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Martin-Baker Ejection Seats for F-8 Crusaders



Martin-Baker F7 With Belts

Cutting Edge Modelworks


S u m m a r y
Catalogue Number and Description CEC48422 (with belts) Martin-Baker F7
CEC48463 (without belts) Martin-Baker F7
CEC48423 (without belts) Martin-Baker F5
Price: each USD$6.99 from Meteor Productions website
Scale: 1/48
Contents and Media: 4 parts in grey resin
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: High level of detail; great improvement over kit parts; beautiful casting; minimal preparation required; effective packaging
Disadvantages: No painting instructions
Recommendation: Recommended


Reviewed by Rodger Kelly

HyperScale is proudly sponsored by Meteor Productions




New from Cutting Edge Modeworks is a series of Martin-Baker ejection seats to suit the F-8 Crusader. The seats have been moulded with or without belts to suit the tastes of both camps.

CEC48422 (with belts) and CEC48463 (without belts) are Martin-Baker F7s. CEC48423 (without belts) is an F5. Depending on what you read and who you listen to, the F5 was first fitted to late F-8As, Bs, Cs and early Ds whilst the F7s were fitted to late F-8Ds and subsequent models onwards.


Martin-Baker F7 Without Belts

Each set comes with two sprues. The larger one is the seat itself whilst the smaller of the two carries the overhead activation handles as well as the one that fits on the seat pan between the pilotís legs.

The parts are cast in Cutting Edgeís tough, flexible mid-grey resin. Flash is minimal with the majority of it to be found within the rings of the overhead activation handles. This can be removed by careful cutting with a new blade.

The casting itself is beautifully done. The detail is sharp and clear with sufficient relief so as it will stand out clearly after the addition of a thin wash but not look too overstated. I especially liked the way Cutting Edge has cast the top of the seat with a rebate to accept the overhead activation handles.


Martin-Baker F5 Without Belts

Each set comes packed in a clear plastic zip-log bag that has been stapled to a stiff cardboard header Ė simple yet effective.

The only thing missing from the sets is an instruction sheet. Not a big deal really, as it does not require a high IQ to assemble the seat. However, it would be nice to at least have a painting guide so as you can do justice to the beautiful casting.

Nice stuff from Cutting Edge and Iím sure that quite a few will find their way into the new Hasegawa kit!


Thanks to Meteor Productions for the review samples.

Cutting Edge Modelworks products are available from Meteor Productions Website

Text and Images Copyright © 2003 by Rodger Kelly
Page Created 18 April, 2003
Last updated 14 August, 2003

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