Model Cellar has began a new line of figures. And figures are their forte! In 2007 they produced a standing figure of Ltn. Werner Voss. Done in 1/48 (#48001)and 1/32 it was a Mike Good sculpting. Mr. Good's fine scuptings have been award winners for many years. You may remember his line of pilot / mechanic figures through Jaguar. Also his 1/12 busts were included in several of the 1/48 DML / Dragon kits from their "Knights of the Skies" series.
Now in 2008 They have offered their next figure also a Mike Good sculpting a stanging "WWI German Aviator" figure. The lines are crisp and for the most part clean and of the two I purchased there was a minor concern to clean up shale lines. These are minute resin pour seams that show up as two parallel lines in the right leg. after a very short sanding session I primed the figures and was pleased with the result.
The kit comes in 4 pieces. These are 1 head, 2 arms and 1 body - torso / legs combination. The stance is one of a figure being at ease holding a pair of gloves. The headgear is a typical flight cap with goggles. These can be clear or tinted green lenses. The straps and metall eye surrounds / frames were leather clad. This particular type of flight / combination suit was first available in late 1917. The earliest image I have seen of pilots wearing these is an group of pilots from Jasta 7 in early October infront of therir first Pfalz D.III machines.
I have done two figures for your enjoyment. I am not a great figure painter please allow for my simplistic approach.
The first is a typical govt issue of the flying / combination suit. It was thought to be mid to dark grey and had a wool liner that was buttoned in place and could be removed.
The second is a private purchase version that is belived to be natural / clear linen and had a sheepskin liner that was buttoned or snapped in place and could be removed.
Highs: An excellent figure and is realistic in nature.Lows: A little pricey for one figure in this scale, but you get what you pay for in quality.Verdict: I saw these and purchased two of them. Delivery time was good and service was excellent. They also allow Paypal payments. That means very little interest costs.
About Stephen T. Lawson (JackFlash) FROM: COLORADO, UNITED STATES
I was building Off topic jet age kits at the age of 7. I remember building my first WWI kit way back in 1964-5 at the age of 8-9. Hundreds of 1/72 scale Revell and Airfix kits later my eyes started to change and I wanted to do more detail. With the advent of DML / Dragon and Eduard I sold off my ...