Spitfire Seat with Safety Belts

Published: December 14th, 2011     
Part Packaging
Part Packaging
Reviewed by: Paul Mahoney - IPMS# 8943
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost
Price: $6.50
Product / Stock #: QB 48-401
Product provided by: Quickboost

Quickboost has now added a Spitfire seat to their ever-growing line of 'drop-fit' resin accessories. This one comes with a harness molded in, and should be applicable to any but the very early and very late models of the Spitfire.

As with all their products (at least, all that I have seen), the molding is extremely crisp and leaves little to be cleaned up. The belt detail looks very good, and has clear distinction that should make painting this fairly easy. The seat has a nicely-molded adjustment lever on the right side that also has very nice details. There are no flare cartridge holders present at the front of the seat - something that some Spitfire seats did have. The cushion on the backrest portion of the seat does have a nice (to me) textured look. I didn't get the micrometer out, but it looks correct proportionally to photos in my references and on the web.

About the only issue I would have with this seat is the way it is attached to the pour-stub. There is a thin sheet of armor plate to the rear of the seat, and the belts are nicely draped over this. Take care when separating the pour-stub that you only remove the area directly behind the armor plate, and not the plate itself! Casting in this method also means there is no detail on the backside of the seat. Not a major problem for most, but several other resin seats out there have the pour stub on the bottom, leaving the back exposed and detailed.

No specific kit is recommended for this seat, but I imagine most any 1/48 Spitfire would benefit from it (meaning anything that isn't a very early or very late model). I included some pictures of the Hasegawa Mk V 'trop' seat for comparison.

Thanks to Quickboost and IPMS/USA for providing the review sample.

  • Top view
    Top view
  • Side view
    Side view
  • Kit part comparison
    Kit part comparison

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