F-86F-40 Sabre Test Build | AeroScale

Airfix has been showing the results on their 'Workbench' Blog of the test build of the 1:48 scale North American F-86F-40 Sabre their second release of this Classic fighter

This is partial text from the full article (usually with photos) at https://aeroscale.net/news/f-86f-40-sabre-test-build
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It looks accurate. Accurate is good.
One thing: the skin of a Sabre looks pretty much exactly like it does on the box art.
So why the deep, deep panel lines?
Makes it look like a 1960’s/1970’s vintage cast metal kit. (Modern cast metal kits don’t have that at all - my LHS has heaps of them.)
Is Airfix marketing for 40- and 50-year olds with nostalgia or something?
Anyway, I do want one. As for the panel lines: some filler, some scribing, done.


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Overdone panel lines are a common feature on new Airfix. And yes I agree, it makes them look very toylike.
That and inconsistent detail. You can crisp and soft and mushy all in the same kit. They’re doing some good stuff, but I do feel they get a bit sloppy towards the end of tooling projects.
But, I’m sure this one will be a great kit. I just wish I could get the 1/72 Sabre again.