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WW II Chindits

Posted by MikeM on 29 Mar 2017, 08:37

So many figures and so few rifles. Takes me back to the seventies and eighties, when all sets were like this. Some lovely sculpting, but the mass of sub-machine guns makes the set almost worthless. I will certainly not buy any, as buying a box of figures for every section of men makes metal figures cheaper and the poses will be more varied, too.
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Posted by Bluefalchion on 29 Mar 2017, 14:33

MikeM--

Good point about too many Stens and Thompsons. Would would be the proper ratio, do you think? 10:1? 25:1?
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Posted by MikeM on 30 Mar 2017, 08:48

In a mixed pack like this, most figures should have rifles. About 1 in 10 should have an SMG, 1 in 10 a Bren. Ideally, each box should be configured to give the modeller a Rifle Platoon, with all support weapons. Revell did this with their British Infantry, which also provided extra Brens, 2 inch mortars and PIATs for things like carrier sections in the dismounted role. I bought 10 boxes of those, and used them to build a full-size Battalion.
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Posted by Bluefalchion on 30 Mar 2017, 15:40

10:1 ratio makes sense. I wonder why fig makers often include so many Thompsons? I remember the old ESCI sets were Thompson heavy as well. I have some of the Revell Brits and I like the set, but they are absolute giants.
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Posted by zulu`s 1000`s of em on 30 Mar 2017, 23:01

As the war progressed and certainly from mid 1944 on words the number of automatic and semi automatic weapons increased in infantry sections, primarily because the fire power of German infantry sections had increased by doing much the same. Unusually for the British M1 carbines were issued to the chindits, sadly not represented in this set.
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Posted by Beano Boy on 31 Mar 2017, 02:08

They include Tommy Guns because children like to make that rat- ta- tat noise I guess. BB
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Posted by guilhem on 31 Mar 2017, 08:57

This troop seems very similar to french soldiers in Indochine or Algéria during 1945-1954 years.
can we used them for this period?
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Posted by MikeM on 31 Mar 2017, 11:02

Revell Brits are not giants. They compare well to the ESCI figures and go well beside them. Fortunately, you do not have to mix them much, as all figures for a Rifle Platoon are included.

M1 carbines were, indeed, used by Chindits, but my sources indicate them as being an officers' weapon only. They were also used by some other units in the Far East for officers.
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