First: Thanks to Aires for providing IPMS USA this figure to review! One of six in this review series, each shows a passion and dedication Aires have to providing the finest resin products. We appreciate your support, with the usual nod to IPMS USA leadership for allowing me to review these figures.
Produced under the Aerobonus branch of Aires, this particular figure, a USAF fighter pilot in vietnam with equipment appropriate to 1960-1975, has outstanding detail and fidelity; consisting of four resin parts (main body, left and right arm, and flight helmet). The pilot is wearing the standard “Overseas hat”, which will require a deft hand for painting the silver piping and rank. The wearer does NOT have the obligatory “ducktail” in the back, so this guy can’t be a real fighter pilot; he must be a McPeak clone. (Had to say it…you old AF guys like me know what I am going with that comment).
Note another improvement… Included with each set are painting instructions in color!
It took about 10 minutes to clean the casting up, (there is a web between the legs), remove the arms and helmet from their spot on the pour stub, and superglue the parts together. I primered the figures with Tamiya fine spray primer, and used Vallejo for the detail and uniform painting . I used basic colors, mixed as required to get a better color match to what the figures should have, and ran a wash over everything, I then drybrushed to bring out the detail.
Although the pictures the white highlights are “Grainy”, the actual kit under normal light looks superb. I’ll be using more of these in the future.
Nothing more to add here than “a worthy upgrade”… assemble the parts, paint, and install on your vignette or diorama for a great visual effect without too much work! Thanks again to Aires for providing these to IPMS USA!