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  1. North American F-86F/E(M) Sabre 1:72 Airfix The F-86 Sabre was the first American fighter aircraft to make use of the swept-wing technology pioneered by German scientists during the Second World War. The Sabre made its combat debut during the Korean War when, on 17 December 1950, Lt Col Bruce Hinton, leading a flight of four Sabres, engaged a flight of Chinese Air Force MiG-15s, shooting down one aircraft and damaging another. Despite being heavily outnumbered during that conflict, the formidable Sabre went on to achieve an astonishing kill ratio of 7-1 and enjoyed a long service life with many air forces around the world, including our own RAF. This is the first incarnation of Airfix’s brand new F-86 tooling (a Canadair Sabre Mk. 4 is also in the pipeline) and it depicts the much-improved F version of North American’s famous fighter. The F-86F introduced the larger ‘6-3’ wing, without leading edge slats, and finally gave the United States Air Force an aircraft that was superior in all respects to the MiG-15 The 63 parts that make up Airfix’s latest model are divided across four sprues of light grey plastic and a single, small transparent sprue. First impressions are excellent; the mouldings are clean and crisp and the recessed panel lines are fine, sharp and beautifully rendered. Construction, as always, begins with the cockpit, which is made up of five parts. Detail here is a little basic, but a rather nice set of decals will take care of the instrument panel and consoles. Once assembled, the cockpit fixes onto a piece that represents the top of the front undercarriage bay and the bottom-half of the engine intake. The inside of the undercarriage bay is nicely represented. The top-half of the engine intake is embossed with ‘3 grams’ and presumably provides the required weight to prevent the model from sitting on its tail. A well-moulded jet exhaust completes the interior fittings. The wing is comprised of three parts; a single-piece lower wing and the two separate upper wings. Detail in the main landing gear bays is good, and the single ejector pin mark, whilst awkward to remove, has been cleverly located so as not to be too noticeable. The ‘all-flying’ tail is nicely rendered, and a diagram is provided by Airfix to help you achieve the correct dihedral. The landing gear and landing gear doors look fine, and a choice of two nose gear wheels is provided. Uncharacteristically for this kit, the detail on the wheels looks a little soft on my copy. Two different types of airbrake are provided; one designed to be posed open, with a nicely-detailed interior, and one designed to be closed, which is engineered to fit flush with the fuselage by virtue of its deeper profile – a nice touch. Ordnance is taken care of with two drop tanks and two bombs. The transparent pieces are nice and clear. Two colour options are provided: A natural metal F-86F of the 39th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, as flown by Lt. Jim Thompson in South Korea, June 1953; and A green/grey/PRU Blue F-86E (M) of 4th Stormo, Aviazone Militare Italiana from Grosseto, Italy, 1958. The decal sheet is nicely printed and the clean, bold colours are in perfect register. A comprehensive set of stencils is provided, which should help the finished model come to life. Conclusion I think this will turn out to be a great little kit. It looks as though Airfix have put a lot of work into it; the panel lines in particular are much-improved compared to some of their recent kits, and the wing and fuselage compare very well to the plans I have. If the engineering and fit is up to their current standards, it should build up into an very nice rendition of an F-86F. Review sample courtesy of
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Hi all, A quick snap of my latest, although sadly not a great photo as I took it with my phone in the excitement of completion! She is one of a batch delivered from McClellan AFB to Venezuela prior to the 1958 revolution, hence the older style roundels. She is a Fujimi kit with some added resin. The decals were partly home made, partly robbed from a F-47 and partly reprinted from a dreadful Aztec set I had acquired that I was fleeced on! . I painted the tail stripes and added 1mm white stars individually. A few mistakes, particularly the positioning on the red rear fuselage line, but it was a too late when realised. The fuselage roundels are slightly too big too, but hey ho!!! I hope you like her. Martin
  11. 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
  12. Gentlemen, Frankly spoken, Sabres are my favourite jet aircraft with a particularly soft spot for the Sabre Dog variant. Accordingly, it was more than a happy event when both Monogram/ProModeler and Revell of Germany released a new-tool F-86D in 2001. Monogram released the earlier "round tail" version and Revell the later version featuring a distinctive parabrake housing introduced with the F-86D-45. 53-1001 in its 1956 livery when being deployed to Yuma AB for live fire training. "Texas Terror" was the personal mount of Col. Grover Wilcox. Later in 1956 53-1001 was converted to an F-86L. The kit offers a wealth of finely recessed surface details and overall fit is outstanding, safeguarding an enjoyable build right out of the box. Nevertheless, I replaced the kit's cockpit with a Black Box office. IP and IP coaming came from an Eduard PE set. The decals came from an Eagle Strike sheet. Item #48069. In order to replicate the natural metal finish, I used three different shades of Alclad II: Duraluminium, Airframe Aluminium and Semi Matte Aluminium. In order to highlight individual panels and joints I used Gunze Smoke. The model was finished with a final coat of satin varnish "à la maison" consisting of Polly Scale flat varnish, TAMIYA X-20A thinner plus a whiff of Future floor finish at a (by approximation) 60:35:5 ratio. Having another dozen of these kits in my stash, definitely not the last Sabre Dog taking off from my workbench. Thanks for looking! Cheers, Erik
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. 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:
  16. 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
  17. F-86K's at The Norwegian Armed Forces Aircraft Collection (though it now seems the one outside has been moved), pics thanks to Mikemx.
  18. 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.
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. North American F-86 Sabre 1:48 Eduard Ultimate The North American Sabre is one of the worlds most recognisable fighter aircraft, made famous by its use in the first Jet vs Jet Air combat battles of the Korean war. North American were able to use captured German research data on swept wing aerodynamics which was able to push the then XP-86 to the required speed of 600mph as required by the USAF. The first flight of the XP-86 would be in late 1947. Even though the US Air Force would retire its sabres in the 1960's the Air National Guard would fly them into the 1970's. The Sabre was used by numerous Air Forces around the world, with the last use being Bolivia in 1994. Over 7800 Aircraft would be built between North American and a further 1800 by Canadair. Total production including licence built aircraft in Japan, and Australian sabres would come in at 9860 aircraft. The F-86F would feature an uprated engine and the addition of the 6-3 Hard wing without leading edge slats, although the slats would be added back in by the time the F-40 wing was introduced. The F models would feature many upgrades during its production run including the tactical nuclear role for the Block F-35 aircraft. The Kit The kit is a Boxing where Eduard have taken Hasegawa's plastic from their F-86F-30 kit and added two small sheets of Photo-etch, a sheet of masks, and a Brassin Ejection Seat. The plastic from Hasegawa is first class, and the moulds seem to be holding up very well after 20 years. Construction starts as with most kits in the cockpit. Here a lot of cockpit parts are replaced with the PE supplied by Eduard. There are new control leavers, rudder pedals, cockpit panels; and an instrument panel. Next the intake trucking is assembled with an engine fan face at the rear. The completed cockpit can then be added to the top of the trunking and the front wheel well to the underside. The next step is to make up the exhaust section with a rear engine part at it's end. The side consoles moulded into the fuselage halves need to be removed and replaced by Phto-etch (if wanted). Once this is done the completed intake and exhausts sections can be placed inside and the fuselage closed up. Construction then moves onto the wings which are of conventional construction with a one part lower wing, and two part (let & right) upper wings. Once these are together they can be added to the main fuselage along with the tail planes. The nose is also added at this point. The next major step is construction of the landing gear. The front wheel is one part and is added onto the main strut. The retraction strut is then added. The main gear door is added along with its own retraction strut. The small front door is also added, along with the panel at the front of the nose containing the landing lights. The main wheels are two parts each and are added to the main gear legs. The outer gear door is then added to the other side of the leg. The main gear doors are then added along with their retraction struts. The instructions would then have you build the sidewinder missiles and their pylons now but this step can be skipped as none of the decal options here carried these missiles. The external tanks are completed taking care to use the right fins as per your decal option (the modeller will have to do their won research on this one). To finish off the cockpit the new Brassin ejection seat needs to be completed. This is a complicated affair with a multitude of resin and PE parts (not helped by breakages in the parts). The complete seat though should be worth the effort involved. Photo etch is also used to replace the visible area behind the cockpit, and to enhance the area under the rear of the main canopy. Decals The decal sheet has been produced by Cartograf and is top notch. Glossy with an absolute minimum of carrier film, it should provide no problems, other than which option to build. The kit comes with Five options; FU-584 "Mig Mad Marine" as Flown my John Glen in Korea while on an exchange tour with the USAF. Credited with 3 MiG kills. FU-850 As flown Stateside by 390th FBS, Alexandria USA in 1955 - Very colourful with the Blue Stripes. FU-539 "Dreaded Gomboo/Sweet Rose" As flown by Lt Ken Ewing, Kimpo AB Korea 1954. FU-361 As flown by the 435 FBS, Detroit AFB, 1952. FU-341 "MIG POSION" as flown by James Haggerson. 6.5 Credited kills in Korea. (Eduard seem to have slightly got there research mixed up as they say this aircraft was destroyed in 1955. It in fact survives to this day at Kadena AB. FU-342 was in fact lost. In addition FU-341 was a slatted wing aircraft therefore the model needs some alterations for this option). Conclusion Is this an "Ultimate" kit? The plastic is good and the decal options are pretty good. However could there be a little more in the box? Eduard have just released a set of Brassin F-86 wheels, and an F-86F-30 update set. Could these have brought it up to the "Ultimate" level? Overall Recommend, highly recommended for the Sabre fan like myself. Review sample courtesy of
  22. F-86F-30 Upgrade set. 1:48 Eduard The hasegawa F-86F-30 has been with us for a while now. While a great kit there are areas where Photo-etch will enhance the kit. This set provides parts for; The cockpit floor, upper wheel bay areas, a complete front door for the front gear bay, main landing gear scissor links, inspection covers on the front gear well, drop tank end plates, the inside front face of the air brake bay. Also included are parts for two complete airbrake doors which will certainly improve the look of the model over the kit plastic parts. The set is designed for the new Eduard Sabre, which is their boxing of the Hasegawa plastic. Review sample courtesy of
  23. Just a quick note to say we now have the Eduard December releases in stock now! We've sold out of the Sabre but the 1/48 Spitfire VIII Weekend and 1/72 Fw190 Royal Class are in stock! Also we have the latest Brassin, Colour Zoom etch and Masks in 1/72 and 1/48 in stock now too! If anyone else wants a Sabre or anything else if we run out, please let me know ASAP as we can have more by the end of the week if you're quick! thanks Mike
  24. Announced at the US IPMS Nats 2014, the next Kitty Hawk 1/32nd kit (after the OV-10 Bronco http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234952767-132-north-american-ov-10-bronco-family-by-kittyhawk-new-cads/) is a N.A. F-86D Sabre Dog - ref. KH32008 Source: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kitty-hawk/736521713066784?sk=timeline&ref=page_internal V.P.
  25. Hey all When Avro Canada were conducting flight trials of the CF-105 Arrow they were supplied with an RCAF F-86 Sabre and a CF-100 Canuck as camera chase planes. The following picture would have been taken from the CF-100 and clearly shows the Sabre. Unfortunately the rear of the aircraft is not visible in the picture. Does anyone know the identity of this Sabre? Serial Number? Squadron? Anything would be of help, as I would very much like to model this particular aircraft. Regards