by: Stephen T. Lawson [ ]
HistoryLap belts and shoulder harness set ups became standard issue on aircraft early in WWI. These were sometimes made from leather or most often canvas. The standard issue on all Johannistahl manufactured Albatros D. type fighters was the lap and should combination. Captured examples of these aircraft types were examined and recorded even down to the attached equipment.
Assessory Contents16 microtextile lap & shoulder straps of standard lenths.
80 Photoetch pieces.
The mircotextile straps are a type of paper with a light fabric weave on the backside. These sets are partially stamp cut and the remainder holding points have to be cut out individually with very sharp razor blade (Xacto #11) chucked into a handle. Using an optivisor helps you get the cuts very clean. 6 straps per set and 6 harness fittings (PE) make up into a great representation of scale harness belts.
Other PE fittings are for the fuselage brackets to replace the soft detail components on the moulded fuselage halves.
It is critical that you follow the kit instructions provided. These come in the form an exploded view images. Extra parts are included incase you mis-step.
My first set took me 35 minutes to complete. The yellow straps representing canvas straps.
The second set took me 17 minutes to complete. These are the slightly reddish strap but are exactly the same as the yellow except for the colouring. This set is at the bottom of the review and I think turned out a bit better. Note use only Cyanoacrylate - Super Glue.
HGW has nipped the corners of the straps on each side at the ends to narrow the strap slightly. These help you slide on the buckles and anchor ends. These are triangles with pegs for the shoulder straps and triangles with "C" ends for the lap belts. (You close the "C" end around the kit structure tube for the seat support.
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