Eduard have been doing seatbelts for some time now along with various other companies.
The steel seatbelts produced by Eduard are two sets of four one being for the Bf 109 and Fw 190. Both sets I have to say really do look the part with their pre-colouring.
A friend of mine did say to me that when he had used some steel seatbelts, that when he bent them at a sharp angle the paint started to crack and flake off.
The seatbelts are made 0.1mm sheet which looks like stainless steel.
The paint has been applied after etching and seems to be very flexible and when I was bending the etch sheet no cracks appeared. The painting has been done in such a way that you get a genuine 3 D effect with it looking like you have a folded piece of belt under the tightening strap. Under my trustee day glow light with magnifying glass you can actually see this, and how it has been done with cleverly using some shading to give this illusion. Their is also a padded section to go on the joining buckles which goes to give some protection to the pilot during flight.
The etch is very thin 0.06mm roughly including the paint although thin it is very strong and able to withstand much more bending than other forms of etch due to it being stainless steel.
The instructions although basic in appearance they are very easy to follow which is usual with most of the instructions that you get in Eduard's other products.
I have to say that these appear to be one of the best photo etch sheets that I have seen and certainly bend with ease due to the strength. I would recommend these very realistic looking belts to any modellers looking to make their model builds more realistic.
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Highs: Extremely well presented with the shading giving a visual 3D effect, very strong and flexible Lows: A very sharp blade or photo etch scissors needed to cut of the etch sheet Verdict: A real plus for anyone that is looking for more realism in their builds and far stronger than previous etch seatbelts that I have used before.