Russian Pilot WWII
Aires Hobby Models provides a variety of high quality resin products to upgrade, or correct, a variety of models in the most popular scales. They also have a line of crew and pilot figures in 1/72nd, 1/48th and 1/32nd scale. These figures are relatively inexpensive, and make a nice addition to an aircraft diorama, or to add a better since of scale to a finished model.
Aerobonus continues their series of pilot figures. This release is a 1/72nd version of a Russian pilot wearing an overcoat and parachute. The figure is posed standing wearing his flight gear, including headgear and a parachute, and holding his hands in a way that makes it look like he’s explaining something to someone.
The resin figure comes in four nicely cast pieces, with the arms, head, and body each molded separately on the pour stub. The flight suit, helmet, and parachute are nicely detailed, and the facial features are well done, especially for this scale.
The painting instructions are typical for Aerobonus with a simple color drawing of the figure. Assembly is a breeze with very little clean up, aside from removing the extra resin between the figure’s legs. I painted my figure using Vallejo paints, and had no issues with the paint adhering to the resin.
I recommend this figure as a nice addition to just about any model of Russian fighter plane.
Thanks to Aires and IPMS/USA for providing the figure for review.
Aires continues their wonderful pilot release, this time in 1/32 scale of a German WWII pilot wearing a Kapok life preserver. The parts are perfectly case and have both arms, the body and a separate head. Also included is a full color painting guide and also a printed map and booklet which can be cut out and added to the models right hand.
Assembly is simple. Start by removing the arms and sanding as needed. Same for the head. The body takes a little more work cleaning out along the inseam but nothing too difficult. The arms and can be attached and the head painted separately.
I primed with Alclad gray and let dry overnight. I used Scale 75 painted for the face. If you haven’t tried these, they are wonderful with a great range of flesh colors. The body was painted with Tamiya and Liquitex acrylics. Shading was done with oil washes and acrylics dry brushes.
I flat coated the figure and gloss coated the goggles. I cut out the map from the instructions (which are really well done ad in color) and added a light tan wash for some age and dirt and glued it into his hand.
This is a very well sculpted and cast figure. Assembly is easy and when painted, it will look good next to your 1/32 Luftwaffe plane. Recommended. My thanks to Aires for the opportunity to review this kit.