After my success with the Platoon 20 British Infantry metals I was on the hunt for cheaper plastic packs. I was looking for the Revell ones but I came across the Airfix boys.
When I was a lad I had purchased Airfix's British Infantry pack (1/72). Not quite as exciting as the German pack (the German guy throwing the potato masher grenade is still a classic, as per the German NCO beckoning his troops forward, you just know he is going to get shot first) but the British PBI were necessary to stem/hold the Grey tide until at least the Airfix British paratroopers (or Americans if you are being funky) dropped on them, or rather behind them. So with a deep pang of nostalgia I picked this familiar box illustration up (a 'new' release packet from Airfix?) and off the hobby shop shelf. I smiled at the familiar front cover, isn't that a Richard Todd lookalike on the front?
Then I looked at the back and froze in bewilderment.
These figures were not Airfix's. The poses were not right and nor did they match the artistry on the front, but they were vaguely familiar. ESCI, I am sure of it, their British Infantry. Is anyone else of the same opinion? I put them back on the shelf and moved on muttering to myself, dark things about, "Is nothing sacred?" and wondering "Does Italeri have the Airfix molds now?"
Breaking News: Courtesy of a Google Search on "Airfix british infantry esci"
The boys and girls at the Airfix Tribute Forum have covered this mystery already (in almost far too much detail) but I am too lazy to un-type the above. So I am apparently not MAD but as the wife says just rather SAD ;)