Sunday, July 12, 2009

SHQ vs Italeri/Esci, WW2 US Infantry

The photo above compares three SHQ US GIs (unpainted metal) with an equal number of plastic figures from Italeri (originally issued by Esci). Click on the image for a larger version.

Manufacturers’ designations:

The plastic figures came from Italeri set 6063 “WWII US Paratroopers 101st Airborne,” which is a reissue of set 209 from Esci, titled “WWII US Paratroopers 82nd Screaming Eagles".

The SHQ figures come from their “WWII American Infantry, 1942-44” range. The figures come from several of the packs, as follows:

Far left: GI 23 Wounded and Two Medics
Middle: GI 25 Surgeon and Two Orderlies
Far Right: GI 24 Stretcher Party

Height compatibility (measured from sole of foot to eyes):
Italeri/Esci – 21mm.
SHQ – 21mm.

Body Build compatibility (from 5 categories):
Italeri/Esci – C (Average)
SHQ – C (Average)

Overall conclusions:
Although the figures’ height measure out to within a millimeter, it looks like a bigger difference. Up close, the plastic figures seem like bigger men, although part of that comes from slightly thicker bases. Since the metal figures chosen do not carry any weapons, the difference can be explained as natural height discrepancies. In general then, the two ranges do work fine together.

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