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I’m a 51-year-old Aspergic CAD-Monkey. Sardonic, cynical and with the political leanings of a social reformer, I’m also a toy and model figure collector, particularly interested in the history of plastics and plastic toys. Other interests are history, current affairs, modern art, and architecture, gardening and natural history. I love plain chocolate, fireworks and trees but I don’t hug them, I do hug kittens. I hate ignorance, when it can be avoided, so I hate the 'educational' establishment and pity the millions they’ve failed with teaching-to-test and rote 'learning' and I hate the short-sighted stupidity of the entire ruling/industrial elite, with their planet destroying fascism and added “buy-one-get-one-free”. I also have no time for fools and little time for the false crap we're all supposed to pretend we haven't noticed, or the games we're supposed to play. I will 'bite the hand that feeds' to remind it why it feeds.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

[WWII / Brush Fire Wars] Australian Infantry, 51458-3 / 1809 / 51558-2 - 1:32 scale (54mm)

At the time of writing (October 2019) I am still way behind with the 54mm entries (I think this will be six of 33?), while lots of the HO-OO stuff still needs text-blurb doing, but I'll keep plugging away and one day it will all be here!

Today it's the Australian Infantry, although they can just as easily be British, New Zealand or any of a number of troops in the Indian- or 14th Army's from about '42 through to 1945, and the main clothing and equipment carried-on into many of the end-of-Empire 'brush fire' wars.

1809; 1:32nd Scale; 1st Type Australians; 51458-3; 51558-2; 54mm Plastic Toy; 54mm Plastic Toy Soldiers; African Rifles Marlborough; Aglow Australians; Airfix ANZAC; Airfix Australian Infantry; Airfix Figures; Airfix WWII; Airfix WWII Ghurkha's; airfixfigs.blogspot.com; ANZAC; Australian Infantry; Blue Box Australians; Brush Fire Wars; Dorset Woolworth's; East African Rifles; Hans Postler Australians; Hong Kong Australians; HP Australians; Indochina Plastic Toy Soldiers; JIM France; Jungle Fighters; Kohima; Lone Star; NZ Competition Soldiers; NZ Fund Raising Figures; NZ NAM; Plastic Toy Australian Infantry; Rado Industrial Australians; Rado Industries Australians; Ri-Toys Australians; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Soldiers; Tai Sang Australians; Timpo 1st Type Swoppets; Timpo Swoppet 1st Type; Timpo Swoppet Australians; Toy Galaxy Australians; Trojan 14th Army; Trojan Indian Army; West African Rifles; WWII ANZAC 1:32 Scale Toy Soldiers;
The basic seven, like most of the early sets, all technically World War Two, and while some people credit Cameron with the sculpting I suspect someone else (Stadden?) may have been responsible for the first few 'sevens', Cameron doing the higher pose-count, later sets, and the additional poses for the [Stadden] sets which were reduced to HO-OO in the mid-1970's?

1809; 1:32nd Scale; 1st Type Australians; 51458-3; 51558-2; 54mm Plastic Toy; 54mm Plastic Toy Soldiers; African Rifles Marlborough; Aglow Australians; Airfix ANZAC; Airfix Australian Infantry; Airfix Figures; Airfix WWII; Airfix WWII Ghurkha's; airfixfigs.blogspot.com; ANZAC; Australian Infantry; Blue Box Australians; Brush Fire Wars; Dorset Woolworth's; East African Rifles; Hans Postler Australians; Hong Kong Australians; HP Australians; Indochina Plastic Toy Soldiers; JIM France; Jungle Fighters; Kohima; Lone Star; NZ Competition Soldiers; NZ Fund Raising Figures; NZ NAM; Plastic Toy Australian Infantry; Rado Industrial Australians; Rado Industries Australians; Ri-Toys Australians; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Soldiers; Tai Sang Australians; Timpo 1st Type Swoppets; Timpo Swoppet 1st Type; Timpo Swoppet Australians; Toy Galaxy Australians; Trojan 14th Army; Trojan Indian Army; West African Rifles; WWII ANZAC 1:32 Scale Toy Soldiers;
All the 1:32nd scale posts will get one of these (where applicable; not all the sets have obvious cavity indicators) from the never taken to fruition book project, and if you are bidding on an unsealed 'Mint'-described set, it needs to contain one each of the above, colour-matched to within an hair's-breadth of a gnat's-crotch!

1809; 1:32nd Scale; 1st Type Australians; 51458-3; 51558-2; 54mm Plastic Toy; 54mm Plastic Toy Soldiers; African Rifles Marlborough; Aglow Australians; Airfix ANZAC; Airfix Australian Infantry; Airfix Figures; Airfix WWII; Airfix WWII Ghurkha's; airfixfigs.blogspot.com; ANZAC; Australian Infantry; Blue Box Australians; Brush Fire Wars; Dorset Woolworth's; East African Rifles; Hans Postler Australians; Hong Kong Australians; HP Australians; Indochina Plastic Toy Soldiers; JIM France; Jungle Fighters; Kohima; Lone Star; NZ Competition Soldiers; NZ Fund Raising Figures; NZ NAM; Plastic Toy Australian Infantry; Rado Industrial Australians; Rado Industries Australians; Ri-Toys Australians; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Soldiers; Tai Sang Australians; Timpo 1st Type Swoppets; Timpo Swoppet 1st Type; Timpo Swoppet Australians; Toy Galaxy Australians; Trojan 14th Army; Trojan Indian Army; West African Rifles; WWII ANZAC 1:32 Scale Toy Soldiers;
While all sets will get one of these! This is the standard contents of a large or 29-figure box.

1809; 1:32nd Scale; 1st Type Australians; 51458-3; 51558-2; 54mm Plastic Toy; 54mm Plastic Toy Soldiers; African Rifles Marlborough; Aglow Australians; Airfix ANZAC; Airfix Australian Infantry; Airfix Figures; Airfix WWII; Airfix WWII Ghurkha's; airfixfigs.blogspot.com; ANZAC; Australian Infantry; Blue Box Australians; Brush Fire Wars; Dorset Woolworth's; East African Rifles; Hans Postler Australians; Hong Kong Australians; HP Australians; Indochina Plastic Toy Soldiers; JIM France; Jungle Fighters; Kohima; Lone Star; NZ Competition Soldiers; NZ Fund Raising Figures; NZ NAM; Plastic Toy Australian Infantry; Rado Industrial Australians; Rado Industries Australians; Ri-Toys Australians; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Soldiers; Tai Sang Australians; Timpo 1st Type Swoppets; Timpo Swoppet 1st Type; Timpo Swoppet Australians; Toy Galaxy Australians; Trojan 14th Army; Trojan Indian Army; West African Rifles; WWII ANZAC 1:32 Scale Toy Soldiers;
Compared with JIM's figures; being a French toy maker they are probably representing the troops who lost Indochina in the early 1950's, relying on a string of forts (like, err . . . the Maginot Line!) which the CT annoyingly went round! The chap in shorts could also suit the Algerian campaign . . . which went so much better!

1809; 1:32nd Scale; 1st Type Australians; 51458-3; 51558-2; 54mm Plastic Toy; 54mm Plastic Toy Soldiers; African Rifles Marlborough; Aglow Australians; Airfix ANZAC; Airfix Australian Infantry; Airfix Figures; Airfix WWII; Airfix WWII Ghurkha's; airfixfigs.blogspot.com; ANZAC; Australian Infantry; Blue Box Australians; Brush Fire Wars; Dorset Woolworth's; East African Rifles; Hans Postler Australians; Hong Kong Australians; HP Australians; Indochina Plastic Toy Soldiers; JIM France; Jungle Fighters; Kohima; Lone Star; NZ Competition Soldiers; NZ Fund Raising Figures; NZ NAM; Plastic Toy Australian Infantry; Rado Industrial Australians; Rado Industries Australians; Ri-Toys Australians; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Soldiers; Tai Sang Australians; Timpo 1st Type Swoppets; Timpo Swoppet 1st Type; Timpo Swoppet Australians; Toy Galaxy Australians; Trojan 14th Army; Trojan Indian Army; West African Rifles; WWII ANZAC 1:32 Scale Toy Soldiers;
Lone Star back here in the UK were producing a set nearly-all in shorts, which came as Aussies or African Rifles (darker skin tones), but contains mostly the short-wearers who would be unlikely to be found in the Jungle.

Shorts may have been OK back in India, but in the bush you need constant protection from leeches, ticks/kegs (keds), poisonous insects and spiders, ants, snakes etc . . . etc . . . etc . . . so long trousers, puttees, leggings or gaiters were an absolute.

The unpainted one is a Woolworth's sale and the white ones are recent re-issues, they are a tad heavier in the body as well, so while the marching chap (putting real effort into moving his tired bones) is a useful addition, the rest can be left in the Western Desert!

1809; 1:32nd Scale; 1st Type Australians; 51458-3; 51558-2; 54mm Plastic Toy; 54mm Plastic Toy Soldiers; African Rifles Marlborough; Aglow Australians; Airfix ANZAC; Airfix Australian Infantry; Airfix Figures; Airfix WWII; Airfix WWII Ghurkha's; airfixfigs.blogspot.com; ANZAC; Australian Infantry; Blue Box Australians; Brush Fire Wars; Dorset Woolworth's; East African Rifles; Hans Postler Australians; Hong Kong Australians; HP Australians; Indochina Plastic Toy Soldiers; JIM France; Jungle Fighters; Kohima; Lone Star; NZ Competition Soldiers; NZ Fund Raising Figures; NZ NAM; Plastic Toy Australian Infantry; Rado Industrial Australians; Rado Industries Australians; Ri-Toys Australians; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Soldiers; Tai Sang Australians; Timpo 1st Type Swoppets; Timpo Swoppet 1st Type; Timpo Swoppet Australians; Toy Galaxy Australians; Trojan 14th Army; Trojan Indian Army; West African Rifles; WWII ANZAC 1:32 Scale Toy Soldiers;
Also a bit well-fed, the Trojan figures do at least have the right apparel, if being a little dark in the material for the OG's (Olive Greens) issued, however the customary looseness of the garments is as well carried-off by Trojan's sculptor as it was by Airfix's.

1809; 1:32nd Scale; 1st Type Australians; 51458-3; 51558-2; 54mm Plastic Toy; 54mm Plastic Toy Soldiers; African Rifles Marlborough; Aglow Australians; Airfix ANZAC; Airfix Australian Infantry; Airfix Figures; Airfix WWII; Airfix WWII Ghurkha's; airfixfigs.blogspot.com; ANZAC; Australian Infantry; Blue Box Australians; Brush Fire Wars; Dorset Woolworth's; East African Rifles; Hans Postler Australians; Hong Kong Australians; HP Australians; Indochina Plastic Toy Soldiers; JIM France; Jungle Fighters; Kohima; Lone Star; NZ Competition Soldiers; NZ Fund Raising Figures; NZ NAM; Plastic Toy Australian Infantry; Rado Industrial Australians; Rado Industries Australians; Ri-Toys Australians; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Soldiers; Tai Sang Australians; Timpo 1st Type Swoppets; Timpo Swoppet 1st Type; Timpo Swoppet Australians; Toy Galaxy Australians; Trojan 14th Army; Trojan Indian Army; West African Rifles; WWII ANZAC 1:32 Scale Toy Soldiers;
Almost a better colour, these are believed to have been meant to represent the North African ANZAC forces. All the trojan's are nice sculpts but they lack the finesse of Airfix's figures, and this guy's damaged weapon-tip would make it longer than the Airfix SMLE.

1809; 1:32nd Scale; 1st Type Australians; 51458-3; 51558-2; 54mm Plastic Toy; 54mm Plastic Toy Soldiers; African Rifles Marlborough; Aglow Australians; Airfix ANZAC; Airfix Australian Infantry; Airfix Figures; Airfix WWII; Airfix WWII Ghurkha's; airfixfigs.blogspot.com; ANZAC; Australian Infantry; Blue Box Australians; Brush Fire Wars; Dorset Woolworth's; East African Rifles; Hans Postler Australians; Hong Kong Australians; HP Australians; Indochina Plastic Toy Soldiers; JIM France; Jungle Fighters; Kohima; Lone Star; NZ Competition Soldiers; NZ Fund Raising Figures; NZ NAM; Plastic Toy Australian Infantry; Rado Industrial Australians; Rado Industries Australians; Ri-Toys Australians; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Soldiers; Tai Sang Australians; Timpo 1st Type Swoppets; Timpo Swoppet 1st Type; Timpo Swoppet Australians; Toy Galaxy Australians; Trojan 14th Army; Trojan Indian Army; West African Rifles; WWII ANZAC 1:32 Scale Toy Soldiers;
Box art courtesy of Kostas; a solid and determined crew doing a serious job, but the burning hut in the background is rather reminiscent of the German push across the steps of Russia in '41, as covered by Signal magazine!

1809; 1:32nd Scale; 1st Type Australians; 51458-3; 51558-2; 54mm Plastic Toy; 54mm Plastic Toy Soldiers; African Rifles Marlborough; Aglow Australians; Airfix ANZAC; Airfix Australian Infantry; Airfix Figures; Airfix WWII; Airfix WWII Ghurkha's; airfixfigs.blogspot.com; ANZAC; Australian Infantry; Blue Box Australians; Brush Fire Wars; Dorset Woolworth's; East African Rifles; Hans Postler Australians; Hong Kong Australians; HP Australians; Indochina Plastic Toy Soldiers; JIM France; Jungle Fighters; Kohima; Lone Star; NZ Competition Soldiers; NZ Fund Raising Figures; NZ NAM; Plastic Toy Australian Infantry; Rado Industrial Australians; Rado Industries Australians; Ri-Toys Australians; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Soldiers; Tai Sang Australians; Timpo 1st Type Swoppets; Timpo Swoppet 1st Type; Timpo Swoppet Australians; Toy Galaxy Australians; Trojan 14th Army; Trojan Indian Army; West African Rifles; WWII ANZAC 1:32 Scale Toy Soldiers;
Timpo, we loved them at the time, but to be honest, they reveal their juvenile credentials when compared to just about any other figures (bar the Cherilea UN troops!) out there; also the fact that they are equipped with things vaguely resembling an FN and some experimental Italian SMG doesn't help! But the officer and the Bren-gunner can thicken the Antipodean ranks, while the rifleman (far-left) can go a bit  'Audie Murphy' with a Bren-LMG wedged in his mitts instead of his rifle.

1809; 1:32nd Scale; 1st Type Australians; 51458-3; 51558-2; 54mm Plastic Toy; 54mm Plastic Toy Soldiers; African Rifles Marlborough; Aglow Australians; Airfix ANZAC; Airfix Australian Infantry; Airfix Figures; Airfix WWII; Airfix WWII Ghurkha's; airfixfigs.blogspot.com; ANZAC; Australian Infantry; Blue Box Australians; Brush Fire Wars; Dorset Woolworth's; East African Rifles; Hans Postler Australians; Hong Kong Australians; HP Australians; Indochina Plastic Toy Soldiers; JIM France; Jungle Fighters; Kohima; Lone Star; NZ Competition Soldiers; NZ Fund Raising Figures; NZ NAM; Plastic Toy Australian Infantry; Rado Industrial Australians; Rado Industries Australians; Ri-Toys Australians; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Soldiers; Tai Sang Australians; Timpo 1st Type Swoppets; Timpo Swoppet 1st Type; Timpo Swoppet Australians; Toy Galaxy Australians; Trojan 14th Army; Trojan Indian Army; West African Rifles; WWII ANZAC 1:32 Scale Toy Soldiers;
With eternal thanks to Glenn Sibald we get to compare them to the New Zealand National Army Museum's fund-raising competition figures, neither of which are close, being a turn-of-the-19th/20th-century's colonial militiaman and a desert soldier, also they are a bit smaller, but they are out there.

1809; 1:32nd Scale; 1st Type Australians; 51458-3; 51558-2; 54mm Plastic Toy; 54mm Plastic Toy Soldiers; African Rifles Marlborough; Aglow Australians; Airfix ANZAC; Airfix Australian Infantry; Airfix Figures; Airfix WWII; Airfix WWII Ghurkha's; airfixfigs.blogspot.com; ANZAC; Australian Infantry; Blue Box Australians; Brush Fire Wars; Dorset Woolworth's; East African Rifles; Hans Postler Australians; Hong Kong Australians; HP Australians; Indochina Plastic Toy Soldiers; JIM France; Jungle Fighters; Kohima; Lone Star; NZ Competition Soldiers; NZ Fund Raising Figures; NZ NAM; Plastic Toy Australian Infantry; Rado Industrial Australians; Rado Industries Australians; Ri-Toys Australians; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Soldiers; Tai Sang Australians; Timpo 1st Type Swoppets; Timpo Swoppet 1st Type; Timpo Swoppet Australians; Toy Galaxy Australians; Trojan 14th Army; Trojan Indian Army; West African Rifles; WWII ANZAC 1:32 Scale Toy Soldiers;
The Airfix Ghurkha's probably are all Cameron's work, you can see some of the less comfortable poses he tended to include once the 'standards' had been ticked-off, particularly the Kukri 'challenger' and the chap on the far right, this set has more than seven poses but they will get their own page.

1809; 1:32nd Scale; 1st Type Australians; 51458-3; 51558-2; 54mm Plastic Toy; 54mm Plastic Toy Soldiers; African Rifles Marlborough; Aglow Australians; Airfix ANZAC; Airfix Australian Infantry; Airfix Figures; Airfix WWII; Airfix WWII Ghurkha's; airfixfigs.blogspot.com; ANZAC; Australian Infantry; Blue Box Australians; Brush Fire Wars; Dorset Woolworth's; East African Rifles; Hans Postler Australians; Hong Kong Australians; HP Australians; Indochina Plastic Toy Soldiers; JIM France; Jungle Fighters; Kohima; Lone Star; NZ Competition Soldiers; NZ Fund Raising Figures; NZ NAM; Plastic Toy Australian Infantry; Rado Industrial Australians; Rado Industries Australians; Ri-Toys Australians; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Soldiers; Tai Sang Australians; Timpo 1st Type Swoppets; Timpo Swoppet 1st Type; Timpo Swoppet Australians; Toy Galaxy Australians; Trojan 14th Army; Trojan Indian Army; West African Rifles; WWII ANZAC 1:32 Scale Toy Soldiers;
A bit of a problem with these; all of it stemming from Paul Stadinger's Blog and it's de' facto No2, one Erwin Sell, who though to tell everyone the Ri-Toys (Rado Industries) figures (insipid greens, lumpy sculpting and duplicated posing) were Blue Box, and that the Blue Box conversely, were Rado! Not content to state this as fact once, he managed to repeat it twice more in two different places, ensuring as many people as possible might believe the idiocy.

1809; 1:32nd Scale; 1st Type Australians; 51458-3; 51558-2; 54mm Plastic Toy; 54mm Plastic Toy Soldiers; African Rifles Marlborough; Aglow Australians; Airfix ANZAC; Airfix Australian Infantry; Airfix Figures; Airfix WWII; Airfix WWII Ghurkha's; airfixfigs.blogspot.com; ANZAC; Australian Infantry; Blue Box Australians; Brush Fire Wars; Dorset Woolworth's; East African Rifles; Hans Postler Australians; Hong Kong Australians; HP Australians; Indochina Plastic Toy Soldiers; JIM France; Jungle Fighters; Kohima; Lone Star; NZ Competition Soldiers; NZ Fund Raising Figures; NZ NAM; Plastic Toy Australian Infantry; Rado Industrial Australians; Rado Industries Australians; Ri-Toys Australians; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Soldiers; Tai Sang Australians; Timpo 1st Type Swoppets; Timpo Swoppet 1st Type; Timpo Swoppet Australians; Toy Galaxy Australians; Trojan 14th Army; Trojan Indian Army; West African Rifles; WWII ANZAC 1:32 Scale Toy Soldiers;
I can assure you the Blue Box are the better figures in a sandy-tan with the factory-paint typical of the rest of the line, and the smaller, pantograph-reduced lumps are a second generation copy with nothing-more than box-ticking to recommend them.

As they are mostly wearing shorts, it's off to Monty for some of 'em anyway! But note how the Ri-Toys officer is a cut'n'shut of the Blue Box grenade thrower and the Airfix officer (Erwin further claimed it was 'unique Blue Box'), while the marching guy, signaller and MMG-operator can be used with the Airfix and make useful additions, despite being slightly smaller, they fit in quite well, and would - more-so - if all were painted to match.

1809; 1:32nd Scale; 1st Type Australians; 51458-3; 51558-2; 54mm Plastic Toy; 54mm Plastic Toy Soldiers; African Rifles Marlborough; Aglow Australians; Airfix ANZAC; Airfix Australian Infantry; Airfix Figures; Airfix WWII; Airfix WWII Ghurkha's; airfixfigs.blogspot.com; ANZAC; Australian Infantry; Blue Box Australians; Brush Fire Wars; Dorset Woolworth's; East African Rifles; Hans Postler Australians; Hong Kong Australians; HP Australians; Indochina Plastic Toy Soldiers; JIM France; Jungle Fighters; Kohima; Lone Star; NZ Competition Soldiers; NZ Fund Raising Figures; NZ NAM; Plastic Toy Australian Infantry; Rado Industrial Australians; Rado Industries Australians; Ri-Toys Australians; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Soldiers; Tai Sang Australians; Timpo 1st Type Swoppets; Timpo Swoppet 1st Type; Timpo Swoppet Australians; Toy Galaxy Australians; Trojan 14th Army; Trojan Indian Army; West African Rifles; WWII ANZAC 1:32 Scale Toy Soldiers;
Although 'small-scale' the two main types of Hong Kong diminutives, were taken from the 1:32nd Scale set, long before Airfix reduced them to HO-OO and added the extra (Cameron) poses, so technically they belong here, being taken only from the original 7 poses, although the figure comparisons will probably go in the HO-set's entry. These are various brandings of the larger of the two types at around 1:72nd scale.

1809; 1:32nd Scale; 1st Type Australians; 51458-3; 51558-2; 54mm Plastic Toy; 54mm Plastic Toy Soldiers; African Rifles Marlborough; Aglow Australians; Airfix ANZAC; Airfix Australian Infantry; Airfix Figures; Airfix WWII; Airfix WWII Ghurkha's; airfixfigs.blogspot.com; ANZAC; Australian Infantry; Blue Box Australians; Brush Fire Wars; Dorset Woolworth's; East African Rifles; Hans Postler Australians; Hong Kong Australians; HP Australians; Indochina Plastic Toy Soldiers; JIM France; Jungle Fighters; Kohima; Lone Star; NZ Competition Soldiers; NZ Fund Raising Figures; NZ NAM; Plastic Toy Australian Infantry; Rado Industrial Australians; Rado Industries Australians; Ri-Toys Australians; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Soldiers; Tai Sang Australians; Timpo 1st Type Swoppets; Timpo Swoppet 1st Type; Timpo Swoppet Australians; Toy Galaxy Australians; Trojan 14th Army; Trojan Indian Army; West African Rifles; WWII ANZAC 1:32 Scale Toy Soldiers;
Hans Postler was a German importer (jobber) shipping stuff into France, Germany and the low-countries, from the early (?) 1970's, although enough of their sets appeared over here (before the onset of the Internet) to reason on either a deal with a UK importer, or stock-clearance? And this set is in their later 1980/90's graphics.

Aglow were a late (2000's) French imprint, while I was buying the Toy Galaxy stuff around 1993/4 at a shop in Clapham Junction which is sadly no longer there.

1809; 1:32nd Scale; 1st Type Australians; 51458-3; 51558-2; 54mm Plastic Toy; 54mm Plastic Toy Soldiers; African Rifles Marlborough; Aglow Australians; Airfix ANZAC; Airfix Australian Infantry; Airfix Figures; Airfix WWII; Airfix WWII Ghurkha's; airfixfigs.blogspot.com; ANZAC; Australian Infantry; Blue Box Australians; Brush Fire Wars; Dorset Woolworth's; East African Rifles; Hans Postler Australians; Hong Kong Australians; HP Australians; Indochina Plastic Toy Soldiers; JIM France; Jungle Fighters; Kohima; Lone Star; NZ Competition Soldiers; NZ Fund Raising Figures; NZ NAM; Plastic Toy Australian Infantry; Rado Industrial Australians; Rado Industries Australians; Ri-Toys Australians; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Soldiers; Tai Sang Australians; Timpo 1st Type Swoppets; Timpo Swoppet 1st Type; Timpo Swoppet Australians; Toy Galaxy Australians; Trojan 14th Army; Trojan Indian Army; West African Rifles; WWII ANZAC 1:32 Scale Toy Soldiers;
This set dates from the 1980's and was the earlier, smaller (approximately 1:76th scale) set, although the quality is so poor they look like 2nd-generation copies of the larger figures above, they were probably independently pirated. Hong Kong Toy Exporters had offices in Central District, HK, and - as their name suggests - were probably middle-men/agents or shippers.

1809; 1:32nd Scale; 1st Type Australians; 51458-3; 51558-2; 54mm Plastic Toy; 54mm Plastic Toy Soldiers; African Rifles Marlborough; Aglow Australians; Airfix ANZAC; Airfix Australian Infantry; Airfix Figures; Airfix WWII; Airfix WWII Ghurkha's; airfixfigs.blogspot.com; ANZAC; Australian Infantry; Blue Box Australians; Brush Fire Wars; Dorset Woolworth's; East African Rifles; Hans Postler Australians; Hong Kong Australians; HP Australians; Indochina Plastic Toy Soldiers; JIM France; Jungle Fighters; Kohima; Lone Star; NZ Competition Soldiers; NZ Fund Raising Figures; NZ NAM; Plastic Toy Australian Infantry; Rado Industrial Australians; Rado Industries Australians; Ri-Toys Australians; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Soldiers; Tai Sang Australians; Timpo 1st Type Swoppets; Timpo Swoppet 1st Type; Timpo Swoppet Australians; Toy Galaxy Australians; Trojan 14th Army; Trojan Indian Army; West African Rifles; WWII ANZAC 1:32 Scale Toy Soldiers;
There are not as many copies in the larger scales as there are of other sets, but with colour variations and the 45mm lot (who can stiffen the backbone of the Rado dwarves!), there's a few to track-down.

I don't have branding for these yet, but they are part of a wider line which includes equal quality/finish Afrika Korps, Japanese and German Infantry also taken from Airfix and they may turn out to be from the Wing Wah Plastic Factory (The inset logo)? I have even less idea on the two smaller ones, but it'll all come out of the wash one day!

1809; 1:32nd Scale; 1st Type Australians; 51458-3; 51558-2; 54mm Plastic Toy; 54mm Plastic Toy Soldiers; African Rifles Marlborough; Aglow Australians; Airfix ANZAC; Airfix Australian Infantry; Airfix Figures; Airfix WWII; Airfix WWII Ghurkha's; airfixfigs.blogspot.com; ANZAC; Australian Infantry; Blue Box Australians; Brush Fire Wars; Dorset Woolworth's; East African Rifles; Hans Postler Australians; Hong Kong Australians; HP Australians; Indochina Plastic Toy Soldiers; JIM France; Jungle Fighters; Kohima; Lone Star; NZ Competition Soldiers; NZ Fund Raising Figures; NZ NAM; Plastic Toy Australian Infantry; Rado Industrial Australians; Rado Industries Australians; Ri-Toys Australians; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Soldiers; Tai Sang Australians; Timpo 1st Type Swoppets; Timpo Swoppet 1st Type; Timpo Swoppet Australians; Toy Galaxy Australians; Trojan 14th Army; Trojan Indian Army; West African Rifles; WWII ANZAC 1:32 Scale Toy Soldiers;
Bird-eye view of the seven figures to finish-off for now.

Thanks' go to Andreas Dittmann for the Aglow set, Glenn Sibald for the NZNAM figures, Kostas for the box-scan, and Bill B, Brian Berke & Peter Evans for info.

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