F-86F Sabre Cockpit Set

Published: October 23rd, 2010     
Aires 1/32 F-86 Cockpit
Aires 1/32 F-86 Cockpit
Reviewed by: Jack Kennedy - IPMS# 12511
Scale: 1/32
Price: $46.95
Product / Stock #: 2123

The F-86 Sabre Jet happens to be one of my all time favorite aircraft so when John Noack put this kit up for review, I just had to jump on it.

The cockpit set is for the Kinetic 1/32 F-86F of which I have three. The kit cockpit is pretty nice but this Aires kit is the frosting on the cake. It consists of 11 very finely cast resin parts, two clear parts (actually the instruments are in clear and black), and 21 photo etched parts.


I primed the parts with Duplicolor Light Grey auto primer as I do with most of my models. I then used several books for detail research. I painted the details with Model Master acrylic paints. Once the details were painted, I removed the parts from their casting blocks. The major parts fit by interlocking the parts. The only thing left to do was to glue the parts to form the complete cockpit. I did not glue the seat in as I still have to put the photo etched seat belts.

The only complaints I had with this kit are the poor instructions and the fact that there was no color guide. One must have research books to complete this cockpit. I am looking forward to putting this neat cockpit into the Kinetic kit. I am curious to see if it will fit in the old Hasegawa kit.

Instructions 1Instructions 2Instructions 3Instructions 4

I would recommend this kit by Aires. I don't feel that the $46.95 price tag is too high for this fine product. I look forward to reviewing more products from Aires.

I wish to thank Aires and IPMS/USA for giving me this kit to review.]

  • Completed Cockpit 1
    Completed Cockpit 1
  • Completed Cockpit 2
    Completed Cockpit 2

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