Sunday, December 12, 2010

Airfix vs Musket Miniatures, American Civil War foot

The photo above compares three metal figures from Musket Miniatures (A,C,E) with a pair of plastic soldiers from Airfix (B,D). Click on the image to see a larger version.


Manufacturer’s Designation:

The metal figures come from Musket Miniatures’ 22mm American Civil War range. They are from code CWH125 “Infantry standing loading” which comes with 8 figures in 4 poses, and includes several head variations.

Musket’s range is very large, and contains more than 300 different codes.

Figure Characteristics:

Height (measured from sole of foot to eyes): 20mm.
Height (measured from sole of foot to top of head): 22mm.

Availability and Cost:

Figures from Musket Miniatures can be found on the company’s website:

They are sold in several ways. Individual figures can be purchased for 75 cents (US), packages of 8 castings cost $5.25 US, while a regiment of 20 figures, including command, costs $12.95.


Manufacturer’s Designation and Number of Poses:

The Airfix figures come from two boxes:

01713 “Confederate Infantry” (gray)
01714 “Civil War Artillery” (red-brown)

The infantry box contains 48 figures, with 11 poses. The artillery set includes 2 guns, 1 limber with horses, and 1 mounted officer. There are also two teams of four gunners (one in kepi and one in slouch hat) as well as six outriders and limber riders, also in a choice of head gear.

Figure Characteristics:

Height (measured from sole of foot to eyes): 21mm.
Height (measured from sole of foot to top of head): 23mm.

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.


Paul´s Bods said...

In a ratings war, The poor old Airfix bods don´t have much of a chance against those Musket minis.

Plastic Hussar said...

But I think the Airfix guys can whip the Musket boys in a fist fight!