The Pattern 1756 Light Infantry Fusil, a lightened version of the Short Land Pattern Musket, was issued to light infantry and fusiliers. Privately purchased officers‘ fusils were outwardly similar, but better made.
The Airfix 1:76 scale Confederate Infantryman above may be converted to represent a British light infantry officer of the American Revolutionary War period, as is shown in our tutorial “Officer Conversion, British Light Infantry, 1777”. He is wearing a short jacket similar to the waistcoat with added sleeves adopted by British light infantry in 1777, officers‘s boots, and a partially cocked hat, to which green, red or black feathers might be added. This officer needs a haircut, and his missing wings may be sculpted from Green Stuff or Milliput.
- Pattern 1756 Light Infantry Fusil
- Type: muzzle-loading smoothbore Flintlock Musket
- Overall Length: 58.5 inches (1,486 mm)
- Barrel Length: 42 inches (1,067 mm)
- Calibre: .62 to .66 inches (16 to 17 mm)
- Bayonet: 17-inch triangular cross-section Blade, 4-inch cylindrical Shank