Posable Harnesses
in Flexible Resin

 

  

 

Cutting Edge Modelworks

 

S u m m a r y
Catalogue Number, Description & Scale CEC48335 - Luftwaffe WWII Posable Seatbelt 1/48
CEC32093 - Luftwaffe WWII Posable Seatbelt 1/32
CEC48336 - USAF/USN WWII Posable Seatbelt 1/48
CEC32094 - USAF/USN WWII Posable Seatbelt 1/32
CEC48337 - British/Soviet Sutton Harness WWII Posable Seatbelt 1/48
CEC32095 - British/Soviet Sutton Harness WWII Posable Seatbelt 1/32
CEC48338 - Japanese WWII Posable Seatbelt 1/48
CEC32096 - Japanese WWII Posable Seatbelt 1/32
CEC48339 - Italian WWII Posable Seatbelt 1/48
CEC48340 - British/Soviet "Late Style" WWII Posable Seatbelt 1/48
Price: 1/48 scale sets - USD$7.99
1/32 scale sets - USD$8.99
Contents and Media: 1 sheet of flexible resin
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Looks great in the cockpit; excellent three-dimensional impression; responds well to glue and paint; innovative.
Disadvantages: Tricky technique for cutting out harnesses from sheet; might look overscale until properly bedded down on the seat.
Recommendation: Recommended

 


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Reviewed by Brett Green

 

FirstLook

 

Cutting Edge has introduced a new way to depict aircraft seat harnesses. This new range provides  innovative flexible resin harnesses for a good selection of WWII aircraft in 1/32 and 1/48 scale.

I have seen similar resin used as Zimmerit sheets on armour models, but it is the first time I have seen the material used for this purpose. The seat belts are moulded into the flexible sheet and must be carefully cut out before use.

The following harnesses are currently available:

  • CEC48335 - Luftwaffe WWII Posable Seatbelt 1/48

  • CEC32093 - Luftwaffe WWII Posable Seatbelt 1/32

  • CEC48336 - USAF/USN WWII Posable Seatbelt 1/48

  • CEC32094 - USAF/USN WWII Posable Seatbelt 1/32

  • CEC48337 - British/Soviet Sutton Harness WWII Posable Seatbelt 1/48

  • CEC32095 - British/Soviet Sutton Harness WWII Posable Seatbelt 1/32

  • CEC48338 - Japanese WWII Posable Seatbelt 1/48

  • CEC32096 - Japanese WWII Posable Seatbelt 1/32

  • CEC48339 - Italian WWII Posable Seatbelt 1/48

  • CEC48340 - British/Soviet "Late Style" WWII Posable Seatbelt 1/48

All the belts of the harnesses in each set are cast on a single, small flexible resin sheet. The texture of the material is very much like calamari!

Individual instructions for assembly and painting are included. The detail on the belts is terrific. This is especially appreciated in 1/32 scale.


 

Removal and Assembly Hints

The resin is very elastic, so much so that it is tricky to "slice" in a conventional way. The material tends to stretch as the blade is dragged along the material even with a new knife.

After experimenting with a few methods, I eventually decided to "chop" the resin with a short blade. First I cut horizontal slices toward details that extended beyond the width of the straps (eg buckles, connectors etc); then removed the belts by following their outline with a firm, downward chopping motion.

I emphasise here that the blade must be short, otherwise detail protruding past the width of the belt will be cut off too. This will require particular care with the 1/48 scale harnesses.

The buckles and connectors are cast onto the belts. Even though they are not "hollow", they look good when they are painted..

The separated harnesses can be attached with super glue or epoxy glue. I used super glue for mine. When I first secured the harness to the seat, I thought the belts looked a little over-scale and they seemed to be "floating" in places. I slipped some more super glue under the belts using the blade of a hobby knife and prodded the belts hard into the corners of the seat. This greatly improved the look of the lap belts.

Take note, once you have glued this material in place it stays glued! It is incredibly responsive to super glue.


 

Painting Hints

There are many techniques for painting harnesses, but I prefer to paint mine after they are assembled and in the completed cockpit.

I start by painting the entire seat and harness black, making sure that the paint gets into every nook and cranny. This is followed by a couple of dusting coats of the cockpit colour. I try to shoot the paint from just one angle to represent light and shadow. With dark cockpit colours, I will often add a black oil wash to re-emphasise any shadows that have been obscured by the top coat.

 

The harness and cockpit have received a wash of thinned black oil paint. This wash will be wiped off the high points after 10 to 15 minutes, leaving the dark paint in areas that would normally be in shadow.

 

The harness is now ready to paint with a fine brush. For the 1/32 scale Bf 109 harness in this example, I used Tamiya XF-55 Deck Tan. When dry, I applied a liberal wash of Raw Sienna oil paint. I wiped the paint off the high points of the harness with my finger, then painted the buckles and connectors silver. The visible portions of the chafing pads were painted brown.

Although the raw belts might look a little thick, careful painting really gives them a convincing, three-dimensional look. 

 

The harness and cockpit after details have been picked out with a fine brush. The harness has received a final wash of thinned Raw Sienna oil paint.

The harness attachment points were simply folded over and glued to the top of the rear bulkhead when the cockpit was installed in the fuselage.

 

 

Conclusion

 

It is great to see these innovative harnesses available in a range of scales and subjects. The detail and individual nature of the belts will be particularly obvious in 1/32 scale, but they will be very effective in 1/48 scale too.

I was delighted with the final effect of the flexible resin harness. It requires more effort than the cast-on version, but it does look impressively three-dimensional and it guarantees an individual result every time.

These harnesses also offer the option of draping the shoulder belts over the cockpit sill - something seen in wartime photos from time to time.

Recommended.

Thanks to Meteor Productions for the review samples.


Cutting Edge Modelworks products are available from Meteor Productions Website


Text and Images Copyright 2002 by Brett T. Green
Page Created 12 March, 2002
Last updated 22 July, 2003

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