Cutting Edge 1/32 F-4B/C/D/E/F/G/J/N Seamless Intakes First Look
|Date of Review||February 2007||Manufacturer||Cutting Edge|
|Subject||F-4B/C/D/E/F/G/J/N Seamless Intakes||Scale||1/32|
|Kit Number||CEC32183||Primary Media||Resin|
|Pros||Provides replacement trunks for any of the Tamiya 1/32 Phantom kits||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 any of the Tamiya 1/32 F-4 Phantom II kits, this set replaces the trunk halves with a nice, drop-in replacement set with no seams.
What's more, this set is molded in white resin, which means you don't have to paint the interior of these intake trunks, just install the kit compressor faces at the end of the ducts and install on your airframes as you would the kit trunks. The results will look nice and keep you from doing that extra work to eliminate those pesky seams down the length of those ducts!
As the title indicates, this set is common to any of the US Phantoms (including the S-model not listed here), though to date, Tamiya has only rendered the F-4C/D, F-4J, F-4E (early), and F-4EJ variants of the aircraft. What the title indents to say is that you can still use these intakes should you modify your 1/32 Phantom into any US variant from an RF-4B to an F-4S. Only the F-4K and F-4M, the Rolls Royce Spey-powered Phantoms of the RAF and Royal Navy had different intake trunks to feed the greater air mass needed by the Speys.
My sincere thanks to Meteor Productions for this review sample!