So, what were my first impressions of these well-remembered figures of yesteryear? Well, I have to say, so far, disappointment for a number of reasons, I suppose. The first being that despite my fond memories, it is all too evident just how far moulding techniques have improved during the past 20-30 years leaving these veterans behind with their lack of definition and detail. This, despite Airfix's use of an improved 'K-Resin' to apparently improve painting, which instead, gives a horrible shiny surface texture almost akin to painting glass.
I found this rigidity gave a problem and scars the plastic when cleaning away the considerable join lines which mar otherwise fairly clean figures straight out of the box.
It's not all bad though, and I realise that it may sound that I have nothing good to say about these chaps, but that isn't the case. Despite my expectations being over inflated, these figures did reignite that old excitement when I caught sight of their forgotten-but-still-familiar poses and slightly inaccurate weapon scales and details. All men are lightly equipped with standard-issue 1937 pattern webbing with single water bottle and all wear the famous commando woollen cap.
One thing I will finish by saying is that I was struck by how large 1:32 scale is! With 28mm now being considered 'big' and 15mm or even 20mm being the normal to paint these days, these monsters dwarf them in comparison and it's hard to see them being of much use to anything less than a small skirmish game on a very large table, but who am I to surmise?
All the best for now,