Loon models (Roll Models brand) has added an aircraft seat to their 1/72 aircraft accessory line. This one is for the Messerschmitt Bf-109 B-E. Loon models doesn’t specify a kit for this seat, but it will have to be a kit that has a cockpit in it and it can’t be one that has a huge seat in it, like some of the older kits have. While I was looking through my stash for a kit that would be good for this review I compared the Loon seat with and an old Revell kit, an old Hasegawa kit, and an Academy kit. I picked the Academy kit of the Bf-109E because the seat was comparable to the size of the replacement. The older Hasegawa kit was out because the seat was molded to the floor, it would work but I didn’t want to cut out the seat. The older Revell kit had an extra large seat that was reminiscent of an old BarcaLounger and had a piece of the back hull molded to it
This offering is a quality piece of resin; smooth, seamless and bubble free. The detail is also very nice, and it doesn’t need any extra work to bring out the detail. All that I needed to do to make it fit the kit’s cockpit was to remove a small molding piece that looked like a piece of sprue on the front of the bottom. A drop of super glue and it was installed. No cutting needed on the original cockpit floor. This seat has no seatbelts molded on it, which is good if you want to add a pilot or add PE seat belts which usually come in some of the detail sets.
When it is compared to the kit’s seat, you can see how superior it is. It didn’t take too much to bring out the detail and I was really pleased with the end result. Another plus is that they also give you 2 seats to a package.
I highly recommend this product if you want a really superior looking model. It was easy to install, and didn’t need any additional work to make it fit. Thanks to Roll models and IPMS USA for the chance to do this review.