Ultracast 1/32 "RAF Fighter Pilot"
While my Revell/Hasegawa 1/32 Spitfire MkII project progresses, I thought I would work on its driver. As, when completed, my Spitfire will be wearing the markings of a generic aircraft from the famous 303 Polish Squadron, I thought I would add some personality to my figure and call him P/O Roger Wilcowsky (or, as his squadron mates call him, Roger Wilco).
There are two rules of thumb that I follow in order to turn out a halfway decent figure. The first, always start with a good figure, The second, choose a figure that has some personality. Roger has both these qualities. He is from the excellent line of Ultracast 1/32 WWII Pilot figures. The details and features of this figure are crisp, sharp, and well defined. So much so, in fact, that it is almost "Paint by Numbers". This figure has plenty of personality, he looks like a long, windy haired university lad, which, in fact, a lot of RAF pilots were. Some may think Roger looks a bit too pleased with himself, so to those I ask this one question: If you were 19 years of youth and given a Merlin powered, eight gun Spitfire to tool around in, don't you think that you would be a little more than pleased with yourself also?
Anyway, with the exception of the yellow, which had to be sprayed (Did you ever try to brush paint yellow...Yikes!), the rest of the figure was brush painted in readily available military enamels. The only oil paint I used was white and black for the eyeballs and a dark blue for the shadows in the uniform folds. At this point, I have a bit of touching up to do, then, in about 3-4 days, I will give Roger his final flat coat.