In over 40 years of modelling, I think I can honestly say I've never come across a resin figure of a Chinese fighter pilot - until now, that is! Fairy Hobby, a new name in the business, have changed all that with the release of an excellent 1:48 figure depicting a PLA pilot from the 1960s.
The figure is cast as one piece in grey resin and arrives in a very solid clear blister pack, along with a detailed painting guide. The casting in the review sample is basically perfect, with just a whisper of flash to clean off, and the level of detail is superb. The figure is posed as if leaning on a boarding ladder (not included), and wears an interesting mix of quite modern and "vintage" flight gear - i.e. a reasonably contemporary flight suit, combined with almost '40s-style flying helmet, goggles and boots.
Western Modellers might struggle to find suitable references for such an outfit, so it's great that Fairy Model have included a full-colour painting guide with English descriptions included in the multi-lingual instructions.
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This is a beautifully detailed figure that will be the perfect accompaniment for subjects like the Shenyang J-5 and J-6. Highly recommended.
Highs: A very interesting subject, beautifully detailed and cast. Excellent painting guide.Lows:Verdict: This is an excellent first release from Fairy Hobby.
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...