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K-36DM Ejection Seat


1/32 scale




S u m m a r y
Catalogue Number and Description Aires Hobby Models 2023 - K-36DM Ejection Seat
Price: USD$21.46 online from Squadron
Scale: 1/32
Contents and Media: See text below
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Superb detail and casting; comprehensive photo-etched parts supplied; clearly illustrated instructions
Disadvantages: No painting guide
Recommendation: Recommended


Reviewed by Rodger Kelly

Aires 1/32 scale K-36M Seat is available online from Squadron.com



2023 from Aires Hobby Models is a 1/32 scale mixed-media kit resin kit of the Zvezda K-36DM ejection seat as used in the MiG-29, Su-27, Su-22, as well as other Russian built aircraft. 

The kit comprises eight resin pieces, a short length of copper wire (shades of Verlinden!) as well as photo-etched fret containing twenty five pieces.  The resin parts are cast in a light grey coloured resin.  This resin is a departure from the type we normally see from Aires.

The photo-etch fret is very comprehensive and the metal is soft and easy to work with manipulate which gives you a second chance if you goof.  Another good point about this soft metal is that it allows you to manipulate and drape the harness onto the seat to make it appear more realistic. 

The casting superbly done and all details are crisp and sharp.  The upholstery and padding on the squab and seat back of the one-to-one-scale seat has been faithfully reproduced and will no doubt be enhanced even more with a wash and dry brush.  The entire seat has been faithfully reproduced, not just the front, sides and top half of the back that will be visible once it is placed in a 1/32 scale cockpit.  A pity really but should you wish, you could use the kit as a part of a vignette depicting the aircraft in a maintenance scene with the seat removed and placed on a stand.  There are no miscasts or pinholes in my sample.  Surprisingly, there is absolutely no flash on any of the resin parts and I guess that this is due to the new type of resin that Aires has used.  


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A small instruction sheet is included.  It shows black and white illustrations of how to put the seat harness together.   As with all of the Aires kits that I have seen and used, there are no painting instructions included.  However, the lack of painting instructions do not detract from the kit as a whole as a quick 'Google' will reveal several hits that have colour photographs of this seat. As usual, The Ejection site does not disappoint at http://www.ejectionsite.com/k36dmseat.htm  Another site worth a visit is AeroWorldnet at http://www.aeroworldnet.com/1ra05319.htm as it will give you a potted history of the K-36DM. 

I'm impressed with the packaging used by Aires and this kit is packed in the same manner.  The seat itself sits in a vac formed tray which in turn sits on top of the cardboard header on which the photo etch fret and instructions are also placed.  A vac formed clear plastic cover is then slid over both the tray and the header and it both traps and displays the seat and photo-etch parts.  Staples are then punched through the header card and the plastic cover to fasten them together.   Having said this though my sample had two small pieces broken off it when it arrived in my mail box.  What is odd too was the fact that whilst these two bits had broken off, the smaller and seemingly more delicate protrusions were intact. 

An excellent kit from Aires that will really enhance your next MiG-29. 


Thanks to Aires for the review sample

Text and Images Copyright 2005 by Rodger Kelly
Page Created 26 April, 2005
Last updated 27 April, 2005

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