Oh lucky me what a shiny frabjous joy, joy acquisition...
I bid on six RAFM era Gears on eBay and won. This was probably down to the fact they were partly painted and assembled and there was a high chance that parts were missing, which wasn't a problem for me as I have an ample amount of Nitromors on hand, and missing parts can always be fabricated from my spare parts box.
I got one of each of the following: Hunter Commando, a standard Hunter, an Assault Hunter, a Bricklayer, a Fire Jaguar, and a standard Jaguar.
Surprisingly, only one model was missing a part, the Bricklayer has no claw. But, I have spare claws from MechWarrior construction mechs that will work. And, as can be seen in the above picture, the Hunter Commando's bazooka is mis-moulded. But, for me at least, this an easy fix because I can use a part from the current Heavy Gear large bazooka.
I'm tempted to play Heavy Gear using these models, but as a semi-RPG squad level game.
It seems a shame to me that Dream Pod 9 hasn't considered re-issuing these Gears as resin and pewter models as they're no larger than the Gear Striders they already sell. I imagine this would please an awful lot of players of the game and would go a long way to mending a few fences in the Heavy Gear world too. Besides which, it would make them money and allow them to diversify the game. Blitz for large games, heroic scale for small actions.
Now I'm scrabbling around for a couple of Southern Mambas and Jagers to go with these.