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F-104 Martin Baker Mk.7 & C2 Ejection Seats (648287 & 648286 for Hasegawa)

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F-104 Martin Baker Mk.7 & C2 Ejection Seats (648287 & 648286 for Hasegawa)

1:48 Eduard Brassin

 

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The F-104 used three ejection seats during its career, the initial C1 that fired downward, and killed quite a number of pilots, which was replaced by the C2, again designed by Lockheed.  Some export airframes were refitted with Martin-Baker Mk.7s by their new owners, which as zero/zero seats gave the pilots a much higher chance of survival in a wider flight envelope over the C2, which didn't have that capability and had a minimum flight speed of over 100mph.  Eduard's Brassin line swells by two new seats with the release of these two sets.  As usual with Eduard's resin sets, they arrive in the familiar Brassin clamshell box, with the resin parts safely cocooned on dark grey foam inserts, and the instructions sandwiched between the two halves, doubling as the header card.  Both sets include resin parts, pre-painted nickel-plated Photo-Etch (PE), and a small sheet of decals for the stencils.

 

 

Lockheed C2 Ejection Seat (648286)

Four resin parts make up the main body of the seat, with a choice of two types of seat cushion.  The ejection rail is added to the kit interior, with horizontal rails made of PE before the seat itself is installed, but first the pre-painted belts must be installed after painting the resin parts using the colour call-outs from the Gunze range.  A coat of clear gloss will be needed over the paint in order to apply the decals, which will give the detail a further lift.

 

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Martin Baker MK.7 Ejection Seat (648287)

Consisting of five resin parts, a PE set and a small sheet of stencil decals, the ejection rail is almost identical to the C2 set, but the seat has two separate back cushions, plus a resin oxygen hose.  After painting, gloss and application of decals the PE belts are added to finish off the job along with the pull handles to initiate the ejection process.

 

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Right now which Starfighter have I got in the stash, nice additions from Eduard and at least you know they will fit.

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