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WW1 Camel Pilot
Pilot WW1 Camel
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]

Introduction
Pilot WWI Camel is a new 1/48 figure from Plus Model, part of their series Aero Line. This resin kit is item AL4078. Plus Model also offers a German companion - AL4077, Pilot WWI. Albatros.

The Figure
A very simple kit, Pilot WWI Camel consists of two parts - right arm with cigarette and the rest of the body. They are crisply cast in gray resin. I found no air pocks, mold seam lines, sink holes, or flash.

The pose is relaxed with one hand in a jacket pocket, and one hand casually holding a fag.

Both parts arrived attached to their pour blocks. The pilot is cast with a thin supporting filling between the legs and two thin rods attaching that filling to the crotch. The support is easy to trim off.

The boots are cast firm to the pour block. Even though these boots have good sole detail, parting the feet from the block requires care.

A male/female connection to join the arm to the shoulder suffers with a cast rod across the dimple; I could not carve it away and had to drill it out.

Detail
Plus Model's sculptors crafted deep and distinct relief, folds and recesses in the uniform kit, and face and hands without looking like a caricature. A deep undercut gives depth to the face and helmet edge.

Flying kit in a helmet with goggles, a scarf, ashort leather jacket, "Sam Brown belt," trousers, and high boots.

Instructions, Decals, and Painting Guide
None, except for a color portrait of the figure.

Conclusion
PLus Model has sculpted and cast an excellent 1/48 figure for a United Kingdom Royal Flying Corps pilot. While the kit is titled with "Camel," I see nothing in particular that equates this figure with the famous Sopwith.

The figure features high detail and crisp casting. The dimple in the shoulder has excess resin across it that prevents the arm from attaching unless the modeler drills it out.

Pilot WWI Camel will make a great companion to any RFC Great War aircraft. It also looks good as a stand-alone figure. Recommended.

SUMMARY
Highs: High detail and crisp casting.
Lows: A dimple in the shoulder has excess resin across it that prevents the arm from attaching into it unless the modeler drills it out.
Verdict: A great companion to any RFC Great War aircraft. It also looks good as a stand-alone figure.
  Scale: 1:48
  Mfg. ID: AL4078
  Related Link: AERO LINE
  PUBLISHED: Jan 16, 2019
  NATIONALITY: United Kingdom
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 87.03%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 85.57%

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About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR)
FROM: TENNESSEE, UNITED STATES

I'm a professional pilot with a degree in art. My first model was an AMT semi dump truck. Then Monogram's Lunar Lander right after the lunar landing. Next, Revell's 1/32 Bf-109G...cried havoc and released the dogs of modeling! My interests--if built before 1900, or after 1955, then I proba...

Copyright 2019 text by Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]. Images also by copyright holder unless otherwise noted. Opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of AeroScale. All rights reserved.



   

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