U.S. Marines Pilot WWII - Pacific Theater

Published on
February 5, 2017
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Company: Aerobonus - Website: Visit Site
Provided by: Aires Hobby Models - Website: Visit Site
Resin Parts

Aerobonus is part of Aires and produces a line of items meant not to enhance the actual airplane model but to add to a diorama or vignette. This can include figures or simple diorama accessories. This set is a WWII USMC pilot in 1/32nd scale describing his exploits in a nice action pose. The set is in four parts, the body, the head and two arms. All parts are cast well in Aires traditional gray resin with nice crisp details. Take care removing the parts and assembly will be a snap. I added the arms to the body and in hindsight, I should have left them off. I did keep the head separate and mounted all the parts to toothpicks for ease of painting.

I primed the kit with Alclad gray primer and let dry overnight. I started with the skin tones and used Scale 75 paints which are fantastic to paint with and gave a nice matt finish. I started with the base color and used the highlights and shadows as needed. The face turned out good although after looking again, the eyes could use some repainting.

The instruction for the kit gives you guidance as far as colors used describing them as gray or sand colored. It would be nice to have some FS numbers or the like but a quick five-minute search online and I had a good idea of what we wanted to do. The flight suit was done in medium brown and then dry brushed for highlights. I then painted the life jacket yellow with multiple coats. The harness straps were painted Tamiya Sky gray and the kit was given an oil wash. Parts were picked out with dry brushes and then flat coated. I used Citadel Mithril silver for the buckles and gloss coated the lenses of the goggles.

And done. This is a great kit and a nice add to a 1/32nd Corsair or Hellcat. Definitely recommended. My thanks to Aires and IPMS/USA for the chance to review this great set.


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