Cast flawlessly in their usual pale yellow resin, CMK has captured all
of the fine detail to be found in the Sabre’s ammunition storage bays
and speed brake bays.
The set is a compliment to their excellent undercarriage and interior
detail sets and is also designed for the Hasegawa kit.
The set contains 22 resin parts and 19 etched metal parts. Major surgery
of the kit is required to remove the original kit speed brake bays and
the ammunition storage bay hatches. Some thinning of the fuselage walls
will also be required for a more realistic look when the bays are
installed. The assembly process is relatively simple from this point on.
New speed brake doors are provided and these appear to be much finer
than the Hasegawa kit offerings and with the separate etched metal panel
have a more 3 dimensional appearance.
A comparison of the speed brake bays does not show a vast difference,
the resin parts just have a more 3 dimensional appearance in the
castings and this is something that cannot be achieve in a one piece
injection moulding. The ammunition storage bay hatch door detail is
excellent and CMK have really done their homework here. The depth of
detail resembles that in pictures that I have of this area.
A very nice finishing touch is provided where the fillet at the wing
root that is removed by ground crew to allow the ammunition storage bay
hatch doors to swing open. The fillet is supplied as a resin insert and
CMK provide a corresponding etched metal part to be attached to the wing
leading edge. New drop tank fin end plates are provided to replace the
Hasegawa provided parts. These are much thinner than the kit parts and
closely resemble the scale thickness.
The Hasegawa kit looks very nice but with this detail set will look even
In summary, this is an excellent kit from CMK, but a
moderate level of modelling experience is required to install the set.
Thanks to CMK for the review sample
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