by: Darren Baker [ ]
SKP Model has released a resin figure of one of the few. This figure represents an RAF pilot suitable for a scene based in the European Theatre of World War 2 and I see no reason it why it couldnít be used to represent a pilot from the various Commonwealth combatants during the conflict.
This 1/35th scale figure has been provided by SKP Model, something that I find a little strange due to how few aircraft models are provided in 1/35th scale, I cannot think of any suitable aircraft models in this scale, but I assume that there must be some. I do think that releasing the figure in 1/32nd scale would have added greatly to its appeal, that said I suppose it could be used to represent a shorter individual in 1/32nd scale.
The figure has been moulded in blue resin and only consists of two pieces, a full body moulding and a separate head. Moulding quality is very good, having only minor flash present and so needing to be removed. The pour plug present will be easy to remove being attached to the sole of the flying boots, but there is a strip of resin pour plug at the rear of the figure that extends to the bottom of the flying jacket. This strip will require greater care during its removal from the figure, but it is not a deal breaker by any stretch of the imagination.
The figure is depicted wearing one piece coveralls over what I believe is a thick jumper rather than a shirt often depicted on Battle of Britain pilots; it is my understanding that a shirt would only be worn in summer months, but I am open to correction to that understanding. These items of uniform are complimented by a leather flying jacket with the lambís wool lining and collar and flying boots. The uniform of the figure is finished with a side cap on the figures head, I would have liked to see a flying cap present on the figure somewhere, not necessarily being worn, I do accept that the flying cap was sometimes left in the aircraft. As a modeller I can only see one weakness in this product and that is where the flying jacket is flared out at the back as the recess is solid and I would have liked to see more of an undercut present.
The facial detail is very good having well defined features. The hands also have good detail, with the hand holding the flying jacket looking very natural. The fine insignia on the uniform such as rank and flight wings are there but my eyes are struggling to pick out the detail in the blue resin, more my fault for getting older rather than SKP Model.
This release by SKP Model is a very nice figure if in an unexpected scale for the subject matter. The details all appear to be well replicated and researched which has resulted in a pleasing and accurate looking figure. The weaknesses I have highlighted are more a case of personal opinion rather than weaknesses in the product, but they are as i see them. With all of this said I do like the figures that SKP Model produces and this figure is a nice addition to that range, I am also a fan due to the low cost of the figures from SKP Model.