WWII USMC Seated Fighter Pilot Gregory "Pappy" Boyington

Published: June 29th, 2015     
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Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette - IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: Ultracast
Price: $20.25
Product / Stock #: 54015
Product provided by: Ultracast

Ultracast has issued a figure than can be used in Tamiya's 1/32 F4U-1a Corsair and they picked one of my favorite subject, Pappy Boyington. The kit comes in seven well cast tan resin pieces- two arms, two legs, torso, head and chin strap. The castings are excellent with minimal to no mold lines. And the sculpt is by Mike Good and is superb.

I started the build by freeing the pasts from the casting blocks with a razor saw. A few scrapes with the back of a knife and the seams were gone. I added the arms and the legs and had small gaps. I used Squadron white putty to fill in the seams and smoothed with a lacquer thinner. Once dry, I primer with Alclad gray primer.

I started with the flesh which is only the face. I have started using Scale 75 paints and really like them. I built up layers over a base coat and probably over did the creases some. The eyes are meant to be slits like he is looking into the sun and I could got them a little narrow.

The vest was painted next followed by the uniform in tans. I shaded this multiple times. The gloves were painted a slightly darker color and shaded. Lastly, the straps were painted there base coat of very light gray.

The details were painted including the helmet details, buckles and goggles. A flat coat was applied and then thinner gloss green was used for the goggles.

This is a great kit. Very well sculpted and molded and would make a great addition to the already awesome Tamiya kit or even as a standalone kit.

My thanks to Ultracast and IPMS/USA for the chance to review this figure

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