The ESCAPAC series of ejection seats by Douglas Aircraft is one of the most significant American designed/manufactured seats. Escapacs were fitted to many U.S. Navy aircraft including the A-4 Skyhawk, and the A-7 Corsair II. In the USAF inventory, they were used in early F-15 Eagles, and in the YF-16, as well as early A-10 Thunderbolt IIs. They have a very good reputation when used in the envelope. There are some 20 variants of the Escapac for the different aircraft, each with a different designation.
This new 1/48 release from Pavla provides a very detailed resin ESCAPAC IG-2 ejections seat as fitted to A-4/T-4 Skyhawks and A-7 Corsairs. The single seat is packed in a transparent resealable bag. There is no damage at all to the seat. The seat is one piece and has the harnesses cast onto the seat and back cushions. Attention to detail is very good including subtle creases on the cushions, pipe work on the back of the seat and the rams that activate the canopy breaker. Pavla have captured the look of the seat well. The ESCAPAC seat were designed to be a lot simpler and looks a lot less busy than the Martin Baker seats.
There are no painting details so either use the kit instructions that the seat is intended for or have a look at the excellent The Ejection Site
, which features a number of ESCAPAC seats.
The seat is attached to a casting block, which needs to be removed.
This is an excellent rendition of the ESCAPAC IG-2 and anyone thinking of building the A-4 Skyhawk or A-7 Corsair II should consider acquiring one.