Cutting Edge 1/48 F-4 Slotted Stabilators w/o Stiffeners First Look
|Date of Review||August 2007||Manufacturer||Cutting Edge|
|Subject||F-4 Slotted Stabilators w/o Stiffeners||Scale||1/48|
|Kit Number||CEC48515||Primary Media||Resin|
|Pros||Early styled slotted 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 slotted stabilators that equipped the USAF, USN, and USMC F-4s as well as many of the Phantoms exported to other air forces.
This conversion to render the Hasegawa 1/48 F-4J into the F-4B/N required the kit's stabilators to be changed from slotted to unslotted types. These unslotted stabilators are now available separately should you want to backdate or enhance your 1/48 Hasegawa or Monogram Phantom kits.
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!