Painting Micro Pilot Figures — A little detail that adds a lot!!!

Jan 15, 2012 5 Comments by

For the Flyzone Micro Albatros and the newer Fokker Dr.I Triplane, there’s a little white styrofoam, super lightweight pilot bust included in the box. But few pilots add this little guy because it requires some painting to make him look like a WW1 aviator instead of a snowman!

Here’s some tips to make the job quick and easy! A little bit of effort really brings these micro RC WW1 warbirds to life!

Here’s what you need: Some foam safe paint, fine tipped brushes, a bit of water, a paper plate and some napkins.

Painting Micro Pilot Figures

1. To make the job a bit easier, spear the poor aviator with a hobby knife so you can hold and adjust him while you paint. The first color to apply is the skin tone on the face. Use white, red and a dash of brown to get the tone you like. Mix the colors on the paper plate and use a semi broad brush to apply the paint. Neatness doesn’t count here, just slap it on and let dry.

Painting Micro Pilot Figures

2. Mix up a light brown color (brown and white) and apply to the leather flying helmet areas! You have to be a little more careful now, don’t get any on the face. Let dry and apply a second coat to give a nice even cover.

Painting Micro Pilot Figures

3. Now add a little black to the brown and add the leather flying jacket. Be sure not to get any on the shoulder straps which should remain white. Now add some black to the goggle lenses, and a little silver on the shoulder strap buckles and around the goggle frames. With the dark brown add some detail on the leather helmet (seams and the goggle band,) and with some dark dark brown (more black) add some shadow lowlights around the collar and on the sides of the straps. A little dab of silver in the middle of the goggle lenese makes him look like a pilot instead of the Cyclops from the X-Men! A small bit of darker redish flesh tone hints at the lips. Don’t use bright red unless you are painting Amelia Earhart!

Painting Micro Pilot Figures

4. Add a dab of foam safe glue to the base and glue him into place in the cockpit! Job’s done and you’re ready to look for that dastardly Snoopy in his Sopwith Doghouse! Go get ‘em Baron!

Painting Micro Pilot Figures


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5 Responses to “Painting Micro Pilot Figures — A little detail that adds a lot!!!”

  1. Lyle Vasser says:

    Jerry, Awesome job! A man that sees the importance of a pilot figure in a model is top-notch in my book. – Lyle Vasser/Best Pilots.

  2. Gerry Yarrish says:

    Lyle! thanks for the comment! I learned from the best! ;^)

  3. Joseph A. Santa Cruz says:

    Nice article

  4. Bob Siclari says:

    Thanks for helping those fliers out with this article! One thing that really bothers me is an R/C plane without a pilot figure! If you’re not going to use one, at least paint the canopy black! (Of course, that won’t work with open cockpits, which look like the pilot forgot to strap in when you don’t use one.)

  5. Barry McLean says:

    Mr.Yarrish, My name is Barry McLean,I am 84years old and have been building since I was five.
    thank you for the lesson on how to paint the pilot, I always make a comment when I see somone
    flying his plane without one or worst yet . some rediculas comical figure at the controls. If you can do another artical, you might want to tell more about pilots and painting, one of my very best lessons were learned by checking out ” Aces of Iron ” Like I say” If you are going to do scale or not
    You plane is not finished, until you put a Real looking pilot at the controls”…Keep them Flying!! BM.

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