Saturday, April 4, 2009

SHQ & Kennington vs HaT/Airfix, French Napoleonic Foot

The photo above compares three HaT/Airfix line infantry figures (yellow plastic) with four French gunners from SHQ (unpainted metal). The plastic figures are a bit scruffy looking, as they have had an old paint job stripped off. Click on the image for a larger version.

Manufacturers’ designations:

The plastic figures were originally released by Airfix in box 01744: “Waterloo French Infantry.” They were subsequently re-released by HaT in box 7008 “Waterloo French Line Infantry.”

The SHQ figures come from their Napoleonic range, and are designated “ART 2 Napoleonic French Guard Horse Artillery Crew.” The range is also available from Kennington.

Height compatibility (measured from sole of foot to eyes):
HaT/Airfix – 21mm
SHQ/Kennington – 22mm

Overall conclusions:
In general, these two sets work well together. Because the metal figures have thicker bases, and because two of the plastic figures have their heads lowered, the slight difference in height is exaggerated in the picture above. The sculpting styles and height are similar enough to even allow mixing figures in a single unit if needed.

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