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RAF and Commonwealth Fighter Pilot in Desert and Tropical Service

Master Details 1/32 RAF & Commonwealth Fighter Pilot in Desert and Tropical Service Kit First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review November 2009 Manufacturer Master Details
Subject RAF and Commonwealth Fighter Pilot in Desert and Tropical Service Scale 1/32
Kit Number 32022 Primary Media Resin
Pros Beautiful casting, no bubbles Cons Nothing noted
Skill Level Intermediate MSRP (USD) $19.95

First Look

Master Details has released another well-done pilot figure in 1/32 scale. This time we have a pilot in typical tropical attire - shorts and light-weight shirt with standard butt-pack parachute and Mae West. This is the typical gear worn by RAF and British Commonwealth pilots in the summer in North Africa as well as in the Pacific. As with the previous releases in this series, this figure has two sets of arms to allow for a variety of poses whilst seated in the cockpit and four different heads to provide the standard combinations of goggles on or up and oxygen mask on or off.

RAF and Commonwealth Fighter Pilot in Desert and Tropical Service

What's different about this release is this is the first time I've seen the heads cast in white metal instead of resin. While the casting is as sharp as the previous heads in resin, I almost prefer the resin heads versus the additional weight of white metal heads.

This figure is ideal to crew up your Tamiya 1/32 Spitfire Mk.IX or Hasegawa 1/32 Kittyhawk Mk.I in RAF desert or RAAF markings. Of course this will work in any other desert fighter kit, even the venerable 1/32 Revell Beaufighter, but this figure is well-timed for these latest releases from Tamiya and Hasegawa.

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!

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