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Britains "deetail"

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About "deetail"

54 mm, 1/32 scale plastic figures on metal bases. First introduced in 1971 the range reached its peak in the early 1980's. The range was downsized in the late 1980's and production moved to China in the early 1990's. The figures are factory painted apart from the "superdeetail" * range which are manufactured by over moulding different coloured plastics. Also produced were vehicles and other accessories in metal and plastic. The bases are usually marked Britains Ltd 1971. This is the date when the "deetail" copyright was applied for, not the issue or manufacture date of the figures. Some figures have been produced in both countries, others only in the UK or only in China. Most series usually have 6 figures in them although there are some exceptions such as the superdeetail with only 4 poses and the Robin Hood series with 7. Also in other series (e.g. the foot Indians) only 6 poses were in the series but some figures were replaced so that there are now more than 6 poses available although only 6 poses were released at a time.

* - Note the difference between "Superdeetail" which are figures produced during the early 1980's using a process of "overmoulding" different coloured plastics (a process more commonly associated with Timpo) and "Super Deetail" which are more detailed paint versions of the standard range of figures first released late 2006.

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Catalogues - catalogues featuring the deetail range can be found on my "Manufacturers Catalogues and Other Reference Books" page.

Britains Deetail Figures (Made in England)

All made in England figures and sets are no longer manufactured and stocks are limited.

Unboxed Sets, Artillery and Single Figures

Britains deetail Naval gun Catalogue Number Description Comments Condition

Price (GBP)

Naval Cannon Small View Picture GC - 12.00
Britains deetail Naval gun Naval Cannon Large View Picture GC 15.00
Britains deetail artillery gun 9705 25 Pounder early version (Fig a spring weak, fig b OK) GC 6.00 each
Britains deetail artillery gun 7618 25 Pounder with new type shells GC - 12.00
Napoleonics / Waterloo (released 1974 withdrawn 1980)
Britains deetail French Napoleonic infantry French Line Infantry Officer with Standard Figure 1 GC - 8.00
French Line Infantry adv. fixed bayonet (rare white trousers) Figure 2 GC 8.00
French Imperial Guard adv. fixed bayonet (rare white trousers) Figures 3 and 4 GC 8.00 each
World War II
Britains deetail WW2 Afrika Korps 10 Afrika Korps (released 1976 withdrawn 1980)
Throwing Grenade Chipped base GC 4.00 each
Britains deetail WW2 Japanese Japanese (released 1973 withdrawn 1979) (early versions of these figures had a stained paint style where as later ones were moulded in coloured plastic). View picture
Japanese Officer with pistol and samurai sword (Chips to Base) GC 5.00
Machine Gun at waist (Chips to Base) GC - 4.00
Bayoneting (rifle at hip) (Chips to Base) GC - 4.00
Bayoneting (rifle overhead) (Chips to Base) GC - 4.00
Britains deetail WW2 British British Infantry (released 1973 withdrawn 1989) (early versions of these figures had a stained paint style where as later ones were moulded in coloured plastic). View Picture
Standing Firing Rifle (later coloured plastic) GC - 2.50 each
Charging with fixed bayonet (later coloured plastic) GC - 2.50 each
Kneeling Firing Rifle (later coloured plastic) GC - 2.50 each
Americans (when first introduced the Americans had red bases, however, these were soon replaced with yellow/brown bases which in turn were replaced by the standard green base in 1974). The first series were released 1971 - 1980. In 1981 6 new figures (second series) replaced the first series. Although 3 of the poses are similar they are now made as one piece mouldings (ie without the plug in arm). The figures originally had paper sticker (red with a black star) on their helmets, however, these are often missing. The second series lasted until 1989. In 1993 the 2nd series figures were re-introduced this time in camouflage paint schemes.
Britains deetail WW2 Americans (1st series) American infantry clubbing with rifle (missing helmet stars) (Issued 1974 - 1980). Top Row GC - 2.50 each
American infantry standing firing rifle (1st series with plug in arm) (missing helmet stars) (Issued 1974 - 1980). Top Row GC - 2.50 each
American infantry kneeling firing rifle(1st series with plug in arm) (missing helmet stars) (Issued 1974 - 1980). Bottom Row GC - 2.50 each
American infantry advancing with rifle (1st series with plug in arm) (missing helmet stars) (Issued 1974 - 1980). Bottom Row GC - 2.50 each
Britains deetail WW2 Americans (2nd series) American infantry advancing with rifle (2nd series with integral arm) (missing helmet stars) (Issued 1981 - 1989). Top Row GC - 2.50 each
American infantry advancing with rifle (2nd series with integral arm) issued as UN troops around 1993. Bottom Row GC - 2.50 each
American infantry throwing grenade issued as UN troops around 1993. Bottom Row GC - 2.50 each
American infantry standing bazooka issued as UN troops around 1993. Bottom Row GC - 2.50 each
American infantry standing firing rifle (2nd series with integral arm) issued as UN troops around 1993. Bottom Row GC - 2.50 each
Britains deetail WW2 Germans (set of 6) Germans (when first introduced the Germans had yellow/brown bases which were replaced by the standard green base in 1974). The first series were released in 1971. In 1977 6 new figures (second series) were released to replace the Japanese which had been deleted in 1976. The figures originally had paper stocker shields on their helmets, however, these are often missing. Both series were available until 1989, however some poses are more common than others.
Set of 6 first series Germans on yellow/brown bases. (Issued 1971 - 1973). View picture GC - 18.00
Britains deetail WW2 Germans (set of 6) Set of 6 first series Germans on green bases. (Issued 1974 - 1989). View picture GC 18.00
Britains deetail WW2 Germans German infantry standing firing rifle (Issued 1974 - 1989). Top Row GC - 2.50 each
German infantry throwing grenade (Issued 1974 - 1989). Top Row GC - 2.50 each
German infantry advancing firing MP40 machine pistol (Issued 1974 - 1989). Top Row GC - 2.50 each
German infantry charging with fixed bayonet (Issued 1974 - 1989). Middle Row GC - 2.50 each
German infantry kneeling with MG42 (Issued 1974 - 1989). Middle Row GC - 2.50 each
German infantry carrying ammo box and (Timpo) luger (Issued 1974 - 1989). This figure should be carrying an MG34 machine gun but looks good with the Timpo luger. Middle Row GC - 2.00 each
German infantry Officer (Issued 1977 - 1989). Bottom Row GC - 2.50 each
German infantry marching with rifle at slope (Issued 1977 - 1989). Bottom Row GC - 2.50 each
Scots Guards (released 1977 withdrawn 1989)
Sentry Box 1977- 1989 VGC/GC 1.50 each
American Civil War - Union Infantry
Britains deetail ACW union infantry 1st version standing firing with plug in arm View picture GC - 2.50 each
2nd version standing firing with fixed arm View picture GC - 2.50 each
1st version kneeling firing with plug in arm (sling on rifle) View picture GC - 2.50 each
1st version kneeling firing with plug in arm (no sling) View picture GC - 2.50 each
2nd version kneeling firing with fixed arm View picture GC - 2.50 each
Officer View picture GC - 2.50 each
Reloading View picture GC - 2.50 each
2nd version advancing with fixed arm. View picture GC - 2.50 each
Wild West
Britains deetail Indians on foot Foot Indians, assorted poses and colour versions, please specify when ordering. View picture GC 2.50 each
Britains deetail 7th Cavalry on foot 7th Cavalry on Foot - Custer in dark buckskins View picture GC 2.50 each
7th Cavalry on Foot - Custer in light buckskins View picture GC 2.50 each
7th Cavalry Bugler on Foot View picture GC 2.50 each
7th Cavalry Kneeling Firing Rifle View picture GC 2.50 each
7th Cavalry Standing with rifle and pistol View picture GC 2.50 each
Medieval Knights
Britains deetail Mounted Knights Mounted Silver and Storm Knights, assorted poses - please specify when ordering. View picture GC 3.00 each
Britains deetail Knights Foot Silver Knights, assorted poses - please specify when ordering. View picture GC 1.50 each
Britains deetail Knights 15th Century Foot Knights, assorted poses - please specify when ordering. View picture GC 1.50 each
Britains deetail Knights Foot Strom Knights, assorted poses - please specify when ordering. View picture GC 1.50 each
Britains deetail Knights Foot Silver Knights, assorted poses - please specify when ordering. View picture GC 1.50 each
Britains deetail Knights Foot Turks, assorted poses - please specify when ordering. View picture GC 1.50 each
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"Superdeetail"

These figures are not painted like the rest of the deetail range but are manufactured by overmoulding different coloured plastics. This method of production was more widely used by Timpo for their "swopitt" figures. These figures have "modern" (i.e. 1970's/80's) uniforms and equipment and were produced between 1980 and 1988 in 3 different colour schemes to represent Paratroopers, Marine Commandos and SAS:

Paratroopers - green camouflage, dark green belts/straps, black weapons and boots, red berets. Marine Commandos - dark green camouflage, black belts/straps, brown weapons and boots, green berets. SAS - brown/green camouflage, black belts/straps, brown weapons and boots, grey berets.

Description Comments Condition Price (GBP)
British Paratrooper Firing Bazooka (red beret) View picture GC 2.50 each
British Commando Firing Bazooka (green beret) View picture GC 2.50
British SAS Firing Pistol (grey beret) View picture GC 2.50 each
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Britains Deetail Figures (Made in China)

Sometime around 1992 Britains moved production of the entire "deetail" range from England to China.

Boxed Sets and Blister Cards

Britains deetail desert Landrover Catalogue Number Description Condition Price (GBP)
7609 Desert Storm Landover and 2 action figures (box has slight crushing and cellophane is torn) BDM 25.00
Britains deetail desert storm Jeep 7611 Desert Storm Jeep with crew and 2 figures BDM 25.00
Britains deetail Cowboys and Raft 7504 2 Cowboys on Raft and 2 foot cowboys Blister Card 5.00

Unboxed Sets

Britains deetail 7th Cavalry - set of 6 figures Catalogue Number Description Comments Condition Price (GBP)
7513 Dismounted 7th Cavalry (standard paint finish): Custer, Bugler, Standing Holding Pistol & Rifle, Kneeling Firing Rifle, Standing Firing Rifle, Running Firing Pistol Holding Rifle 6 Poses unboxed, mint 6.00 set
Britains deetail artillery gun 7618 25 Pounder Field Gun with Shells on sprue and firing instructions 1997 unboxed, GC 10.00
Britains deetail Jeep 7619 Green Jeep and 2 Man Crew (blue UN helmets) 1997 unboxed, GC 17.50
Britains deetail Task Force soldiers 7630 Task Force Special Unit Figures (set of 10 poses - 5 UN & 5 enemy) 1995 - 1996 unboxed, GC 12.50 set
Britains deetail WW2 US Infantry - set of 6 figures 17503 6 WWII American Infantry (standard paint finish) 6 poses unboxed, mint 6.00 set

Unboxed Single Figures

Britains deetail Cowboys Catalogue Number Description Comments Condition Price (GBP)
7510 Standing Cowboys (standard paint finish) unboxed, mint 1.00 each
Britains deetail Power Knights 7917 Power Knights Poses may vary VGC 3.00 each
Britains deetail foot Knights Knights foot Foot Knights (and accessories) GC 1.00 each
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Super Deetail Unboxed Sets and Single Figures

New for late 2006 / early 2007 are "super deetail" - new, more detailed paint versions of the deetail range.

ACW Union in super deetail paint finish Catalogue Number Description Comments Condition Price (GBP)
17828U (American Civil War) Union Infantry (super deetail paint finish) unboxed, mint 1.10 each
Stonewall section tactical scene 17858 Low Stonewall Section 1 piece unboxed, mint 1.70 each
Britains Sandbag tactical scene 17860 Sandbag Section 1 piece unboxed, mint 1.70 each
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Conversions

The following figures are Britains deetail that have been converted / modified.

Converted deetail 7th Cavalry figures Catalogue Number Description Comments Condition Price (GBP)
General Custer with pistol and sabre, trooper with sabre and rifle, trooper with sabre and pistol (view photo) Conversions GC - 1.00 each
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Spare Parts

I do not have any original deetail spare parts for sale, but as can be seen here several of the Timpo weapons now produced by Toyway are suitable for deetail knights. Also, as this photo shows the Timpo wild west weapons are useful for converting/repairing deetail figures. Full details of the weapons packs can be found here.

Catalogues - catalogues featuring the deetail range can be found on my "Manufacturers Catalogues and Other Reference Books" page.

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