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F-86F Sabre
Armament Set

CMK, 1/48 scale


S u m m a r y
Catalogue Number and Description CMK 4146 - F-86F Sabre Armament Set
Price: USD$13.96 from Squadron
Scale: 1/48
Contents and Media: See text below
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Excellent detail and casting; well packaged.
Disadvantages: Some cutting of the Hasegawa kit required
Recommendation: Highly Recommend


Reviewed by Mick Evans

CMK's 1/48 scale F-86F Sabre Armament Set is available online from Squadron.com



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 better.

In summary, this is an excellent kit from CMK, but a moderate level of modelling experience is required to install the set.

Highly Recommended.

Thanks to CMK for the review sample

Text and Images Copyright © 2006 by Mick Evans
Page Created 10 April, 2006
Last updated 10 April, 2006

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