I may as well put this image up, too. This is the side-up comparison of the two forward fuselage sections.
First, they did add the "crease" in the canopy line, although the image above does not show this. Their replacement canopies and fuselage reproduce the "double-bubble", as their instructions call it. However, the amount of crease that they actually added is subject to not being enough, depending on which review you want to believe.
Second, they INCREASED the width at the nose cone to make a more chunky look of the nose when viewed from above (red lines in the image above). Trumpeter narrows the nose more, giving the model a pointier look. The difference in width is about 0.040". My trouble was, I could not find a picture of a Vigilante from straight above or below to now which of these planforms is right. My trip to PAX resolved this issue.
Third, they molded the nose with the refueling probe bay closed. This is one of the "extras" of the Trumpeter kit that I really could do without. The Trumpeter pieces do not fit well in the closed position (how I want it built), so I have to go to some extra work to clean up the closed kit refueling bay. Having Cutting Edge mold it closed was a plus to me.
Next, they used engraved scribing on their pieces, but the feel of the scribing differs from that of the kit pieces. Cutitng Edge did not include all the rivot detail found on the rest of the airframe. I have read the rivots are not accurate, but to match the new nose, I was going to have to fill all the rivots all over the airframe. I was not looking forward to doing this.
Lastly, they reduced the overall length of the forward fuselage by over ten scale inches. I think this could be a byproduct of resin shrinkage as it cured. Note the black alignment lines in the pictures above and how they get more and more out of alignment as you progress out the nose. It may be intentional, though. The replacement canopies are also considerably smaller than the kit ones, leading me to wonder if the length change was intensional. As my measurements proved, the Trumpeter nose and canopies are the right lengths.
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