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11 Jul 2018 4:34 p.m. PST
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David Manley03 Dec 2017 8:17 a.m. PST

As I'm sitting here working on a set of Airfix Australians I'm wondering why they went and wasted a pose on that daft bloke holding his rifle his rifle by the muzzle and swinging it around like a club. Most Airfix sets had at least one goofy pose that otherwise took up space for valuable sensible combat types. Ignoring "fluff" like wounded and surrendering figures, what do you consider to be the silliest pose in an Airfix set?

4th from the left, thats the guy :)

Patrick R03 Dec 2017 8:50 a.m. PST


Gone Fishing03 Dec 2017 8:52 a.m. PST

That's definitely a silly pose. But for all its lapses in this area, Airfix were punters next to Marx. Some of those old Marx figures made us laugh out loud!

SpuriousMilius03 Dec 2017 9:29 a.m. PST

I was annoyed that Aifix sets wasted plastic on "diorama" figures--casualties & stretcher bearers, wounded men & those falling who'd just been shot--but the most irksome to me was the dude holding his rifle over his head in both hands as if wading through water; this pose was included in several sets.

RittervonBek03 Dec 2017 9:45 a.m. PST

The Afrika korps bayonet figure with rifle over his head. Priceless.

combatpainter Fezian03 Dec 2017 9:58 a.m. PST

Yes, we now how prone to storms and flooding North Africa is don't we? Even as a kid, I hated that rifle over head guy. I never had any use for him. My favorite was the commander with pistol. He was always the hero. He was more representative of the Indiana Jones adventurer type and was the most practical for me. Maybe he didn't have the most fire power but he was always the last man standing regardless if the adversary was a Ty Rex or a convoy of German invaders.

Also, I think that the guy swinging rifle is a US cultural thing to channel Davey Crockett at the Alamo.

DisasterWargamer Supporting Member of TMP03 Dec 2017 10:07 a.m. PST

Most of the dead and wounded figures for me ended up in some other pile – never played with them

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian03 Dec 2017 10:07 a.m. PST

I agree with Patrick(I assume it 3rd from the left). Exactly what is he doing?

Shedman03 Dec 2017 10:37 a.m. PST


Nothing silly about the Aussie or the Para's pose

You may be aware that Strelets usually include a Streltsi figure in each set regardless of the period.

I have it on good authority that Airfix were doing more or less the same thing years before. Their secret set was called The Ashes

GurKhan03 Dec 2017 11:20 a.m. PST

I agree with Patrick (I assume it 3rd from the left). Exactly what is he doing?

He's taking something out of the supply container also included in the set – link top row right.

Still an odd position to assume, though.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP03 Dec 2017 11:34 a.m. PST

I agree with Patrick – although as a kid the figures I liked the least were the ones prone on the ground

Extrabio1947 Supporting Member of TMP03 Dec 2017 11:55 a.m. PST

The ACW guy who looked like he was trying to bayonet his own foot.

dwight shrute03 Dec 2017 12:07 p.m. PST

I remember hanging on and hanging on for Airfix to redo the British Paras using the figures in the 1/32 set … alas they never did .

14Bore03 Dec 2017 12:09 p.m. PST

The American with the bren gun looking machine gun that was never issued, and also the guy with the M-16 over his head.

Cacique Caribe03 Dec 2017 1:41 p.m. PST

Yeah, that guy looks like he's playing cricket with his rifle butt, or whatever that game is called. Or maybe swinging the weapon to kill a big giant cricket. Who knows! :)


skinkmasterreturns03 Dec 2017 4:02 p.m. PST

Maybe the Para has discovered the resupply of condoms and is explaining what he's going to do with them…….

rmaker03 Dec 2017 4:56 p.m. PST

The two guys carrying the loop of barbed wire in the WW1 British set were pretty dumb.

EnemyAce03 Dec 2017 7:48 p.m. PST

Please, someone explain to me the german infantry with both hands to his face and his elbows out. Almost looked like an artilleryman covering his ears, but his hands are in front of his head.

Personal logo Nashville Supporting Member of TMP03 Dec 2017 8:05 p.m. PST


Cerdic03 Dec 2017 11:44 p.m. PST

Nashville, that guy slipping on ice is useful for winter scenarios. But I'm not sure it's an Airfix figure?

FusilierDan04 Dec 2017 6:32 a.m. PST

The Marine playing airplane.


last figure on the right.

Personal logo DWilliams Supporting Member of TMP21 Dec 2017 12:56 p.m. PST

Since I had a gazillion ACW figures back when I was a kid, I'd have to say it's the shaggy bearded guy awkwardly pointing his musket down toward the ground (4th from right in this photo). What is he doing anyhow?


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