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Models 4233 - Martin Baker Mk.4 BS Ejection Seat for the McDonnell
Contents and Media:
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detail and casting; well packaged; clear line for removal of casting
Aires 1/48 scale
MB.4 Seat will be available online from Squadron.com
4233 from Aires Hobby
Models Master Series is a 1/48 scale resin Martin-Baker Mk 4 BS ejection
seat for the Mc Donnell F3H Demon. The recommended kit is the 1/48
scale Grand Phoenix F3H-2.
The kit is mixed-media
endeavor. The seat itself is cast in light buff coloured resin whilst
the belts and buckles and overhead pull rings are photo-etched.
As with all Aires
products that I have seen and used, the casting is superbly done and all
details are crisp and sharp. The squab and seat have been cast with
texture and creases that will be enhanced with a wash and dry brush.
The seat has been cast with rails in place which means that you will
have to remove the cast-in-place rails of the Grand Phoenix Demon (which
comes with the original Mc Donnell seat) if you want to use it.
Click the thumbnails below to view larger images:
There are no miscasts,
flash or pinholes in my sample, it is absolutely perfect. The only thing
you will need to do is remove the pouring block. Aires help you out
here as there is a smaller and clearly distinct pedestal that the seat
sits on so you know when to stop sanding.
A small instruction
sheet is included. It shows black and white illustrations of how to put
the seat harness together. Unfortunately, there are no painting
instructions so you will have to look elsewhere for reference – a quick
'Google' should see you right here.
The packaging is
excellent! The seat itself sits in a vacformed tray which in turn sits
on top of the cardboard header on which the photoetch fret and
instructions are also placed. A vacformed clear plactic cover is then
slid over both the tray and the header and it both traps and displays
the seat and photoetch parts. Staples are then punched through the
header card and the plastic cover to fasten them together. This manner
of packaging is a real boon as, in these days of mail order hobby shops;
your seat has a far better chance of arriving at your mail box intact.
A quality product from
What seats were in
The Ginter book
advises that the Martin Baker Mk 4 was fitted to the F3H-2 from Bureau
No 146709t onwards but I understand that they were also retrofitted to
earlier build Demons. The best way is to make sure is by using the old
modellers adage of finding a photo of the machine you intend to build.
I understand that
the seat is just one of a series of updates and enhancements coming from
Aires for the Grand Phoenix kit. Also in the wings is and open
electronics bay (in the nose) as well as a short beaver tail.
AeroMaster/Eaglestrike has also announced that they will be producing at
least four decal sheets.
Thanks to Aires for the review sample
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