for Hasegawa A-7E
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||Twelve pieces in grey resin
||Useful conversion for interesting
variants; clever engineering; crisp casting; no casting flaws; will
produce a much nicer result than the old Monogram kit.
HyperScale is proudly sponsored by Meteor
Fans of US Naval aviation have been well
treated lately with a steady stream of new kits as well as decal sheets and
resin accessories. This latest resin conversion from Cutting Edge Model Works
addresses a gap in the ranks of the Attack Community.
When Hasegawa released their range of A-7 kits back in 1987 (yes it was that
long ago!) no-one could really blame them for opting to tool the A-7E for the
commercial reason of being able to also release the USAF’s A-7D with only minor
additions of a couple of separate sprues.
If you wanted either an –A or –B you had to carry out a conversion of the
Hasegawa kit or build one of the old Monogram offerings – a nice kit but nowhere
near the standard of the Hasegawa offering.
This conversion from Cutting Edge now allows you to convert your Hasegawa –E to
either an –A or –B. As the instruction sheet says – This is a very simple
Without going into a detailed description, the main external differences between
the –A/B and the –E lie with the nose. The two Mk 12 20mm cannons of the A/B
were replaced with a single M61A1 Vulcan cannon. The Vulcan was mounted on the
lower port side of the fuselage in a bulged mounting. This change of cannon
position as well as moving and changing the type of boarding ladder and a few
other less visible changes pretty well are the sum of differences – a simplistic
explanation to say the least so check your references before you embark on this
Cutting Edge conversion addresses these changes by supplying the lower forward
fuselage haves as replacement pieces. These pieces have been engineered so that
here is a small rebate which will allow the piece to sit flush with the fuselage
as well as providing a tab to glue and hold it. The small ECM antennae that were
scabbed onto the leading edge of the intakes on latter aircraft have also been
cast in-place – a nice touch, and as the instruction sheet says “sand ‘em off if
the aircraft you are modelling wasn’t fitted with them. Also supplied are the
speed brake well and the speed brake. These latter pieces are simply the
original kit pieces suitably modified and then re-cast. Other parts also include
2 LAU-7 rails and, a new boarding ladder, two ECM antenna and fuselage boarding
steps. (You get four steps and two boarding ladders as they are all cast on a
single sprue and two sprues are included – see the illustration of the parts.)
The detail on the launch rails is very nice – far better than is supplied in the
kit and it would be a shame to actually mount a missile on them and hide it all.
All pieces are crisply cast and there are absolutely no pin holes in any of the
parts. There is a little flash in evidence but it will be simply and quickly
dealt with in the clean up process.
The instruction sheet contains a wealth of information and notes on completing
the conversion as well as providing templates for re-scribing the ammunition
access door on the starboard fuselage half and the starter cart access port.
The conversion comes packed in a clear plastic Zip-loc bag with the standard
Cutting Edge black and yellow striped cardboard header.
In summary, Cutting Edge's 1/48 scale A-7A/B conversion is a nice little package
that has been thoughtfully engineered and faultlessly manufactured.
Thank you Scott Battistoni and Vertis Johnson!
Thanks to Meteor Productions for the review sample
Cutting Edge Modelworks
products are available from Meteor
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Review Copyright © 2002 by Rodger
Page Created 16 September, 2002
Last updated 22 July, 2003
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