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Bell X-1E Conversion




Cutting Edge Modelworks


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Catalogue Number and Description CEC32116 - Bell X-1E Conversion (for Revell 1/32 scale kit)
Price: each USD$29.99 from Meteor Productions website
Scale: 1/32
Contents and Media: Ten pieces in grey resin and one in clear resin
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: High level of detail; superb casting; comprehensive conversion and contents; simple construction; nice clear resin part; appropriate decals also available from Cutting Edge.
Disadvantages: Some careful measuring and cutting required
Recommendation: Recommended


Reviewed by Rodger Kelly

HyperScale is proudly sponsored by Meteor Productions



Cutting Edge Modelworks continue their journey through the early X-Planes with this set which is designed to convert the 1/32 scale Revell Bell X-1 kit.

The set consist of eleven resin parts, ten in Cutting Edge's excellent mid-grey resin and one in clear resin.



The mid-grey parts comprise:

  • A pair of wings.

  • The forward portion of the spine.

  • Canopy hinge.

  • Canopy sill.

  • New wing roots

  • Rear fuselage strakes.

  • Wing tip triangle

  • Canopy support

All parts are superbly cast and exhibit crisp detail. The trailing edges of the wings are dead straight and appropriately thin. The resin canopy does exhibit some tiny bubbles but these are confined to the centre of the upper rear portion that will, thankfully, be painted over and not pose a problem.

You are assisted through the conversion by the instruction sheet that provides both the written word and clear black and white photographs of an actual conversion in progress.

The resin parts are contained in two separate zip loc bags and these, as well as the instruction sheet, are packed into Cutting Edge's stout black and yellow box.

Be aware that you will also need to purchase (separately) the Cutting Edge X-1E decal sheet CED32041 to complete the conversion. This sheet has been previously reviewed here on HyperScale and can be found here.

The conversion task is not all that onerous but will require some careful measuring and cutting. It is not for the faint hearted but careful and methodical work will be rewarded by a stunning model.


Thanks to Meteor Productions for the review sample.

Cutting Edge Modelworks products are available from Meteor Productions Website

Text and Images Copyright 2004 by Rodger Kelly
Page Created 06 January, 2004
Last updated 06 January, 2004

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