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"I have never seen a photo of Kiwi`s in soft hats" - that may well be the case, but then would you have distinguished them from ordinary Brits? Should we have followed that logic, we would have made yet another British infantry set, whereas the idea was quite different.
If each sprew had six to eight head swops with helmets, then the number of unique poses could be doubled maintaining the Mini Set Format and giving customers the option for both unique and traditional looks.
I personally like your Masters just the way they are, being a big fan of the A/F WWI Doughboys, and Aussie Infantry in soft hats. Yet I empathize with the commenters requesting helmeted poses also.
In fact, I'm waiting for the day Strelets makes a set of SAND PEBBLES movie fame US Naval Soldiers in both Navy Caps and Helmets. And when / if you do, please include a set of Head Swops so I can have both Sailors and the Landing Party figures.
I have read accounts of the Africa Corps fighting New Zealanders with "Schlapphüten" hats on their heads fighting.
I've used troops in certain situations even when they are not entirely accurate historically. I just pretend it's a slightly alternate universe in which some South African and New Zealand units did go into combat with soft hats instead of helmets. One of the beauties of our hobby is that we can use our figures however we want to
Useful points about the Vickers. There is a pdf of the Vickers .303 MkIV MG (1930) manual on the internet with excellent line drawings which show the points you make. The steam tube is much finer and connects at the bottom of the jacket*.
The scope on the SMLE should be about a third of the length of the rifle barrel, breech etc and doesn't go much beyond the rear of the bolt. Either the rifle is small or the scope large or a bit of both. Not sure why the group doesn't have a Bren.
Nice to see rolled up sleeves makes them useful to fight the Japanese or in Italy, Greece etc.
*water goes in by a funnel in the plug at the top of the jacket just in front of the breech