Scale Aviator International Magazine Issue 3 | Page 54
The Art of
By Lyle Vasser
When you have created an exceptional scale
model of a historical aircraft, every detail is noticed by those viewing your work of art.
In many cases the radio controlled flying scale
model represents some historical aircraft, and
in this case the military version. Once someone
takes a look at your aircraft they notice every
detail, the weathering the handles, steps, gun
barrels, rivets, and many other unique details that
enhance your aircraft. Once they get to the cockpit the pilot of course is definitely noticeable.
Your goal is to make the entire aircraft represent
the full-size that you have modelled including the
pilot. In many cases the pilots available have
large eyes and look scared to death to be in the
cockpit. While that is no reflection on your flying
ability, it simply just does not look right.
In the next pages, Lyle will walk you through his
masterful techniques of painting your pilot to look
real, and convincing. Lyle has graciously offered
his MASTER CLASS in PILOT PAINTING
Manual and you are welcome to download and
use it as a reference for painting your scale pilot.
You may also visit the Best Pilots website at