Eduard Brassin 1/48 F-4C Ejection Seats Set First Look
|Date of Review||October 2015||Manufacturer||Eduard|
|Subject||F-4C Ejection Seats Set||Scale||1/48|
|Pros||Sharp details||Cons||Nothing noted|
|Skill Level||Intermediate||MSRP (USD)||$15.00|
Eduard from the Czech Republic is easily the most prolific producer of aftermarket details. Period. Their series of photo-etched detail sets have brought additional fidelity to otherwise bland subjects, and have taken even the best-produced models and kicked them up a notch or two with details that cannot be produced with injection-molded plastic. Many AMS modelers will collect the relevant Eduard photo-etch sets for a given project, but they'll also go out and gather specific resin enhancements as well. Eduard has stepped up with a new product line to complement their photo-etched detail series - Brassin. Brassin is a play on words with Brass and Resin, and in many sets in this series, the resin details also include a set of photo-etch as well.
In this release, Eduard provides a pair of Martin-Baker Mk.7 ejection seats for USAF F-4 Phantoms (the title says F-4C, but the this seat was used in the F-4C, F-4D, F-4E, F-4G, and RF-4C. You might have seen Eduard release these seats for the F-4B previously, but there are visible differences between the Mk.7 seats used in Navy Phantoms and USAF Phantoms. The Navy Mk.7 has the high-pressure emergency O2 (bailout) bottle housed in the survival pack. The USAF Mk.7 moves the bailout bottle to the left side of the seat bucket visible through the cut-back left side of the lumbar pad. If you have a pilot and EWO/RIO in the seat, it wouldn't matter much which seat you used with your model, but since most folks build their aircraft without crews, the AMS modeler will want the visible O2 bailout bottle for the USAF Phantoms and the empty recess for the USN Phantoms.
Once again, Eduard provides the nice details to enhance the cockpit of your favorite Phantom kit. While these seats were tailored to fit the Academy kit, they will fit in the Hasegawa kits as well. The color-photo-etched parts will provide the eye-catching details that will really set your seats apart from the hand-painted crew-restraints.
My sincere thanks to Eduard for this review sample!