Sea Hawk Ejection Seat with Safety Belts
Quickboost now offers a 1/48 scale three-piece resin ejection seat to replace the nine-part injection-molded seat found in the Trumpeter Sea Hawk kit, or the resin one found in the Classic Airframes kit. The multi-part ejection seat found on the sprues in Trumpeter’s kit builds into a nice, but somewhat unconvincing, replica of what you would see in the prototype. The resin seat in the Classic Airframes kit is much nicer, but requires the modeler to add PE belts to the seat, and the kit is now out of production. The Quickboost seat offers superior detail than what’s provided in either detail set, plus it includes nicely molded safety belts (the photos below show the level of delicate detail molded into the parts). The Quickboost seat also appears to be better proportioned. In the comparison photo below, the Quickboost seat (on the right) exhibits superior detail over that found in the Trumpeter kit’s seat (on the left).
The parts are molded in Quickboost’s familiar gray resin on one small casting block. The quality of the molding is flawless, with no bubbles, pinholes, or flash to deal with. A sharp #11 X-Acto blade or razor saw blade is the recommended tool for removing the parts from the casting block…and a quick swipe with a sanding stick can dress up the cut edges if necessary. However, be careful when removing the seat and the two other small castings to avoid breaking off and losing any of the fine detail.
Note that, because Quickboost aftermarket parts are cast in resin, they must be attached with super glue or epoxy cement.
This well-detailed seat is highly recommended. I appreciate Quickboost providing the review sample and thank IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review it.