Japanese Naval Pilot
Reviewed by Rob Baumgartner
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Need something to stand next to your 1/32 scale Zero?
MDC has the answer with their first figure in this scale.
He represents a carrier pilot from the early war period, and wears a
brown one-piece gabardine flying suit. With no fur lined collar, the
clothing represents the “summer” pattern, a design which was quilted on
the inside for additional warmth.
It’s sculpted by Seth Nash and his attention to detail is obvious. This
is especially apparent when viewing the kapok-filled life jacket. Not
only are the separate chambers carefully rendered but if one looks
carefully under the parachute straps, the small utility pocket can be
seen on the right breast.
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The leather Model Type 30 flight helmet was typical fare at this time
and it is faithfully reproduced here. The careful replication of the
crown’s six triangular segments as well as the “D” shaped ear covers;
once again demonstrate the creator’s dedication to detail.
A Type 97 parachute harness completes the attire and although not
mentioned in the painting guide, a white cloth name tag can be simulated
by the modeler on the right vertical strap.
Speaking of the instructions, these feature colour notes in the form of
a completed figure by Adrian Hopwood. While specific paints are not
quoted; six images are presented that cover all angles of the subject,
thus leaving little doubt as to how the figure should be completed.
Two examples are available from MDC, one in white metal and the other in
Both exhibit excellent detail although my preference is for the latter
as it appears to be more sharply defined.
Sadly the parachute itself is not included in either packaging.
I hope this is the start of a series of figures from this sculptor.
The detail is excellent and is based on sound research.
The casting is up to the latest standards expected in the respective
mediums and having each type available will please figure painters on
both sides of the fence.
Thanks to MDC for the sample.
Review Text Images of Unpainted Figure Copyright © 2007 by Rob
Images of painted figure Copyright © 2007 by MDC. Figure painted by Adrian
Page Created 13 December, 2007
Last updated 24 December, 2007
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