Spitfire Mk.I Seat With Belts
Motivation for Review
After taking a 1-year hiatus from modeling, I wanted to start back with a build that would be of strong interest for me. That is the Spitfire, and I decided to do 1/144, 1/72, and 1/48 builds in the Mk.IX series. For the 1/72 version, I choose the Airfix Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IXc. For me, one benefit of being in the IPMS Reviewer Corp is to request items in which I have a personal interest, and since I had acquired all of the prior mentioned scaled Mk.IXc model kits, I thought that the Reviewer List might be able to provide me with replacement detailed parts for my builds. I was right, and this review is for the second of the few parts that I have been able to obtain. I remain on the lookout for other parts. (Note: the 1/32 Spitfire scares me right now. But I am hoping that once I finish the 3 scales I have now, that I will be ready for it.)
This is another case where a picture is worth a thousand words…or at least a few hundred. Quickboost has produced a finely cast resin seat that provides details that are totally lacking in the Airfix kit’s seat. This is not to diminish the Airfix kit, since at 1/72 it is not possible to produce such details for the small (tiny and bordering on fiddlybits) parts. In the photos, you will notice a seam/separation line in the back of the seat. This shows up in the “magnified” photo but cannot be seen by the naked (or dressed) eye. With this detail at 1/72, it will be a challenge to paint the seat without losing detail. So, apply many very thinned coats of appropriately selected paint.
I highly recommend this replacement part. Thanks to Quickboost for providing these parts and to IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review this item.