MK6 (OM6) resin seat for the Mirage III
Review by Paul "Changa" Mason
recent re-release of REVELL’s
1/32 Mirage III was a welcome site for lovers of the French
delta. Unfortunately due to the age of the kit the detail of the
cockpit & seat
is minimal to say the least.
Planes Models have tried to rectify the failings of the seat in the
kit with a release of a resin MK6 ejection seat for the Mirage. The
proper name for the Australian Mirage seat is OM6, these being part
of the Mirage upgrade program done in the early 80’s,
and are actually just the original OM4 seats modified to OM6 standard.
The seat comes nicely packaged in a white box with appropriate colour
photos on the front. Contained inside are the resin seat and an A4 sheet
with colour reference pictures and a seat drawing from a maintenance
publication. The seat is moulded in a cream coloured resin; the moulding
on my sample was smooth with no pinholes or flash. The manual separation
handle is moulded as a separate part, this time there was flashing evident
on the sample supplied, but this was easily removed.
The harness is included as part of the
seat moulding and is, according to my maintenance publication, fairly
accurate. The side of the seat pan lacks the prominent ribbing of the
real seat, although once installed in the cockpit tub this area cannot
be seen. Some other features that are missing are the oxygen bottle and
part of the drogue gun from the left side of the rail the actuating rod
for the barostat on the right side and the flaps for the drogue container
(top of seat). Of note here is that the drogue withdrawal line (on top
of the seat) is moulded going to the right side, it should go to the
Most of these little faults are easily rectified, the
oxy bottle being the only one that required a bit of time. High Planes
suggest the use of electrical wire for the ejection handles (top and
bottom), any appropriate medium could be used here, I used lock wire
bent to shape.
Overall the seat is not too bad, there are a few little
inaccuracies but these are easily rectified. Compared to the kit seat
the High Planes offering is a major improvement. Now all I need is someone
to do an accurate OM4 seat for my early Mirages.
Many thanks to High
Planes Models for the review sample
Paul "Changa" Mason