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USAAF Personnel - WW2

by: Rowan Baylis [ MERLIN ]


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Eduard have released a second set of 1/48 scale figures. This time it's the turn of the USAAF. This set is very similar to the earlier Luftwaffe Personnel, although no etched-metal parts are included.

Parts are provided for 2 pilots and 4 groundcrew, plus a ladder, a barrel and a parachute-pack. The boxtop is a little misleading, because the small trestle-wokbench shown isn't included. The aircrew seem to be dressed in one-piece AN-S-31 summer flying suits, so they are well suited for Pacific dioramas etc.

The parts are quite cleanly moulded in dark grey plastic. Most of the figures are broken down into 6 parts and all feature separate heads so, by interchanging the parts, additional poses will be possible. As with the earlier set, there is a lttle sinkage on the thick torsos.

I haven't had a chance to assemble the figures yet but, on the sprues, the proportions look fine. The detail is a little soft - certainly nowhere near as good as on the figures included with the Tamiya Kubelwagen, or some modern Revell-Monogram kits. The barrel should be useful, but the ladder is very heavily moulded - it looks like it could support an elephant!

The instructions are clearly illustrated, with colour matches (where possible) for Gunze, Tamiya, Humbrol, Revell and Testors paints.

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SUMMARY
Overall, this is a useful set, with plenty of conversion potential, and it represents reasonable value for money.
Percentage Rating
70%
  Scale: 1:48
  Mfg. ID: 8502
  Suggested Retail: 8
  Related Link: http://www.eduard.com
  PUBLISHED: Mar 20, 2004
  NATIONALITY: United States
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 87.85%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 88.39%

About Rowan Baylis (Merlin)
FROM: NO REGIONAL SELECTED, UNITED KINGDOM

I've been modelling for about 40 years, on and off. While I'm happy to build anything, my interests lie primarily in 1/48 scale aircraft. I mostly concentrate on WW2 subjects, although I'm also interested in WW1, Golden Age aviation and the early Jet Age - and have even been known to build the occas...

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