ALLARMI


1/32 Allarmi 32065 A Galland / W Molders 1940 figure


by Morgan Deipenbrock

 

Review Type

Build review

Scale:

1/32

Price:

$34.95 Canadian Dollars from Ultracast

Contents and Media:

5 Resin parts

Advantages:

Good detail and accuracy

Disadvantages:

The pilot's pistol and flying gloves are missing

Recommendation:

Highly Recommended

 

Introduction - Subject background

Towards the end of 2016, I decided to build my very first 1/32 scale aircraft, and of course my decision fell on the Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6, since it is an aircraft that I've always found interesting. And, just to make things even more interesting, I wanted to build a Finnish version of this aircraft. Germany sold 162 Bf 109G's to Finland, of which 159 reached this small Scandinavian country and served with the Ilmavoimat, the Finnish Air Force.

Said and done, in the Autumn 2017, after putting down 40 hours of work on it, my “Mersu”, as the Bf 109 affectionately was called in Finland, was finally finished. But it was missing some company. A pilot figure was needed, and I set out to look for an appropriate candidate.

My choice fell on this kit, the Allarmi 32065, since German' 1940 fighter pilots very much resembled the way that the Finnish' fighter pilots flying the Bf 109G's were dressed and equipped.

I just had to sand down the flying boots in order to give them a smooth surface and paint the jacket in a light grayish color, and after that my “Mersu” pilot was finished and ready to proudly take his place next to the aircraft.

General Description

This kit contains five resin parts, these are the pilot's body, his right arm, the parachute and two different heads.

It is possible to build the the pilot either as Adolf “Dolfie” Galland, who is wearing the typical German' officers peaked cap and is smoking his iconic cigar, or as Werner “Vati” Moelders, who is wearing the pilot's headgear with the flying goggles strapped to his forehead.

Of cause, using the Werner Moelders head it is also possible to create any fictional German fighter pilot, or as in my case a wartime Finnish Air Force Bf 109 pilot.

The body posture suggests that the pilot is either putting on his parachute or taking it off. He is also wearing the typical life jacket and the privately purchased leather jacket available for the Luftwaffe fighter pilots. His flying pants are of the early type, used until circa 1942, before the type with the two big thigh pockets started to replace it in production. The flying boots also look correct and have the proper structure to them.

The small gas bottle, used for fast inflation of the life jacket, is hidden under the pilots left arm and does not need to be painted. The oxygen mask is missing, which is correct, since the German' fighter pilots, unlike British and American ones, kept them inside the cockpit when they weren't flying their aircraft.

Missing is the pilot's pistol, his life insurance if he has to shoot his way out of trouble after bailing out. His flying gloves are also not included the kit. Both of these parts will have to be replaced using after market parts.

Casting

The resin kit is very finely molded and the few places where gates appear are very easily corrected with a hobby knife. The separate parts fit together very nicely and there is no need for either putty nor sand paper. The straps for the parachute also match very nicely when the pilot figure is glued together. Finished and completed I would recommend some kind of support to be glued underneath the feet, otherwise the pilot figure will keep falling on his face.

Sculpting quality and anatomy

The pilot's body posture looks very natural and not strange at all in any way shape or form. It is up to the builder to decide if he is getting ready for another combat flight or just has landed after a successful mission, both scenarios are plausible. I think that the pilot would look very good next to another figure with a relaxed body posture or next to any aircraft in the 1/32 scale range.

Standing tall the figure measures about 60 mm and that multiplied by 32 equals just over 190 cm, so for the very picky modeler he is almost too tall for siting inside a Bf 109, that was known to have a very cramped cockpit.

The tube on the upper left side of the life jacket, which used the pilots own lungs to inflate it, if the gas bottle would fail to work, also looks accurate when compared to reference photos. All of the straps for the parachute are also in place, as are the ones for the life jacket.

The creases of the leather jacket and the way the fabric of the flying pants looks also play their parts in convincing me as a plastic modeling kit builder, and painted using the dry-brushing technique look very good indeed.

Detail work and accuracy

The various details look very convincing and just like the reference pictures that I used for this build. Here there is absolutely nothing to complain about. Everything looks just the way it should.

Verdict

I'm not used to building and painting figures, but after just six hours of work I was able to produce a result that even astonished myself. It is very easy to build and the four separate parts (I'm excluding one of the heads this time) make it much easier to paint all of the various details, as compared to a scenario where the manufacturer had decided to mold the entire pilot as one single unit.

As for myself, I would very much have wished that the left arm also had been a separately molded part, because then I would have been able to detail the left side of the torso just a tad better, including the gas bottle. And of course the holster containing the pistol as well, had it been included in the kit.

Looking back on the build as a whole I definitely would recommend this kit for anyone who sees the need for a German' pilot figure next to his Bf 109, Bf 110, Fw 190 or any other German fighter.

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