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A-10 Exterior in 1/32


Cutting Edge Modelworks


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Catalogue Number and Description: CEC32061
Scale: 1/32
Price: USD$23.99
Contents and Media: 43 parts in grey resin
Review Type: First Look
Advantages: Detailed gun muzzle. Corrects a number of inaccuracies in the Trumpeter kit.
Disadvantages: Replacement exhausts not designed to be used with open engine option.
Recommendation: Highly recommended to anyone who wants to correct some of the shortcomings of the kit


Reviewed by Dave Williams

HyperScale is proudly sponsored by Meteor Productions




On the heels of their previous super detailed cockpit set, Cutting Edge has released a new set to improve the exterior details of the Trumpeter 1/32 A-10A Warthogs.  While designed for the single seat A-10, a number of the parts are also usable on the N/AW boxing of the kit.  Here’s what you get: 

·         Replacement engine exhausts with the correct shape and the turbine visible inside.  Note that the clear engine pod and resin engines are designed to be omitted when these replacements are used.  While this won’t bother people who planned to pass on the option of opening the engines, others will want to display the engines, regardless of the inaccuracies.  This isn’t really a disadvantage of the set, but is mentioned as something for people buying this set to consider when choosing their engine options.

·         Engine nacelle details including internal fairings for the fuel drains and fuel lines.  The external fuel drain fairings for the nacelle undersides are also included.

·         New rear landing gear sponson fairings which correct the undersized ALE-40 dispensers.

·         Aerodynamic fairings for the front of the wingtip ALE-40 dispensers.

·         Corrected wing fences and stall strips for the wing leading edges.

·         Corrected and detailed refueling receptacle and port sponson nose door.

·         New gun muzzle and barrel clamp.  This allows you to use the kit muzzle on the complete gun assembly if one chooses to display it separately.

·         Undernose ALR-46 RHAW antenna for an early A-10.  This was the system used prior to the ALR-69, which is represented in the kit by the small clear domes on the sides of the nose and the tail.  Note that the kit already has the rear ALR-46 antenna molded under the bottom of the tail.

·         Various antennas for under the nose and rear fuselage.

·         APU intake and corrected exhaust.  The exhaust “eyelid” is a separate part as this was a later addition.

·         Fuel dump pipe and centerline vent for under the rear fuselage

·         Replacement LASTE sensor bumps, including the ones that go on the underside of the horizontal tail which Trumpeter forgot.

·         Various external details such as engine nacelle bumpers for the fuselage sides, AOA probes, and air temperature probes.

Combined with one of the available resin cockpit sets, this latest offering from CE goes a long way to making an accurate, albeit expensive, 1/32 scale A-10. 

Dave Williams

IPMS/USA 19050



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Review Copyright © 2001 by Dave Williams
Page Created 16 April, 2001
Last updated 22 July, 2003

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