Enter keywords or a search phrase below:

seated pilot figures

9 replies
1 rating 2 rating 3 rating 4 rating 5 rating
  • Member since
    March 2009
seated pilot figures
Posted by on Thursday, March 5, 2020 3:31 PM

Does anyone else remember the good old days of modeling  when you could afford to buy a model airplane?. Yes, the body panels may have too wide or deep but, hey we were young what did it mattered. What mattered to me was could the model do what it was advertised. I loved Monogram!. The folding wings on their kits like the Helldiver,Wildcat and Corsair. The best parts were the pilot figures sitting in the cockpit . I can't remember how many missions I flew with them. Now alas no one puts pilot figures in kits. Now I have to ask if anyone knows of a place to find sitting ( fliing) pilots.  








  • Member since
    March 2003
  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Thursday, March 5, 2020 4:08 PM

My Tamiya Tomcat came with two very nice pilot figures.

I checked Ebay,there are some,I would also Google "seated pilot figures" in whatever scale you need.Not as many as armor or infantry,but still a few.

  • Member since
    September 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Thursday, March 5, 2020 4:31 PM


I must have been a better modeler then, because I could build a model between school and dinnertime.

I loved the Monogram OS2U.

  • Member since
    July 2018
  • From: The Deep Woods
Posted by Tickmagnet on Thursday, March 5, 2020 6:08 PM



I must have been a better modeler then, because I could build a model between school and dinnertime.

I loved the Monogram OS2U.


The good old days.



  • Member since
    September 2004
  • From: Denver
Posted by tankboy51 on Thursday, March 5, 2020 11:15 PM

I have just been thinking of my early days of modeling. I started in 1960 or so.   I barley used any paint, plastic color was close enough for me.  I just loved the pilot figures,  put them in everything, even the entire crew of a 1/72 B-17 or a B-24. That was back when they were .35 cents or so. 


  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Friday, March 6, 2020 12:03 AM

It's an interesting discussion.  I really like the pilots in the plane.  But what do you do when you buy a beautiful resin ejection seat... I wrestle with this with my builds.  Sit a great pilot in the plane and cover a great injection seat or go with an empty cockpit and show the detail of a nice ejection seat.  I do like having the choice though.  I would like to see more kits with pilot figures.



Ain't no reason to hang my head, I could wake up in the mornin' dead 

  • Member since
    June 2017
Posted by UnwaryPaladin on Saturday, March 14, 2020 1:33 PM

Airfix usually has a pilot figure, the 1/48 scale pilots are very nice. 

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Sunday, March 15, 2020 6:49 AM

The reason that early kits included a pilot figure is that the kits did not include a very detailed cockpit.  I am sure the mold for the pilot was the same for all the kits, and the pilot mostly hid the lack of detail of the pilot.

I also occasionally like to model an aircraft in flight, so I too would like to see aftermarket pilots available, several in each scale, since pilots wore different looking gear- expecially helmets, in different eras.  And a civil pilot in each scale- gear did not change much.  In fact, cloth helmet okay for both in open cockpit era.



Don Stauffer in Minnesota

  • Member since
    March 2010
  • From: Boston
Posted by mach71 on Sunday, March 15, 2020 6:27 PM

I have a few 1/48 scale after market resin pilot figures, and I have an old kit of modern ground equipment that I think has standing and seated pilots. It might take me bit to find them, but I'll look. 

  • Member since
    February 2006
  • From: Boston
Posted by Wilbur Wright on Monday, March 16, 2020 5:43 PM

There is a company called Aerobonus that makes many seated pilot figures at a resobanble price. You can find the line at Scale Hobbyist.


Our community is FREE to join. To participate you must either login or register for an account.


By signing up you may also receive reader surveys and occasional special offers. We do not sell, rent or trade our email lists. View our Privacy Policy.