US Army Helicopter Pilot-Vietnam War 1960-1975

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Company: Aerobonus - Website: Visit Site
Provided by: Aires Hobby Models - Website: Visit Site
Resin figure in package

Aerobonus has been releasing new figures at a remarkable rate. They continue to offer figures to go with your aircraft model. They are now starting to offer more helicopter related figures. There latest is available in 1/48th and 1/32nd scale, a US Army Helicopter Pilot from the Vietnam War between 1960-1975.

Packaged in a re-sealing packet with a card stock backing inside. There is a painting guide included on the instructions. The outside shows the helmeted figure and inside is the Stetson or boonie cap one. This figure is molded perfectly in light grey resin. The figure comes on a single pour block. The figure represents the early style single piece flight suit. It was less than popular in the heat and humidity of Vietnam. As a former Army pilot I can tell you that a single piece flight suit may be nice to have during a post-crash fire but for everyday wear, it was not fun. Imagine trying to get it off with the runs. Not fun. Anyhow, back to the review.

Besides the main body, you get one set of arms with gloves on the hands. The right hand is holding a pack of cigarettes. There are two heads, one with a helmet and one with a boonie cap/Stetson. The instructions indicate that it is a boonie hat and painted olive green, but with some careful painting in either grey or black, it could easily be a Stetson. Both heads have a cigarette in the mouths.

The pose is pretty standard, but not uninteresting. Perfect to pose outside your Huey, Cobra, OH-6 or CH-47.

Clean up is fairly easy. Then it is just a matter of painting the figure according to the instructions. With some minor modifications, you could make this into a later flight suit.

Finally, helicopter modelers are getting some figures to go with their models. Aerobonus puts out some really great figures that are inexpensive and easy to assemble. If you want to try your hand at painting figures this figure is a good start. If you have a Vietnam era helicopter this will give you scale reference. I can’t wait to see what they come out with next.

Highly recommended

Thanks to Aires and IPMS/USA for the review copy. You can obtain your copy by contacting them at or at your local hobby shop or an 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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