I have been in your position and learned that sometimes aftermarket parts can be more trouble and expense than it is worth, so start out simple. There are so many options depending on how much you want to spend ( you can easily triple or more the expense of your kit depending on how much you want to detail) and how detailed you want your kit to be overall. Let's start with photo etched parts. Many times they are very tiny, easily lost, and hard to work with, but with that being said, PE parts, especially seat belts can add so much to a model. There is of course resin seats with tremendous details. Although more expensive they are much easier to work with. Resin parts can be very brittle so be very careful handling and especially, cutting them off their resin base. I learned how brittle when I ordered through the mail a set of Spitfire seats which were not properly packaged and all I got was a little 15.00 bag of resin dust. The other side of the coin is to buy the more expensive kits that already have all the goodies like Eduard Profipac kits. In the long run it will be cheaper. Now some kits really need sets to make the plane look good, for example, the Academy Mk XIV Spitfires which are notorious for their inaccuracy. If you want one that actually looks like the real thing you need to spend some money on aftermarket sets, which unfortunately cost much more than the kit itself. Like I said, start out simple, get used to working with PE and resin parts, primarily concentrating on the cockpit, then go from there. I can highly recommend Jaguar ( can I get free stuff for the plug Roy?) Ultracast, Black Box cockpits, True Details, and the Eduard seat belt and cockpit detail kits. I know there are more manufacturers but I won't list them all. The bottom line is how accurate and detailed do you want to make your kits, and most of all, how much can you afford? Start detailing out the cockpits then go from there. A well detailed cockpit with nice belts and instrumentation (along with a great paint job) can hide a multitude of sins! Hope this helps.
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