Eduard 1/32 A-4E Escapac IA-1 Seatbelts First Look
|Date of Review||January 2012||Manufacturer||Eduard|
|Subject||A-4E Escapac IA-1 Seatbelts||Scale||1/32|
|Pros||Beautiful detail update for Trumpeter Scooter kit||Cons||Nothing noted|
|Skill Level||Intermediate||MSRP (USD)||$23.00|
Eduard from the Czech Republic is easily the most prolific producer of aftermarket details.Their series of photo-etched detail sets have brought additional fidelity to otherwisebland subjects, and have taken even the best-produced models and kicked them up a notch ortwo with details that cannot be produced with injection-molded plastic. Such is the case with Eduard's recent 1/32 A-4E Skyhawk kit.
While this set is billed as a complete seat belt and shoulder harness unit for the A-4E, this is actually that plus additional details for the ESCAPAC ejection seat including pull handles, leg guards, survival pack release handle, etc. In addition, this set features color-printed photo-etched parts complete with stitching details in the belt material.
The set also includes the mounting brackets, adjustment and buckles as separate parts, which mean you'll be threading the photo-etched straps through those buckles and brackets. The instructions walk you through the process. While this may seem to be a bit of work, remember that what looks fine as an integral belt and strap in 1/48 scale looks unrealistically flat in 1/32, so these details will add dimension as well as posability to your ejection seat.