MiniArt 1/16 Ernst Udet WWI Flying Ace Kit First Look
By Michael Benolkin
|Date of Review||June 2013||Manufacturer||MiniArt|
|Subject||Ernst Udet WWI Flying Ace||Scale||1/16|
|Kit Number||16030||Primary Media||Styrene|
|Pros||Beautifully rendered figure||Cons||Nothing noted|
|Skill Level||Basic||MSRP (USD)||$21.99|
Ernst Udet was the second-highest scoring German ace in World War I as well as being one of the youngest at 22. His score of 62 kills was second only to Manfred von Richthofen making Udet the leading surviving German ace at the end of that war. Udet would become director-general of equipment for the new Luftwaffe at the beginning of World War II, but between the dislike of flying a desk and being blamed by Hermann Goering for the failures in the Battle of Britain, he took his own life shortly after the launch of Operation Barbarossa in late 1941.
Here is an interesting release from MiniArt - a 1/16 scale Ernst Udet WWI Flying Ace figure in a casual pose. The kit is molded in light gray styrene and presented on one parts tree. Assembly of this kit will be easy and straightforward.
Most of your attention will be focused on painting as you'll have to carefully paint the red piping in his pant legs and around his hat. The medals including the Iron Cross and the Blue Max are molded separately so painting will be a little easier. A wood-colored styrene base is included in the set to display the figure, though I think he'd look great posed next to a 1/16 World War I aircraft.
If you're wanting to try your hand at figure building/painting or you want something different for your shelf, this Ernst Udet figure provides a simple build.
Thanks to MRC for the review sample.