Luftwaffe Fighter Pilot – Battle of Britain
This is the sixth Ultracast figure I have had the honor of reviewing and I can honestly say that each one is better than the last. This figure of a Luftwaffe Fighter Pilot is no exception.
It is sculpted by my friend Mike Good. He has a world reputation as a sculpture of pilots in every scale, and I believe I have painted every one of them.
This piece is cast in hard tan resin in five parts that fit perfectly. The engineering is superb in that the pieces are pegged in such a way that there is no way to fit them wrong.
After removing the casting blocks and minor cleanup of seam lines, I assembled the parts and mounted the figure on my favorite working block, a medicine container. I like this method because it affords me a surface to hold onto once the figure is CA glued to it, and after the painting it is easily removed from it.
I then primed the figure with Duplicolor automotive light grey primer straight from the can. I let this set overnight and began the painting the next day. I painted the complete figure with Vallejo acrylics. The colors used were Leather Brown, Chocolate Brown, Yellow Ochre, White, Luftwaffe Blue/Grey, Black, Dark Flesh, German Camo Ochre, and a dot of Red. After painting the figure, I gave all the leather and rubber parts a light drybrushing of Future Floor Wax. This light drybrushing gave the parts just the right sheen of leather and rubber.
I like the way the figure turned out. At a later date I will paint the face over, using artist oils. but as it looks now I am pleased. This whole figure only took me about 3 hours, start to finish.
I must commend Ultracast on again producing a very fine miniature. I would recommend this to anyone, beginner and experienced alike. It builds and paints itself.
I wish to thank Ultracast and Steve Collins for giving me this figure to review.