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The prototypes

The prototypes

The pilots I created for the B-25 "Miss B Havin". These were "one-off" pieces sculpted in Sculpey plasticine and baked to hardness. Not mold/casting friendly, due to sharp undercuts. These two pilots started this whole adventure. The cockpit of this aircraft, along with help of the pilots, won Best Cockpit award at Warbirds over the Rockies. My production pilots look much better than these and are a lot more accurate in terms of equipment and clothing.


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Img_1246


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Img_1247


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Img_1248


Captain_composite

Captain_composite


Copilot_composite

Copilot_composite


Pilotscolor

Pilotscolor


In cockpit

In cockpit

With Photoshop, I was able to place the pilots inside the cockpit of an actual B-17. They look believable!


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IMG_3407


Captain sitting

Captain sitting


Captain with collar

Captain with collar


Details

Details

A shot of the "small stuff".


With out collar

With out collar

Figures can be painted to look as though they are wearing a khaki shirt, leather jacket or with the wool colar clipped on, a high altitude flying coat.


With collar

With collar

Figures can be further customized with this "clip-on" wool collar.


Somewhere over Germany

Somewhere over Germany

How well do the figures hold up in actual historical photos? Everything is authentic except the placement of the figure in the pilots seat. This was done in Photoshop, with the blur, and splotchy effects added to the figure that was in the original photo.
So how real do they look? Let me know!


Tail gunner 2

Tail gunner 2

This is one of my pilots reporting for duty in the tail gunner position aboard Steve Forrest's 1/9 scale Wingspan Model's B-17


Tail gunner 3

Tail gunner 3

This is one of my pilots reporting for duty in the tail gunner position aboard Steve Forrest's 1/9 scale Wingspan Model's B-17. I can't wait to see this model fly. I know Steve is going to make it fantastic!


Tail gunner 1

Tail gunner 1

This is one of my pilots reporting for duty in the tail gunner position aboard Steve Forrest's 1/9 scale Wingspan Model's B-17


Kneeling Crewman

Kneeling Crewman

All he needs is a 1/9 scale Norden Bombsight in front of him.


Reassurance

Reassurance

This crewman looks a little worried about his next mission.


Pilot I.B.Narly & Yossarian

Pilot I.B.Narly & Yossarian


Best Pilots in Robert Nordeck's TopFlite B-25

Best Pilots in Robert Nordeck's TopFlite B-25

Bob said he had to do a little "surgery" to get the pilots to fit in the TopFlite B-25 but said the results were well worth it.