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USAAF Fighter Pilot

Master Details 1/32 USAAF Fighter Pilot Kit First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review May 2012 Manufacturer Master Details
Subject USAAF Fighter Pilot Scale 1/32
Kit Number 32032 Primary Media Resin
Pros Beautiful casting, no bubbles, positionable legs, two sets of arms, four heads, lots of possibilities! Cons Nothing noted
Skill Level Intermediate MSRP (USD) $19.95

First Look

Master Details is back with their latest pilot figure, this time representing a typical USAAF fighter pilot wearing cold weather flying gear typical of mid-to-late war operations. This figure is different than the USAAF fighter pilot figure dressed for warmer weather (look here). 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, heavy leather flight jacket, heavy gloves, and leather flying helmet.

USAAF Fighter Pilot

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:

  1. Mask off, goggles up
  2. Mask off, goggles down
  3. Mask on, goggles up
  4. 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. This figure would look great in any of the available P-51D, P-47D, P-40, 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 definitely 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!

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