In-Box Review
German Fighter Pilots
German Fighter Pilots - 1914-1918 Set
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by: Rowan Baylis [ MERLIN ]

Black Dog's pilots arrive in sturdy little cardboard carton with each multi-part figure in its own zip-lock bag. On the front of the box is a photo of the assembled pilots finely painted by Petr Kasiar. This is the only form of painting guide or instructions provided with the set, so it would have been nice if the pack had also inlcuded addition references.

The figures themselves look quite superb, beautifully sculpted by Radek Tomanec and perfectly cast in the review sample. The parts arrive attached to casting plinths, so you'll need to spend a minute or two removing them carefully, while close inspection reveals an inevitable slight mould separation line on each torso. But, other than that, no other clean-up will be required beyond a wash in detergent to remove any traces of release-agent before assembly and painting.

Figure #1 is dressed in a leather greatcoat, fur-lined flying boots and a flying helmet with goggles. Cast in pale grey resin, it comprises 5 parts and is posed as if consulting a folded map. The box illustration shows detail on the map, but there's no decal or printed chart provided, so you'll have to source your own - a quick hunt on-line reveals plenty of original maps, so it should be very straightforward to scale one down for a convincing effect.

Figure #2 is wearing britches and boots, with a pullover and service cap (very much like a well-known photo of Manfred von Richthofen), with one hand in his pocket and holding a cigarette in the other. The five grey-green parts include two styles of binoculars to hang around his neck if you wish - you just need to add a strap.

The detail and faces look excellent on both figures and will repay careful painting - Petr Kasiar's boxtop illustration certainly gives an excellent impression of just how good they can look in skilled hands.

The figures are also available individually as Items #32001 and #32002.

These are the first Black Dog figures which I've had the chance to examine and I'm highly impressed. They will look excellent together or separately posed next to a 1:32 aircraft to add life and give a sense of scale. Figure painting is a skill which I've long told myself I must master, and there could be no better incentive than top quality figures like these. Highly recommended.

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Highs: Beautifully sculpted and cast with excellent detail.
Lows: None really, but a painting guide in addition to the photo on the box would be the icing on the cake.
Verdict: Black Dog's German fighter pilots are excellent, and I hope they are just the first in a series of figures in this scale. They deserve to be a great success with Early Aviation modellers.
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  Scale: 1:32
  Mfg. ID: F32003
  Suggested Retail: TBA
  PUBLISHED: Apr 30, 2016

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About Rowan Baylis (Merlin)

I've been modelling for about 40 years, on and off. While I'm happy to build anything, my interests lie primarily in 1/48 scale aircraft. I mostly concentrate on WW2 subjects, although I'm also interested in WW1, Golden Age aviation and the early Jet Age - and have even been known to build the occas...

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Hi again Hopefully, I should have a day off work tomorrow... if so, I'll make a start on these figures. As basically a newbie when it comes to proper figure painting, any help and guidance along the way will be much appreciated. All the best Rowan
APR 30, 2016 - 12:48 AM
one black-dog pack with 2 depict ww1,the other was depict ww2.
APR 30, 2016 - 03:43 AM
Hi Ulises These are both WWI pilots (1914-1918, as the box states), but the style of flying gear on the first figure would be basically suitable for later "Golden Age" subjects too. All the best Rowan
APR 30, 2016 - 02:09 PM
!!!! High time we had a few really Nice WWI pilots we could put in a COCKPIT!!! The Airfix Hannover had the best in cockpit 1/72 scale. Even models that had pilots don't anymore and they are from the same old molds. Captn Tommy
MAY 02, 2016 - 05:25 PM
For those who don't know, the figure at left is wearing an allied flight kit. The intent by Black Dog was to provide a figure that could be used as either an English pilot or a German pilot that had liberated the flight kit from a downed English pilot. Model Cellar and CSM have done similar figures. Famous pilots like Kurt Wolff or Ritter Haupt. Eduard von Schleich used these captured garments in daily flight operations and were even photographed wearing them. Black Dog Face Book Page
MAY 03, 2016 - 08:26 AM
Cheers Stephen I was tempted to as much about the jacket in particular. That's just the kind of info it would have been useful to have as part of some painting instructions if the the kit included them. Despite my best intentions, I didn't manage to make a start on the figures last Sunday - my "day off" was part-spent doing paperwork ahead of meetings today and tomorrow. Hopefully, I'll be able to spend more time at the workbench once they're out of the way. Now my hand's on the mend, I want to make the most of it! All the best Rowan
MAY 03, 2016 - 10:57 AM
Nice addition for the WNW crowd!
MAY 03, 2016 - 07:45 PM

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