Figures & Dioramas

Reviews of products for scale figures and diorama models.

Modern Soviet Pilot with HUD

Published: October 15th, 2017     
Modern Soviet Pilot with HUD
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aires Hobby Models

A perfect addition to your diorama or display base is this Aires Aerobonus figure. This Russian Pilot figure is designed to be used with any modern Russian aircraft or helicopter. Aires Aerobonus provides a resin figure with separate arms and head on one pour stub with side bars to protect the figure. Of note is the re-sealable packaging that Quickboost uses that makes the parts easy to review and then stuff back into the package securely. The supplied instructions provide color drawings for painting.

UN Navy Aero 12C Cart

Published: October 6th, 2017     
UN Navy Aero 12C Cart
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Videoaviation

Videoaviation is a small company out of Italy manufacturing big things; in this case, they provide large scale modelers the items missing from many of our 1/32 models to bring them to life, particularly in a diorama setting if you have room! In this case, a crew of modern day carrier crew members in action poses.

First, kudos to Videoaviation for providing total instructions, including basic painting for the figures. Some still do not have internet capability (gasp) so this is important. I found the instructions helpful.

This set comes in a top opening box containing resin items for one figure in a "pushing walk" Ordinance man, or "Ordie", in pose to be used behind the accompanying Aero 12 Bomb transport cart. He has a skull cap, ear defenders, goggles down, and basic uniforms as seen on recent and current (Desert storm to present) naval aviation operations. The parts all appear to be CAD designed, so accuracy is spot on.

Also included are two Navy Mk 84 BSU-86B High drag bombs with thick ablative fire-resistant coating and no fuses; just the fuse wells on the nose.

Navy Deck Crew (Modern Crew)

Published: October 6th, 2017     
Navy Deck Crew (Modern Crew)
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Videoaviation

Videoaviation is a small company out of Italy manufacturing big things; in this case, they provide large scale modelers the items missing from many of our 1/32 models to bring them to life, particularly in a diorama setting if you have room! In this case, a crew of modern day carrier crew members in action poses.

First, kudos to Videoaviation for providing total instructions, including basic painting for the figures. Some still do not have internet capability (gasp) so this is important. I found the instructions helpful.

This set comes in a top opening box containing resin items for five figures in various carrier launch poses... two "shooters", one deck handler with holdback brackets (five included), one wheel chock handler (with parts for three chocks), and one Fly Operator. They have skull caps, ear defenders, goggles down, and basic uniforms as seen on recent and current (Desert storm to present) naval aviation operations. These all appear to be CAD designed, so the accuracy is spot on.

Middle East Allied Pilot WWII with Dog

Published: October 5th, 2017     
Middle East Allied Pilot WWII with Dog
Reviewed by: Ben Morton, IPMS# 47301
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aerobonus

Aires Hobby Models is a company in the Czech republic that has been manufacturing resin aftermarkets bits for some few days now. (Actually years.) They produce cockpits, complete engines, detail and conversion sets, and figures. The scales range from 1/72nd to 1/32nd.

Their figures are sold under the banner of Aero Bonus and include a large number of nicely sculpted and molded resin figurines. The subject of this review is a Middle East Allied Pilot WWII with a dog in 1/48th scale. The dog looks to be an Airedale Terrier in need of grooming but it could just be a mutt.

The kit is molded in light gray resin and includes six parts. Aero Bonus also provides a painting guide with the kit. The pilot is posed leaning on a crate while commiserating with a dog. The figure is also holding a map. There is a small resin bit that may represent a map case but you could do away with that and use the folded up, printed map Aero Bonus provides on the painting instructions.

Modern Russian Tank Commander

Published: October 4th, 2017     
Modern Russian Tank Commander
Reviewed by: Ben Morton, IPMS# 47301
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aires Hobby Models

Welcome to the world of heavy details. That is the banner on the homepage of Aires Hobby Models.

It is quite apropos. The company, in the Czech republic, has been producing aftermarket resin bits for years. The have an extensive assortment of aircraft air-brakes, arms and weapons, cockpit sets, ejection seats, and figurines. They market their figurines under the Aero Bonus line.

The Aero Bonus line consists of 1/72nd and 1/48th scale figures. Aero Bonus includes a painting guide with each figure as well as recommendations for the kits that would be appropriate for a particular offering(figure). Some of the subjects they offer are designed with a specific kit in mind. However all of their subjects will work nicely with any suitably scaled kit. The subject of this review is one of the recent release from Aero Bonus: a Modern Russian Tank Commander in 1/48th scale.