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This is an excellent fourteen pose set, first advertised for release in the December 1975 Airfix Magazine. It's first catalogue appearance was in 1976. The set was originally moulded in the same grey plastic as the Napoleonic sets, and switched to olive green for the CPG and Humbrol issues of 1984 and 1986 respectively.

         

1975 "NEW" TARGET BOX       1975 TARGET BOX                   REVERSE FOR BOTH 1975 BOXES

              

1976 TARGET BOX                                                                         1976 TARGET BOX with green edgeing.

    

1976 USAIRFIX BOX

                   

1977 STANDARD PACK with alternative reverse layouts.                                                      1984 CPG BOX

        

1986 HUMBROL BOX with alternative reverse layouts.

         

2009 HORNBY BOX

              

14 poses followed by a full set with mould numbers 1 to 29 and then the four prone figures with intact mould lugs.  The final photo shows the different bases for the two officers when the standard/super packaging came into effect.

           

This is how the set can be found in 1984 (CPG) and 1986 (Humbrol) boxes. I don't think the "shot man" pose is available in this colour as the pose was not used in the fourteen figure boxes.  The third photo is the 2009 re-issue in a slightly lighter green than the Humbrol set.  Still no shot man?

    

Note the washed-out translucent look of the USAirfix moulding on the right of each photo here, compared to the original UK moulding on the left.

 

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