Cutting Edge 1/32 F/A-18C/D Seamless Intakes First Look
|Date of Review||January 2007||Manufacturer||Cutting Edge|
|Subject||F/A-18C/D Seamless Intakes||Scale||1/32|
|Kit Number||CEC32182||Primary Media||Resin|
|Pros||Corrects the shape and depth of the Academy intakes for all of their 1/32 F/A-18C and F/A-18D releases||Cons|
|Skill Level||Intermediate||MSRP (USD)||OOP|
Cutting Edge has been really stepped up their line of seamless intakes and this release is one of their latest masterpieces. Designed for the Academy 1/32 Hornet kits, this set is more than simply a seamless intake.
The stock Academy kit intakes are shorter and choke down to a smaller engine face to create the illusion of depth. While many folks have built the Academy kits as-is, the AMS modelers have had a bit of a problem with the stock intakes though there haven't been many options until now.
Cutting Edge has produced this set to fit in either the Academy 1/32 F/A-18C and F/A-18D kits replacing the stock intakes. This set is comprised of two intakes and two F404 engine compressor faces molded in gray resin, and two intake trunks molded in white resin.
The white resin trunks eliminate the need to gap-fill the seam lines inside the kit's stock trunks nor having to paint the trunks after you've filled and sanded smooth the insides of the trunks. Instead, you'll follow the instructions to tweak the kit to accommodate the new inlets and trunks out to their proper depths inside the airframe. The results will be worth it!
Look down that inlet - it doesn't narrow down to an artificially small compressor face. You'll see in scale what you'd see on the flightline, a GE engine in proper perspective.
This is nice update to Academy's beautiful Hornets. I don't believe these can be adapted to the Hasegawa kit, but you're on your own if you care to try.
My sincere thanks to Meteor Productions for this review sample!