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WWII British Weapon set A/B
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Posted: Monday, December 30, 2013 - 06:12 AM UTC
A review of the two new British Weapon sets, A and B, from Riich Models.

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Posted: Monday, December 30, 2013 - 09:20 AM UTC

Almost impossible to leave out if you are interested in Commonwealth troops.
Will sell!!
Thanks for the review Darren!

Cheers

Romain

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Posted: Monday, December 30, 2013 - 11:22 PM UTC
Picked a set of each up just before Christmas, more useful stuff.

Al
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Posted: Tuesday, December 31, 2013 - 04:46 AM UTC
The 'heavy' weapons in each set look really well done. (What! No complaints yet about accuracy and dimensions?) Riich really could have included two sprues in each set for an additional 5 bucks. More than half of their marketing costs are in the packaging alone.
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Posted: Tuesday, December 31, 2013 - 05:08 AM UTC
I agree with the observation that these are pretty expensive. However, I was so impressed with the detail on their Universal Carrier Mk.I that I ordered these from my LHS.

(The Bren guns and the folded Bren gun tripod in the UC kit are just fantastic.)

The detail is very nice and just what I expected. I thought the detail is excellent and the variety of heavy weapons fills a huge void.

Aside form the costs (expensive), the only negative that I would observe is that they didn't include the early M1928 Thompson SMG with the cooling fins, Cutt's compensator, drum magazine, and vertical fore-stock. This is a weapon that's really missing from sets of Commonwealth weapons that some manufacturer should produce (Master Box's poor example excepted).

I can easily see Riich using these weapons to come put with a Vicker's Heavy MG carrier and a mortar carrier based on their UC Mk.I or Mk.II kits. If not, then the modeler could use these weapons to modify the UC kits to those variants.

Happy modeling!
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Posted: Tuesday, December 31, 2013 - 05:53 AM UTC
Nice sets of a long over due subject. I will be needing the heavy weapons set for my Diggers vignette for sure.
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Posted: Tuesday, December 31, 2013 - 05:57 AM UTC
Hi Mike,

Bronco do the Thompson in their Set, which is why Riich probably didn't include it. But I agree it would have been good to have had a couple in this set too.

Al
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Posted: Tuesday, December 31, 2013 - 08:39 AM UTC

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Hi Mike,

Bronco do the Thompson in their Set, which is why Riich probably didn't include it. But I agree it would have been good to have had a couple in this set too.

Al



Thanks for the heads up, Al. Do you have a stock number for that set? All I can find is their US small arms set which doesn't contain the M1928 SMG only the M1 SMG.

Cheers!
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Posted: Tuesday, December 31, 2013 - 11:21 AM UTC
One of the smgs is actually a Lanchester.
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Posted: Tuesday, December 31, 2013 - 11:34 AM UTC
Hi Mike,

The set was AB3509 WW2 British/Commonwealth AFV Equipment Set. It came out some time ago, had the No 19 radios and a small selection of weapons one of which was the Thompson from the Humber Sc.

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Posted: Wednesday, January 01, 2014 - 03:08 AM UTC

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Hi Mike,

The set was AB3509 WW2 British/Commonwealth AFV Equipment Set. It came out some time ago, had the No 19 radios and a small selection of weapons one of which was the Thompson from the Humber Sc.

Al



Thanks again, Al!

That's why I couldn't find it - I was looking for a dedicated weapons set and not a more general accessory set.

I'll have to try to track down a couple of those. I really liked Bronco's No.19 radio that came with their Staghound and have been looking for a couple of those radios to go with different projects.

Cheers and have a Happy Model Building New Year!