W^D Models

British Infantry (Walking)

Kit #: WD9 Review by - Al Magnus

This figure set comes in a small plastic bag with a paper insert. Basic instructions are printed on the reverse of the paper and only consist of a warning to be careful cleaning up the castings to avoid damage and to de-grease the figures before priming. Also there is declaration that the parts have been cast in some sort of alloy metal with no lead content. A small colouring guide would have been nice for those, like myself, that have little or no references or knowledge of World War One uniforms and their colours. Paint manufacturer recomendations would also be helpful.

You get 3 bodies all in walking poses, which makes sense considering the name of the figure set. There are 2 arms and 6 heads as separate pieces. Three heads wear helmets and the other three have hats. With 6 heads the modeller has a few options for mixing and matching.

Body parts exhibit next to no flash and just a hint of a seam. Unfortunately the head castings have shifted slightly, resulting in a fairly noticeable seam runing down the face from forehead to chin, and the helmets are a touch out of round when viewed from above. Clean up effort should be minimal for the bodies, the heads will require a bit more work.

Scale is listed at 4mm to the foot, which works out to 1/76 scale. I measured the parts to see how tall a completed body would stand. Using my trusty dial calipers I measured the longest body, which came to 0.77in, and each of the heads, which were about equal at near 0.19in. When added together this comes out to 0.96in which is just a tad over 5ft 9in tall in 1/72 scale. When one considers that the average height of a US soldier in World War Two was 5ft 8in (I found this on aweb site someplace), and I would suspect that World War One soldiers would be not too different, these Brits are about average for service men and should be more than acceptable for most applications.

Preview sample provided by Barry Williams of W^D Models.

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Article Last Updated: 14 January 2011