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Mike

American Firemen (1910s) 1:24

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American Firemen (1910s)

1:24 ICM

 

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Back in the days of open fires, gas lighting and generally unregulated open flames inside houses, the Fireman's job was a lot harder, and his level of protection much less effective.  In the early part of the 20th century, a thick leather coat and a crash hat with a wide brim, particularly at the rear to protect the wearer's head and shoulders were the only protection.

 

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This figure set is not my usual genre or scale, but it's interesting to see how the other half models.  The box is slightly larger than usual figure boxes, and is a top opener with another lid on the lower carton half.  Inside is a single sprue of sand coloured styrene, plus a separate sheet of instructions with integrated painting guide and colour key on the rear.  There are three figures in the box, only two of which are firemen, the third being an inquisitive young boy that is getting to try on one of the firemen's hats.  The other is looking on with his fire axe slung over his shoulder.  Moulding is very crisp, and the sculpting is very good.  The clasps on their clothing and the heads stand out as some of the highlights, but the standard is excellent throughout, even down to the little boy's plus-fours and ribbed socks.  One figure has a half-length coat, while the other wears a three-quarter variant, and both have been moulded as hollow so that the legs fit within the empty volume to give a more realistic appearance to their clothing.

 

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I'm not entirely sure of the application for these figures, but I suspect that there are some 1:24 early 20th century fire trucks in someone's repertoire that will go nicely with these figures, especially in a diorama or vignette situation.

 

Conclusion

Lovely mouldings and an endearing slice of life in the 1910s, which with careful painting and posing will result in an engaging scene from days gone by.

 

Highly recommended.

 

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That makes a lot of sense! :doh: why didn't I Google it? :dunce:

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