Reviewed by Rodger Kelly
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48224 is the other of the two P-38 pilot’s seats recently released by the Canadian company Ultracast.
There are those who like using photoetch seatbelts and those who don’t! Ultracast are obviously aware of this as they have released two different sets of P-38 seats in 1/48 scale, one with cast a harness cast in place and one without.
This seat - 48224 is of the latter type – without harness.
Again, from what I can find in my reference books and the net, the seat appears to be a faithful reproduction of the one to one scale ones. The sides of the seat pan and seat back are very, very thin, truer to scale than the Hasegawa and Academy kit ones and exhibit crisply cast detail.
Ultracast make the task of preparation a breeze as they have cast the seat on a very thin web that has a definite separation between the part and the cast pour. There is also a transparent wafer of resin between the seatback and the mounting frame. Simple but careful scribing with a sharp exacto hobby knife will separate the seat from the web and remove the wafer of resin around the seat frame; following this a wash in warm water and detergent will see the seat ready to paint.
You get two seats per pack for $9.95 (Canadian Dollars) and given that the Ultracast’s seats are far better that what you get from either Hasegawa or Academy I’d say that it is money well spent.
You can order this set as well as look up the other P-38 resin detail sets direct from the Ultracast website at http://www.ultracast.ca/
Thanks to Ultracast for the review sample.
Ultracast figures and accessories are available online from their website
Review Copyright © 2010 by Rodger Kelly
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