F-105B/D Open Canopy
1/32 scale for Trumpeter
Cutting Edge Modelworks
S u m m a r
Catalogue Number and Description
F-105B/D Thunderchief Open Canopy Correction Set
USD$23.99 from Meteor
Contents and Media:
||6 parts in
compared to kit parts; corrects both fuselage spine and canopy
parts; excellent casting; very clear and distortion-free clear resin
parts; helpful instructions
to experienced modellers
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The shape of the fuselage spine and canopy on Trumpeter's 1/32 scale
F-105D is too slab-sided, and does not reflect the characteristic double
curve along the sides of the upper fuselage and canopy.
Cutting Edge now offers a correction set to address this shortcoming.
This set comprises four parts in grey resin and two parts in clear
The largest part of the conversion is the replacement forward
fuselage spine. This is beautifully cast with recessed rivets to match
the Trumpeter kit. It is cast directly onto a resin block, so care
should be taken not to remove too much material while separating the
spine from this casting block. The remaining grey resin parts are the
canopy rear support and two lateral frames. These are equally well cast.
The two transparent resin parts are very impressive indeed. My
samples are clear and sharply detailed, with no distortion evident.
Cutting Edge's clear resin casting has taken another leap in quality
with this release - apart from the casting block these canopy parts are
almost indistinguishable from injected styrene. Previous experience
shows that these clear resin parts respond particularly well to a bath
in Future floor polish, but please note that the photographs show
untreated resin straight from the box.
Some cutting of the kit fuselage is required before the installation
of both the spine and the windscreen. The spine area is easily
identified by panel lines, so this should not be a great challenge. More
care will be necessary for the removal of the instrument coaming,
however, as the section to be removed will be needed later to glue
underneath the windscreen.
Instructions are quite clear and supported by four construction
Although this is a relatively simple correction, some experience
working with resin will be helpful.
Please note that this set does not include parts to convert the
F-105D to an F-105B - Cutting Edge CEC32171 is available for that task -
but this canopy and spine correction is also applicable to the "B" Thud.
If you have a few resin updates under your belt, and you feel
confident enough to build Trumpeter's big Thud in the first place, you
should have little trouble with this very helpful correction set.
Thanks to Meteor Productions for the review sample.
Cutting Edge Modelworks products are available from
Meteor Productions Website
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