F-14D Seat Belts

Published: November 29th, 2018     
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Reviewed by: 
Michael Novosad, IPMS# 36721
Scale: 1:48
Company: Eduard
Price: $10.95
Product / Stock #: FE934

The Tamiya 1/48th scale model of the F-14D recently introduced is a fantastic kit following the previous release of the -A version. The parts are chrisply molded and loaded with detail that will certainly stand by itself. As with some kit manufacturers photoetch seat belts and harnesses are not included in the package. However, the kit does include a comprehensive decal sheets that includes decals that represent seat belts.

Modelers have used water slide decals seat belts in their builds with satisfactory, two dimensional results. Others have carefully cut the decals with the backer paper in place and fixed them on the seats with white glue, which offers a more realistic, three dimensional results. The Eduard set is by far and above a more realist solution.

Contents Description

The small pre-painted fret includes belts and harnesses for both seats, and includes a single page of instructions that detail the placement of the various parts. I have used the steel belts before and found them a bit easier to work with than the brass PE versions. I personally prefer the steel product for this purpose.

I generally fix one end of the belt in place and when the adhesive is set up use a round tooth pick to guide the remainder of the part in place. Sometimes the part requires a bit of "massaging" to conform to the surface, but once in place there is little to no spring back. Once this is done you have realism in place.

Conclusion

I was a bit surprized at the cost of this set of PE enhancements, but once they are in place I felt they will add a great deal of color and detail to the ejection seats and will be worth the expense. Despite the cost I would have purchased the on my own, and would recommend them to anyone building this kit.

I wish to thank Eduard and IPMS USA for the opportunity to review this product and highly recommend its use for the Tamiya F-14D . I am very impressed with this manufacturer's growing line of products. I have used many of them and never been disappointed in the quality, variety or detail.

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