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AFTERMARKET REVIEW


Eduard Soviet/Russian Ejection Seat Handles
1:48 Scale

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The surge of Soviet and Russian subject matter, especially in 1:48 scale, has been one of the defining features of the injection molded kit landscape over the last decade.  Manufacturers such as AMK, Kinetic, Trumpeter, Hobby Boss, Great Wall, and Kitty Hawk have produced kits of airplanes either long neglected by the mainstream or that were long awaiting modern, accurate treatments, from the Su-17 to the MiG-29, MiG-31, Su-24, -33, 35, and most everything else in between. 

Whether you want to use a kit ejection seat or replace it with an aftermarket seat, you still probably want to appoint it with an accurate ejection handle.  Russian ejection seats typically featured a single, Y-shaped, red ejection handle between the legs.

In this set, Eduard provides pre-painted ejection seat handles for a wide variety of Russian aircraft fitted with seats such as the KM-1, K-36, K-36DM, and others.  The styles of ejection handles were similar, but not identical, between all these seats.  Here, you get handles for the Su-25, -35, and MiG-31 (x5), MiG-21PFM, -21bis, -23, 25-, and -27 (x7), MiG-21F/PF (x3), MiG-29 (x5), Yak/MiG-29 (x2), and Su-17/22 (x2).

In the instructions, there’s the mention of using one set of handles for the “Yak jet a/c,” and I assume that means those handles are appropriate for any Yak-manufactured aircraft, but do check your references to be sure.  A few parts have tiny little shavings still attached (the PE equivalent of flash in a plastic kit) and are easily cleaned up.
      
Overall, the quality of this set is excellent, and likewise the photoetched metal production and pre-painting quality.  There’s even ultra-fine stenciling on the handles, too, and while a little hard to read in 1:48 scale, they look appropriately to scale.  This is a great detail set to provide some awesome looking and accurate ejection handles for your modern Russian ejection seat subject matter.  They are highly recommended.

We extend our sincere thanks to Eduard for the review sample.  You can visit them on the web at http://www.eduard.com and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/EduardCompany/

Haagen Klaus
Scale Modeling News & Reviews Editor
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