Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Rafm vs Esci Revell Italeri, NVA and VC, Vietnam War

The photo above compares three plastic North Vietnamese figures originally released by Esci (B,D,F) with a similar number of metal figures from Rafm (A,C,E). Click on the image for a larger version.


Manufacturers’ designation and Number of Poses:

The Rafm figures come from the “Charlie Company” range; the specifc figures come from the following codes (each code comprises multiple poses):

A.RAF 06995 “VC Hardcore”
C. RAF 06997 “VC Irregulars”
E. RAF 06995 “VC Hardcore”

Rafm has 14 different sets available in the “Charlie Company” range. Besides the VC figures, the range includes US Army and USMC types. In addition to the figure sets, the company also offers a helicopter and a 105mm gun with crew.

Figure Characteristics:

Height (measured from sole of foot to eyes): 19mm.
Body Build: Average.

Availability and Cost:

Rafm’s metal figures are currently available, and can be ordered directly from the manufacturer. Each of the codes above costs US$7.95 for ten figures (in five different poses).


Manufacturer’s Designation and Number of Poses:

The plastic figures were originally released by Esci as set 229 “Vietnam War, North Vietnamese.” The box included 50 figures in 15 poses.

The set was reissued by Italeri as set 6079, “Vietnamese Army/Vietcong, Vietnam War.” Revell also produced it, as set 02526 “Vietcong, Vietnam War.”

Figure Characteristics:

Height (measured from sole of foot to eyes): 21mm.
Body Build: Average.

Availability and Cost:

The Italeri and Revell versions of this set can be found easily. For instance, is selling the Italeri version for £6.50 and the Revell version for the much lower price of £4.88.


EY said...

Thanks for this comparison. I have both the ESCI and RAFM figures, but never got around to looking at them side-by-side. I always thought the heads of the RAFM figures were too big, but they really look just fine next to the ESCI minis.

Plastic Hussar said...

No problem. I was also surprised to see how well they match from a distance. Up close you notice that the Esci figures have very long legs / are high-waisted, and the heads are a bit smaller. But I would have no problem putting them in a mixed unit.