The German Infantry set was first advertised for release in the October 1969 Airfix Magazine and first appeared in the 1970 catalogue. This is the only set with eight poses. It was moulded in the now familiar dark blue of most German sets and this was lightened quite a bit for the 1986 Humbrol sets.
FIRST AND SECOND ISSUE BROWN BOX. The box front is the same for both boxes.
THIRD ISSUE BROWN BOX.
1973 TARGET BOX. Note the first box reverse has a red strip on the National Insignia and the second doesn't!
1976 TARGET BOX. Note the lack of red strip here too. Has anyone seen the 1976 box with the red strip?
1976 GERMAN ISSUE BOX. Note again that there is no red strip on the painting guide. Anyone got this one?
1978 TARGET BOX. Note here the change of painting guide on the reverse of the box.
1980 and 1981 SUPER PACK.
1980 and 1981 STANDARD PACK. 1986 HUMBROL ISSUE.
2009 HORNBY BOX
Eight poses with the German set, a full set of figures with mould numbers 1 to 29 and a mint set of prone figures with the moulding lugs still attached and at all four different points - this is what to look for in a mint and un-played with set. The fourth photo shows the 2009 set in a rather garish blue colour.
This is a boxed set of CTS re-issues from the US. It's a generic box which simply has a bar-coded identification label on one end flap. The figures are bagged within the box.
Update - 24th July 2011 - 1976 German issue alternative back. This image was sent to me by Werner Cajetan from Germany. It shows that, as well as one insignia missing the red strip mentioned above, the "Eagle" insignia has been accessed by a German shopkeeper/distributor in order to obliterate the swastika symbol. This has been done by breaking the shrinkwrap at that point and blacking the symbol out with pen. According to Werner, this was done because the swastika is a banned symbol in Germany, for obvious reasons, and the dealers were obliged to do this before selling the product.
Update - 20th August 2011 - 1976 German issue alternative back. Another method of covering the Swastika revealed by Rainer Schmidt from Germany was to cover it with a "Plasty" sticker. Plasty were Airfix's German importers from the 1950's.
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