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Airfix's Multipose Japanese Inf.
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Victoria, Australia
Joined: July 28, 2004
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Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2008 - 09:45 PM UTC
Chas Young takes a look at the latest iteration of Airfix's 1/32 scale Multipose Japanese Infantry and finds that although a highly versatile kit, it is not without its shortcomings and comes at a relatively high price.

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Thanks Chas!

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England - South East, United Kingdom
Joined: September 13, 2006
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Posted: Wednesday, February 27, 2008 - 06:22 AM UTC
Hi Guys

I fondly remember building these boys way back in 1979. I loved them to death - an absolutely awesome kit.

Well they may be basic and have one or two inaccuracies (so do much more costly figs) but in terms of what multipose figs like this can do to encourage kidz to get interested in our hobby - well they're priceless. These figs (and the DAK and 8th Army sets) got me interested in the hobby thirty years ago, I hope they do the same for today's young 'uns.

Chas - I should add; top review mate - keep the good stuff coming.


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Florida, United States
Joined: December 28, 2007
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Posted: Thursday, February 28, 2008 - 02:30 PM UTC
I certainly agree that 1:35 would be a good scale to release these in, even though I know 1:32 is not much different. It seems that some companies are fixed on 1:32 for some reason. I am also thinking about getting these figures so I'll see what's up.

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Wales, United Kingdom
Joined: February 11, 2008
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Posted: Thursday, February 28, 2008 - 08:57 PM UTC
I think itís a bit unfair to criticise Airfix for realising figures in 1:32. Youíve got to remember that these figures are nearly 30 years old and were produced at a time when Airfix produced a huge range of injection moulded soft plastic figures for the toy market in 1:32. and an extensive range of 54mm classic figures. At this time 1:35 scale was no where near as popular as it is now with only Tamiya and later Italeri producing vehicle kits in this range.

As someone who prefers 54mm/1:32 I can only dream of the range and amount of figures available in 1:35.
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England - South East, United Kingdom
Joined: September 13, 2006
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Posted: Friday, February 29, 2008 - 06:49 AM UTC
Hi Chaps

It may be worth remembering that Bill Horan used Airfix multipose 1/32 figs as the basic core for most of his early fig sculpting - they're cheap and anatomically correct. If they're good enough for Bill...



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Tennessee, United States
Joined: December 21, 2002
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Posted: Thursday, January 08, 2015 - 03:51 AM UTC
I remember these! They offer options for 1/32 aircraft dioramas.
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Quebec, Canada
Joined: January 01, 2004
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Posted: Friday, January 09, 2015 - 02:52 AM UTC
They're all 6' tall Japanese! I know there's an occasional tall Japanese...but a whole army of them? Too many steroids!
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Indiana, United States
Joined: August 19, 2007
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Posted: Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 07:45 AM UTC
Not a bad set of figures. I still have a whole set of them plus 3 other sets from airfix. Though too large, and I mean large even for 1/32nd, they work very well by themselves for a vignette. The U.S sets along with the British and Germans can be used together for close combat but these, even if they were Imperial marines, are guite large. So stand alone only works for them unless you do a forced perspective box dio.
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New York, United States
Joined: March 27, 2010
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Posted: Monday, January 19, 2015 - 07:30 AM UTC
I have several sets of multi-pose but I am planning on using for conversions that if can figure out how to do it ?