COMBAT PACKS
   

 

 

 

In the mid seventies, Airfix put together two sets called "Combat Packs".  Although they mostly contained normal issue figures, buildings and vehicles of the time, they have become possibly the most sought after and highly priced items ever produced in the range.  The two sets first appeared in the thirteenth Airfix Catalogue, produced in 1976.  They were listed as "Combat Pack" and "Desert Combat Pack" and had a full page to themselves.  The contents of each pack were as follows;

COMBAT PACK

1 SET BRITISH PARATROOPS

1 SET GERMAN INFANTRY

I READY MADE BRITISH CROMWELL TANK

1 READY MADE GERMAN HANOMAG HALF-TRACK

I STRONGPOINT KIT

2 WORKING PILLBOXES WITH DISCS FOR FIRING

1 CARDBOARD PRINTED BASE

VARIOUS TREES & BARRICADES ON CUT-OUT CARD

DESERT COMBAT PACK

1 SET BRITISH 8TH ARMY

1 SET GERMAN AFRIKA KORPS

1 READY MADE BRITISH DAIMLER ARMOURED CAR

1 READY MADE GERMAN PANZER IV TANK

1 DESERT OUTPOST KIT

2 WORKING PILLBOXES WITH DISCS FOR FIRING

1 CARDBOARD PRINTED BASE

VARIOUS TREES & BARRICADES ON CUT-OUT CARD

It is interesting to note that these sets were issued throughout the late seventies and very early eighties and appear to have had all large box types from 1973 to 1980/81 included.  The buildings and vehicles came without boxes but each had it's own space in the packaging.  Note also that the German Panzer in the photo is grey but as far as I am aware, this item only came in tan.  Prototype photos are great for creating myths!  The Panzer is also listed as a separate item along with the Daimler (photographed in green plastic) in the twelfth catalogue a year earlier.  I have never seen either of these as separately boxed items.  Pricing on these packs varies with condition but it is not uncommon for a good Desert set to go for around 400 Sterling on eBay!  One can only wonder what the end price would be for one in totally mint condition.  The "standard" Combat Pack will sell for anything up to 300 Sterling for an good one but again it varies and really, I suppose, depends on who wants one at the time and how much they want it - and, of course, whether or not they can sneak the transaction past their partner!

         

EUROPEAN THEATRE COMBAT PACK 

     

EUROPEAN PACK CONTENTS WITH 1976 AND 1980/81 BOXES

 

            

BASE, CUT-OUT ACCESSORIES AND INSTRUCTION LEAFLET FROM EUROPEAN COMBAT PACK

              

DESERT THEATRE COMBAT PACK 

         

DESERT PACK CONTENTS WITH 1976 AND 1973 BOXES IN THE SAME PACK AND THE WHOLE SET LAID OUT

    

INSTRUCTION LEAFLETS FROM DESERT COMBAT PACK

 

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