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Anton Ryzbak03 Apr 2021 7:11 p.m. PST

I am currently building a force of 1/72 scale planes to use in wargaming. Unfortunately most of the models do not come with a pilot figure. I have used up the supply from my parts bin and am (in desperation) currently converting tank crew figures. What I looking for is the classic seated pilot figure that Revell would provide in their WW1 and single-seat WW2 fighters (or something close to that).

I could make a mold and cast my own but I would rather buy some if at all possible.

Thanks in advance for the help.

Gunner Dunbar03 Apr 2021 9:22 p.m. PST

You and me both, think it's a pretty common problem.

Personal logo PaulCollins Supporting Member of TMP03 Apr 2021 9:33 p.m. PST

You don't mention a particular nationality but a quick google search turned up these


Dennis03 Apr 2021 10:09 p.m. PST

Several shops on Shapeways offer seated pilots in various scales. If you can't find what you want in the appropriate scale, at least some of the shops will resize figures upon request.

Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP03 Apr 2021 10:40 p.m. PST

I bought bunches of Decapod 1/144 pilots on Shapeways. They're a bit featureless, which doesn't matter much in 1/144 scale (especially inside a closed canopy), but might be a problem in 1/72 scale. If you're putting pilots into open cockpits in the Planes With Spats™, there are a couple WWI torso-only pilot sets that might work: link link

Plastic Soldier Review lists lots of pilot/crew sets on the WWII page. I clicked on a few sets and they looked mostly like ground crew and standing pilots, but there may be some seated pilot sets on that page somewhere.

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LeonAdler Sponsoring Member of TMP03 Apr 2021 10:54 p.m. PST

Made a pilot and observer for my Fletner a while back probably have some in a bag somewhere…………..



BillyNM03 Apr 2021 11:00 p.m. PST

Plastic Soldier Review sets with pilots at:

Jordor04 Apr 2021 3:23 a.m. PST

And don't forget there are pilot figures in resin. Me myself am using those from PJ Productions a lot. Loose arms so you can reposition and switch to give some variation. They have them in all periods and countries. See


newarch04 Apr 2021 3:44 a.m. PST


+1 I have quite a few of these, reasonable price given how high quality they are and ideal if you can get these over the pond.

Back in the day most aircraft kits came with crew, now lots don't which is a shame, I always like to incorporate the human element in models of vehicles and aircraft.

dmebust Supporting Member of TMP04 Apr 2021 6:49 a.m. PST

I just rob the Tank Commanders from Armor kits. As long as they have goggles on they are good to go. Maybe a bit of work t9 make a hat look like a skull cap, no sweat. I checked out the resin figures mentioned. If you are doing a special model I might spend that kind of money for single figures. If I need Wargames Quantity of miniatures, I am going a cheaper route with a decent paint job. Yes a closed canopy will/does help.

Maha Bandula04 Apr 2021 7:56 a.m. PST

If you like metals then have a look at SHQ's aircam range.

Personal logo Zeelow Supporting Member of TMP04 Apr 2021 10:30 a.m. PST
GrumpyOldMan04 Apr 2021 1:28 p.m. PST

Eureka makes a 20mm 1/72 pilot link


Maybe Eureka USA can get some in for you.

Anton Ryzbak05 Apr 2021 10:30 a.m. PST

Thanks guys! I will be running down several of those leads. For now I'm converting WW2 infantrymen into pilots with mixed results (desperation is a cruel master).

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