The 1/48 Eduard photo etch seatbelt kit contains one full-color photo etch tree containing five numbered parts with a total of 16 parts. The single-page instruction guide is easy to follow. Each of the three seats is clearly depicted with line drawings. Assembly of the seatbelts is nearly foolproof. The right side for each seat is labeled A while the left side is labeled B. This consistency makes assembly of the seatbelts go quickly.
Filling a void for the ICM DO 217N-1 kit for which no seatbelts or seatbelt decals are provided, Eduard has stepped up to provide an excellent photo etch set. Whether you are a builder who likes to add just that little bit extra or a detail hawk, this full-color photo etch is a real asset to this ICM kit.
Using a brand-new hobby knife blade, each PE belt was easy to cut away from the tree. The easy-to-follow instruction sheet shows the exact placement as it pertains to each of the three seats contained in the kit. Folding and bending as needed was easy and did not required any special tools other than a pair of tweezers or two, a toothpick and a cotton swab (which I used to gently assist the belts to conform to the shape of the seat). The belts were adhered to the seats with a microdot of CA cement (applied with the sharp tip of a toothpick).
With all the canopy glass of the DO 217N-1, the Eduard PE seatbelt set is an asset to this kit and really adds to creating an authentic and accurate appearance.
Thank you to Eduard for the honor of reviewing and using this PE set with ICM DO 217N-1 Kit Nr. 46271, and thank you to IPMS for the opportunity.