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Sorry, I am less convinced of the quality of Strelets new ACW union sets. Most of the rifles are quite curved and too broad (photo of the painted set!) which it´s really a pity. In contrast: the figures are often too slim and small which makes it difficult to combine them with figures of other producers. Their sculpting is wonderful but the figures need some work to make them convincing.
Curved rifles should be easy to fix at least. Boil a kettle and dip the figure into a cup of the just boiled water. If the rifle doesn't spring back into shape itself straighten it by hand and run under the cold tap to set.
Be careful with boiling water. I used that method with Airfix U.S. Cavalry and the swords and scabbards simply shriveled up. I'd be worried Strelets plastic may also. However I do use hot tap water before bending the parts for conversions (repositioning arms). I just hold it in place until cooled. I haven't needed cold water yet, but probably will for more extreme conversions.
I haven't had trouble with Strelets plastic so far but thanks for the warning about Airfix figs. I've got a few bent muskets in the Waterloo gift set,I'll approach those with caution.