BAe Lightning Ejection Seat w/ Safety Belts
This is a simple replacement part that is substantially more detailed than the kit part. It is molded perfectly with no flash or bubbles to be seen. The pull handle is provided as a separate part on a common casting block with the seat. The parts must be separated from the casting block with a saw and the pull handles glued in the appropriate location for which a diagram is provided.
Pictured here with the Quickboost example are the kit seat and an example from the now out of production Cutting Edge offering for comparison. Obviously the difference is with the details including additional “plumbing” and safety belts. The Quickboost example is considerably more “strappy” than the older Cutting Edge product and any preference for one or the other may well be a matter of personal taste as both seem to be accurate depending on how the belts fall when left to rest. The busy look of the Quickboost seat dresses up the cockpit nicely with little fuss for the modeler.
On dry fitting the seat in the Airfix cockpit tub, it becomes apparent that this is not exactly a “drop fit” replacement. The part does not fit without some work. Some of the detail on the side of the seat pan has to be removed to get the seat to slide into place. This is not a difficult task and the areas that require grinding down will not really be visible once the model is completed anyhow, so there is no real loss with the end result. This reviewer can faithfully recommend this product to modelers of all skill levels looking for a little extra detail on an already superb model aircraft kit.
My thanks to Quickboost and IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review this item.