Monday, July 22

Review: True Details 1/32 scale US WWII Era Aircrew An-6510 Parachutes

   
We really are strapped for details in the larger aircraft scales. If you want to decorate your diorama and make it look lived in there is precious little in 1/32nd scale – and don’t even get me started about 1/24.
True details
is helping us out by making the AN-6510 WWII US parachute to leave on the wings of our parked aircraft – we show you our silk in this review.

One part each in grey resin
Price: US$9.99 each
Both available online from Squadron

Squadron’s branch of resin details for aircraft – True details – have given us two of their latest resin accessories to look at – this time it is not a part of an aircraft or equipment – it is the 1/32 scale replica of the US WWII AN-6510 Parachute.
Also known as the S-1, this type of ‘chute was standardized on May 11, 1928 – so this could work for 30’s aircraft as well. The ‘chute used a 24-foot canopy. Although there were two types of ‘chute – both on the shoulders and the seat type, many pilots preferred seat-type parachutes because they allowed better freedom of movement when pilots turned their heads. The chutes here are shown in both an upturned seat style


This chute is sculpted to represent an aircrew chute in pre or post-mission repose with integral pack (upturned), cushion, harness and intricate hardware.


This resin parachute is sculpted to represent an aircrew chute in pre or post-mission repose with integral pack (down-facing), cushion, harness and intricate hardware

These chutes were a cinch to make – I just lightly traced around the fringes with my hobby knife and the excess resin literally came away – don’t snip off the catch like I did here – and get a small sanding block onto the bottom and that is all she wrote – as simple as that you have a nice set of casually draped looking parachutes for your US airfield diorama – draped on a wing or a table – or any other flat surface.

Luftwaffe and RAF versions are indeed planned for the future – I believe the Luftwaffe ones have already been announced by True Details (link here) – so fingers crossed for more extraneous airfield equipment to set the scene in your diorama
These accessories offer a low workload for an excellent result – and they are cheap too – you cannot go wrong with these ‘chutes really. Great Work!

Adam Norenberg

Thanks to Squadron for supplying these ‘chutes for a future diorama we are thinking of (Black Widow anyone?)!