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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Folgore Division Light Artillery!

The following set from "Waterloo 1815" is the "Folgore Division Light Artillery"!

As usual the box picture:



The careful followers noticed that the box picture is the same like the one on the "Folgore Division infantry" box.

Why?

Nobody knows...

It's a mix of figures on the picture from both boxes, so that we can argue that the picture was designed for both boxes!

The Material is as usual medium plastic, my favorite. The box is produced in 2003 and includes 21 figures with 7 different poses and plus 3 guns.

The Folgore Division had been raised for an invasion of Malta, therefore, the division had a unit of light artillery, as fire support for the paratroops once they had landed.

It was light and easy to assemble and use.

The artillery piece in this set is the 47mm anti-tank gun, which was used in large numbers in Italy and was the principle heavy gun(!) of the division.

The model is good and detailed and comes in just four pieces - the barrel, carriage and two wheels.

The wheels fitted very well, but you have to enlarge the hole so that the barrel would fit without a problem.

But the angle is not correct, so that the gun is pointing very high.

The crew for this gun are various figures kneeling or sitting with arms up as if they are handling the gun.



Placed by the gun base they all stand successfully.

They are dressed in the unique paratroop uniform including paratroop helmet and the sahariana jacket.

Both officers are wearing a cap and are handling binoculars.

The other piece of equipment is the 8mm Breda machine gun. This has been quite well sculpted, with an offset tripod.



The style of these figures is very similar to the old Esci ones.

Perhaps they share the same sculptor.

Detail is well defined and there is little extra plastic.

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