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USN Crew Figure w/Holdback 1/32 USN Crew Figure w/Holdback Kit First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review October 2014 Manufacturer
Subject USN Crew Figure w/Holdback Scale 1/32
Kit Number 141232 Primary Media Resin
Pros Easy build, nice details Cons Nothing noted
Skill Level Experienced MSRP (Euro) 6.00€

First Look is back with another nice release. This time we have a figure dressed up for flight deck operations and holding the essential holdback devices. As you know, when an aircraft is connected to one of the aircraft carrier's catapults, the aircraft power is set to full power, and in some cases full afterburer, prior to firing the catapult. The pilot does not use the aircraft's brakes to hold the aircraft in place (nor are they strong enough to do so) at full power. The only thing that keeps the aircraft from moving off the catapult shuttle and over the end of the flight deck is the holdback device. On modern US Navy aircraft, the holdback device connects the rear of the nose gear strut and the holdback point on the flight deck. The device is strong enough to withstand full power of its associated aircraft and only breaks free when the catapult fires. Each device is color-coded to match up with specific aircraft types.

USN Crew Figure w/Holdback

This set is cast in tan resin and depicts the crewman in full protective gear for flight deck operations and is carrying one of these holdback devices. This set provides six of these devices in different sizes and you can view images online for the color band carried on the holdback device used on the aircraft you're modeling.

This is another nice release which will look great next to your 1/32 modern US Navy combat aircraft, this set will help bring that project to life.

You can find out more about this kit and their other upcoming offerings here:

My sincere thanks to for this review sample!