U.S. Navy/Marine Fighter Pilot
Here is another new company producing military figures. If this is their first offering, I am very impressed. Not only is the subject matter refreshing, but the figure is very well cast.
This pilot is in 1/32 scale which would make it ideal for any WW II Navy or Marine aircraft in that scale. The pose is rather casual, which is a nice change of pace. It’s cast in three grey resin parts and three metal parts. The kit includes two heads, one with a soft cap and the other wearing a flying helmet. It even includes a chin strap – nice touch. The castings are crisp and sharp and required only minor cleanup.
After the cleanup, I assembled it with CA glue and primed it with Duplicolor Light Grey auto primer. I used Vallejo acrylic paints on the complete figure. One must remember that to paint yellow, it must be undercoated with white, otherwise you come up with a mustard color. I added a touch of red to the yellow and then drybrushed the yellow. It’s a more realistic Mae West color. I highlighted with yellow and a touch of white. Shorts are a light tan shadowed with a light brown and highlighted with a sand color.
I mounted the figure on a base with sand to simulate a beach in the South Pacific.
Overall, I loved the figure and everything about it. The price is right, too. Now I just have to build my 1/32 Corsair to go with it. That will take more than the 4 hours I spent on this pilot.
I would like to thank Master Detail and Steve Collins of IPMS-USA for giving me this fine kit to review. I am looking forward to seeing more pilots from this company.