USAF Crew Chief - Marshalling
VideoAviation.com has come up with another wonderful diorama accessory with this new kit. One of the most important jobs that a crew chief has on the flight line is the safe taxying of aircraft from or to their parking spots. Modern United States Air Force (USAF) crew chiefs wear reflective vests to highlight their visibility to the aircraft’s pilot.
This is a four-piece resin kit, with both arms and the head molded separately. The figure comes molded in the “This Marshaller” pose, which is the very first signal that a pilot will get before any taxying or other aircraft movement happens.
Molding is fantastic, with just a minimum of seam lines to clean up. Most of these lines are cleverly hidden in the folds of the uniform, but there are a few that do stand out a bit – but a file makes quick work of them.
I chose to represent myself as an active duty crew chief with this kit. The uniform is molded as a modern USAF uniform, although it is easily backdated to the Battle Dress Uniform (BDU) that was the standard during my time in the USAF. An addition to the figure for marshaling large aircraft would be to add orange paddles to the hands.
My thanks to VideoAviation.com for the review kit and to IPMSUSA for letting me review it.