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Airfix A50060 WWI - The Western Front 1:76 Scale Diorama Gift Set

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  • 1:76 scale plastic scale model kit
  • Construction and painting required: yes, glue and paints included
  • Skill level: 2 (where 1 is for the beginner and 4 is for the more experienced modeller)
  • Dimensions: length: 102/102/620mm x width: 22/22/620mm
  • Number of parts: 118

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Technical Details
Item Weight1.2 Kg
Product Dimensions66.6 x 35.4 x 8.2 cm
Manufacturer recommended age:8 - 3 years
Item model numberA50060
Assembly RequiredYes
Scale1:72
Batteries Required?No
Batteries Included?No
  
Additional Information
ASINB0021L9C2I
Best Sellers Rank 163,579 in Toys & Games (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.2 Kg
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Date First Available27 Mar. 2009
  
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  • Warning: Not suitable for children under 8 years. For use under adult supervision

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It's now more than 90 years since the end of 'the war to end all wars'. For much of the 4 years of this grim conflict the soldiers from both sides slugged out a muddy war of attrition in water an rat filled trenched. The diorama base here is a model replica of a typical trench layout found on the Western Front. The stalemate was eventually broken by not only the courage of these soldiers, but also by the use of the new mechanised weapon - the tank.

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It's now more than 90 years since the end of 'the war to end all wars'. For much of the 4 years of this grim conflict the soldiers from both sides slugged out a muddy war of attrition in water an rat filled trenched. The diorama base here is a model replica of a typical trench layout found on the Western Front. The stalemate was eventually broken by not only the courage of these soldiers, but also by the use of the new mechanised weapon - the tank.

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This is a really interesting item from Airfix, and harks back to the sort of thing that you used to be able to get from both Airfix themselves and a couple of other manufacturers (Esci and Fujimi spring to mind). The Airfix versions (called "Battlefront", like the current WW2 version available) had the same combination of vacformed plastic base, tank kit(s) and figures. These newer sets differ in including BOTH sides (the older ones would give you ONLY the Axis or Allied forces), and have much larger (though dare I say it, not quite as well-detailed) bases. This is also the first time Airfix (and possibly anyone else) has produced a WW1 set. The figures have always been made of the same dreadful polythene plastic (which should long since have been consigned to the scrap yard - Iteleri are managing to use a much easier to work with material), so no change there (and the figures in this set are the same 1960's/1970's one that older modellers will remember). The inclusion of two tanks again follows the old format, and the kits are not too bad (though somewhat inaccurate, but not irredeemably so). In some of the sets - i.e. those where Airfix didn't MAKE two suitable vehicles, an aircraft was substituted, so the idea of adding a biplane (as suggested by another reviewer), wouldn't be a big leap, but if you're attacking a trench, you need things as unbalanced as possible!

I'm not sure I'd call this a toy - the kits and base are probably too fragile for any rough handling, but it's a good basic set for modellers or wargamers (though, as has been noted, there's a SERIOUS lack of barbed wire). I'd recommend it to anyone who likes making models.
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Bought this for my son, and me, had great fun building and painting the tanks and the battlefield. You need to buy more soldiers though as there is only a pack of one each, one good burst of a machine gun and it'e game over. Same style of airfix stuff that I had thirty odd years ago, so a bit of a nostalgia trip for dad.
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The main problem with this set is that the two sets of trenches - for British and Germans - are exactly the same, which would not be the truth in reality. I believe that the design is based on the British design. The modeller I am using to create a trench diorama for a Great War Exhibition has joined them together into one British trench, with a shell crater to disguise where they are joined together. The kit is also lacking all the paraphernalia that would be in a trench system such as duckboards, sandbags and barbed wire etc. etc. which have to bought separately. There is much room for improvement, but it does provide a basic system which can then be improved and extended.
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This Product was great comes with all the paint but you may need to buy more for the soldiers. Great for a gift or present the tanks are a bit bigger than usual which is a plus one overall its a good build up to a collection or a Battle scene! you also get it cheap at the moment.
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This isn't a bad set at all and does a reasonable job of depicting trench warfare of World War One. Depending on how accurate or detailed you want it to be, you will need to buy more paint, as the paint supplied won't do much more than be adequate for the tanks and a few dabs on the figures.

There are no barbed wire pieces with the kit, so to make the battlefield more realistic you will need to add some other materials. Also a bit disappointing is that the trench layouts, whilst quite good, are exact mirror images of each other for either side.

I think also, to balance it up, as the British have the two tanks, a German Bi-plane might have been included.

All in all not a bad kit, and once you've made the two model tanks and cut, joined and put on a base of some sort the diorama (which is a bit flimsy), its ready to go as a toy. However, as mentioned, for the serious modeller, you will need to add components and paints.

True to the original box sets by Airfix, the soldiers inlcuded offer good variety of poses and actions so no problem there.

I think its a fair job of trying to recreate a WWI trench warefare scene,if not a particularly complete one.

Indeed if you are a prticular fan of this era of history, its well worth obtaining.
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This kit sounds great...and to a point it is.....infantry, tanks, diorama and paints and brushes....It's only when you open it and start seeing wording such as "May require extra paint to complete to a higher specification".....and by that they mean anything like complete....The paints are only sufficient to paint the tanks. There is nothing of use for the landscape or even the soldiers.

To make this look anything like it's supposed to you are going to have to spend quite a bit more cash. It's a nice scene and now I intend to build my own, more realistic trench diorama using polystyrene and put the infantry and tanks to better use.

It it was a bit clearer on the box I wouldn't have so much of a problem with it. It looked to good to be true and unfortunately it was....

Shame....
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This product was really different.

My kids plays with it now.

They build, they paint, they play.

It's the first tinme I see things like this, usually do we get big boxes with småll tanks, cars, ... models. The tanks are smalls as usuall, but the "Diorama" is quiet big, well done, with soldiers, it's a big box, could be a nice birthday gift or christmas gift.
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