I was more disappointed that so many gun/mortar barrels were bent on arrival. I have been trying for 3 days to straighten them.
I was prepared for the "funnies" pieces, though not sure why I need 12 mortars. I also can't imagine a scenario using all of those cav units.
Yes, the plastic is a bit soft. I would prefer the plastic that was used in the Eastern Front expansion.
I believe there are 12 mortars so that you can afford to lose some.