Cybermodeler Online

Celebrating 24 years of hobby news and reviews




The appearance of U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard, Department of Defense, or NASA imagery or art does not constitute an endorsement nor is Cybermodeler Online affiliated with these organizations.


  • Facebook
  • Parler
  • Twitter
  • RSS
  • YouTube

US WWII Era Aircrew Parachutes

True Details 1/48 US WWII Era Aircrew Parachutes First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review October 2013 Manufacturer True Details
Subject US WWII Era Aircrew Parachutes Scale 1/48
Kit Number 48553 Primary Media Resin
Pros Exquisite casting, nice details Cons Nothing noted
Skill Level Intermediate MSRP (USD) $7.99

First Look

True Details is one of many brand names produced and sold by Squadron Mail Order. In this release, someone has really hit on a great idea. This is a resin casting of a 1/48 scale World War II era butt pack parachute and harness. This is a typical parachute system for a USAAF/USN/USMC fighter pilot and it is nicely laid out just like you'd expect to see it on a wing or tail surface for the pilot to don.

US WWII Era Aircrew Parachutes

You'll recall that the metal bucket seats in the World War II fighters have no cushions and a rather deep bucket. The parachute pack drops into the bucket as the pilot sits in the aircraft and serves as the cushion on most missions and then proves the essential canopy to save the pilot from a stricken aircraft. True details has captured this pack nicely and will look great painted up and laid out on the wing of a P-40, P-47, or P-51.

My sincere thanks to Squadron Mail Order for this review sample!