The 1980s were a busy time for sets of air and ground crew as many model aircraft companies produced them, and Fujimi were no different. For the majority of the last century it was apparent that air power was vital, and this was particularly true at sea. The aircraft carrier became the major capital ship and could effectively bring military force to bear on most parts of the world. No one has used this ability more than the United States Navy, whose personnel are the subject of this set.
There are a couple of pilots in this set but the majority are the flight deck crew. Styles of clothing and equipment are perfectly authentic for the late 1980s, and the figures are well proportioned and adequately detailed, although in some areas such as the man stripped to the waist the surface of the figure is too smooth and featureless. About half of the figures require some sort of assembly - usually just adding an arm or two - and none have bases supplied. We thought the poses were pretty realistic and well chosen, and show a lot more life than some similar sets produced by others.
The tractor model comes in many parts which fit together well. The set includes a choice of three very different configurations for this vehicle, which should satisfy most needs for a carrier diorama. Although not shown in our picture, decals (wet transfers) are also supplied to liven up the model.
Like many hard plastic figures, some of these have mould marks at the back, although in this case they are small and fairly easy to hide. The separate arms imply some scope for changing the poses, but this is quite limited as most of the arms would look wrong if positioned other than as instructed. The instructions themselves, both for the figures and the tractor, and clear and easy to follow.
While a 1/72 scale aircraft carrier would be a most impressive model, there is plenty of scope for models of part of the flight deck and these figures would make a good choice for such a scene.