Fine Molds has released several sets, in varied scales, for WWII German and I.J.N. aircraft. This review features the 1/48th scale set for German WWII aircraft.
The seatbelts are generic, not specific to any one particular aircraft. Upon opening the box and checking the contents, one finds four sets of shoulder harness/seat belt sets. The parts are molded in plastic. All of the traditional techniques for working with small plastic pieces come into play.
The parts have very small components, so it is recommended that the parts are removed from the carrier sprue very carefully. The belts can be shaped over the contours of the kit seat, gently of course, by simply applying a very small amount of pressure. Attaching the parts is simple. Just use the same adhesive that you normally use when attaching plastic parts to plastic parts.
The amount of detail incorporated into the belts is excellent. One can see stitch lines, as well as the metal fittings, adjustment tackle, and attachment points that one finds on the real item.
For directions in orienting the seatbelts in the correct manner, and for guidance with selecting a color for the belts, look at the back of the product box.
This product is highly recommended for its
- Economy (one gets four sets of seatbelts at approximately $5 or $6
- Amount of detail
- Ease of use
Thanks to Dragon/USA for making this item available to IPMS/USA for review.