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There has been much discussion about how the number of figures in sets seems to be getting smaller and smaller. Usually people say that's a bad thing, and some people have sworn off Zvezda for ever because they had the cheek to make small sets.
Personally, I think the small sets are great. I especially like the ones by Zvezda, and I have been buying Preiser sets for years.
I don't have anybody nearby to game with, so I don't need 100s of figures, just a few of each, and if they are all different and not in fighting poses that's just fine with me.
I haven't seen Red Box's small sets discussed anywhere, and I wonder what people have to say about them?
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I liked them when I first saw them on Bennos, and yes more please.The redbox WW2 Japanese aviators lend themselves to dioramas ,where as the zvezda sets have a more universal use. Zvezda have some more WW2 British sets on the way and I have to say I am very happy about that,not before time.
These Japanese aviators/ground crew look exceptionally well sculpted and have the Japanese stature. There are the old Hasegawa kits of Toyota and Isuzu trucks which had some poor figures in them so these new figures could offer diorama possibilities with the starter truck and the fuel truck. Ace also make some Kurogane variants.
The Zvezda old Japanese are good. The peasants with ammo supply is a very good set and could be adapted for other periods. 4 figures and a pack horse isn't bad value at £2.99 or cheaper.
As I mentioned in another thread - the Art of Tactics Japanese Monk O-Mikoshi Shrine is a great use of the format. Pity its release seems to have been postponed.
re early WWII
The Zvezda Bofors gun and crew is very good with lots of possibilities and would be good for early WWII UK home and airfield defence. The crew, if released separately,say as a £2.99 set, would see multiple purchases from me. The QF 3.7inch AA gun and crew would make a good or even essential companion set to the Bofors. Allied HAA (Heavy Ack Ack) has tended to be inexplicably neglected though Zvezda has produced the Russian 85mm 6148 and 37mm AA guns 6115 (which are not on PSR) and German heavy and light AA (which are on PSR). The Russian and British AA guns had a very long service life -- so maybe.
For my two cents, I don't know why Red Box couldn't have made the
Japanese aviator sets in plastic instead of resin, and put them all in
one box like their regular output. It seems to me they just did it that way
too make more money by producing several smaller sets at a higher price.
@Britsfan I think that making moulds for resin is cheaper than making moulds for plastic - I'm no expert, but I think that is the case. I'd say that RedBox didn't expect to sell very many of these so the expense of making a mould for plastic would not be recovered. Perhaps.
orion made their byzantine sets in both resin and soft plastic.they made a few poses per set in resin then included all in the plastic set,if memory serves.i wasnt aware of a market for resin figures,but i guess there is.