B-25 Pilots Seats

Published: January 28th, 2013     
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Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette - IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard
Price: $25.00
Product / Stock #: 32750
Product provided by: Eduard

This set is a single fret of excellent relief-etched material which fixes the seats on the HK Models 1/32 B-25. So, you ask, what's wrong with the kit seats? Not much, but research does indicate that the co-pilot's seat was not a full seat like the pilot's, more of a half seat. The fret includes 35 parts which allow you to build more detailed and correct seats.

Construction will be helped by use of one of the PE bending tools on the market today - I used a Hold and Fold and it is much more precise making the bends than any other way. Also, you will need some plastic rod to construct the seat mounts - two pieces of 1.2mm rod, each 26.5mm long, and for the smaller seat, two pieces of 1.2mm rod each 14.5mm long. I used stock styrene rod from the LHS.

Each seat is well detailed and requires some PE skills - there are several bends that have to be made, along with rolling of parts. Construction starts with the seat adjustor frame and you make two - one for the pilot's seat and one for the co-pilot's seat. They are separate builds and start by bending and rolling the backs, and them adding stiffeners and details. The co-pilot seat is simple and went together well and fits safely on its adjustment portion. You will also have to bend the tracks the seats ride on.

The pilot's seat is more difficult - the back has a slight roll across it. The sides also need some subtle bends. I used the roller set of my Hold and Fold to get close, and then bled thin super glue in place when ready for strength. The adjustments and rails were then added and both glued the cockpit floor.

Once I got this far, I really thought these seats needed to be built and painted to show just how wonderful they look. I painted and weathered them with a wash and silver pencil. A couple flat coats and you can see how they look - they are superb and really enhance the cockpit and will be visible through the canopy.

The seats are highly recommended to anyone with some PE experience. They do a great job of correcting the seats in the kit (they were not both the same size) and will look even better once seat belts are added. Recommended! My thanks to Eduard and IPMS/USA for the chance to review this excellent item.

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