With the release of the Eduard Mig-21 family and the upgrades to the older Academy Mig-29 and Su-27, as well as the reboxed Su-25 and Su-22s, it is amazing that it has taken this long to get a decent 1/48th scale pilot for these airplanes. If you are like me, I enjoy having a figure next to my airplane for scale comparison. Well, now I can do that with my Russian jets. Yes, I know, you are saying, “Floyd builds jets? And Russian ones at that?” Well, I haven’t yet, but I have all of them, so when I get that itch I can scratch it.
This figure is molded in two pieces of light grey resin that have no flaws that I can see. Aero Line posed the figure with his arm up shielding the sun while watching something in the sky. I like the pose and it seems natural. The biggest piece of resin is the whole pilot with very little cleanup required. The only other part is the arm, which is keyed to go into the body and should represent no big hassle in assembly.
Now, the painting instructions are limited to the cover painting of the figure. Although, in all honesty, the flight suit is pretty much a single color with just the pilot’s helmet and his face and hand to lend their color to the mix.
This figure will look really nice next to my MiG-21. The simplicity of the construction and the minimal colors makes this figure ideal for the beginning figure painter.
Thanks to Aero Line, Plus Model, and IPMS/USA for the review copy.