This Aires Aerobonus figure is a perfect addition to your diorama or display base. This German Pilot figure is designed to be used with any late version Bf 109 in WWII. The figure is designed to have its right foot standing in the seat, with the left foot on the cockpit edge and both hands on the canopy framing. The pilot is wearing a parachute, but no life vest. Aires Aerobonus provides a resin figure with separate arms and head on one pour stub with side bars to protect the figure. Of note is the re-sealable packaging that Quickboost uses that makes the parts easy to review and then stuff back into the package securely. The supplied instructions provide color drawings for painting.
Aires Aerobonus has molded the figure in light grey resin with no bubbles that I could find. The mold seams clean up easily and the resin plug is easily removed from the shoes with a razor saw or Dremel. The arms were attached with superglue. I added a just a touch of putty to refine the transition on the shoulders to the arms. The head is currently attached with Future. The sculpting is great with perfect proportions of the figure. The jacket and pants are well executed with appropriate wrinkles and folds.
Although most paints will adhere to resin alone, I would recommend that you wash the parts to remove any remaining mold release and prime them first. I primed the figure with Vallejo light grey, and then followed up with additional Vallejo paint to match the colored illustration in the instructions. I followed that with a wash and then dry brushed in some highlights. Since I don’t have a 1/72 109, I’ve substituted a 1/72 P-51D to show the action pose that can be obtained.
Thanks to Aires Aerobonus and IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review this set.