This is the fifth Ultracast figure I have had the honor of reviewing and I can honestly say that each one is better than the last. This figure of a WWII USAAF Fighter Pilot is no exception.
It is sculpted by my friend Mike Good. He has a world-wide reputation as a sculptor of pilots in every scale and I believe I have painted every one of them.
This piece is cast in tan hard resin in five parts that fit perfectly. The engineering is superb in that the pieces are pegged in such a way that there is no way to fit them wrong. After removing the casting blocks and minor cleanup of seam lines, I assembled the parts and mounted the figure on my favorite working block, a medicine container. I like this method because it affords me a surface to hold onto once the figure is CA glued to it and, after painting, is easily removed from it.
I then primed the figure with Duplicolor automotive light grey primer straight from the can. I let this set overnight and began the painting the next day. I painted the complete figure with Vallejo acrylics. The colors used were Leather Brown, Chocolate Brown, Yellow Ochre, White, Black, Dark Flesh, German Camouflage Ochre, and a dot of Red. After painting the figure, I gave all the leather and rubber parts a light dry brushing of Future Floor Wax. This light dry brushing gave the parts just the right sheen of leather and rubber.
I like the way the figure turned out. At a later date I will re-paint the face using artist oils but, as it looks now, I am pleased. This whole figure only took me about 3 hours, start to finish.
I must commend Ultracast on once again producing a very fine miniature. I would recommend this to anyone, beginner and experienced alike. It builds and paints itself. Ultracast can be reached at P.O. Box 31025, Guelph, Ontario N1H 8K1, Canada or www.ultracast.ca or firstname.lastname@example.org.
I wish to thank Ultracast and John Noack of IPMS for providing this figure to review.