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Eduard Steel Belts - 1:72 Eduard

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Eduard Steel Belts

1:72 Eduard

 

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This month sees Eduard release another batch of pre-painted etched steel seat belts covering a range of WWI and WWII subjects. Production is up to the usual Eduard standards, with nice, sharp details. All you need to do is snip them from the fret, bend them to shape (carefully) and glue them in place. They will respond well to weathering techniques, including washes and/or pastels. Overall, these are handy sets that deserve a place in the collection of all modellers. Recommended.

 

Seatbelts RFC WWI Steel (1:72)

 

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Seatbelts France WWII Steel (1:72)

 

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Seatbelts Italy Steel (1:72)

 

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Seatbelts USN WWII Steel (1:72)

 

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STEEL Seatbelts
1:72 Eduard


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This selection of sets of STEEL seatbelts expands on the range initially released. Etched from 0.1mm sheet, which looks like stainless steel because it doesn't rust, these new belts combine the best of both worlds. The resulting etch is thin at around 0.06mm, and the paint that has been applied after etching is included in that thickness. The paint itself seems to be more flexible too, and the designs have added details such as shadows printed near buckles and joints to give an added depth to the design. They appear less susceptible to fatigue and will stand up to repeated movements, and can be posed much more realistically due to the ease of bending of the surface. The paint is also a lot less likely to flake off at a sharp bend, which is a worry for standard PE belts. The front is very detailed with stitching and shadows, while the belt furniture is left a shiny natural metal finish that is highly realistic.

Each set is presented in Eduard's by now famous flat film back with a resealable end, a white card back and instructions folded behind for a little added protection. The PE looks like a standard fret until you get it in your hands, when the reduced thickness is apparent, while the fret is still surprisingly strong due to the new material. The new sets are as follows:

 

F-4 Seatbelts Green STEEL (73050)

Four full sets of four-point harnesses plus leg restaints in green for you F-4.

 

 

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MiG-21 Seatbelts STEEL (73049)

Two sets of four point harnesses in blue, plus red ejection seat handles for you MiG-21.

 

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Seatbelts IJAAF WWII STEEL (73048)

Nine sets of Nakajima (Leather),  Thirteen sets of Nakajim (Cloth), & Nine sets of Kawasaki two point belts for you Japanese aircraft.

 

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Seatbelts France WWI STEEL (73047)

Here there are 3 types of early seat (1914/16) with 4 of the first type, 6 of the second type, and 4 of the third type. There is then two types of seat (1914/18) with 4 of the first type, and 6 of the second type. All for French aircraft, and all lap belts.

 

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Conclusion

Eduard have come a long way with the development of these belts to give us something which really does do the job. Recommended. 

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STEEL Seatbelts
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F-4 Seatbelts Gray STEEL (73051)

Four full sets of four-point harnesses plus leg restaints in gray for you F-4.

 

 

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Conclusion

These should enhance your F-4 cockpit. Recommended. 

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STEEL Seatbelts
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RAF Early Seatbelts STEEL (SS581)

This set contains 3 full sets of early RAF Seatbelts.

 

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Luftwaffe WWII Fighters Seatbelts STEEL (SS582)

This set contains 2 sets each for the Bf 109 & Fw 190 Seatbelts.

 

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Conclusion

These should enhance your RAF & Luftwaffe models. Recommended. 

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USAAF WWII Seatbelts STEEL (SS588)

This set contains 4 sets of generic belts, no type is listed in the instructions so the modeller will nee to consult their references.

 

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IJAAF WWII Seatbelts STEEL (SS590)

This set contains 4 sets of generic belts for Nakajima Leather, Nakajima Cloth & Kawasaki.

 

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USN WWII Fighters STEEL (SS591)

This set contains 4 sets of 3 generic belts. No further instructions are provided as to aircraft type so the modeller will need to consult their references.

 

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