Cutting Edge 1/48 F-4 Unslotted Stabilators w/o Stiffeners First Look
|Date of Review||August 2007||Manufacturer||Cutting Edge|
|Subject||F-4 Unslotted Stabilators w/o Stiffeners||Scale||1/48|
|Kit Number||CEC48510||Primary Media||Resin|
|Pros||Early styled unslotted stabs prior to upgrades with surface stiffener (scab) plates||Cons|
|Skill Level||Intermediate||MSRP (USD)||OOP|
Thanks to the recent conversions produced by Cutting Edge for the 1/48 scale Hasegawa F-4J and F-4C/D Phantom II kits, we now have some additional 'raw material' available for those AMS special projects. This release replicates the early unslotted stabilators that equipped the early USAF, USN, and USMC F-4s as well as many of the Phantoms exported to other air forces.
The conversion sets to render the Hasegawa 1/48 F-4C/D into the F-4N required the kit's stabilators to be changed from unslotted to slotted types. These slotted stabilators are now available separately should you want to backdate or enhance your 1/48 Hasegawa or Monogram Phantom kits with the earlier type stabilitors before receiving the surface stiffener (scab) plates.
Like the commercial says, this conversion is so simple, even a caveman can do it...simply swap the kit stabs with these resin replacements. You will have to install your own mounting pins, but that is why I still reflect a minimum of an intermediate skill level to get the most out of this set.
My sincere thanks to Meteor Productions for this review sample!