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  1. RAF Sabre F.4

    At some point I'm planning on building my Airfix Sabre F.4, but I must say I'm rather underwhelmed by the decals. Apart from the shark mouth, they're a little boring in my opinion and an odd choice given that in the 50s there were a few Sabre squadrons with lovely garish unit markings! Fortunately, when I bought the kit from eBay, it very nicely included an Xtradecal set with markings for a few different Sabres (though frustratingly no serials!!) I'm thinking of doing a 92 sqn one, with a preference for an XB... serial and silver undersides. I was wondering if anyone may be able to help with the following questions: Did XB772 (or XB727) ever fly with 92 sqn? Were any XB serialled Sabres silver underneath, or all that awful (imo) 'PRU blue'?
  2. Hello mates! This F-86F-30-NA 52-4584 (from K-13 in Korea 1953) is a quite old model built 1993/1994 from the Heller kit. It comes with some etch (airbrakes and...) shared with Matchbox/Heller Miss Louise ( i will show), but i do not remember the brand. 23 years behind glass and not photographed until now. I only polished the canopy and removed a little dust. The decals are from a second Heller kit. This is the jet of John Glenn. Don´t kill me because there is right side nose art. Cheers!
  3. Hi folks. You guys must be getting bored of these but I'll chalk up another completed Sabre. Here is my interpretation of my recently completed F-86E Sabre in 1/72. Not much to say really; Hobbycraft kit that had its wings backdated to pre 6-3, wing pylons moved inboard and the gun-sight replaced. Model finished using Humbrol Metalcote 'Polished Aluminium' paint and kit decals of 'Lt Col. Ed Heller' aircraft 'HELL-ER BUST X', 16th FIS, Korea, 1953. Thanks for looking. Stuart
  4. Do you remember the old 1/72 Matchbox Sabre? I must have made about half a dozen back at the turn of the 80s/90s when I was a kid. I really liked the shape of the aircraft and the cool Arizona Air National Guard decals, not that I really understood what the ANG was back then. I usually built them 'in'flight', it was the quickest and easiest way to get kits built and I was impatient to have a finished 'plane (later, I started doing them gear-down and open cockpit, and I remember being proud of how good they look. They where probably terrible). Browsing Hannats website I happened across Microscale's 1/48 decals for the f-86 featuring the very same Arizona ANG 'roaring lion' scheme, so I couldn't resist. The Hasegawa kit is obviously way more detailed than the Matchbox (but only in one colour plastic, unlike Matchbox's which had some parts in a fetching baby blue, as I recall), but I stayed true to my roots and did it 'in flight' - which required some filling in with Milliput as mature, serious modellers don't do in flight, and the kit isn't designed for that. The decals caused me a few headaches with the long side decal spliting into 3 on the starboard side, line up issues on the nose band and masking-tape lifting off bits, even after a coat of varnish (and others - see what you can spot!). Massively enjoyable blast from the past, now I'm off to run around the living room 'flying' my Sabre. There's a Sabre in my garden!
  5. Building Brick’s Sabre in 1/32 Scale KLP Publishing Online publishing is now starting to find its way into the modelling community with a few new & existing publishers. KLP Publishing is one of the new online publishers, specialising in eBooks for the scale aircraft modelling community. Their debut title is, Building Brick’s Sabre in 1/32 Scale: A Scale Tribute to K.J. "Brick" Bricknell. Written by master modeller Eric Galliers, this 104-page digital book shows you how he built his award-winning 1/32 scale model of K.J. “Brick” Bricknell’s CAC Sabre. There is currently no available conversion for the CAC Sabre in 1.32 so this is old fashioned scratch building work brought to us in the latest digital format. The book also includes anecdotes from Brick himself, from his time flying the CAC Sabre with the RAAF. One of the great aspects of digital publishing is the inclusion of 37 walkaround images. Conclusion This is the type of publication that the new digital format will embrace. The subject is not main stream enough for a traditional publication, but should generate enough interest for the company. This is a book written by modeller for modeller and it shows. The text is clear and concise and the pictures crisp. The additional history and words from the pilot really do add to the story of the aircraft. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  6. Hi folks. This is my interpretation of my recently completed Canadair Sabre Mk.2 in 1/72 Not much to say really. Life started by using the Hobbycraft kit that had its wings backdated to pre 6-3, wing pylons moved inboard and the gun-sight replaced with an older type. Model finished using Humbrol Metalcote 'Polished Aluminium' paint, Model Alliance decals, MA-72120. Markings for aircraft '19241' of 421 Squadron, 2 Wing, RCAF, Grostenquin, France, 1954. Stuart
  7. North American XP-86

    John R recently asked about details of the XP-86 so I thought I would post what I have. It's a convoluted story and it may take some time, but to cover the XP-86 I need to start with the closely-related FJ-1 Fury. Yes, the FJ-1 was a tubby, straight-winged object, but for a while so was the first version of the Sabre. Though a bit messy, this drawing is the earliest one I've found for the XFJ-1 prototype Fury (North American Aviation (NAA) Model NA-134). It's a 13 October 1944 NAA drawing for a proposed "JP Shipboard Fighter" (JP being "jet powered"). I've highlighted a few key items and appended a few dimensions on this version. Notable are two items which did not make it on to the FJ-1 Fury: the wing-mounted dive brakes (also planned for the XP-86); and the folding wings (line/dotted line shows angled wing fold top/bottom joint). Frontal view shows that a ventral tank was planned (again, not taken up in production). Also note that there is no dihedral on the tailplanes: Side view from same drawing set of October 1944: Assigned the NAA Model number NA-134, this NAA artist's impression dates from 4 October 1944 and reflects the drawings above. I won't go into the FJ-1 in any detail, but for comparison the following 3-view shows that the production FJ-1 Fury was generally smaller than the initial October 1944 proposal: So to start with the XP-86. In 1944 the USAAF had issued a design request for a medium-range day fighter, and NAA submitted a version of its NA-134 (FJ-1) on 22 November 1944, and this design was given the NAA model number NA-140. The NA-140 was very similar to the NA-134, but this early model shows that already the NA-140 had gained a 'lip' to its engine intake and retained the less tubby lines of the "Shipboard Fighter" drawings. NA-140 would be designated XP-86 by the USAAF. But towards the end of WW2, swept-wing data started coming in from NACA and also from captured German files, which led NAA to look at a redesign of the NA-140 with swept wings. Different aspect ratios ("AR" on the wind tunnel model drawing below) were looked at for the mainplanes. This one is from 23 April 1946, when a straight fin and tailplane was still part of the design: And finally, by 15 October 1946 a fairly definitive version had been arrived at: More in the next instalment: maybe some good ideas for "what ifs" here?
  8. Hi Folks. Here is my interpretation of a 1/72 TF-86 Sabre Trainer, build here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235003834-172-tf-86f-sabre-trainer/ This build consisted of the Falcon Vacuform Conversion that uses the Heller Sabre as the donor but I also used the Hobbycraft kit for mainly the wings which had to be converted back. Painted using Humbrol Metalcote. Kit decals were used but serials had to be DIY as none exist in this scale. Came out better than I thought after a few setbacks and their is always room for improvement. Hope you like. Stuart
  9. Kinetic is to release in 2017-2018 a new variant from its Sabre, a 1/32nd North American F-86F-30 Sabre - ref. K3205 Source: http://data3.primeportal.net/models/thomas_voigt11/kinetic/images/kinetic_7_of_7.jpg V.P.
  10. After taking up the hobby again after a long hiatus, I had in mind building and finishing one kit at a time at a relaxed pace. I didn't want a room full of half built carcases laying about contributing to any guilt feelings I might have about unfinished kits. However, after breaking off half of the lower wing of the Camel, which is now toast, and after seeing the film Bridge of Spies, I quickly developed an interest in Lockheed's U-2 and then the F-5F The U-2 is well along now and is waiting a coat of grey on the undersides but that won't happen for a while as I have to spray in the garage and it is much too cold and damp for that. Same goes for F-5F. So, either I twiddle my thumbs for a few months or start another build. I chose starting another build: Monogram's F-86 Sabre. The F-86 and I go back a few years. I was 12 at the height of the Korean War and the Sabre and Mig battles were often in the newspapers and magazines. Remember Life ? I built quite a few models in those days, which I financed by cutting grass with an old push mower and collecting soft drink bottles from ditches and the side of the road. They were worth a few cents each in refunds. My favorites were easily Monogram's Superkits and Speedybuilts, which were mostly of wood except for bits like the cowlings, wheels and canopies, which were of plastic. There were six in the Superkit series and I must have built each one several times. I loved those kits, especially the F-86 and the P-51. http://philsaeronauticalstuff.com/oldmodels/monogramsuperkit/monogramsuperkit.html Monogram's F-86 is an F. I wanted to back-date it to an E with dropped slats so I could use my rebuilt DIY vacuum forming rig. I first had to modify the wing leading edges and I am grateful to TheRealMrEd for pointing me in the right direction on this ARC link. http://www.arcforums.com/forums/air/index.php?/topic/219079-bump172-f-86a-conversion-from-academy-f-86e/ The Photo: UL: This Japanese language copy, No 39, of Famous Airplanes of the World had I nice set of plans that I enlarged to 1/48. I'll base any modifications I make to the kit on these these plans as they well done and look pretty accurate. Who knows? UR: After finishing the leading edge mods I began cutting out the slots for the slat guides with this razor saw. After doing a couple the light bulb went off and I doubled up on the blade with a .020 styrene spacer and got through the remainder pretty quickly. LL: Left wing top with the slots cut out. LR. Inner wing with a styrene strip for reinforcement. Cheers, and a Merry Christmas to everyone. Dennis
  11. Honduran Sabres

    Hi all, I sent a direct message to Armando and he has not been able to help (this time) so I am putting my question out to the forum in case anyone knows. I am about to apply the final varnish cost to my Honduran Canadair Sabre and my dilemma is that apart from the serials, flag, emergency triangle and weapons block, I can see no stencilling on any images of he these machines on line. Does anyone out there know whether they had any? If they didn't it is strange as they must have needed some for servicing and maintenance? Any ideas? My Sabre can sit in the hangar until I'm a bit more certain about this! Thanks. Martin
  12. Airfix Canadair Sabre 1/72

    Hi all, Does anyone out there have a copy of the instruction sheet for this kit? I've lost mine and I need some stencil references. I'd be very grateful if you do and can send me a PDF scan of it. Thanks in advance. Martin
  13. Aussie Sabre

    Hi all, Another from the paint shop. I'm not so proud of this one as I had a few issues along the way, particularly with the Humbrol red ;). She is a Fujimi F-86F converted to a CAC Sabre using a Tasman set. However, I wanted to retain more detail than the Tasman set offers and also feature open speed brakes. So I set about blending the two, essentially inserting the Tasman lower nose in to the Fujimi and then inserting the NACA vents from the Tasman also. It isn't entirely accurate but I got to the stage that I just wanted her done. The biggest disaster was when I used some setting agent for the decals on the dayglo. Foolishly I didn't gloss coat as the panels were already pretty shiny. The result was a number of "stains" that I couldn't remove. Anyway, that's it and here she is. The detail: She represents "A94-946", operated by the ARDU from Laverton for sidewinder trials. Kit - Fujimi F-86F "Mig Killer" (you could use a "SkyBlazers" offering) Conversion - Tasman Cockpit - Pavla Decals - Model Alliance (72125) Paints - Humbrol 191 and Humbrol 209 (with white and yellow undercoats). I hope you like her. M
  14. Dear All Looking for subjects to try out my new AK extreme metal paints I decided to have a go at this F-86E from Academy. I added the CMK resin cockpit. The markings show one of the aircraft used by Colonel Gabreski of the 51st FIW at Suwon Korea. My normal background is not too suitable for Korea, sorry about that! The AK metal paints are the best I have ever used. You may notice on some photos the rivets I added to the airframe. I did not pop them out with a wash as of course the original aircraft was carefully flush rivetted. Hope you like it? Andrew
  15. ARDU CAC Sabre A94-946 colours

    Hi all, Is there anyone out there who can confirm with certainty whether this aircraft flew with dayglo red or dayglo orange panels? The decal references say to use Humbrol 205 but I'm not convinced... yet. Any thoughts, help, guidance really welcomed!!! Thanks. Martin
  16. Talking of aircraft ladders...

    Hopefully a quick question... I'm scratch building a pair of aircraft ladders to go with my TF-86F Sabre Trainer like these: http://flickrhivemind.net/Tags/tf86f Can anybody tell me if the aircraft ladders for the USAF in the 1950's were painted and if so, what colour? TIA
  17. Hi guys. Here is the beginnings of my first ever WIP. The plan is to build a 1/72 TF-86F, a 2-seater Sabre Trainer using the vacuform conversion kit from Falcon. The conversion recommends using the Heller kit which I will do but I'll be using as little as possible. The HobbyCraft kit will be used for most of it as I want to back-date the kit '6-3' wing to the narrow chord. The etched brass will be thrown into the offices as I want the canopy to be open. Not sure what the pace will be like as I'll be doing it during my lunch hour at work. Comments more than welcome. TIA
  18. TF-86 Sabre Trainer

    Hi Guys, I've aquired the vacuform kit to build an TF-86. Can anybody supply/ point to images of the cockpit layout or am I going to get away with fitting 2 tubs? TIA Stuart
  19. Here is my effort of producing an F86A in 1/72 scale. Life started from Academy's F86E kit and underwent some modifications; tail-plane activation fairings were removed, slatted 6-3 wing back dated to early slatted wing, front windscreen with one from Pavla and for good measure, a K-19 gun-sight fitted. I added a little more detil to the cockpit. The mods took a bit of an effort with filling and sanding but we got there. The overall NMF was achieved using Metalcote paints from Humbrol. Decals were a mixture of Matchbox for the serials and 'Miss Louise' and the rest from the Academy kit. The Matchbox black & white band decals were too small and so these were painted on instead. Not a bad effort for my first NMF aircraft, room for improvement. Comments are most welcome.
  20. And so here it is,the F86 I was working on for the past month.Now before I go any further I must say how this nowhere near my current standard,and for a couple of times I almost threw it in the bin...The kit itself is meh,The detail is very good but not a single exterior part would fit without filler,lots of it.And the decals are just useless,I haven't seen such bad decals in a...well,never.And as you might see I left the canopy sliding freely. But enough typing words,here are the pictures:
  21. F-86K's at The Norwegian Armed Forces Aircraft Collection (though it now seems the one outside has been moved), pics thanks to Mikemx.
  22. Pics by Darwin of F-86H at the SAC Museum in Nebraska F-86H under restoration at the Combat Air Museum in Kansas, pics also from Darwin
  23. F-86F-30 - 52-4929 in the colours of the Skyblazers Aerobatic team, pics thanks to Mike (Bootneck) at the Valiant Air Command Museum, Florida.
  24. F-86F Sabre drop tanks

    Hello all, I am seeking advice on how to construct an F-86F Sabre that is in-flight but has jettisoned its drop tanks (e.g. when the Sabres were about to engage Migs): Should I attach the drop tank rack/connector(?) to the wing undersides, or omit all such parts and just fill the holes on the wing underside? (I am using the Airfix 1/72 kit for the F86-F/E; # A03082A) I've searched many images on the web and modelling forums, but haven't found anything useful, so any advice would be greatly appreciated. By the way, I have only just started making models in the last couple of months with my first-born. Otherwise, it has been more than 35 years since I put together a Matchbox kit. I am amazed at how the hobby has progressed and what products and after-market upgrades are available for the base kits. Good times ahead. Many thanks in advance, Dazey
  25. Sabre F86-E & F.4. Airfix 1:72. Sometimes I like to remember what it was like to be a kid. Cycle off to the local newsagents once a week, pocket money in hand to see what Airfix kits they had in stock. Spend ages choosing one, and then cycle back home to start the weekend build. It was hugley enjoyable, and sometimes I think we forget this. So now and then if I am in a modell shop I like to just select something off the shelf, take it home and build it out of the box for the pure fun of it. putting in th pilots as well. I like Sabres, so this one came home with me, closely followed by the RAF F.4 because I liked it so much. I couldn't quite build it 'out of the box' once I read about the corrections discussed here so I moved the wing fences & underwing tanks inboard. Also the Airfix wheels are a bit naff, and as I had an abandoned Heller Sabre build, the USAF model got those. I might get some resin ones for the RAF machine at some point. Oh, and I sanded the too low canopy frame off and polished it up, masking & painting it higher. And as I like to see the aircraft as a purer shape without the undercarriage doors hanging down, mine are crewed with the engine running and hydraulic pressure to pull them all shut. But now on with the photos! And the RAF F4, a different boxing of the same kit but with new decals; I bought some of the new Vallejo 'Metal Colour' airbrush acrylic paints at the same time. They are fantastic. I applied Halfords grey firts, followed by Tamiya Acrylic black X-1 as a base, then these. . They are very like Citadel paints and are tough, hard wearing and masking tape does not affect them at all. No pullung up of the paint whne you de-mask. I am impressed and although they are not cheap I will be using them again. Thanks for looking, John
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