Modeling the U.S. Army in WWII

Airfix is a name synonymous with modeling for anyone who was a kid like myself in the early- to mid-1960s. An English company, they produced just about everything: tanks, planes, cars, figures, battleships, etc. Their AFVs and military figures were produced in 1/32 and 1/72 scales.

Many middle-aged modelers grew up building Airfix's marvelous figure sets that were designed so that body parts could be interchanged. Called “Multipose” figures, these were boxed as six or twelve figure sets, the latter having two sprues of the six soldiers. Besides the obligatory German regular infantry and Afrika Korps sets, there were U.S. Army infantry and Marines as well as British and Japanese. They also produced a few vehicles. After being out of production for a number of years, the kits returned to the market in 2005 in their six figure configurations.

In 2006, Airfix's parent company, Heller of France, encountered financial difficulties and was reported to be placed in the European equivalent of bankruptcy.


04583 U.S. Marines
04586 U.S. Infantry Europe


08364-5 American M3 Lee U. S. tank training unit "Blitzer" England, December 1942.
  13th Armored Regiment, 2nd Battalion, F Company, December, 1942
  13th Armored Regiment, 2nd Battalion, E Company, 2nd Platoon
4200 M4A1 Sreamin' Mimi
4201 M4 Hedge Hog



Modeling the U.S. Army in WWII © 2002—2007 Timothy S. Streeter