WWII USMC Seated Fighter Pilot Gregory "Pappy" Boyington
Ultracast has issued a figure than can be used in Tamiya's 1/32 F4U-1a Corsair and they picked one of my favorite subject, Pappy Boyington. The kit comes in seven well cast tan resin pieces- two arms, two legs, torso, head and chin strap. The castings are excellent with minimal to no mold lines. And the sculpt is by Mike Good and is superb.
I started the build by freeing the pasts from the casting blocks with a razor saw. A few scrapes with the back of a knife and the seams were gone. I added the arms and the legs and had small gaps. I used Squadron white putty to fill in the seams and smoothed with a lacquer thinner. Once dry, I primer with Alclad gray primer.
I started with the flesh which is only the face. I have started using Scale 75 paints and really like them. I built up layers over a base coat and probably over did the creases some. The eyes are meant to be slits like he is looking into the sun and I could got them a little narrow.
The vest was painted next followed by the uniform in tans. I shaded this multiple times. The gloves were painted a slightly darker color and shaded. Lastly, the straps were painted there base coat of very light gray.
The details were painted including the helmet details, buckles and goggles. A flat coat was applied and then thinner gloss green was used for the goggles.
This is a great kit. Very well sculpted and molded and would make a great addition to the already awesome Tamiya kit or even as a standalone kit.
My thanks to Ultracast and IPMS/USA for the chance to review this figure