Reviewed by Pete Wenman
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Pegaso Models from Italy are well known for their white metal figures, but
they have recently moved into the production of resin figures, and Mike Good has
mastered several of the figures in a range of flying aces. These include Hans
Joachim Marseille, but the one that caught my eye was that of the Marine aviator
Gregory “Pappy” Boyington. I have to admit that when purchasing the figure I
knew nothing about the man, and my desire to purchase the figure was simply
based on the simple straight up and down pose, and the attractive (to my eyes
anyway) and simple colours of the figure. A painters figure.
The box provides a full colour photo of the front of the figure plus the smaller
inset which provides a detail of the rear of the figure. Inside the box is a
small sheet that provides a short biography of Boyinton and basic painting
The figure itself comprises of 6 finely cast resin pieces: base, full body, left
and right arms, sidearm and the chinstrap for the flying helmet.
quick search on the web found a photo of Boyington which I suspect that Mike
Good had to hand when sculpting the face, and I have to say that given the scale
the likeness is pretty good. (The whole head is only 8mm high).
Regardless of the likeness the head and flying helmet are very well sculpted
and makes the most of modern resin moulding techniques with sharp edges and
This figure is a large 54mm (1/32), measuring 60mm from soles of his feet to the
top of the flying helmet. However as my test fitting shows it is nicely in
figure has a fair amount of very thin resin flash , but this can easily be
removed. A more major problem is a fairly large seam on the left hand side
running most of the length of the figure. A sharp scalpel blade will sort this
and the resin is very easy to work with a blade. My only other issue with the
figure is that it has some deeply sculpted creases under the figure's buttocks,
which makes the anatomy of that part of the figure look a little suspect, but
again a little filler ( and maybe reworking of the buttocks ! ) will sort this.
Despite the above issues this is a very nicely worked figure, of a subject not
often covered and will appeal to both aircraft and figure modellers alike. He
will look terrific next to a 1/32 Corsair, or any other US Navy/Marine aircraft
of the period if you chose to treat the figure as generic, rather than that of
Boyington, and the more ambitious modeller can probable alter the face ( I would
suggest by thinning the cheeks a little) without to much trouble.
All in all I recommend this figure, and the limited palette of colours, simple
pose, and well-sculpted figure, together with the pilot theme make this a
natural start point for any aircraft modeller who is considering a flirtation
with the dark arts of figure painting.
Review figure courtesy of my wallet.
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