SR-71A/B, YF-12A & A-12
Super Detailed Exhausts
Cutting Edge Modelworks,
S u m m a r
Catalogue Number and Description
SR-71A/B, YF-12A & A-12 Super Detailed Exhausts
USD$19.99 from Meteor
Contents and Media:
||Six parts in
detailed; major improvement over kit parts; easy to install
|| Highly Recommended
HyperScale is proudly sponsored by Meteor
New from the folks at Cutting Edge Modelworks is CEC48516, a resin
conversion/detailing set which contains a pair of three-piece exhausts
in 1/48 scale that are designed to fit the old Testor/Italeri SR-71 and
The Testor/Italeri was released a long, long time ago. The detailing on
the kit was state of the art back then but it falls short of today’s
standards, looking a little pedestrian in detail terms when parked next
to the newer Hasegawa and Tamiya kits on your model shelf.
Cutting Edge Modelworks comes to your rescue here with this new detail
set. Comprising of just six pieces, it will certainly lift what is
already an impressive kit and go a long way toward reeling in the years.
The parts are cast in a light grey coloured resin. They are highly
detailed yet thin and petite at the same time. There is far more detail
on the resin parts than what is on the kit parts as the accompanying
photographs reveal. My sample is absolutely perfect; there are no thin
spots or bubbles at all. Cutting Edge Modelworks have also made the
parts “user friendly” by casting a definite line between the pouring
stub and the part to ease the clean-up process considerably.
Building instructions are provided via an A-4 sized sheet that hold
construction notes and photographs of a one-to-one-scale SR-71 as well
as photographs of the assembled kit parts incorporated into the kit.
The parts and instruction sheet come packed in a corrugated cardboard
box with the parts themselves held in a clear plastic zip-loc bag which
is in turn wrapped in a foam sheet. Good stuff if you rely on the
postman for your modelling supplies!
To further assist you in the use and painting of the parts, Cutting Edge
Modelworks has loaded a short information page on their website at
http://meteorprod.com/cec48516sr-71exhausts.html. The page also
carries full colour photos of a preserved SR-71 at the National Air and
To me, this is what resin details sets are all about. It enables you to
bring older classic kits that are not likely to be re-tooled right up to
date in detail terms.
A thanks to Rob Woodbury for the loan of his Testor kit parts for the
comparison pics in this review.
Thanks to Meteor Productions for the review sample.
Cutting Edge Modelworks products are available from
Meteor Productions Website
Text and Images Copyright © 2007 by Rodger Kelly
Page Created 27 September, 2007
Last updated 24 December, 2007
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