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  1. oIn BM, assuming you don't have unlimited time, and can't look at everything, how do you choose what to look at or follow? Would it be a particular aircraft model or manufacturer, a favourite BM member's work, an era, a catchy title or all of the above? As for myself, I am currently interested in Korean War aircraft but I can't help straying into other eras depending on the aircraft, or builder. Just curious. Cheers, Dennis
  2. I've remodelled the wings leading edges a bit. I wasn't happy with the setback of the kit edges and a couple of the slots were off so I vacuum formed new ones. Also added a little width to the wingspan which was short a few scale inches. Double checked everything this time before assembly. Also started in on the scribing.. After struggling with the U2 scribing, which was assembled, I tried doing the top half of the right wing. Much easier and, using a rack for holding the wings and one for the fuselage, I'll scribe everything before assembly. I felt I might be able to improve on the kit canopy so have been experimenting with vacuum forming over clay moulds. Haven't quite got it right as the first mould, TL, wasn't the right shape. The second mould was much better but I had a little problem with webbing. I think I've got the webbing problem sorted now so I'll be having another try pretty soon. Both fuselage shapes look pretty good when placed over the enlarged plans that I'm using. Top is the Monogram, bottom the Academy. The Monogram wing follows the plan outline well enough, if a little short in span. I like that the flaps can be dropped. The Academy wing seems a little off in sweep. I thought it was the Monogram wing that had a sweep problem. I've another Monogram F-86 and I think I'd like to try the "H" conversion when through with this one. Going a little Sabre crazy. Cheers, Dennis
  3. Emm, missed that one but, uh, no regrets.
  4. Thank you, Tony, and thanks for the link. Somehow missed that one in all my browsing. Cheers, Dennis
  5. The aileron chord width on the F-86A is several inches wider than that of the E and F, based on photos in the Haynes F-86 Owners' Workshop Manual, and an excellent overhead museum shot of the A that is featured featured in the manual (photo not in the manual). Pretty sure (still reading up on this) this has something to do with the As early control system: rods with a hydraulic boost. The Monogram F, and the Academy F, have narrower, in chord, ailerons that are close to the chord width of the flaps. I want to make sure I get my Monogram F to E conversion correct so am naturally curious abut the change. Think I could post the overhead shot? Don't want to steal anyone's thunder. Cheers, Dennis
  6. Thought I might get a build boost for my F-86 WIP by viewing a couple of old Hollywood films on the US Air Force/F-86. The first was The Hunters, (1958) staring Robert Mitchum as an aging, bachelor, fighter jock who, in only 15 minutes into the film, falls in love with the wife, May Britt, of one of the pilots in his squadron. Robert Wagner has a part as an, irritating, young "hot shot" pilot who smokes cigars, dresses unconventionally and says, to his superiors, daddy-o and cool man. Britt's husband gets shot down, Mitchum deliberately crashes his F-86 and, along with Wagner, who has had to bail out, shoots up a bunch of North Koreans and saves the husband. Britt decides to stick with her husband and Mitchum moves on, presumably to letch after another young wife of a squadron pilot who is having drink/marital problems. Enough ground and aerial F-86 shots to make up, for me, for the cringe making dialog and plot of the rest of the film. Next up was Jet Pilot a 1957 offering featuring John Wayne as an aging, bachelor, fighter jock who, in only 20 minutes into film, (Wayne is older and slower than Mitchum), falls in love with the very lovely Janet Leigh, a defecting Russian spy come fighter pilot. Olga, Leigh, is, unbelievably, given carte blanche to go anywhere she pleases and is even given her own F-86 to engage Wayne in mock combat and actually bests him in a couple of manoeuvers. Queue some 50s saucy dialog: "Were are you? I'm behind and underneath you". Wayne is smitten, Leigh really is lovely, and rather than see her shipped back to Mother Russia, marries her. Wayne's career looks to be toast until he cuts a deal to "defect" with Olga in order to learn secrets about Russian aircraft and pilot training. They steal an F-94 and head to Siberia (as you do when you want to defect to Russia ) After yet more cringe making dialog and a flight in a "parasite" fighter (Bell X1), Wayne and Leigh steel a Yak (T-33) and defect back to the US. Wayne struggles a bit with the double entendres and isn't very convincing as the object of Leigh's affection. Wayne, 50 when this was filmed, could be her father, she only 20 (lucky dog). Her English is practically faultless and there's not a trace of that Boris and Natasha business with her. She also cottons on pretty quickly to a few advantages of the Capitalist system: Champagne, silk and four star hotels. No fool her. Couple of interesting airplanes in this one: the black T-33 (Yak), an F-94 (Starfire?), the B-50, X1 parasite combo and the F-86s whizzing around the sky. Interestingly, the Sabres were early As with the V windshields and flaps in the blast ports. Okay for the airplanes but I can't believe someone actually got paid for the script. Trying to think of the best flying film I've ever seen. Perhaps Bridges of Toko Ri. Cheers, Dennis q
  7. Speedbrakes: The speed brake panels(doors?) on the kit open outwards like "barn doors" rather than droop downwards. Same with the Academy kit oddly enough. To attempt a remedy, I opened up the slots and cemented inserts at a near as damn-it angle and used a couple of coffee stirrer pieces to line them up. I also cut out the back panel with the pipes and other bits as I couldn't see myself making a good job of painting it. I'll replace it with an insert with wire piping and styrene details. The door itself is concave and needed a bit of work to resemble the original more accurately. The first attempt looked ok but, after finding a better photo, I realized that I hadn't got it quite right. OCD kicked in about now and after a couple more attempts I ended up with a version I could be happy with: bottom right. Also happy with the angle of the droop. Posting this now but I'll be editing in a link to another photo. Great photo showing the angle of droop. Cheers, Dennis
  8. Trail fitting with a couple of the guides in and all the guides in one slat. Not sure about cementing the guides in the slat or the wing first. Slat first is probably the way to go as it'll leave a little more scope for adjustment. Cheers, Dennis
  9. Thanks gents! Cheers, Dennis
  10. Since joining up over a year and a half ago, I make sure that I thank members for any comments that they might make about my postings. But I have often wondered about "likes". Do you "like" a "like" or even thank someone for one? I am inclined to think that appreciating that you got one is enough and no response is necessary. But....? Just curious. Cheers, Dennis
  11. Thank you,... .Fan, progressing nicely so far. Cheers, Dennis
  12. Blast Panels: Moving on from the slats for a bit, modifying the blast panels and ports was next in line. The panels on the monogram kit are a bit undersize and the ports are more teardrop shaped than they should be (I've looked at a dozen or more photos.). In addition, the topmost port is the same size as the lower ones and should be smaller in length and narrower. So, nothing for it but to plunge/squash mould a new set and see if any corrections I attempt are worth the time and effort. TL: Monogram kit on the left, Academy on the right. Academy kit looks pretty good and I am reluctant to start chopping it up. The panels are slightly handed. I might have got away with just a curved piece for both sides but went ahead and made a mould for left and right anyway. It was much easier to work on the ports before removing the panel from the moulding. (Photobucket dragging its heels as usual so I'm going to post this now and edit in a few more comments and photos asap) Great photo of Buzz Aldrin in his F-86. note staggered ports and smaller top port. Well, that was a complicated way of doing things but switching back and forth between BM and Photobucket was a bit of a trial, plus the Wi-Fi dropped out a couple of times. One more photo to add. Dennis
  13. Ah, the quest for perfection. It can be a curse, Martian. Acceptable is better, much less stressful and time consuming. Welcome back! Cheers, Dennis
  14. For the slat guides I thought I'd see if I could work out something that looked a little more like the originals than just a peg or dowel. I made up and shaped this hollow sandwich affair and sliced off the guides with this razor saw. I staggered the blades so I could use the outside blade as a spacer when cutting them off. To true them up I made up this rack and made a few passes over them with the green block . The blocks came with a magazine, SAM I think, and are pretty good. Can't remember the vendor or manufacturer. Cheers and thanks for looking Dennis (Thanks Troy and Growler!)
  15. Banished from the kitchen so I thought I'd take a moment and post another photo. I've trimmed the vacuum formed slats and added the inside lining with the slots cut to match the wing leading edge. This is working out ok so far. I could have added bought resin slats but I enjoy doing this kind of thing and the rig will be useful for other things. Cheers and thanks for looking, Dennis