Sunday, September 20, 2009

Rafm vs Airfix, ACW foot

The photo above compares three ACW figures from Rafm Miniatures (the larger, unpainted metal ones) with an equal number of troops from Airfix (in various shades of plastic). Click on the image for a larger version.

Manufacturers’ designations:

The Airfix figures come from three boxes:
01712 “Union Infantry” (dark blue)
01713 “Confederate Infantry” (gray)
01714 “Civil War Artillery” (red-brown)

The Rafm figures are catalogued as RAF6603 “Union Infantry, Advancing.”

Height compatibility (measured from sole of foot to eyes):
Rafm – 24mm.
Airfix – 21mm.

Body Build compatibility (from 5 categories):
Rafm – C (Average)
Airfix – C (Average)

Availability and Cost:

The Airfix figures were introduced in the early 1960s and have been in and out of production ever since. They don’t seem to be in production currently, but old stock and second hand figures can be easily found.

Rafm’s metal figures are currently available. They can be ordered directly from the manufacturer. Cost from manufacturer: US$7.95 for six figures (all in the same pose).

(See the side panel lists for websites of the manufacturers, distributors and retailers mentioned above. To convert cost figures to your currency, use a site such as, also listed in the side panel.)

Readers: please post any comments with regard to these two types, in particular any thoughts about the compatibility from the standpoint of the uniform depicted.


Fraxinus said...

RAFM - does anyone import to the UK anu of their historicals???? ... I really like the French/Indian wars range but postage is cripppling + tax

Plastic Hussar said...

I like the F/I range as well. Played a great game about twelve years ago at a con using them. If I find out anything about a European distributor, I will post it. I will try writing to them, but they ignored my last message. Maybe somebody on TMP will know.

Mad Carew said...

I don't know the RAFM figures though they look ok. Many fond memories of the Airfix ACW figures - I just wish I had kept mine :(

Plastic Hussar said...

Mad Carew: I have some excess Airfix ACW figs (roughly 10 confed, 50 union, and some cavalry). Would you be interested in a trade for something that you want to be rid of? My email address is in my profile if you want to discuss.