A bit of a miserly post today with only two images of two makes and one of them is half known! So we'll look at the totally unknown ones first . . .
. . . and while unknown; I can say they are lovely! Small, but heavy, round sculptural bases with no mark, 20-23mm and fully compatible with Airfix (but immeasurably better sculpts!) can anyone put a name to them?
These - Eriksson/SAE copies - are problematic as while they are probably Minikin they could just as easily be AHI . When I posted some die-cast figures (which I had been lead to believe were Minikin, Brian corrected me to the effect he thought they were AHI, but if they were, then these which are lead, must be Minikin surely?
I mean - we can't label them all as one, whether lead or alloy, while denying the other any examples at all! So who knows which is which? Die-cast mazak or lead/white-metal, Minikin or AHI?
The above are lead/white-metal. Grey with green facings - Patriots or Hessian mercenaries?
While these - previously seen - are die-cast mazak. See also the forthcoming (Friday) post on ACW unknowns for another possible from this range?
I know AHI (Azrak Hamway International) a New York office'd importer marketed sets of 30mm Indians and Backwoodsmen along with 22mm (OO-gauge) railway figures, AWI goes better with Indians and Backwoodsmen, letting these be AHI would allow the ACW to be Minikin!
While Minikin did several sets of OO-gauge figures for model railways, imported by International Models Inc. (IMI) also New York based and owned by a Lou Barnett. Linemar (Marx subsidiary) also imported painted metal from Japan - among others, could these be neither AHI nor Minikins but another source altogether?
Garratt mentions plastics for AHI under their heading, then places them in Hong Kong for SAE, and credits IMI of being Canadian and EMI! I think - in the first instance he was getting AHI confused with AHM (Associated Hobby Manufacturers - a tax avoiding industry cartel) a later importer of plastics, die-casts and model kits? While in the second instance a typo seems to have 'become flesh'?
For the casual visitor:
ACW = American Civil War (Republicans versus Democrats!)
AHI = Azrak Hamway International (Jobber)
AHM = Associated Hobby Manufacturers (Industry funded 'Co-op')
AWI = American War of Independence (Successful armed insurgency)