Helicopter Crew Vietnam

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Scale
1/48
MSRP
$13.75
Product / Stock #
481130
Base Kit
Loach/Hueys
Company: PJ Production - Website: Visit Site
Provided by: PJ Production - Website: Visit Site
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Figures in 1/48th scale, in particular helicopter figures, are like hen’s teeth. So when a new set comes out I am all over it. The latest of these releases is from PJ Production out of Belgium.

Packaged in a small end opening box, with a ziplock baggie inside of that, are three pour blocks of light grey resin and a tiny M-60 machine gun. The small M-60 is loose in the baggie so be careful you don’t lose it when opening the bag. There are no painting instructions inside, but the cover photo of the finished figures is adequate for the job.

The three resin figures represent two pilots and one door gunner. This would seem to indicate that it for a Loach since they sometimes flew with a crew of three and Hueys flew with a crew of four. All the figures have chicken plate body armor and SPH-4 type helmets, but in this scale they could easily be APH-5 helmets. The one thing that stands out is that the heads have microphones molded on. Great job.

The three resin pour blocks are beautifully rendered with no bubbles. My example had very minor flash. The figures are beautifully rendered with good detail in the face and uniforms. The uniforms are difficult to make out, but it could be either the two piece or the one-piece flight suits used in Vietnam. It really just depends on how you paint them. The body armor covers most of the flight suit so if you paint them olive drab they will be a two-piece suit or if you paint them sage green they will represent a one-piece flight suit. The pilots have seatbelts molded on them which is nice.

All the pour blocks have the product number on the one side and on the other side is the number to indicate which figure the legs, arms and bodies go to. There are 15 resin pieces. The figures take up five pieces usually with the M-60 being a separate item. The fidelity of the fingers is pretty amazing. Assembly is easy enough. The one pilot has his visor down and the other has his aviator sunglasses on.

All this set needs is to be cleaned up, assembled and painted up. It is very refreshing to see such quality in this scale. The only downside to this set is if you are going to use this for the Kitty Hawk UH-1D you’ll have to source an additional door gunner figure.

This is a really nice set of figures that will add life to your US helicopters, whether Vietnam or up to the late 1980s. I look forward to more figures from PJ Production.

Highly recommended

Thanks to PJ Production and IPMS/USA for the review copy. You can get your copy off of their website at https://www.pj-production.be/en/ , remember their pricing is in Euros, or at your local hobby shop or online retailer.

Reviewer Bio

Floyd S. Werner Jr.

Building models since the age of 7, I’ve become known for my Bf-109s and helicopters. I currently run Werner’s Wings. I was previously the ‘star’ of the Master Class Model Building Video series. I’ve been published numerous times on various website, including Hyperscale and ARC. My work has been in FSM and Great Scale Modeling 2001, as well as, numerous other model magazines. I’m a published author with my Squadron/Signal Walkaround book on the Kiowa Warrior. My models have continuously won many regional and national awards. My unique model photography gives my models instant recognition for their historical perspective.

I’m a retired from the Army after 21 years of flying Cobras and Kiowa Warriors, including tours in Iraq, Bosnia, Korea, and Germany. I’m also a retired Flight Officer for the Baltimore City Police and flew their helicopters chasing bad guys. I’m currently flying Cobras and Hueys with the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation.

I’ve been married to my high school sweetheart, Yvonne, for 42 years. Our daughters have blessed us with six grandchildren. My passions continue to be his family, friends, helicopters, models and airplanes, especially the Bf-109 and my beloved AH-1 Cobra. My motto has always been - MODELING IS FUN!

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