- Parachute # 1 – Stock # 32511, $9.99
- Parachute # 2 – Stock # 32512, $9.99
- Parachute # 3 – Stock # 32513, $9.99
MMD-Squadron continues to release unique parachutes in their True Details 1/32 scale resin aftermarket parts line. The latest are three WWII Luftwaffe aircrew parachutes, sculpted to represent how aircrew chutes would appear in pre- or post-mission repose with integral pack, cushion, harness, and hardware seen in something of a heap. These parachutes would be a perfect diorama accent for any WWII Luftwaffe aircraft model, posed in the way parachutes were typically placed strategically on the wings or stabilizers of aircraft prior to a mission so pilots could quickly suit-up for a takeoff…or the way they would appear casually left on the wing. They are molded in gray resin on a very thin amount of molding scrap. These parachutes are well sculpted with an amazing amount of detail that makes for a very realistic replica. They are packaged on a blister card with a foam pad backing to protect the fragile features of the casting. No assembly is required. They just need to be separated from the small casting scrap, painted, and positioned.
Removing each of the parachutes from its casting scrap requires a bit of care because some of the details are fragile. I found the best way to do it without damaging the thin and relatively fragile straps and hooks was to use a fresh #11 blade and carefully trim away the scrap. Trying to remove the casting scrap in the usual way by sanding it off with a sanding stick most likely could damage the edges of the straps and send the small pieces flying.
When all of the casting scrap was cleaned away, I simply rinsed the moldings in warm soapy water and airbrushed a base coat of lightened Mr.Color Olive Drab (for military equipment). When that was dry, I hand brushed the straps and hardware with a variety of Vallejo acrylics (the ones for brushing). After a light coat of Future was applied, highlights were drybrushed with oils and shadows were accented with a wash of Davies Gray and Raw Umber WN oils. I matched the colors to photos of parachutes I downloaded from the Internet. The photos below show the results.
All three of these little detail sets are very realistic and fill a void for modelers who wish to enhance the realism of their 1/32 scale Luftwaffe aircraft. They are highly recommended. My thanks to MMD – Squadron for the product samples and to IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review them.