be woolly jumper, DPM or lightweight trousers and the dreaded combat cap.

Dog Handler (x3)

RAF Police dog handler, complete with his Browning 9mm! Certainly a dynamic action pose, but not sure how you would incorporate it in a diorama. Uniform is woolly jumper, DPM or lightweight trousers and the combat cap.

Ground Crew NBC leaning in with tool (x4)

Ground crew in NBC suit from the Airfix 1:72 NATO Ground Crew set.

No idea what this chap is holding or doing. However, he is kitted up in full NBC suit so is ideal for a Cold War airfield diorama.

NATO Ground Crew NBC standing with tool (x4)

Airfix 1:72 NATO Ground Crew in NBC kit.

Another ground crew in NBC kit working on something. I can see this figure being easily incorporated into an aircraft diorama.

NATO Ground Crew NBC kneeling with screwdriver (x4)

Airfix 1:72 NATO Ground Crew figure in NBC suit.

Again another useful figure to have in a diorama scene. Once more, fully kitted out in his NBC suit and respirator.

NATO Ground Crew NBC standing and reaching with spanner (x4)

At least we know what tool this guy is holding. Maybe using the well known fix it technique of giving something a good whack with a heavy object. Again, nice figure in full NBC suit and respirator.

NATO Ground Crew NBC pointing at the ground (x4)

Airfix 1:72 NATO ground crew figure in full NBC kit.

Well I think he is pointing, he could well be pulling a trolley. Another good figure in full NBC suit and respirator.

RAF Regiment Gunner, standing guard (x4)

RAF Regiment Gunner from the Airfix 1:72 NATO Ground Crew.

I say RAF Regiment gunner, but could easily be Army. Figure in full NBC kit with respirator and armed with the venerable SLR. One of my favourite figures in the set.

RAF Regiment Gunner, running (x3)

RAF Regiment Gunner from the Airfix 1:72 NATO Ground Crew set.

This is a very dynamic pose. If he wasn’t wearing a respirator, he would fit very well with the running dog handler. Maybe a bit of surgery and some head swapping, you could then have 2 figures that work well together.

Again another figure that would easily fit in an Army diorama.

RAF Regiment Gunner, kneeling (x4)

AIrfix 1:72 RAF Regiment gunner from the NATO Ground Crew set.

The last figure from the set. He could be RAF Regiment or British Army, so again another very useful figure to have.

Final thoughts on the Airfix 1:72 NATO Ground Crew set

Yes the figures are showing their age. The moulding is not very crisp and that soft plastic is such a pain to work with. However, they are fantastic if you are looking or a very British looking set of Cold War era figures for airfield or even British army dioramas.

If you are looking for more NATO related figures, then the Italeri set ‘NATO Pilots and ground crew‘ (1246) may be a better option for you.

Cold War armour in miniature

Revell 1:76 Challenger 1

I decided it was time to add some Cold War armour subjects to my Cold War in miniature collection.

Revell 1:76 Challenger 1 box art - Cold War armour in miniature.
Revell’s 1:76 Challenger 1 box art. Building the Cold War in miniature.

I liked the look of the Revell Challenger 1. It is from the old Matchbox range, so comes with a little display base, which is an added benefit.

So I plan to complete this one in the BAOR the scheme (Royal Hussars) which I believe is dated 1983/84. The Royal Hussars were the first unit to be equipped with the Challenger 1 in 1983.

However the kit does not come with any figures, so I will be using the armed figures from the old Airfix “NATO Ground Crew“.

Talking of Airfix, it will be interesting to see if they re-release any of their old armour kits as part of the “Vintage Classics” range.

The kits would be the Centurion tank, Chieftain tank and the Scorpion tank. These are a good representation British Cold War armour.

If Airfix also release the old JB models that they owned, that would be a welcome plus.

Other Revell Cold War armour in miniature include:

Did you know that a British Army Challenger 1 achieved the longest ranged confirmed kill of the 1991 Gulf war. Destroying an Iraqi tank at 4,700 metres with an APFSDS round.

The Royal Jordanian Army is also an operator of the Challenger 1, however with heavy modifications.

Challenger crews can have a brew with their “water boiling and ration heater”.