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Luftwaffe WWII/CS post-war Aircraft Mechanic (F48367)

1:48 Special Hobby

 

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Pretty much any aircraft in history would soon become unusable without mechanics to repair and maintain them, and this figure portrays one of those unsung, and often oily folks going about their business.  He seems to be on his way to or from a job, walking with a toolbox in his right hand, balanced out by his left leg and arm swinging forward.  The set arrives in a Special Hobby yellow-themed clamshell box, with a single pour block containing three resin parts, the main figure, his right arm, and finally the toolbox, which has a number of well-detailed tools scattered over the bottom.  You will need to add a length of wire to depict the carry handle that runs through the holes in the top of the toolbox’s end-caps, and the wafer-thin flash between the man’s legs and under his chin should scrape off in seconds with a sharp blade.  The attachment points for the figure are on the bottom of his feet, and the toolbox and arm also have their connections in sensible locations to ease removal and preparation.  The CS part of the product description seems to refer to Czechoslovakia, who dressed their military mechanics similarly just after WWII.

 

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Resin usually comes still attached to its pour block, which is where the resin is poured into the mould and acts as an overflow and also as bubble-catcher for more rustic manufacturers that don’t have access to pressure casting methods.  These will have to be removed before you can assemble or paint the parts, so there will be a little extra time needed to prepare the model for construction.  With resin, you should take the precaution of wearing a mask when cutting or sanding it, as the tiny particles are harmful to your health if breathed in.  Washing the parts in warm water will also improve the adhesion of paint, as there may still be some moulding release agent on the parts when you receive them.  Take care not to use water that is too hot, as this may cause deformation to more delicate parts, and this technique can conversely be used to fix warped parts, using cold water to “freeze” the changes in the parts.

 

Conclusion

An expertly sculpted, highly realistic figure for your next diorama or vignette.  He’s a tall guy that scales out to about 6’3”, but that’s not unheard of, especially as he has a suitable stature for that height.

 

Highly recommended.

 

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