Arguably - in terms of sculpting - as good a set as the Afrika Korps 2nd Type, and - like them - based around the original seven 54mm poses. But, not quite to the standard set by the DAK, this set suffers (like the 2nd Type German and British Infantry) from a couple of daft poses, one in particular has adopted a very 'Ooh, get you!' pose which leaves him in the tin when the rest are set-up!
Still, well received at the time, and a lovely set nonetheless. The Vicker's gun and crew making a lovely vignette, and a breath of fresh air after the peculiar flat-faced tripod of the 1st Type; technology had moved-on and such undercuts were now easy with multi-part mould tools.
I didn't really take to them, because I'm an ornery Luddite, and they didn't go with my beloved 1st Type, to whom I had such loyally as to reject these exquisitely sculpted, highly-detailed muppets out of hand! Oh...they grew on me over time, although - only really after Matchbox issued their 'expansion set'! Also, my toy soldier tub was full of small scale Hong Kong copies (which you will find on the 1:32nd sets post) of the larger seven poses already, so the set wasn't that 'new' to me.
Looking at the runner ('sprue'), I wouldn't mind betting the company behind these was also behind those RAF copies and that execrable set of Romans with their horseless, wheel-less chariot and shield-less legionaries with spigot arms...and giant cannon!
on the main Blog) is not terrible, a few of the 'out of the box' poses leave a little to be desired, but the hard plastic and 'multi-pose' element to them meant they could be used to fill gaps in an Airfix unit, such as the very useful Boys (sometimes - incorrectly; 'Boyes') Anti-tank Rifle, still common in the western desert where a well-placed shot to engine or tracks could stop a light tank or tankette.
The top row is the all-over, odd-colour, first attempt paint-jobs a fair few of us had in our collections at some point!
The Mortar is a definite plus for M'box, despite being a bit basic, and the smattering of Tam o’ Shanter headdresses coupled with the famous Tobruk bag-piper, are a nice touch - Pipe Major Rab Roy.
It's also a point for Matchbox that the surrendering figure is German, it always worried me (in my younger days) that the surrendering figures in the Airfix 1st version sets were in with their own men...how much grief did they get after you turned the lights out and went to bed?
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