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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.

Monday, January 13, 2020

1975; [WWII] U.S. Paratroopers, 51464 / 51464-8 / 51564-7 / 951564 - 1:32 Scale (54mm)

One of the late sets which received all the poses of the smaller 1:76th scale or 'HO/OO' set, a set which - itself - had a high number of poses, also a set which quite quickly appeared in a second colour, and it seems to be also that like the HO/OO set, the first; Airfix 'neutral' light grey, is more common than the second; Airfix 'army' green colour, suggesting that a top-up (or end-of-run?) of both scales was produced in the green, to use up some green or because the Ghurkhas or someone else green were also going through the production plant?

Airfix 1975; Airfix 1985 Catalogue; Airfix 1:32 Scale; Airfix 51464; Airfix 51464-8; Airfix 51564-7; Airfix 54mm; Airfix 951564; Airfix Blog; Airfix U.S. Paratroopers; Airfix US Paratroops; Airfix WWII; airfixfigs.blogspot.com; Artform International; Henbrandt US Paratroops; Hong Kong Artform; Hong Kong Paratroops; Hong Kong US Paratroops; Made in Hong Kong; Small Scale World; US Paratroops; Vintage Plastic Figures; Vintage Plastic Soldiers; Vintage Toy Figures; Vintage Toy Soldiers; Vintage US Paratroops; WWII Plastic Toy Soldiers; WWII Toy Soldiers;
Much looked-forwards to when I was a kid, it was strangely disappointing when it finally arrived, having far too many figures doing nothing, standing around doing nothing or prone doing not much. But that was an illusion caused by the number of poses and in fact six of them are fighting/firing, which is more than some of the seven-pose sets.

The bottom right-hand trio are Hong Kong copies we will return to down the page.

Airfix 1975; Airfix 1985 Catalogue; Airfix 1:32 Scale; Airfix 51464; Airfix 51464-8; Airfix 51564-7; Airfix 54mm; Airfix 951564; Airfix Blog; Airfix U.S. Paratroopers; Airfix US Paratroops; Airfix WWII; airfixfigs.blogspot.com; Artform International; Henbrandt US Paratroops; Hong Kong Artform; Hong Kong Paratroops; Hong Kong US Paratroops; Made in Hong Kong; Small Scale World; US Paratroops; Vintage Plastic Figures; Vintage Plastic Soldiers; Vintage Toy Figures; Vintage Toy Soldiers; Vintage US Paratroops; WWII Plastic Toy Soldiers; WWII Toy Soldiers;
29 figures in total, all pretty clearly numbered, in a mint set a drum-like sprulette’ should be present on the following prone/lying figures.

·         9 – on the heel of the right foot
·         10 – on the heel of the right foot
·         11 – on right foot
·         12 – on right foot

Airfix 1975; Airfix 1985 Catalogue; Airfix 1:32 Scale; Airfix 51464; Airfix 51464-8; Airfix 51564-7; Airfix 54mm; Airfix 951564; Airfix Blog; Airfix U.S. Paratroopers; Airfix US Paratroops; Airfix WWII; airfixfigs.blogspot.com; Artform International; Henbrandt US Paratroops; Hong Kong Artform; Hong Kong Paratroops; Hong Kong US Paratroops; Made in Hong Kong; Small Scale World; US Paratroops; Vintage Plastic Figures; Vintage Plastic Soldiers; Vintage Toy Figures; Vintage Toy Soldiers; Vintage US Paratroops; WWII Plastic Toy Soldiers; WWII Toy Soldiers;
The set was pirated at least thrice, with interim second-generation copies also resulting, the near same-size copies were issued with a HONG KONG mark on the base undersides, these were further copied, smaller, and issued as generics.

Airfix 1975; Airfix 1985 Catalogue; Airfix 1:32 Scale; Airfix 51464; Airfix 51464-8; Airfix 51564-7; Airfix 54mm; Airfix 951564; Airfix Blog; Airfix U.S. Paratroopers; Airfix US Paratroops; Airfix WWII; airfixfigs.blogspot.com; Artform International; Henbrandt US Paratroops; Hong Kong Artform; Hong Kong Paratroops; Hong Kong US Paratroops; Made in Hong Kong; Small Scale World; US Paratroops; Vintage Plastic Figures; Vintage Plastic Soldiers; Vintage Toy Figures; Vintage Toy Soldiers; Vintage US Paratroops; WWII Plastic Toy Soldiers; WWII Toy Soldiers;
In the UK the larger figures were carried by Henbrandt of North London/East Anglia, and while the card is similar to the generic there are enough differences, not lest that these are passed-off as Germans on a little label-box!

Airfix 1975; Airfix 1985 Catalogue; Airfix 1:32 Scale; Airfix 51464; Airfix 51464-8; Airfix 51564-7; Airfix 54mm; Airfix 951564; Airfix Blog; Airfix U.S. Paratroopers; Airfix US Paratroops; Airfix WWII; airfixfigs.blogspot.com; Artform International; Henbrandt US Paratroops; Hong Kong Artform; Hong Kong Paratroops; Hong Kong US Paratroops; Made in Hong Kong; Small Scale World; US Paratroops; Vintage Plastic Figures; Vintage Plastic Soldiers; Vintage Toy Figures; Vintage Toy Soldiers; Vintage US Paratroops; WWII Plastic Toy Soldiers; WWII Toy Soldiers;
The generic version were probably earlier (but probably only by a few months or a year at the most) due to the fuller/co-ordinated artwork and at least the nationality matches the uniforms this time! Other than the artwork differences, however, these are the same figures as carried by Henbrandt.

Airfix 1975; Airfix 1985 Catalogue; Airfix 1:32 Scale; Airfix 51464; Airfix 51464-8; Airfix 51564-7; Airfix 54mm; Airfix 951564; Airfix Blog; Airfix U.S. Paratroopers; Airfix US Paratroops; Airfix WWII; airfixfigs.blogspot.com; Artform International; Henbrandt US Paratroops; Hong Kong Artform; Hong Kong Paratroops; Hong Kong US Paratroops; Made in Hong Kong; Small Scale World; US Paratroops; Vintage Plastic Figures; Vintage Plastic Soldiers; Vintage Toy Figures; Vintage Toy Soldiers; Vintage US Paratroops; WWII Plastic Toy Soldiers; WWII Toy Soldiers;
Meanwhile, around 1986 (a bit later than the above sets?) the Artform Industrial Co., of the New Territories, also pirated them (probably separately to the other source) with heavier but neater bases and of a smaller size, matching one of my other copy-samples; which is probably a sub-piracy of the Artform set.

Airfix 1975; Airfix 1985 Catalogue; Airfix 1:32 Scale; Airfix 51464; Airfix 51464-8; Airfix 51564-7; Airfix 54mm; Airfix 951564; Airfix Blog; Airfix U.S. Paratroopers; Airfix US Paratroops; Airfix WWII; airfixfigs.blogspot.com; Artform International; Henbrandt US Paratroops; Hong Kong Artform; Hong Kong Paratroops; Hong Kong US Paratroops; Made in Hong Kong; Small Scale World; US Paratroops; Vintage Plastic Figures; Vintage Plastic Soldiers; Vintage Toy Figures; Vintage Toy Soldiers; Vintage US Paratroops; WWII Plastic Toy Soldiers; WWII Toy Soldiers;
Here's a close-up of the three types with those probable Artform sub-piracies in the middle, the larger generic/Henbrandt to the left and Artform's on the right.

Airfix 1975; Airfix 1985 Catalogue; Airfix 1:32 Scale; Airfix 51464; Airfix 51464-8; Airfix 51564-7; Airfix 54mm; Airfix 951564; Airfix Blog; Airfix U.S. Paratroopers; Airfix US Paratroops; Airfix WWII; airfixfigs.blogspot.com; Artform International; Henbrandt US Paratroops; Hong Kong Artform; Hong Kong Paratroops; Hong Kong US Paratroops; Made in Hong Kong; Small Scale World; US Paratroops; Vintage Plastic Figures; Vintage Plastic Soldiers; Vintage Toy Figures; Vintage Toy Soldiers; Vintage US Paratroops; WWII Plastic Toy Soldiers; WWII Toy Soldiers;
Fourteen poses would have allowed the duplicates to be blanked-off the tool when Airfix switched to the 14-figure boxes, ensuring that each box got all the poses.

Airfix 1975; Airfix 1985 Catalogue; Airfix 1:32 Scale; Airfix 51464; Airfix 51464-8; Airfix 51564-7; Airfix 54mm; Airfix 951564; Airfix Blog; Airfix U.S. Paratroopers; Airfix US Paratroops; Airfix WWII; airfixfigs.blogspot.com; Artform International; Henbrandt US Paratroops; Hong Kong Artform; Hong Kong Paratroops; Hong Kong US Paratroops; Made in Hong Kong; Small Scale World; US Paratroops; Vintage Plastic Figures; Vintage Plastic Soldiers; Vintage Toy Figures; Vintage Toy Soldiers; Vintage US Paratroops; WWII Plastic Toy Soldiers; WWII Toy Soldiers;
The 1985 catalogue carried part of the artwork from the rear of the 29-figure boxes, showing a painting of one of the figure poses from both sides and some like-wise rendered militaria.

Airfix 1975; Airfix 1985 Catalogue; Airfix 1:32 Scale; Airfix 51464; Airfix 51464-8; Airfix 51564-7; Airfix 54mm; Airfix 951564; Airfix Blog; Airfix U.S. Paratroopers; Airfix US Paratroops; Airfix WWII; airfixfigs.blogspot.com; Artform International; Henbrandt US Paratroops; Hong Kong Artform; Hong Kong Paratroops; Hong Kong US Paratroops; Made in Hong Kong; Small Scale World; US Paratroops; Vintage Plastic Figures; Vintage Plastic Soldiers; Vintage Toy Figures; Vintage Toy Soldiers; Vintage US Paratroops; WWII Plastic Toy Soldiers; WWII Toy Soldiers;
♪♫♪♪♫ Let's dance . . . pick up your best grenade and dance the blues

Let's dance; to the song they're playin' on the Werffer of Nebels
Let's sway, while color lights up the foxhole
Let's sway, sway through the line to a safe-throwing space!
♪♫♫♫♪

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