Tuesday, January 15

Preview: Mike Good sculpts Ultracast's new 32nd scale Luftwaffe Fighter Pilot in Winter Coat (mid-late WWII)

Ultracast has another new figure for 32nd scale aircraft lovers. Mr Mike Good sculpts this, a Luftwaffe Fighter Pilot in Winter Coat (mid-late WWII) era and we give him a quick preview in the news today...

New pilot figure in 32nd scale from Ultracast...

Luftwaffe Fighter Pilot in Winter Coat (mid-late WWII) 
From: Ultracast
1/32nd scale
Product Code: ULT54022
Original figure sculpted by Mike Good.
The figure shown is painted by Kevin McLaughlin, UE.
Price: Canadian Dollars: $24.95
Mike Good has been busy. His latest work for Ultracast from Canada is now available and we liked it enough to show you a quick preview here in the news. This 1/32nd scale mid - to - late WWII era pilot is seen sporting a trademark leather and lambswool lined winter jacket.

Development of flight uniforms began during WW I and continued to improve the flyer's clothing into WW II.  Early in WWII, the pilots used the one-piece flight suit (2 for winter 1 for summer), which in 1936 developed into an electrically heated flight suit. The heavyweight winter flight suits were made large enough to fit over the standard uniform.  In 1940, a 2-piece suit (Channel Jacket & Pants) was made for fighter pilots, increasing the user mobility.
This jacket is seen in a picture below - the Luftwaffe Winter White Shearling material had a woollen lined collar. Originally manufactured in Bulgaria, the white version of the 1-piece suit was only produced until 1942 when the common darker blue suit was standardized.
This new figure from Ultracast features this jacket - with the pilot smoking a cigarette he holds in his hands that are wrapped in Fliegerhandschuhe Leder - Leather Pilot Gloves.
The figure itself comes in four parts in cream resin with two headgear choices offered in the one package. One being the leather flying cap, while the other is the mid-late war peaked flying cap often worn around the base by Luftwaffe personnel. The Einheitsfliegermütze M43 peaked field cap was based on the earlier M42 Feldmütze, (Overseas cap), and the Mountain Troopers Bergmütze, (Mountain Cap), with minor variations. The insignia on the caps included the Luftwaffe style national eagle and the circular, black, white, and red national tri-colour cockade. Regulations dictated that the national eagle was to be worn on almost all headgear and on the right breast of almost all uniforms with a few minor exceptions. Officer’s ranks were distinguished by piping on the crown of the cap with silver piping for the ranks of Lieutenant to Oberst and gilt piping for General Officer’s ranks of Generalmajor to Reichsmarschall while EM/NCO’s caps were not piped.
The pilot also wears the Thick lined electrically heated pants that became standard in the latter part of the war. In April 24TH 1941 the Luftwaffe introduced two-piece protective flight suits for fighter pilots which were designed to increase the wearer’s mobility and not be as restrictive in the close confines of a cockpit although the earlier one-piece suits continued to be worn right up until the end of the war. The two-piece flight suits consist of separate jacket and pants and were commonly referred to as the "Kanalanzug", (Channel Uniform). Originally the two-piece protective flight suits didn’t utilize the electrical heating elements although some later models did incorporate the electrically heated feature.
Flight boots were considered an integral part of the flight suit, and the first flight boots developed after WW1 was the fur-lined Model PST 3, which were introduced on November 6, 1935. On September 22, 1937, an improved version of the Pst 3 flight boots were introduced and designated as model Pst 4004. Both the Pst 3 and the Pst 4004 boots were utilized throughout the war. The Pst 4004 flight boots were produced in two, slightly different versions with one having vertical zippers to both the inner and outer leg/calf sections while the other version only had the vertical zipper to the inner leg/calf section. Additional flight boots were introduced during the war including the electrically heated, fur lined, flight boots as introduced on February 16, 1940, and all followed the same basic design.
This figure is now available, and if you like him like we do you can pick him up from the Ultracast shop online. We have seen many other figures in this scale from the same sculptor, and we think that this will be a winner.
This new figure is now available from the Ultracast Website