Period: Flock Head/Eagle Eye
Dates: 1975 until c.1977
Cat No: 34164 / 34313
This is the second main issue of the Mine Detection set, replacing the slighly more elaborate 1966 Mine Dectection Set. This new set featured a uniform with the skull and crossbones badge, and a simpler way of attaching the battery pack to Action Man's back.
MINE DETECTION SET: Battery operated mine detector, elastic strap harness, helmet, boots, shirt, trousers, 3 x steel land mine discs, leaflet, Equipment Manual.
The working mine detection set works by contact like its forerunner. Mines could be placed under thin sand or gravel and upon contact with the metal under-surface of the mine detector head, a red bulb on top of the battery pack would illuminate. These usually are broken where the arm hinge meets the head as they are poorly strengthened. This 1975 version has a different detection head, and no material harness, opting for an unimaginative elastic strap. The mineslike before, are prone to rusting as they are steel (to conduct). A helmet came with the set with special trasparent sticker, again with the Skull symbol. There was no belt of headphones issues with this set. In 1981 a Royal Engineers outfit also came equipped with a mine (non-working) detector.