This is the late-war seat harness used on all
British-made / RAF aircraft from the summer of 1944 until the
introduction of ejection seats. Suitable for all late-war and post-war
British planes fitted with bubble canopies such as Spitfire, Typhoon,
Tempest, Vampire, Venom, Meteor.
No painting needed,
just remove the pre-cut belts from the backing paper, glue the detail
parts, thread them though the buckles and fit them to your model.
The straps can be set to whatever length you need, just as on the real
The set includes one sheet of photo etched parts with the buckles in
stainless steel, one set of pre-cut paper straps and a detailed assembly
The "paper" used on these seatbelts has a high rag content and no
lignin (meaning that it is actually a "textile" material), it is acid
free and died in the grain. Why is this better than "fabric"? Fabric was
considered and tested, then it was abandoned for the following reasons:
- Fabric is hard to cut
properly. The edges will often fray. The paper used on these seatbelts
will always keep a well-defined edge.
- The paper used on these seatbelts is extremely easy to "set" and stay
on the model if you moisten it slightly. Fabric tends to be "springy"
and will not settle like real seatbelts.
- Real seatbelts have a very "tight" and "solid" look about them.
Seatbelt strap weaves are usually quite fine and the threads tend to be
around 1mm on the coarsest materials, but usually they are much finer.
In scale 1/32 such coarse thread would be 0.03mm, which is basically one
fifth of the thickness of a human hair. There is no way such weave or
thread could ever be visible on accurately-scaled straps. The paper used
on these seatbelts provides the correct "tight" and "solid" look of the
- "Fabrics" tends to have a "plain weave" respectively a perpendicular
"over and under" pattern. No seatbelt material is ever woven like that -
most of them tend to be a "twill pattern". Furthermore, no matter how
tightly the fabric is woven, on the fabric material used for "fabric"
seatbelts there are fine gaps between the threads and as a result the
seatbelt will be slightly translucent. The paper used on these seatbelts
provides the correct thickness and opacity of the real thing.