F/A-18C Seatbelts, Steel

Published: December 15th, 2016     
Product Image
Product picture
Reviewed by: 
Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard
Price: $6.95
Product / Stock #: 49795

Kinetics' 1/48th scale F/A-18C is a great kit and comes with a good representation of the SJU17A ejection seat. The kit even provides a photoetch generic seat belt. Eduard ups the ante a ton with its release of a color photoetch steel set of belts specifically designed for the Kinetic seat.

The set has one small colorized steel fret with nine pieces for the shoulder/seat belts and two pieces for the leg restraints. All made with multicolor parts. As you can see in the photo, the kit provides a basic lap belt and shoulder harness.

Addition to the seat is easy. There are four sets of lap belts so those get added first. The seat is pretty flat so they slide right into place. Next, add the adjustment straps on top of the four lap belts. Lastly, bend the shoulder harness to fir and glue in place.

To finish, I added a black wash to the seat and then wiped off. A few dry brushed and a flat coat and its done.

What a great upgrade set! Easy to use and a vast improvement over the kit parts. If you aren't putting a pilot in the seat, this set is past recommended and is, in my opinion, required to really show off the seat.

My thanks to Eduard and IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review this set.

  • Instruction sheet
    Instruction sheet
  • Comparison of kit parts to Eduard parts
    Comparison of kit parts to Eduard parts
  • Kit parts (left), ejection seat (middle), and Eduard seatbelts (right)
    Kit parts (left), ejection seat (middle), and Eduard seatbelts (right)
  • Seat with Eduard belts added
    Seat with Eduard belts added
  • Close-up of Eduard straps
    Close-up of Eduard straps
  • Right-side view
    Right-side view
  • Left-side view
    Left-side view
  • View of seat base
    View of seat base
  • Additional view of seat
    Additional view of seat
  • Seat with Eduard belts installed in kit
    Seat with Eduard belts installed in kit
  • Seat with Eduard belts as viewed through canopy
    Seat with Eduard belts as viewed through canopy