U.S.A.F. Fighter Pilot, Pressure Suit, 1960-1975

Published: January 14th, 2015     
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Reviewed by: Frank Landrus - IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/48
Price: $10.00
Product / Stock #: AB 480 096
Product provided by: Aires Hobby Models

A perfect addition to your diorama or display base is this Aires Aerobonus figure. This figure is designed to be ascending a ladder to a 1960-1975 USAF Fighter. Aires Aerobonus provides you with a resin figure with separate arms 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.

Aires Aerobonus has molded the figure in light grey resin with no bubbles that I could find. There are no mold seams to sand off and the resin plug is easily removed from the bottom with a razor saw or Dremel. Clean up was quite easy and the arms attached with superglue. I added a just a bit of putty to refined the transition on the shoulders to the arms. The sculpting is great with the proportions of the figure perfect. The pressure suit is well executed with appropriate wrinkles and folds.

Although most paints will adhere to resin alone, I would recommend that you wash the parts to remove any remaining mold release and prime them first. I painted the figure with Vallejo light grey, and then followed up with additional Vallejo paint to match the colored illustration in the instructions. I followed that with a wash and then dry brushed in some highlights. Now I just need to find a fighter that needs a pilot....

Highly recommended.

Thanks to Aires Aerobonus and IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review this set.

  • Figure Front
    Figure Front
  • Figure Back
    Figure Back
  • Instructions
  • Painted Figure Front
    Painted Figure Front
  • Painted Figure Back
    Painted Figure Back
  • Painted Figure Left
    Painted Figure Left
  • Painted Figure Left  Front
    Painted Figure Left Front
  • Painted Figure Right Front
    Painted Figure Right Front

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