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Then in their 1993 catalogue Airfix relaunched several, including this set, now coded as 06703 and renamed 'Fort Apache'.

The contents were as before except that the Wagon Train was removed. Also first produced in 1966, this contained complete sets of first type Foreign Legion and Arabs (Bedouins).

Airfix have a long and reasonably glorious history of making battlesets.

From their point of view it was a relatively cheap way to make a new product, sometimes requiring no more than the design of some new packaging, but for many a small boy such sets were a wonderful if often unobtainably expensive toy which seemed to deliver an entire battle in one box.

This article looks at the Airfix battleset in all its many forms, but naturally concentrates on the figures to be found in each.

Many Airfix kits and diorama products also included one or more figures, details of which can be found in our Airfix Kit Figures feature.

The set included one set each of first type US Marines and Japanese Infantry.

It also included a number of their ready-made polythene vehicles and a vacu-formed base.

The castle itself is again very small, mostly just curtain walls and not up to much in terms of actual history, though we have seen multiple sets combined to form something a bit more realistic.Lovely though it was, like most of the range it strays a long way from historical accuracy, though whether any child cared seems doubtful.Of more interest is why Airfix chose the Wagon Train rather than the Cowboys set.True neither would find themselves defending a fort from native attack, but in the absence of a set of Indian Wars infantry or dismounted cavalry Airfix had no other choices.The problem is the Wagon Train is full of people eating, strolling or riding the wagon.In addition Airfix figures were used in a number of battlesets from other producers, notably MPC and their Historama range, but these are not included in this article.


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