F-4B/N Airframe Conversion
1/48 scale for
Cutting Edge Modelworks
S u m m a r y
Description and Price:
CEC48508 - F-4B/N Airframe
Conversion for Hasegawa F-4J
Meteor Productions website
|Contents and Media:
||Grey coloured resin parts
||Beautifully cast; clever
engineering; comprehensive and accurate; will deliver an F-4B/N
Phantom with fully engraved panel lines; excellent instructions
with detailed text and colour photographs.
||Some experience working with
resin will be required
Reviewed by Brett Green
HyperScale is proudly sponsored by Meteor
Hasegawa offers a large family of 1/48 scale F-4
Phantoms. The more recent of these, including the F-4J Phantom, feature
beautifully crisp and consistent recessed panel lines.
The earlier offerings, such as the F-4B and N kits,
retain their raised panel lines even in the latest re-releases.
One of the most frequently see Phantom questions on
HyperScale's "Plane Talking" Forum is "Does the latest boxing of
Hasegawa's F-4B have recessed panel lines?". Sadly, the answer has
always been "No".
If you are one of the many modellers who do not
feel confident to completely rescribe an entire plastic kit, your
options have been few.
Cutting Edge has finally addressed this shortcoming
with a new resin conversion designed to backdate the Hasegawa 1/48 scale
F-4J to an F-4B/N. The result will be an early Rhino with fully engraved
This set is supplied instructions including both text and colour photographs.
The instructions advise in several places that this
is a complicated conversion, and actually advises that the sets may be
returned for a refund if it appears beyond the modeller's skill levels.
Even so, although this is undoubtedly a comprehensive
conversion, I think that most modellers who have tackled a few resin
conversion projects will have little trouble with this one.
The centrepiece of this large conversion is the thin upper wing
parts. These are very impressive and perfectly cast on my sample. These
wings include the small bulges over the main landing gear attachment
points that were fitted to F-4Bs from 1966, and to all F-4Ns. If you are
building a very early F-4B, you will want to sand these off - a
The F-4B and N requires more modifications than just the thin
wings, and these are also supplied by Cutting Edge. In this set, you are
supplied with new "flat" landing gear main gear doors and speed brakes,
narrow wheels, new nose with ECM
fairing with "horn", separate flaps and resin parts to extend
the rear fuselage and the lower wing.
Unslotted stabs are also supplied in case you are building an early
F-4B/N up to Block 25.
Without doubt, the most complex aspect of this set is the lower wing
modifications, which does require some precise cutting of kit parts.
Cutting Edge's 1/48 scale resin F-4B/N Conversion
Sets are comprehensive, well detailed and beautifully cast. The best
news, though, is that it will give you an early Phantom airframe with
complete and consistent recessed panel detail.
And think of all those great 1960s US Navy markings!
Thanks to Cutting
Edge Modelworks for the review sample
Cutting Edge Modelworks products are
available online from Meteor Productions
Images and Text Copyright © 2007 by Brett Green
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24 December, 2007
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