Phantom II Seamless Intakes
S u m m a
Catalogue Number and
CEC48455 - the
F-4B/C/D/N with raised scribing (also the
USD$19.99 from Meteor Productions website
Contents and Media:
4 parts in grey resin
High level of detail;
seamless intake; clever engineering; raised
panel lines to match kit; white
Reviewed by Rodger Kelly
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There is little doubt that Dave Aungst has been
slowly torturing Phantom fans for quite a while now by
posting updates showing his progress in creating the
masters for this conversion set here on Hyperscale.
Well, they are finally here.
Are they worth the wait? You bet!
The Hasegawa F-4 kits have been around for a long time
now, and they are arguably seen as the best available in
1/48 scale. It did however suffer from lack of intake
detail; in fact it has no intake detail past the intake
ramps at all! Various aftermarket companies have come to
the modelers rescue over the years with fixes for this
problem but they have not always measured up. Cutting
Edge has now entered the fray with their conversion set
and it really does seem to be the answer.
The set is all resin. It comprises complete intake
ducting, two-piece intake ramps, engine faces and pitot
tubes. The casting is excellent and there are no
pinholes or miscasts.
The intake part itself incorporates the outside forward
fuselage which has the full intake trunking attached to
the inside of it. This part is moulded in white resin
rather than Cutting Edge's more normal grey resin to
save you the hassle of trying to paint it the white
colour that the one-to-one examples wore.
Detail on the outside is raised as per the early
Hasegawa F-4s (The early J kits as well as the B/N and
C/D ones all exhibited raised panel lines. Scribed
Phantoms did not eventuate until the release of the E.
Everything from the E onwards is scribed. Hasegawa later
cross-kitted their Phantoms to produce a scribed J that
first saw the light of day as the "Showtime 100" kit). I
understand that Cutting Edge has scribed the intakes for
the later issues.
The splitter plates look the same as the ones in the
Hasegawa kits but when you take a close look, you can
see that they have been improved on to include vents on
the upper and lower rear corners. The rear faces also
exhibit extra detail.
The pitot tubes for the inside of the trunking are also
included (they are absent on the Hasegawa kits). The
part has been cast so that the tube itself is on the
bottom. Careful scribing will release it and cleanup
with sandpaper will be minimal.
conversion is not for the feint hearted though as it
requires a fair bit of the fuselage to be removed. A
Dremel tool as well as patience and time will see you
The instruction sheet is A-4 in size and contains
photographs as well as clear, concise written
instructions to guide you through the conversion. It
also advises on the differences in painting of the
splitter plates and intake ramps between U.S. Navy and
In case you are wondering, the conversion is
specifically designed for use with the Hasegawa F-4 B/N
and C/D kits
Nice stuff from Cutting Edge!
The photographs that appear on the instruction sheet are
also right here on Hyperscale in Dave Aungst's review of
the whole series of Cutting Edge's F-4 seamless intakes.
Go here to view the article as well as photos of the
Thanks to Meteor Productions for the
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