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French WWI figures
Aeronautique militaire Francaise 1916

Eduard, 1/48 scale

S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number: Eduard Kit No. 8511 - Aeronautique militaire Francaise 1916
Scale: 1/48
Contents and Media: 41 plastic parts for six complete figures
Price: USD$12.95 plus shipping online from Eduard
USD$11.66 available online from Squadron
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Much needed subject matter, variety of poses, good detail
Disadvantages: The odd sink mark.
Recommendation: Recommended

Reviewed by Rob Baumgartner

Eduard's 1/48 scale French WWI figures are available online from Squadron.com



Eduard cut their teeth on World War I aircraft so producing figures that relate to these subjects is a logical progression for the company.

This latest package sees the French enter the fray. Having produced the German and British airmen already, this set follows along similar lines.

What we get is two sprues that contain a total of 41 plastic parts. These contain a variety of torsos, heads and limbs to allow six figures to be built.


The detail is very good with a diverse range of personnel and clothing being depicted. As was found in earlier sets, some of the thicker parts suffer from the characteristic “bullet hole” effect. This “shrinkage” of the plastic will need filler and a bit of careful sanding.

Fortunately, all but one of these blemishes occurs on the back of the figure where the risk of deleting detail is minimal.


The uninitiated should also note that the box artwork in this series does not necessarily correspond with the poses shown on the instruction sheet. This is not a criticism, just a “heads up” for those planning a diorama.

What we do get is a uniformed pilot pointing, another standing with hands in pocket, and a third (decked in flying gear) with his hands resting on the airframe.

The men that service the aircraft consists of one climbing a ladder (though not in the position of attending to the Lewis gun), a mechanic leaning on the prop, and a seated figure on the ground (with his head facing forwards).




It is not easy finding injection moulded plastic figures that can interplay with World War One aircraft.

Thanks to Eduard, the modeler is now getting an excellent range to choose from. With skillful painting, each subject will allow your diorama to tell a story or even provide an important sense of scale.

The choice is yours…


Thanks to Eduard for the review sample

Review Text Copyright © 2007 by Rob Baumgartner
Page Created 18 November, 2007
Last updated 24 December, 2007

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