Rafale Pilots - Seated in A/C
Belgium PJ Productions makes wonderful resin aftermarket pieces in all scales to enhance many models. This set is a couple modern European pilots in 1/72nd scale. They are listed for a Rafale but would work in any similar plane also. The set comes with six pieces of finely cast dark gray resin- two pilot bodies and four arms. The pilots are NOT duplicates of one another and are different which is an excellent detail.
Assembly was straightforward- I removed the parts with a razor saw and scraped a couple fine seam lines off (there were very few) and glued the arms into position with super glue. The super glue filled any minor seams, so no putty was needed. I mounted the pilots on poles for painting and primed with Alclad gray.
Painting was done after looking at the picture on the kit and Internet sources. Most were Khaki and Khaki green with black gloves and boots. The helmets were white with black visors. Various washes were added, and metallic details as needed. They were flat coated when done and then gloss added to the visor. You can see by the pictures how small these are compared to a penny, yet the detail is superb
They are excellent addition to any kit that needs a pilot. Simple to build, well designed and a breeze to paint. Recommended.
My thanks to PJ Productions and IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review this excellent set.