This "first look" review takes a closer look at Pit-Roads plastic injection mold, 1/350 scale IJN figures.
With the sudden flood of plastic 1/350 IJN figures to hit the market, Pit-Road throws their hat into the ring with a set of 120 sailors that are both pre-painted and in three dimensions (as opposed to the pre-painted flat PE figures or unpainted 3D figures).
There are two sprues with 20 different poses per sprue and three of each sprue. So you get 40 different figures overall with three copies each.
Pit-Road upholds their reputation for high quality with this great value for the variety and the low cost point. Not having to paint each and every one of the little guys will be a huge time (and headache) saver for most builders.
The uniforms are the white Class 2 type. There are barely any seam lines; the paint points are tight and look good. The builder will only have to touch up the soles of the feet after detaching from the sprue. A very light wash to bring out the details and a final seal of dull coat will really make these guys pop.
Since the box is marked "Set 1", I can't wait to see what's coming up- blue Class 1 uniforms and pilots perhaps...?
Highs: Excellent variety of poses, nice pre-painted quality. Great price, especially when one considers the time savings!Lows: No Class 1 uniforms, but this is really nitpicking...Verdict: 40 different sailors in three dimensions, pre-painted, and only three
About Dade W. Bell (Karybdis) FROM: MARYLAND, UNITED STATES
I'm a third generation modeler who builds a little of everything (mostly Japanese)- all while being a 45 year old hermit who lives a happy, simple life, with my fiancée (author Jaclyn Dolamore) and three cats.
My father was an MM3 aboard the USS Saratoga (CVA-60), my grandfather was in one of the...