Cutting Edge 1/48 A-6E Intruder Seamless Intakes First Look
|Date of Review||January 2007||Manufacturer||Cutting Edge|
|Subject||A-6E Intruder Seamless Intakes||Scale||1/48|
|Kit Number||CEC48504||Primary Media||Resin|
|Pros||Seamless intakes for the Revell-Monogram 1/48 A-6E, EA-6A, and EA-6B||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 Revell-Monogram 1/48 A-6 kits, this set provides a new set of intakes and ducts, and J52 engine compressor faces. While the engine faces are molded in gray resin, the intakes/ducts are molded in white to save you a step or two as you'd otherwise have to paint the ducts yourself.
The intakes are almost drop-in replacements for the Revell-Monogram kits. You'll need to make a little room for the lengthened ducts which involves a little filing inside the fuselage, otherwise the installation is very straightforward. What you'll get are longer intake trunks and a more correct intake cross-section, plus the beauty of those J52 engine faces at the end of the intake trunks.
So why all the fuss with the Revell-Monogram kits? They have the nicest A-6 family in 1/48 scale. Starting with the A-6E and EA-6A Intruders and concluding with the EA-6B Prowler.
The instructions clearly state that this set was designed for the Revell-Monogram kits and not likely to fit into the Airfix 1/48 Prowler. You're on your own if you'd like to try...
This is a nice enhancement to the Revell-Monogram 1/48 Intruder kit series and will ease your workload if you've been dreading the prospect of filling and painting inside those intake trunks.
My sincere thanks to Meteor Productions for this review sample!