When I was a kid American Civil War toys were one of my favorites and I had Marx, MPC ring-hands, Rel, and Giant of Hong Kong, but by the time these Britain Deetail soldiers came out in 1971 I was firmly entrenched in the world of HO scale model railroading. As an adult collector I discovered these about ten years ago when initially building my Civil War collection. To be honest I don't know the whole story behind Britains Deetail and am only now getting a handle on how many figures there were in the series. One observation is that both Union and Confederate used the same sculpts with Union figures being painted blue and Confederate figures being painted gray. I've notice two types of bases; oval and rectangular. Don't know why there are two different types other than it appears the Union guys got the rectangular bases while the Confederates got the ovals.
My collection is not complete and may never be, as it will depend on whether I can get the remaining figures for a decent price. The poses are quite nice and the paint schemes well executed. There appears to be a secondary market of customized Britains figures which I've yet to explore but we shall see. Although the collection isn't complete I still took a billion photos so it may take a while to post what I have. In the meantime, let's start with what Union infantry figures I do have.Everybody Enjoy! Bettina & Fritz Berg :)
The flag staffs have a paper flag attached and the staffs are removable from the bearer's hand. Often time either the flag itself or the whole staff is missing
Officer Advancing w/Sword
Standing Loading Rifle
Kneeling Firing Rifle
Underside of oval bases
Gatling Gun w/Crew
A very interesting and detailed accessory.
That square depression in the base held extra shot.
Small B-B's are loaded into the hopper
The spring mechanism allows you to fire the B-B's
My gun still has a round lodged in the barrel!