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I appreciate the feedback minuteman. Being at the ripe old age of 21 I haven’t been around the hobby long. I am pretty blessed though to have entered the hobby at a time when so many eras and time periods have been or are being covered. I don’t know how you all managed living off the occasional airfix set, but props to you. And until even more recently I had never known about these forums. It’s very enjoyable to talk about the hobby with others.
In olden times when we were not waling uphill, both ways, to and from school, and facing attacks by red Indians and the occasional mammoth, we got usually two and sometimes four Airfix sets per year. We found out about them in about March when the UK magazines from February would arrive and the figures would show up about a year later, in Southern California where I grew up. One set of Airfix figures and one Roco Minitank could he had for my $1 weekly allowance.
I used the Airfix USMC, Infantry Combat Group, British 8th Army, French Foreign Legion, together against the German Infantry, German Afrika Korps, and Arabs. I knew the US, UK, and FR were all Allied nations in WWII and that the Arabs had fought against the FFL, so that must mean the Arabs were on the German side. Using mostly post-WWII tanks by Roco, they would fight over the Fort Sahara in the dirt in the back yard. Sometimes the occasional WWII figure from Giant of Hong Kong would join in the fray. Later Tarzan was added on the Allied side because in one of the movies Johnny Weissmuller fought the Nazis. The grass was the jungle and the dirt was the desert.
Mike Bunkermeister Creek
Bunker Talk blog
Those were the days ... :relaxed: Airfix AWI British grenadiers had to serve as French Old Guard - until they produced the real thing - and WWI German infantry as Prussians. The Airfix Roman Fort was Hougoumont ... And we were enthusiastic when a few new sets were published per year ...
The recent upsurge in ancients has been quite nice. I am not a proper old timer, but do remember the days where I used some old RISK game pieces as Babylonians and conscripted the first version Airfix British Paratroopers to be Polish infantry for the Italian theatre.
My first Napoleonic set was an accident; I ordered some guys entitled "British Infantry" in order to fit my Italian Theatre armies of 1943-45, but instead Revell's British Infantry for Waterloo showed up. So I built up a little army around them and a few of the brand new HaT sets of French, Dutch, and Austrians. Had no idea about anything Napoleonic at that point, it is not taught at all in a lot of USA school systems.
Welcome welcome! I had a time about 15 years ago where I thought the hobby was doomed in the face of PC gaming, but have actually found that the figures compliment the weaknesses of their virtual brethren nicely. So hopefully everything remains an enjoyable experience for all! :)