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WWI RFC Pilot Officer
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by: Stephen T. Lawson [ JACKFLASH ]


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"Sculpted by Mike Good, he is wearing the 1914 pattern "maternity" jacket and a pair of flying boots. The figure is posed in a relaxed stance, smoking a cigarette, leaning on his walking stick. It comes with a complete, full, bare head. A separate officer's cap is included as an accessory which can be placed anywhere. One idea is to position the pilot next to the aircraft and place his officer's cap on the wing. A generic pilot, he would look great next to any 1/32 WWI British aircraft. " From Model Cellar website

Now here's a fine little piece of work. The uniform is has the hall marks of the RFC 1915-1917. In early 1918 the standard was changed to a more center button up the front tunic with breast and hip pockets on each side of center. This figure is represented wearing the "Maternity" type tunic. It was given that name in reference to the type of civilian materinty blouses that were popular around the turn of the century for nursing mothers. The flying boots are a nice touch and were often worn at the front in lieu of polished boots, or puttee wrappinga and the accompanying polished shoes. The light duty "Sam Browne" belt and shoulder strap were a throwback to a time when soldiers wore cartrige box, sword or sabre into battle. The belt is "clean" that is without brass fittings for hip holster or cartrige box. Inside the maternity tunic an officer was expected only to keep a set of light weather gloves. But often in the field it kept letters from a loved one, cigarettes and lighter for smoke breaks. A junior officer was often admonished not to bulk up his tunic pockets with anything not issued by the KIng. "If his highness didn't issue it you will not ruin the uniform by carrying your personals in it. . .unless you want to got back to the infantry. In that case we'll give you a satchel!!"

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SUMMARY
Highs: Superb details and accurate uniform patterns. There are good recognizable facial features.
Lows: Possibly the Overseas Soft (all fabric) Cap could be a more typical look for this officer.
Verdict: Delivery time was good and service was excellent. They also allow Paypal payments. That means very little interest costs.
  DESIGN AND DETAILS:93%
  REALISTIC POSE:91%
  HISTORICAL ACCUARACY:95%
Percentage Rating
93%
  Scale: 1:32
  Mfg. ID: MC32007
  Suggested Retail: $22.50
  Related Link: Website
  PUBLISHED: Nov 28, 2010
  NATIONALITY: United Kingdom
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 90.97%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 89.69%

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About Stephen T. Lawson (JackFlash)
FROM: COLORADO, UNITED STATES

I was building Off topic jet age kits at the age of 7. I remember building my first WWI kit way back in 1964-5 at the age of 8-9. Hundreds of 1/72 scale Revell and Airfix kits later my eyes started to change and I wanted to do more detail. With the advent of DML / Dragon and Eduard I sold off my ...

Copyright ©2018 text by Stephen T. Lawson [ JACKFLASH ]. Images also by copyright holder unless otherwise noted. Opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of Historicus Forma or Silver Star Enterprises. All rights reserved.



Comments

Looks like a very nice wee figure – is this another one of Mike Good's efforts? I see the boxart places him in the 1917-18 period – I thought the "maternity" jacket style uniform was used quite a bit earlier than this? Sorry if the review answers these questions – but it did'nt show up when I clicked the link. Best Regards Mikael
NOV 28, 2010 - 07:09 AM
No worries Mikael. I was doing a bit of a quick up date on some of the info. It should be ok now.
NOV 28, 2010 - 08:59 AM
Ah – excellent Stephen  – Thank You for the review, it does answer my questions and more Mikael
NOV 28, 2010 - 07:55 PM
We broke our quick reply box. Working on it. Until fixed go to topic to reply.
Thanks.
   

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