AMS Resin 1/32 F-4E/F/G Corrected Nose (Revell) Conversion First Look
|Date of Review||September 2014||Manufacturer||AMS Resin|
|Subject||F-4E/F/G Corrected Nose (Revell)||Scale||1/32|
|Pros||Essential correction to the Revell kits||Cons||Nothing noted|
|Skill Level||Intermediate||MSRP (USD)||$15.00|
One of the issues with the Revell's 1/32 F-4E and F-4F kits was the near- conical radome - it should have been more rounded (ogival). AMS Resin released a 1/32 F-4E radome designed for the Revell kit which solves the problem. Let's take a look:
In these two images, the Revell nose is on the left and the AMS Resin replacement is on the right. You see the nose profile from the starboard side (left image) and from above (right image). This gives you an idea of how far off the Revell nose is from a shape perspective. Fixing this problem is simply cutting the Revell kit along a panel line and around part of the gun fairing and putting the new nose in its place. The better news is that you won't have any issues with ballast with that solid resin nose.
Here's a look at the AMS Resin F-4E nose dry-fitted onto the forward fuselage of the R-M kit. As I said above, simply cut the nose along the panel line and around the gun fairing. I used a Dremel with a cutting wheel and cut just short of the line and finished up with a file. When this is eventually cyanoed into place, very little filler will be required. You can see here that I can either put one of the gun muzzle fairings on to render the F-4E or the sensor fairing to render the F-4G.
This AMS Resin replacement nose/radome corrects one of the major problems with Revell kit quite nicely and this fix will not only correct the Revell 1/32 F-4E, it will also fix the Revell AG 1/32 F-4F/F-4F ICE kits as well as Revell's upcoming 1/32 F-4G (which is the F-4E with some additional parts).
Recommended for experienced modelers!
My sincere thanks to AMS Resin for this review sample!
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