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WWII American Fighter Pilot

Francis Gabreski


1/32 scale




S u m m a r y
Description and Item Number: 54008 - 1/32 scale WWII American Fighter Pilot - Francis Gabreski
Contents and Media: Four pieces in cream coloured resin
Price: CDN$17.95 from Ultracast's Website
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Beautiful sculpting and attention to detail; good facial features, convincing uniform details; bears an impressive resemblance to "Gabby"; simple preparation and assembly.
Conclusion: A very welcome accessory for 1/32 scale USAAF aircraft modellers in general, and great timing for Hasegawa's and Trumpeter's P-47D kits.


Reviewed by Brett Green

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F i r s t L o o k


There can be no doubt that 1/32 scale aircraft have captured the imagination of modellers worldwide. Whether the reason is the greater amount of detail offered, or the failing eyesight of the ageing modelling population, is not as important as the fact that people are actually building these kits.

We have not seen too many figures and accessories for this large scale. 1/32 scale is the same as the well-established figure scale of 54mm, so sculptors do not have to make the leap in size, only subject matter.

Ultracast has been one of the rare voices in the wilderness with their recent high quality Japanese, German and US Navy WWII pilot figure releases in 1/32 scale.

Ultracast now continues this series with their newest figure - a 1/32 scale depiction of WWII American Fighter Ace Francis "Gabby" Gabreski.

This figure is beautifully sculpted by master modeller Mike Good. Casting is also first class. All detail is crisply rendered and there is not a single imperfection to be found anywhere on my sample.

The figure is broken down into just four parts - main body (including legs), two arms, and a head. These parts are connected to their casting blocks via thin resin strips, which make cleanup fast and painless.

The facial features are an impresssive match to the man himself. There is no doubt that this figure represents "Gabby" Gabreski.

Ultracast's 1/32 scale Gabrski figure will be a welcome companion to Trumpeter's and Hasegawa's P-47D Thunderbolt kits. It will also be a very appealing subject as a standalone figure or in a vignette.

The figure in these photographs was painted by Kevin from Ultracast

Thanks to Ultracast for the review sample.

Ultracast figures and accessories are available online from their website

Review Copyright 2008 by Brett Green
This Page Created on 19 September, 2008
Last updated 19 September, 2008

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