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Cam_s

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Hello,

I am looking at doing a 1:35 scale model of a Great War Trench Scene. However I can't find any kits on it. I have tried ebay, the internet and looking in local stores.

I would like to find some 1:35 scale soldiers. I don't know if you guys are familiar with the WW2 Dragon Soldier kits that normally come with 4 fully kitted soldiers in them. This is the kind of thing I am looking for.

Any help on this would be great,

Thanks,

Cam

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Hi Cam,

There is a Plastic modelling company that does some WW1 kits in 1:35 scale. They are called "Emhar". They do British and German infantry figures, British and German Artillery pieces and a selection of WW1 tanks. They also do kits in 1:72. They are available from most modelling shops. Try googling "hannants".

Regards

Iain

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I used to do a bit of modelling, befoe the figure went. The old Airfix 'Multipose' figures were very good, I recall - the 8th Army ones in particular (with a bit of Green Stuff) made very passable Great war figures.

I know Airfix are in financial straits, but are Multipose still around?

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Here is another website you might consider for ideas and further leads. Borden Battery

Landships – World War I Military Hardware Models

This website, while specific to plastic modeling for military hardware from the Great War, also contains a large number of unique photographs and detailed historical documentation which is of importance. The modeling information looks at tanks, armoured cars, artillery and soldiers.

[Recommendation by Guns1418 from Burgundy France][CEF Study Group - June 2006]

http://www.landships.freeservers.com/index.htm

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Personally, both 1/32nd and 1/35th are much too small for my eyes, but....

Here's a link to a US company called Squadron and to 1/35th scale figures. Since their search engine allows you to search by scale, you could also look at what is available in 1/32nd (or any scale for that matter). I've seen some of the new Dragon WW2 kits that are listed in this search. They have an amazing amount of detail.

http://www.squadron.com/SearchResults.asp?offset=60

If anyone is interested in larger scale kits, I would recommend Jon Smith Modellbau, Steve Warrilow's The Fusilier, and others for WWI figures. Jon does 54mm (roughly 1/32nd) and 120mm (roughly 1/16th). Steve - 80mm (roughly 1/24th). Very high quality sculpting and casting in both cases. The Model Cellar also has 54mm and 120mm sizes and are good value all round. Chuck Robinson at the Red Lancers carries a wide variety of WWI figures and will help you find what you are looking for.

[in case you're wondering, I know these folks as friends and do not get any kind of fee for endorsing them, etc.]

http://www.jonsmith-modellbau.com/

http://www.thefusilier.demon.co.uk/

http://modelcellar.com/

http://www.redlancers.com/

Good luck!

All the best,

Dan

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Hello,

Dan has summed it up pretty well.

Some more info...

Scale Link figures are fairly crude by today's standards, as are the old Airfix Multipose. I would not really recommend them, although Scale Link has a lot of weapons, complements, spare head sets, and similar things, along the complete figure kits, which can be out to use. Emhar's are soft polytene figures, so, they are more on the toy side. Not recommended neither.

ICM makes two 1:35 sets of four figure plastic kits, one British and one German, 1917-18, in action poses. Although not so good as Dragon's latest releases, they are decent enough - specially the Germans.

Andrea Miniatures does various WW1 references, including single figure and vignette kits. These are 54 mm metal. Quality is quite good.

HTH,

Dani

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  • 2 months later...

Another vote for this company, a mate of mine uses them and is chuffed to bits with the quality of the models.

http://www.thefusilier.demon.co.uk/

B) I have copied an example of his work (Ok'd from his site)

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Here is another website you might consider for ideas and further leads. Borden Battery

Landships – World War I Military Hardware Models

This website, while specific to plastic modeling for military hardware from the Great War, [Recommendation by Guns1418 from Burgundy France][CEF Study Group - June 2006]

http://www.landships.freeservers.com/index.htm

Not quite correct as lots on info on white metal, carboard - resin etc etc and there is more material in both the main site and the forum on non modeeling topics than the reverse. Its sort of specific to WW1 equipment but also covers uniforms, fortiifications etc. Still don't let me put you off as it has heaps of very good reviews of kits of all forms

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  • 3 years later...

BIG BUMP!!!!

I bumped this thread for a good reason.

I am reviving this older thread because I was doing a search on the net (google) with respect to some Great War figures and this one actually popped up. As an aside, is it not really, really frightening to realize that something one wrote years ago pops up on the net?

I am intending on returning to the hobby of painting miniatures which i used to enjoy. (Due to recent stresses from a trial my doctor has prescribed, along with some ketamine, that I take up a hobby that might relax me---I am not kidding about that. And indeed have to take the idea quite seriously of finding a relaxing outlet.)

Now I do have a decent stash of 1/35 scale kits, dio kits, tanks and figures etc... but I would prefer to take a stab at Great War figures and it would be a nice change.

So I am considering purchasing either some 120mm or 54mm figures (preferably resin). I see that The Fusilier site I recall is now gone but I do like some of the products from jon smith modelbau. Anyone out there have any thoughts on those products or perhaps other figure companies? I recall Verlinden had some stuff also years ago but they always seemed a bit touch and go.

The likelihood is that i will either have to order through the UK or the US (Michigan Toy Figure Co) since distributors for those types of specialty figures are rare here but i think it might be worth the price. Who can put a price on sanity?

So any thoughts would be appreciated as to distributors or companies in UK that specialize in Great War figures.

thank you

peter

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