Master Details 1/32 USAAF Navigator ETO Kit First Look
|Date of Review||October 2016||Manufacturer||Master Details|
|Subject||USAAF Navigator ETO||Scale||1/32|
|Kit Number||32044||Primary Media||Resin, White Metal|
|Pros||Beautiful casting||Cons||White metal heads, see text|
|Skill Level||Intermediate||MSRP (USD)||$14.95|
Master Details has released another useful crew figure for 1/32 scale multi-engined projects. This release represents a typical USAAF navigator from the European theater during the mid-late war period. This figure is cast from gray resin and consists of two torsos, two arms, two legs, and a parachute pack. As with previous releases from Master Details, the heads are cast from white metal and consist of two alternate heads (one with O2 mask on, one without), an oxygen hose, and a separate O2 mask.
The figure is posed seated with both torsos being nearly identical except in the colar details. The arms and legs can be adjusted to accommodate the seating/surroundings where it will be mounted. This figure is ideal for the HK Models 1/32 B-17G and their soon-to-be-released B-17E/F kits as well as their glass-nosed B-25J kit. When we were restoring the B-17G at the Pima Air Museum, we met a veteran whose B-17 had been blasted by an Me 262 while he was a toggler (enlisted bombardier).
Seated in the nose, there was no way to get in or out of that compartment while wearing a parachute, so the navigator and bombardier (toggler) would keep their chute packs on a rack in the nose and keep a tether attached to the chute. In the case of the veteran, his B-17 broke apart during its spin toward the ground and the nose broke away from the cockpit leaving him free of the aircraft and not wearing a parachute. Then he remembered the tether and when he looked up, his chute was still at the end of his tether which he pulled in and saved his life.
This set nicely captures this important detail and along with their bombardier figure, you'll have the nose compartment of your B-17 fully crewed.
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!