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Queen Catherine02 Mar 2017 12:27 p.m. PST

OK, I'm having decent luck finding figs so far, I like the Armies in PLastic ones a lot. However, still concerned about finding platoon level gear like trench mortars, etc, for my troops to carry around and fight with.

My focus is on the U.S. 28 ID and such, so Germans and U.S. forces. I assume that the U.S. are largely wielding French and British equipment.

Anyone know some more figure purveyors for 1918 WWI?
How about more gear, vehicles, tanks, whatever?

I remember that for WWII Tamiya does great sets of hard plastic gear for WWII, but anyone do it for WWI?

Thanks in advance!

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP02 Mar 2017 1:37 p.m. PST

Emhar makes a few WWI plastic sets.

Irregular has a small line of 54mm metals.

dBerczerk02 Mar 2017 3:24 p.m. PST

ICM makes a growing range of multi-part hard plastic kits in 1/35 scale: Germans, American, British, French, Turks, Australians, Austrians, Russians, etc.



Tamiya also do some WWI kits in 1/35 scale.


nnascati Supporting Member of TMP02 Mar 2017 4:02 p.m. PST

However, 1/35th will be significantly smaller than AIP figures, wich are 60mm.

Queen Catherine02 Mar 2017 7:38 p.m. PST

nice, thanks!
a trench mortar or HMG or whatever that's a little small is better than none at all… I'll check them out.

my AIP Brits are 54mm from heel to scalp. Even the pith helmets don't have them break 60mm.

That being said, it doesn't mean that they aren't larger than 1/32 figs and gear, none of which I have to compare.

Queen Catherine02 Mar 2017 7:57 p.m. PST

ICM has:

29-09-2016 |Model T 1917 Ambulance, WWI American Car
30-04-2015 |WWI Italian Infantry Weapon and Equipment
5-08-2014 |WWI French Infantry Weapon and Equipment
16-05-2014 |WWI German Infantry Weapon and Equipment
6-01-2014 |WWI Russian Infantry Weapon and Equipment
22-11-2013 |Soviet Maxim Machine Gun (1910/30)
22-11-2013 |Russian Maxim Machine Gun (1910)
28-05-2013 |WWI Austro-Hungarian Infantry, Weapon and Equipment
30-10-2015 |WWI US Infantry Weapon and Equipment
29-08-2014 |WWI British Infantry Weapon and Equipment

So certainly some possibilities for gear and a vehicle, all of which would be great to use on a battlefield.

Major William Martin RM02 Mar 2017 8:46 p.m. PST

Queen Catherine,

Assuming that you wish to model a standard U.S. Infantry division, and that they disembarked with their full kit, the the troops would carry either Springfield bolt action rifles or Remington M1917 bolt action rifles. Officers and "special" troops would carry M1911 Colt semi-auto pistols or Colt M1895 or Smith & Wesson .38 revolvers or, later in the war, M1917 Colt or S&W revolvers in .45 caliber. Sergeants could carry M1897 Winchester shotguns called a "trench gun" with 20" barrel and bayonet lug. You would also begin to see some Browning BAR's in platoon-level support roles.

Now, as to support weapons; if they had their own with them then the most common would be the Browning M1917 water-cooled, tripod-mounted .30 caliber machine gun, although some troops (mostly State National Guard units or second-tier units) could still be equipped with the older Hotchkiss heavy machine gun or even the old M1898 Colt "potato digger" machine gun as used in Cuba and the Philippines. As to mortars, they could be either 3-inch Stokes or 6-inch Newtons, but their is so little visual difference between the various mortars in small scale that you could easily use a WWII U.S. mortar without a problem.

Now, as to where to procure these items. You should always do some searches on Ebay, as you will frequently find old Marx re-castings of early WWII weapons, most of which will work fine with your AIP figures. I would also suggest strongly that you familiarize yourself with Toy Soldiers of San Diego (TSSD). They actually sell separate Browning machine guns with tripod, ammo belt and box for $8 USD each.

They also sell a very nice U.S. mortar in 3 pieces for $2. USD

If you want some heavier support then EMHAR does a nice little 76mm German gun with crew that's usually reasonably priced from most of the big model suppliers, and the gun can be converted fairly easily to serve as a British 8-pounder or French or U.S. 75mm.

Hope this helps with your quest your majesty,


lesbt6504 Mar 2017 1:13 p.m. PST

I know you asked about plastic figures.
If you want metal bits for your figures, weapons etc go to link

Botch B05 Mar 2017 8:02 a.m. PST

ScaleLink make a wide range of WWII support weapons etc including all the main machine guns, light, medium and heavy, and, in metal, but so nicely done you won't care and fully compatible with AIP WWI. Whilst the kit is a match for AIP, sad to say the heads are a tad small – some work, some don't.

Bumbydad09 Mar 2017 2:02 p.m. PST

The scale-link stuff looks really nice, but the prices are out of reach for me. Does anyone make a German 1914 HMG for 54mm or 60mm?

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