Mystery OOHO American Infantry

These strange half dozen US Infantry came into my collection in the early to mid 1980s via my late Dad. I think they came from someone at his workplace.

I appreciated their smart paintwork. They were used in some of my teenage gaming scenarios but I was aware of their delicacy.

They are hard plastic and possibly kit figures. They had small square plasticard bases and one or two were missing either feet, bases or weapon tips.

I can’t find who made them. I have skimmed through the US Infantry section of Plastic Soldier Review.

***** One suggestion by Neil Patterson in the comments below, which seems right on web searching, is that these are Roco Minitanks figures. Thanks. *****

Mixed in with this mystery US Infantry, another mystery figure:

This strange green plastic radioman (below) reminds me of Giant (Hong Kong copies?) spacemen or divers, or the random 1980s sets of Atlantic ‘modern’ infantry figures.

My original 1980s paintwork, obviously in need of extra radiomen for a game …

Both these oddities, recently rebased on Warbases MDF penny bases, only survived I think in my 1980s Blue Box of bits and bobs of gaming stuff and stray figures.

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2020/04/13/unboxing-the-blue-box-of-1980s-gaming-figures-time-capsule-parts-1-to-3/

Or my metal case

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2021/05/07/two-by-two-into-the-metal-airfix-ark-the-case-of-the-metal-box/

Blog posted by Mark Man of TIN blog, 10 July 2021

8 thoughts on “Mystery OOHO American Infantry”

  1. Mark, in the early 1970s I was in Italy and picked up some boxes of Atlantic 20mm plastic. That radio operator has the design look of Atlantic. I actually bought Russian Revolution, Romans, and Italian police. To be honest, I found them much more interesting for the subject, but the actual casting and design was not as good as Airfix (2nd designs). And most of their Romans were more like Ancient Greeks. I do remember how thin the Atlantics were and somewhat smaller.
    Michael

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    1. Atlantic were a random pleasure in the early 1980s, mostly all that was left around were the domestic Wild West sets but I did slowly track down some of the WW2 and Ancients packs. Very odd basing. Years later I found the curious Russian Revolution set. I still have some of these figures mixed in with Airfix units.

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  2. The hard plastic are Roco (as in Roco Minitanks) so are 1/87.
    They did several sets, some smaller than others both sitting in vehicles as well as marching, in action, artillery group etc. Most were US or Bundeswehr but there were some WW2 Germans and a pack of WW2 British AT gunners which were exact scaled down versions of the Tamiya 1/35 set.
    Neil

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