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  1. Having built the Special Hobby F-86H a couple of years ago, I'm researching for a second build later this year. I was never convinced that the nose area is correct in the Special Hobby offering, and indeed I have heard comments to that effect. Martin @RidgeRunner, I seem to recall you made some comments on that a while back, and maybe have some first hand experience on the issue? If anyone has any info relating to what might need fixing in the Special Hobby kit, I'd be very grateful. Thanks Terry
  2. All, i intend - when time in the schedule permits - to build a Maryland ANG F-86H 52-2110 "The Powerhouse". In researching I have downloaded many images of the Maryland ANG fleet and I have just noticed that while these aircraft had slatted wings (short type), almost all images show the LE flaps retracted while parked. My question is whether this is a peculiarity of the H-model? Any ideas? Thanks. Martin
  3. Finally done! I'm not the quickest as I fit my modelling, such as it is, in between a multitude of other hobbies and home tasks. This one took me around 6 weeks on and off. It is a F-86H-1, built to represent "53-1423" that operated with the 3595th CCTW at Nellis AFB in the 1950s. This unit was an OCU and as such had aircraft painted in a trainer/utility scheme. Having consulted the web and books - only one depicts these machines - and consulting with Duncan Curtis, I opted for Humbrol 82 to represent what was collectively agreed was dayglo orange. I even asked Nellis public affairs and they didn't even know the real colours. The kit itself is actually very nice to build although it has a number of inaccuracies. The key one was the canopy and so I opted to blend in a canopy from a Hasegawa F-86D as they used the same type. I also used the tailplanes/elevons from the "D" as they had the flutter vanes moulded. Also it had the original flat rudder (supplied). The bigger challenge was painting and the decals, because of the way the "dayglo" was applied around the national marks etc. I intended to use silver decal strip for this but in the end I painted it all - a lot of masking! The stencils were home printed, as were the Buzz number and serial. The rest came from the kit and are very nice to apply. The dirtied up the underside with Flory Dirt as well and shading the gun ports. These machines were pretty clean so I didn't dirty the upper sides. I hope you like her. Martin
  4. RidgeRunner

    F-86H Help!

    Hi all, Another appeal for your collective guidance. I have an SH F-86H underway. My question is about the wheels - did the H model have the same size mains as the F-Model/D-Model? I ask because the kit ones are a bit scrappy and I have both some left overs from a Hasegawa F-86D and a resin Pavla wheel set for the F-86F. I'd value your thoughts. Thanks. Martin
  5. Hi all, I have another build underway and it is for an overall "international orange" USAF T-bird. I use Humbrol so is their 209 appropriate? I would undercoat/primer with white. I'd appreciate your advice. Thanks. Martin
  6. Hi all, With my current two builds nearing completion I'm about to open the boxes of two kits that I intend to merge in to one over the next many weeks. The aim is to produce an accurate H-model. The current, and only, F-86H in 1/72is the Special Hobby and it is main poor around the cockpit and canopy. As it had the same arrangement as the F-86D I will be attempting to use a D-model framing and canopy cut in to the H-model fuselage. Hopefully it will be easy . Many of you will cry out about the expense but I figured that the D-model boxing is a double and I got it reasonably cheap. I will be seeking advice I'm sure. I hope you are sympathetic! Thanks. Martin
  7. Hi all, I'm looking for some opinion/expert guidance/thoughts on the "red orange" used on the F-86Hs of this unit. The photos I've seen, and there are very few of them, seem to show a red rather than a dayglo orange. Do any of you USAF experts out there know? I've seen other target tugs (F-80s, for example) painted in a dayglo red. Would these have been the same? I'd really appreciate your input as my next challenge is a Special Hobby F-86H!!! Thanks a lot. Martin PS: my other challenge is the cockpit canopy!!!!
  8. 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
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