Posable Ejection Seat Harnesses
in Flexible Resin

  

Cutting Edge Modelworks

 

 

 

S u m m a r y
Catalogue Number, Description & Scale CEC48343 - USAF/USN Ejection Seat Posable Harness Set 1/48
CEC48344 - British Five-Point Posable Seatbelts/Harness 1/48
CEC32098 - British Five-Point Posable Seatbelts/Harness 1/32
Price: 1/48 scale sets - USD$7.99
1/32 scale sets - USD$8.99
Contents and Media: 1 sheet of flexible resin in each
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Will look great in the cockpit - especially with all the harness action on ejection seats; excellent three-dimensional impression; responds well to glue and paint; innovative.
Disadvantages: Cutting out smaller fittings might be a recipe for insanity for some; no specific instructions for placement due to wide range of possible variations.
Recommendation: Recommended

 

Reviewed by Brett Green


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FirstLook

 

Cutting Edge has extended their new range of innovative flexible resin harnesses to cover ejection seats in 1/32 and 1/48 scale.

As for the WWII harnsesses, these seat belts are moulded into the flexible sheet and must be carefully cut out before use. This will be a particular challenge for the smaller fittings, but I have included some suggestions below that I gleaned from using an early set of Luftwaffe harnesses on an earlier project.

The following harnesses have been newly released:

  • CEC48343 - USAF/USN Ejection Seat Posable Harness Set 1/48

  • CEC48344 - British Five-Point Posable Seatbelts/Harness 1/48

  • CEC32098 - British Five-Point Posable Seatbelts/Harness 1/32

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!

General instructions for assembly and painting are included. Specific placement instructions are not supplied as there are many variations on the range of ejection seats covered. Good references will be essential.

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

These painting tips were developed from my experiences with the 1/32 scale set for Luftwaffe fighters, but the principles are exactly the same as for painting ejection seat harnesses.

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.

The additional detail and complexity in the harness arrangement of ejection seats will make the effort very worthwhile.

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 04 May, 2002
Last updated 22 July, 2003

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