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||2 castings in White resin.
||Excellent castings with no air
bubbles or casting flaws. Definite improvement in detail over kit
parts. Designed to fit the 'Black Box' sets.
Reviewed by Dale Smith
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'Victory Productions' has recently released a set of ejection seats in
1/48 scale. These items enable modellers to backdate their F-4Bs and F-4Cs
with the earlier style Martin Baker Mk 5 seats that were fitted to these
aircraft during the Vietnam conflict.
The seats come cast in a cream coloured resin, very much like the 'KMC'
colour of old, and the newer 'Black Box' sets. The detail provided on the
seats is superb, with no casting flaws or air bubbles evident in my
sample. I found the casting block on the bottom of the seats was quite
small , so separation after painting shouldn't be a problem.
The seats are stated to fit the 'Black Box' sets, and not being one to
doubt Paul at Victory Productions' word, tried them anyway in a couple of
cockpit tubs by BB that I had on hand. Both seats fitted neatly without
any problems after I had removed the casting blocks. The seats also fitted
the standard tub provided in the Hasegawa F-4C/D kit I had on hand. I
cannot state how the seats would sit in any other manufacturers F-4 kits.
Both seats provided in the set are the same, so if you require differing
belt positions/poses like the real aircraft, dig out the grinder, lead
foil and the photo etched buckles. If you don't, the detail is excellent
as provided. It would be nice however in these dual seat aircraft sets, to
get seats with differing belt positions.
Victory Productions' early Phantom seats fill a nice niche for the F-4
modeller in either the pre-Vietnam or Vietnam eras proper. The castings
are nicely done and with some careful painting will look great in that F-4
kit you have put away for a rainy day.
Thanks to Paul Cotcher at
'Victory Productions' for
supplying the sample for review.
Victory Productions Decals
are available direct from
Victory Models Website
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