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AFTERMARKET REVIEW


CMK RF-84F Thunderflash Ejection Seat -- 1:48 Scale

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In early 2016, TanModel released their first 1:48 scale injection-molded kit, the RF-84F Thunderflash.  We reviewed this kit HERE and it was one of the best kits of the year.  Their ejection seat is quite good, but it’s the AMI seat that was fitted in the cockpit in its earlier years.  Yet, you’d be out of luck if you wanted to do one of the West German jets, or to my knowledge, any of the European Thunderflashes from 1961 or so onwards.  While they were delivered with the original AMI ejection seat, NATO operators eventually replaced them with the Martin-Baker GY5/GT5 ejection seats.

One of Martin-Baker’s most successful ejection seats of the early 1960s was the Mk. 5.  While not quite a zero-zero seat, it was quite capable for its day and different variants found their way into a diversity of airplanes, from the Dassault Mirage III to the early A-6 Intruders, F-11 Tiger, OV-1 Mohawk, the late T-33 Shooting Star, and early British F-4 Phantoms IIs.  Upgraded with a version of the Mk. 5 known as the GY5 and later GT5, NATO F-84Fs used these seats until the airplane was retired.          

The Quick & Easy resin cast seat is beautifully made and appears very accurate when compared to line drawings and reference photos.  While I am not a huge fan of molded-on shoulder harnesses and lap belts (I prefer to make my own or use photoetched metal parts), these belts are just beautifully executed.  They look very realistic and provide a wealth of opportunities for detail painters.  But if you REALLY want the seat without the restraints and belts, CMK also makes that one in resin, too (CMKQ48269).

One uncertainty though-the early versions of the seat had a single above-the-head face curtain ejection handle.  Later versions had the double-set of pull handles.  Check your references and your specific airplane to make sure which configuration is correct.    

Sincere thanks are owed to Special Hobby/CMK for the review sample. You visit them on the web at http://www.specialhobby.info/ and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/specialhobby

Haagen Klaus
Scale Modeling News & Reviews Editor
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