Cutting Edge Modelworks

1/48 F-4J/S/RF-4 Seamless intakes

Product # CEC48476 for $19.99

Product Article by Steve Bamford on May 28 2004




This new resin set from Cutting Edge Modelworks includes a complete set of seamless intakes for the 1/48 F-4J/S/RF-4.  The recommended kits for these resin seamless intakes is the 1/48 Hasegawa family of F-4 kits.  The Hasegawa F-4 kit is a darn fine kit but it does have it's shortcomings.  The cockpit is a bit weak in detail in some areas and the intakes are quite lacking to say the least......there actually isn't any intake trunks past the intake ramps on the 1/48 Hasegawa F-4 kit.  

The set includes white resin intake trunks, fan blade faces, two part variable intake ramps and pitot tubes.  

The Hasegawa kit doesn't include the pilot tubes, so this set scores high point for including these tiny and important detail items.  The intake trunks are cast in white resin so you don't have to paint them.....just install and us them as is.  

There are differences between the various F-4's and this set is specific for the F-4J/S/RF-4 so DO NOT try to fit this set on other F-4 besides the F-4J/S/RF-4.  Also, this set is designed for the Hasegawa kit.......and they aren't designed to fit F-4's from other manufacturer.  For other 1/48 Hasegawa F-4's you can buy other seamless intakes from Cutting Edge Modelworks. 

Now you will have to do some surgery to the kit so these parts will fit.  The surgery isn't a big deal if you have a motor tool such as a Dremel to cut away the sections of the Hasegawa fuselage and nip the lower wing part to permit installation of this set.  

Below are pictures of some of the major parts.......I particularly enjoyed the detail of the fan blade face on the front of the engine.  The recessed panel lines are beautifully done.

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The instruction sheet is very clear and has photos showing what to cut on your Hasegawa F-4model and step by step instructions to install this set.  There are even photos of the pitot tubes on the real aircraft, so you can install your pitot tubes at the correct angle. 

This is an excellent kit and the use of white resin is a brilliant move by the folks at Cutting Edge Modelworks.

I would like to give special thanks to Dave Aungst for his efforts to bring this set to the market.....Dave deserves much credit in the creation of the four different F-4 intakes sets available from Cutting Edge Modelworks.

I would like to thank Cutting Edge Modelworks for providing me with this review sample.


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Photos and text by Steve Bamford