Thank you PJ Production for providing this elegant accessory gunner figure, and thank you to the IPMS Reviewer Corps for letting me review it! I am very appreciative of all you do for the scale modeling community.
The pilot arrived in a small blue cardboard box, with a small plastic bag inside holding both the pilot figure and a casting plug with arms. The light tan resin showed no sign of mold release and the minimal flash was easily removed without compromising the fine surface details. The resin is not too brittle or too soft. The separate arms allow custom positioning to suit the application, and the arm-torso join surfaces are flat, easily allowing drilling or flexible wire or pin to reinforce the joint. The neck-torso joint allows the gunner’s head to be looking to one side or another, instead of stiffly aft. I have my gunner looking up and slightly to his left. He will be gripping the firing handle of a twin 0.50 in an SBD (still under construction), although an OS2U or SB2U would also be suitable. I expect that a TBM would also be good, but some modification might be needed for the gunner to fit in the turret.
The figure is designed for seating in a rear-facing gun position. Many detail surfaces, such as parachute straps and the Mae West are present on the gunner’s back. This area is readily visible on most gun positions of these type of gun seats, so this detail is often visible. The straps and Mae West are slightly undercut, allowing highlighting washes a good place to pool and do their job.
The only problem I had with this figure had nothing at all to do with the figure itself. The detail is very crisp, which highlighted my novice figure painting skills! This pilot figure was a joy to put together and paint, including the previous caveat.
I highly recommend this figure kit, for the ease of assembly, painting and the versatility for enhancing any suitable WW2 USN aircraft. Thank you again to PJ Production and the IPMS Reviewer Corps!