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Sabrejet

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  1. Sabrejet

    F-86A in 1/48

    2019 being the year of getting stuff done, I decided to finally get round to something that's been on my mind for a loooong time: a 1/48 F-86A. Now most of you will have been gnashing teeth for years that the 'A' model Sabre hasn't ever been accurately kitted and the two 'F-86A' kits which do exist are not worthy of the name (the awful 1/72 Matchbox kit and Lindberg's '1/48' thing step forward). So my idea is to in 1/48 scale combine an accurate Eduard/Hasegawa F-86F fuselage with the only decent narrow-chord slatted wing - that of Revell/Monogram's F-86D. Easy eh? So obviously there's more to it than that - quite a lot more in fact - but having had the kits for some while, I couldn't think of a decent excuse not to have a go. Colour scheme will likely be an 81st Fighter Group machine, avoiding the usual 116th FIS scheme (which Corgi got wrong on its diecast by the way). I'm using the Eduard 'Ultimate Sabre' kit, plus some Brassin wheels and Revell's 'early' F-86D, though the wing is the same as the 'late' version. So to start with, the fuselage. Lots to do here, and here are the fuselage halves before hacking about: And this is a starting point for what needs to be done (plus the windshield of course): Wish me luck!
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    F-86A in 1/48

    Mr Color stuff is nice: however avoid their 'Shine Silver', which is glittery!
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    F-86 Sabre USAF Fighter Bomber Unit- Korea

    In 1/72 the Buttock Planes are (measured from the aircraft centre line): BP 72 1/4: 25.5mm BP 99 1/2: 35mm BP 118: 41.5mm (figures rounded to nearest 1/10th of an mm) I'd do a kit-by-kit analysis because I suspect some got it right while others didn't. Manufacturers have a nasty habit of re-boxing their 'F-86F; as a 'Sabre 6' without changing anything but the decals.
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    F-86A in 1/48

    Busy day. Landing gear first: a mix of Revell/Monogram main gear and Eduard/Hasegawa nose. Plus Eduard's really nice Brassin set: The Brassin brake packs are really nice and they build up into very accurate assemblies. The Hasegawa nose leg has a curious angular yoke, which isn't at all like the curved one on the real aircraft, so that got chopped off and the Revell one used. Why not just use the whole Revell leg? Well since the fuselage and gear bay is Eduard/Hasegawa, I wanted to try and keep the part which attaches to that gear bay. Then a 0.9mm brass rod glued in place to make the new join stronger and then the whole thing gets joined and on to the next bit... Paint! Tanks and bits done plus decals on... Then need to sort out the wingtip nav lights: F-86A (and early F-86E) are faired-in: While the F-86F (and also F-86D, which is the source of my wings) are set further back and sit proud of the wingtip: So out with the clear sprue, drill a small hole, paint respective colour) and superglue it into a filed-out recess: Then sand and polish, as per the windshield: Then finally - mask-up: And paint the thing. I have sanded all the filler (not much in the end) and re-scribed panel lines etc. This was a guide coat to see how the fuselage vents looked: And with fading light, some base colours then mask and on with the first coat of Mr Color silver #8.
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    F-86 Sabre USAF Fighter Bomber Unit- Korea

    Bomb pylons, various: fitted on dual-store wings in the inbd/ferry tank location. Here it's fitted with a rocket pylon (with Delmar target gear attached), in between the bomb pylon and the drop tank. And a couple more. The bomb pylon has two sway braces and an aft attachment for towing flag targets. On dual-store wings the drop tank is usually on the outboard pylon and the inner location (if anything is installed) has the bomb pylon or ferry beam installed. It's rare (but not unheard of) to have a drop tank on the inner and nothing located outbd. Outer drop tank pylon is located further outbd than the location on the single-store wing. Pylon locations explained here:
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    F-86A in 1/48

    It's an F-86A-7, so A-1CM gunsight.
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    F-86A in 1/48

    OK then: windshield. This is what you're looking to do when going from F-86F-style (and by that I mean shorthand for, "late F-86E, F-86F, Canadair Sabre 4 on plus CAC Sabre) lower photo in each pair) to F-86A (upper). V-screen on the A is parallel-sided; the centre screen on the F (etc) has rounded sides. The F centre screen is also longer than the side screens, but is often missed on kits various. Also the F-86A side screens are longer and a different shape at their forward end. But should be possible to modify the 'F' to an 'A'. First of all sand the living bejeesus out of the kit one and aim for a curve that will change the wider part at the front to match the curve aft and aim to get that centre portion parallel-sided... Then a guide coat to see if it looks about right: if I leave it like this I can do an F-86A-1 (would also need to lengthen the sliding canopy perspex portion and commensurately shorten the aft 'metal' bit). Polished, with the first attempt taped in place: Now glued and with tapes to show the canopy frames. I have three options for the centre v-screen but will wait til it's all painted before doing that final bit. And finally a comparison between the final version and the F-86F version (I used the Revell/Monogram screen on my kit: the one at left is the unused Eduard/Hasegawa one).
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    Beluga XL First Flight to the UK

    Nice and sunny at Filton:
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    F-86A in 1/48

    I was prepared for a slight wing sweep mismatch, so first action is to add some plastic to the Revell/Monogram wing roots, so I'll have something to sand to: Then on with the wings! Filler will be required for sure, and yes I think I could have achieved a neater fit, but overall I'm happy with Dr. Frankensabre's monster... So, filler then windshield. Yay.
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    Weapons Loadout Question - Vietnam Era A-6

    Thanks all: we just used the term 'load' in my day. Which now makes me wonder why we now use a longer word for the same thing. Hey ho Cheers anyway.
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    Weapons Loadout Question - Vietnam Era A-6

    Slightly off-topic but what is a loadout? I've seen the term a number of times recently and don't really understand what it means in this context.
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    F-86A in 1/48

    Bit of a rush before light stopped play: did some minor blemish removal on the tail section and rubbed down the filled tail fairing: two brass tubes glued into drilled holes rendered the vertical tail identity light fairings. And a better look at the speed brake well: And then finally a quick guide coat of primer, loosely fit the tailplanes and then have a look. Time for a beer.
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    F-86A in 1/48

    I'd agree about the looks: they're all good to me, but for purity the XP-86 and A-series are the pinnacle.
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    F-86A in 1/48

    Fuselage halves together: I also neatened up the tail area and got some filler in there (not shown), ready for re-modelling that bit. Also re-checked the tail fairings and I think what appears to be a mismatch is just shadow playing tricks. More tonight I hope.
  15. Lovely job of a 'challenging' kit. I'd really love to do a 110 Special in 1/24 scale!
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    F-86A in 1/48

    Mmm. I see what you mean. I'll take a look and see what's afoot...
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    F-86A in 1/48

    Loving these rainy days. Right then: panel lines scribed and a guide coat of primer revealed all to be not too bad: Still need to sort that tailcone bit, but first the speed brake bits, which being simple need not much to do. Plastic card and done. Then a quick test fit, a run of MEK and done, barring a few detail bits. Finally some brass strip for the actuator mounting bracket and (though you can't see them very well) more plastic card details on the forward and aft faces of the wells. And voila! Two almost-ready F-86A fuselage halves. Sun's out here now, so probably walkies but hopefully tomorrow I can report fuselage halves joined...
  18. Nope: that's me. Seriously though, I find that soldering is hit and miss (mostly miss) but if I keep plugging I'll get there. I also try to solder some 'sacrificial' stuff til I get the right mix of iron end, amount of solder etc. My son also gave me some very nice (commercial grade) flux, which does seem to make a difference. The key elements seem to be cleanliness (de-grease and clean before soldering) and application of good flux. Hope it helps - you are doing great work!
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    F-86A in 1/48

    Well now I have slats I decided to paint them. And while I was at it, I settled on the colour scheme too. Here's a teaser. I'll leave you all to guess it. No clues, no prizes. I'm going to keep you guessing unless anyone gets it!
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    F-86A in 1/48

    This thing is fair wizzing along at the minute: I'm sure it won't last. Anyway today I've been able to do some sanding and getting the fuselage halves ready to join up. Cockpit walls done & Eduard PE etc attached. All standard kit stuff. The reprofiled tail section seems OK too: possibly a few more slivers of filler but I'll put on a coat of primer and see how it looks first. And small but noticeable: added these mid-fuselage vents too: It all needs tidying up a bit but it's a step closer.
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    Scrap Yard Gems

    I wonder if this is a pastime for anyone else? I used to tour the scrapyards searching for Humber bits but took my camera along just in case I saw anything interesting. If you have anything maybe post it here? For starters, the following are from a visit to Tite & Sons scrapyard in Lyons Gate near Dorchester in deepest darkest Dorset, circa 1986. The scrapyard is still there but not like this. Suffice to say, always ask permission! First off, pre-war Standard Flying Eight: Mark Hillman Minx: famous only for giving the AC Cobra its tail lights! And a Minx Californian (also with tail lights that would later be fitted to the AC Cobra) I remember we alerted another owner about this car and I think it was rescued for spares. Not sure what the van was, but at left I think is an Austin 3-litre hearse and at right a Capri Classic. Next a couple of Alpines: Series I/II and a III I think: both with the big fins and one with the side windows lacking quarterlights, so an early one. And still with Lucas J Lights fitted! Ford Pop: Next a Singer Gazelle Series estate (Series III?): never a common car: Hillman Husky which looks like it had been banger-raced: Another rare one nowadays: early low-roof Series Hillman Minx (Series II?): And finally a lovely-looking and eminently restorable Austin Devon van: Any more for any more?
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    CA-27 Avon Sabre Mk.30

    Nice work! This takes me back - made this one years ago as a TNI-AU machine.
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    F-86A in 1/48

    An afternoon of doing stuff while it rains and rains outside: perfect! Belts added to the seat first of all: Then flaps lengthened a bit: And finally, deep breath, round-ended burr in the Dremel and off we go. Just realised I missed filling a vent on the right side aft fuselage and I'll also need to fill the rear-most 'pen nib' fairing once the fuselage halves are joined. But barring some more filling I'm happy with where it's ended up. Oh and cut out the speed brake wells too. Sanding/grinding debris still in evidence. Then I've also made a start on cutting away and sanding the wing roots where the leading edge extension abuts the fuselage. Upper one done: lower one as it is in the kit.
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    F-86A in 1/48

    Since I'll be doing the speed brake wells soon, and after @72modeler asked so nicely, here is a quick rundown on the simple versions seen on the F-86A. First a period view which shows that the wells were dark interior green, as were the interiors of the brake panels themselves: And some views of both sides on F-86A 48-178/G-SABR which I took while the paint was stripped (originally incorrect white gloss; due for correct dark green though I'm not sure that got done before it went back to the USA): LH side first... And right-hand side, much the same:
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    F-86A in 1/48

    I don't want to say too much about the kit but did want to highlight the really nice ejection seat that Eduard included: it's a really nice example of resin and brass a/m at its best. Resin bits: And put together with the PE parts added: On the F-86A, the cockpit is black, black and black. So here it is with paint. It does need belts adding but should look pretty good. And I'm waiting til the weekend before having a go at grinding plastic, so for now small bits. The F-86F tailplanes (inset image) need to be modified for the F-86A, where the elevator portion has a prominent mass balance:
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