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AFTERMARKET REVIEW


Metallic Details K-36DM (Late) Ejection Seat
1:48 Scale

The Zvezda K-36 ejection seat is arguably one of the most capable aircraft escape systems ever developed.  K-36s have been fitted to the Su-25, Su-27, MiG-29, and the new Su-57 (PAK-FA).  This zero-zero ejection seat can manage a successful ejection at the extremes of pitch, yaw, and angles of bank and at airspeeds up to 800 MPH.  The seat features a pyrotechnic rocket motor, headrest rescue system with stabilizing telescopic boom mechanisms, and other systems.  

The K-36DM is a contemporary derivative of the earlier ejection seat models first flown in the 1980s and today can be seen in the Fulcrum and the Flanker.  This resin and photoetched metal set provides one complete 1:48 scale seat.  The six cast resin parts look great and feature an excellent level of detail, from the texture on the headrest and backpad ribbing to the various knobs and levers on the sides of the seat.  Of course, some readers may remember back to the days of the Verlinden K-36 and other one-piece castings (Black Box/Avionix did some of my favorites…).  So, all these resin parts might seem like a bit of unnecessary work.  And yes, those earlier resin seats were quite good, but there is no getting around the fact that multi-piece resin ejection seats allow for yet greater detail and authenticity.  This seat really drives that point home.   

There’s an additional one-dozen photoetched metal detail parts, and they are just excellent – really well made and nicely detailed.  These PE parts include the ejection handle (with two extras should you need them) and the shoulder harnesses and leg guards.  I’ve said it many times before, but there’s no better way to represent belts than with separate PE parts.  Nice!  The instructions are also very nicely rendered and very easy to follow.  

This set is “non-denominational” and should be able to fit in just about any 1:48 scale MiG-29 and Su-27 that had the DM variant of the seat.  I managed a very successful test fit in one of my Great Wall MiG-29s, and so when that late Fulcrum gets built, the Metallic Details K-36DM is going right into the front office.  And at an MSRP of $5.60, the price makes this very affordable.

Many thanks to Metallic Details for the review sample.  You can find them online and order their products at http://www.metdetails.com and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/metdetails.

Haagen Klaus
Scale Modeling News & Reviews Editor
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JET FIGHTERS
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U. S. Navy and Marine Carrier-Based Aircraft of World War II
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F-14 Tomcats,
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