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Ejection Seat



Cutting Edge Modelworks


S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number and Description: CEC 32080, CEC 32081
Scale: 1/32
Price: USD$11.99
Contents and Media: 5 parts in grey resin
Review Type: First Look
Advantages: Perfectly cast. Available with and without seat belts
Disadvantages: No instructions
Recommendation: Recommended.


Reviewed by Dave Williams

HyperScale is proudly sponsored by Meteor Productions




Cutting Edge has produced a 1/32 scale ESCAPAC ejection seat for the large Hasegawa A-4 kit.

This is the 1C version of the ESCAPAC seat which was normally fitted to “middle” versions of the Skyhawk such as the –F, -G, -H, and TA-4 series. The seat is available both with (CEC 32080) and without (CEC 32081) seatbelts. Each set consists of one seat and a small sprue of add-on bits. The sprue contains the following parts:

  • Lower ejection handle

  • Face curtain handle

  • Safety handle (headknocker)

  • Power inertia reel cartridge

There are no instructions provided with the seat. Normally this isn’t a problem with seats as most people can usually figure out where things like the ejection handles should go, but those who aren’t familiar with the seat may be a little confused on the headknocker and the inertia reel cartridge. The headknocker is the curved piece that projects forward from the bottom of the center vertical depression of the headrest and the inertia reel cartridge is the small rod that projects horizontally from a hole on the right side of the headrest. Note that there is normally a cable running from the inertia reel cartridge and the small shelf projecting from the side of the seat just below which the modeler may wish to add.

The ESCAPAC seat was also fitted to early F-15s and A-10s, however these were later versions with features like canopy breakers and the “ear-burner” seat separation rocket that are not included in this set.

A quick check indicates that the CE seat will fit into the cockpit tub of the Hasegawa A-4E/F kit after the bottom portion of the seat molded into the tub is removed. Recommended.

Review samples kindly provided by Meteor Productions.

Dave Williams
IPMS/USA 19050

Cutting Edge Modelworks products are available from Meteor Productions Website

Review Copyright © 2002 by Dave Williams
Page Created 03 February, 2002
Last updated 22 July, 2003

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