Master Details 1/32 USAAF Fighter Pilot Kit First Look
|Date of Review||March 2008||Manufacturer||Master Details|
|Subject||USAAF Fighter Pilot||Scale||1/32|
|Kit Number||32011||Primary Media||Resin|
|Pros||Beautiful casting, no bubbles, positionable legs, two sets of arms, four heads, lots of possibilities!||Cons|
|Skill Level||Intermediate||MSRP (USD)||$19.95|
Master Details is back with their next pilot figure, this time representing a typical USAAF fighter pilot wearing uniform and survival gear typical of mid-to-late war operations. This crew figure is posed seated to perch into your favorite model's bucket seat. The figure is wearing the standard kit of seat parachute pack, standard seatbelt and shoulder harness, leather flight jacket, and leather flying helmet.
Two sets of arms are included, one each grasping stick and throttle, the other set with cupped hands as if resting on the stick and throttle (though these can be worked to do just about anything, including holding the separately cast O2 mask and hose).
Four different heads are included in this set, all wearing the leather helmet:
- Mask off, goggles up
- Mask off, goggles down
- Mask on, goggles up
- Mask on, goggles down
One thing to note when installing your pilot: he is not wearing a seatbelt nor shoulder harness. These would be visible over the parachute harness. I made the mistake of forgetting to strap into my trusty Citabria while wearing my parachute. Never again! You might want to strap your figure in as well.
This figure would look great in any of the available P-51D, P-47D, P-40E (including the upcoming new-tool Hasegawa kit), or even one of the USAAF Spitfire kits.
While most modelers tend to pose their aircraft parked, the more advanced modelers are adding nice figures to their models to add a more dynamic element or story to their project. This figure will defnitely help to bring your next large aircraft to life! At the moment, this figure is available directly from the manufacuter at Master Details' website.
This figure is available directly from the manufacturer at Master Details' website.
My sincere thanks to Master Details (http://www.masterdetails.com) for this review sample!