Hi Gang! In this thread, I 'll attempt to demonstrate the process of converting and scratchbuilding your own figures for your aircraft and armor pieces, using readily-available parts and common modelling materials. Our project is going to be two (maybe four, if I get ambitious!) Imperial Japanese pilots, in both Army and Navy flying kit, in 1/32 (54mm) scale. These guys will look fine with 1:33 scale planes. The first step is to assemble our basic materials: at rear, MOST IMPORTANT, our reference material (thanks, Mike!). From the foreground left, we have: odd leftover kit parts, brass sheet, fine wire, adhesives,a copper scouring pad (just wait, B & G!), epoxy putty, a set of Airfix Multipose Japanese Infantry figures (for the heads/facial expressions primarily), and an Alumilite mini-casting resin kit. Last but not least, common representative modeling tools. Not seen (my mistake) is a Dremel rotary tool. I have also made up a very rudimentary "cockpit tub" so that I can get the figure in a proper pose. What I propose to do here is this: 1. Prepare the figure for conversion, including produce 1-off or unique parts 2. demonstrate 1-sided mould making 3. convert the figure 4. cast some replicas (2-sided mold) 5. Paint the original figure, plus one of the replicas. Please check your blowtorches and spare garden produce at the door. I am going to learn as much from this exercise as you will, I hope. The adventure will continue.......(and now, let us pray!) Jim PS: Yes, Dimas, it's the same old Tractor plant!