A Welcome Return
For quite some time the rumours about Paragon's return
have been doing the rounds of the web pages and shows, and they were
generally met with great anticipation and relief. I for one, fall into
the category of very glad to see them return.
Finding Paragon parts generally meant a lucky find under
a table or paying excessive amounts on our favourite place, E-bay.
There are several sets I have been after in 1/32 scale,
and the Tornado parts have been among them.
Not new, but good all the same...
We are treated to a trio of Tornado parts in Paragons
first reissue of their old range, and they are as pertinent and useful
now as they were several years go. I will be taking a look at the Martin
Baker Mk.10 seats, the flaps, as well as the platform style access
A Beauty of a Bang Seat
will begin with the MB10's which are cast very well in a cream coloured
resin. the one thing you can always count on when it comes to Paragon
parts is the fact that there will be no air bubbles. Quality control is
very strict I imagine.
To get an idea of what the seat should look like I went
to a few places and had a look in a couple of books, but the sources I
found most helpful were the Ejection site, Martin Bakers web site and
Verlindens Lock on title was somewhat helpful, although no incredibly
detailed when it came to the seat.
Comparing this seat to the photographs was a learning
experience for me as I found out that Martin Baker seats are broken into
categories with each type consisting of at least two. The Mark 10 has an
early variant that was used in Tornados ( mark.A ) and there is also a
later variant found in the likes of Hawks and Gripens that is a
lightweight version classified as "L" .
Comparing the images from the ejection site and Paragons
seat shows that while the rendition is not perfect( however I found only
two points where the detail was slightly inaccurate, and these will not
be visible on the inserted seat! ), it is as close as anyone will ever
get, and certainly miles ahead of anything I could ever dream of doing.
In fact there are details on the seat which can only be marvelled at and
if painted up with a great attention to detail this seat will be a
stunner. The resin seat clearly shows that a great deal of painstaking
research when into producing it, and I give it as high a mark as it can
get. The only other part I could see as not being perfect is the fact
that the straps are moulded onto the seat but that is getting into
"looking for faults" territory as the fact that they are there in no way
detracts from the seat and my mentioning the fact is simply down to the
fact that I am lazy and like to use Eduard pre-painted belts!
The flaps are of the same moulding quality and recreate
the look of the real thing very accurately. I was very impressed with
the flaps and they will be a definite addition to my Tornado when it is
finally built. As the pictures show, all of the detail that is possible
to add within the parameters of resin casting are there and the only way
you would be able to improve upon Paragons admirable work is to add some
etched metal details for the actuators and perhaps some rod.
In fact close examination of the set reveals a level of
detail down to the threading of the rods is superb. The instructions are
straightforward and well explained, and clearly indicate the areas of
the model that need to be cut away and/or modified.
The slats are well detailed inside and out, and although
my example suffered from a slight amount of warpage which is a problem
that can be easily solved with the liberal application of a hairdryer,
and they will look incredible on the model.
If one of the criteria for a good resin set is "how much
will it improve the model?", then this sets gets full marks here.
Superb job Neil.
The platform is one of my favourite add-ons for some
strange reason, perhaps as it will add a little something to the area
around the aeroplane, as opposed to the model itself. I found it
difficult to find any images of the various aspects of the platform as
it certainly isn't one of the first things anyone thinks to take some
pictures of when you have a Tornado standing in front of you.
This set is a very simple affair and will be infinitely
easy to assemble.
Aside from the resin are two length's of plastic rod
with which you will build the rungs for the ladder itself, and part of
the securing bracket. Obviously, the most involved aspect of finishing
this detail set will be the painting. The only slight drawback is the
fact that the grating on the platform is not hollow, which would have
been impossible to re-create in resin so it is an understandable
omission, and this can easily be disguised with a simple wash.
Click the thumbnails below
to view larger images:
In closing, I would like to
extend a hearty and thankful "welcome back" to Neil Burkhill and Paragon
I know there are some new
projects in the works and most of the previous range is scheduled for
eventual reissue, so I think we can look forward to some great releases
over the next little while and I would definitely recommend these
detailing sets for Revell's Tornado to anyone planning an IDS or GR1/4
The following is a link to
the Martin Baker websites PDF page which tells a very interesting
history of the Martin Baker ejection seats, including the MK.10...
Text and Images Copyright © 2005 by
Page Created 26 May, 2005
Last updated 25 May, 2005
Back to HyperScale
Back to Reviews Page