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Pacific Monograph Sir Percy -- 1:32 Scale

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Aviation is full of memorable characters, both real and fictional.  In the 1965 motion picture Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines; Or, How I Flew from London to Paris in 25 Hours 11 Minutes was a 1965 British comedy that tells the fictional account of a high-stakes, hijinks-filled air race from London to Paris set in the year 1910.

The main antagonist of the film was the nefarious Sir Percy Ware-Armitage played by the distinctive British comedian and character actor Terry-Thomas.  He flies an Avro Roe IV triplane as tries to win the race and its substantial cash prize.  Sir Percy bullies, cheats, and sabotages his way through the film, and instead of flying the treacherous English Channel crossing, this dastardly rival cheats by shipping his triplane by boat across the Channel at night.  Of course, he gets a proper villain’s comeuppance when smoke from a passing train disorients him on the final leg to Paris.  Sir Percy is forced to land atop one of the cars and his plane is wrecked when it passes through a tunnel, thus paving the way for a happy ending for the heroes of the film. 

Pacific Monograph’s first figure release just happens to be the memorable Sir Percy.  It is a 1:32 scale figurine and is cast in resin.  The master was sculpted by Mike Good.  The figure kit consists of five parts – head, torso and legs/feet; left and right arms, and Sir Percy’s cigarette holder and mounted cigarette. 

The quality of the sculpting is outstanding.  Size, shape, and body/facial proportions are all correct (examined with my artist’s eye and my eye as a professor of human anatomy).  Sometimes, it’s surprising that some figure sculptors blow it when it comes to the fundamentals of the shape and configuration of the human form, but Mike Good’s work here is just impeccable.  Further, the quality of the sculpted details, from Sir Percy’s self-assured facial expression and confident pose, to the details of his screen-accurate uniform, flying, cap, goggles, gloves, and boots, and cigarette holder.  It is just perfectly executed.  The quality of the resin casting is equally flawless.  There are no defects, errors, or any other perceptible problems.  This will be a joy for anyone to assemble and paint.        

We extend our sincere thanks to Burl Burlingame of Pacific Monograph for the review sample.  You can visit them on the web and find this and many other products at their webstore: http://www.pacmonoshop.com/catalog/index.php.  They are also on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pacmonosop/ and you can email them at pacmonoshop@gmail.com.

Haagen Klaus
Scale Modeling News & Reviews Editor
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