Wednesday, October 30

Review: True Details Luftwaffe Parachutes in 32nd scale

Look at what’s just dropped in! Three new resin parachutes from True Details to hang on your 1/32nd Luftwaffe diorama – let’s see if they are life savers or of they have fallen thru the net in our review.

Luftwaffe Parachute #1, #2 & #3
True Details
1 part in resin

As we all know there aren’t many accessories for 32nd scale airfield dioramas, though several companies have seen the gap in the market and are churning out some great stuff. We looked at some USAAF ‘chutes a while ago and liked them very much – they were simple and easy to prepare without too much work – there are some RAF chutes now as well as this bunch of three parachutes for use with Luftwaffe dioramas in 1/32nd scale

The two main parachutes used by aviators in WWII were either the seat type, where the pack formed a cushion for the aviator or the back type which were carried on his back. The Luftwaffe favoured the British Irvin Air Chute Company’s product to be superior to the USAAF style parachute they had been using up until 1937.  The Germans contracted Irvin in the UK to supply parachute new parachutes until the war broke out in 1939 – from that time on they basically copied the Irwin design so it was not a surprise to me to find that these parachutes looked very much like the True Details RAF parachutes that we will look at in another review.
As with other seat types the Fl 30231 required that the pilot or aircrew member sit on the parachute pack as a cushion when flying, and this was used by Me109 Bf110 pilots, Ju 87 pilots and rear gunners, and crew of other aircraft that featured a bucket recess in the aircraft seat.

The resin on offer:
All three of these ‘chutes are made out of one part of poured resin in each case. Although one of these is the “sit on “style of chute (#3) whilst 1 & 2 are the Type Fl 30231 backpack type.

The resin is cast superbly on these three ‘chutes. In fact there was only a little bit of mould release in the smallest flap of strap on one of the chutes we looked at says a lot for the quality control of these.  Someone who cares about accuracy made them and now all you need to do is a little carving on each to make them look realistic.

This is the Luftwaffe Fl30232 backpack type parachute assembly is sculpted to represent an upturned ‘chute taken off the pilot or crew. The harness is here draped into the centre where it all meets the release which simply twisted and was pushed (more like hit) to release.

This was easy to trim away the extra resin from the poured remnance. In fact most of it peeled off with my hands only and then just some trimming with a sharp knife. This one I think looks great as you can see so much detail here in the thin harness straps.

Again this is a resin Luftwaffe Fl 30232 backpack type parachute that can stand in for a 35th scale real aircrew chute posed with an integral pack that this time is downturned to show detail on the other side. This really exhibits the harness and other intricate parts of the chute to even better detail and it will great painted up

This highly detailed resin Luftwaffe Fl 30231 seat pack type parachute assembly sculpted to represent an aircrew chute in pre or post-mission repose with integral pack, harness and intricate hardware. A perfect accent for German WWII aircraft models fit with seat buckets contoured to accept seat pack chutes.
Cast in one piece again this is the type of ‘chute that rests near a pilot’s posterior in the hollow that sometimes was in the fighter’s seats like the Bf 109/110’s & Stukas
These chutes are tops in value, ease of “construction” and they will detail up really well with all of the detail already there in resin for you – they are a great accessory to have on hand for a WWII Luftwaffe dio

Adam Norenberg
Thanks to Squadron for sending these for review…