in Flexible Resin
Cutting Edge Modelworks
S u m m a r
Catalogue Number, Description & Scale
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
sets - USD$7.99
1/32 scale sets - USD$8.99
Contents and Media:
||1 sheet of
in the cockpit; excellent three-dimensional impression; responds
well to glue and paint; innovative.
technique for cutting out harnesses from sheet; might look overscale
until properly bedded down on the seat.
HyperScale is proudly sponsored by Meteor
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
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
CEC32094 - USAF/USN WWII Posable
CEC48337 - British/Soviet Sutton
Harness WWII Posable Seatbelt 1/48
CEC32095 - British/Soviet Sutton
Harness WWII Posable Seatbelt 1/32
CEC48338 - Japanese WWII Posable
CEC32096 - Japanese WWII Posable
CEC48339 - Italian WWII Posable
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
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.
There are many techniques for painting harnesses, but I
prefer to paint mine after they are assembled and in the completed
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.
attachment points were simply folded over and glued to the top of
the rear bulkhead when the cockpit was installed in the fuselage.
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
These harnesses also offer the option of draping the
shoulder belts over the cockpit sill - something seen in wartime photos from
time to time.
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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