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  1. I’m getting in nice and early with this one.....or should I say 3 builds! Rather than the usual large complex build I’ve gone for 3 smaller and hopefully simpler builds with models coming from the stash....and me being me this year, resin is involved with 2 of the builds being resin. Ok first up a NA F-86K Sabre Dog! The model is another Collect-Aire resin beast from my stash which has parts to cover covers all three (3) versions of the F-86 Sabre Dog. I’ll be doing the Luftwaffe one, these were actually manufactured under license by Fiat and were in-service from 1959 to 1965. The model is very typical Collect-Aire, not super clean modelling but for a change not warped in any place. Two fuselages are supplied for the different variants, one with 20mm cannons for F-84K and the other with rocket pack for D & L models. (plus the K model was slightly longer). The wing is solid in one section, which I prefer and for the D model you need to chop the wing tips off, they had shorter wings. There’s quite a bit of flash on the rest of the parts and some giant air bubbles on a few parts so I see a wee bit of scratchbuilding will be required. Some of the cockpit detail is quite poor so I will use Eduards F-86D Interior PE set for sort that out, plus a wee bit of custom work.....I may end up re-building the whole cockpit floor yet! The wheels are also a touch on the poor side as well.....well more like resin blobs! So I’ll be using Eduards resin F-86F ones to replace those. They are very close to what they should be so I can get away with using them. The colour scheme will be a Luftwaffe F-86K, the kit does have a colour scheme and decals for one of these, however the decals are a bit old and out of register. So with some help from Arniec I managed to find a set produced by HaHen. These are beautiful and cover all he aircraft that were in Luftwaffe service. I’m actually quite excited about the GB and baring any unforseen issues this will be a very straight forward build......... hopefully!
  2. I just ran across the photo I have linked below. It is captioned as being an F-86K, which I think is correct, as it has the four 20mm cannon armament fit. I am puzzled by the wing, though. To my untrained eye, it sure looks to me to be an F40 extended span, slatted wing. (Note the distance between the outermost edge of the slat and the wingtip.) I know the F40 wing was fitted to the F-86L, but they had no guns. Were K's retrofitted with the extended span, slatted wing, and is this the wing in the photo? Just curious! I know if SJ sees this, he will probably have the photo and answer in his archives. Mike https://www.pinterest.com/pin/822188475693812578/
  3. F-86K Sabre Dog 1:32 Kitty Hawk The F-86DK was developed by North American from their F-86D. In the early 1950'e there was a requirement in NATO nations for an all weather fighter. Plans by FIAT to produce the de Havilland Venom under licence had failed. in 1953 the US Air Material Command informed North American they would like to produce the F-86D in Italy to supply to NATO nations under the Mutual Defence Assistance Program. However the aircraft was to have a simpler fire control system and be armed with guns instead of rockets. The initial specifications also called for a two seater aircraft. The rationale behind the simpler fire control system was the fear that the new E-4 Fire control system for the F-86D would be compromised. Also at the time the USAF was having problems maintaining the complex E-4 system as well. North American replied to the requirement for the new aircraft with a modified F-86D. It was pointed out that to make a two seat aircraft would require a complete re-design which would be lengthy and costly. The company produced the MG-4 fire control system which would use a nose radar to give the pilot his firing range and break away time. By providing this information direct to the pilot there was no need for a radar operator. Under the NA-205 project the USAF gave North American two F-86Ds to be converted to YF-86K standard. At the same time they entered into an agreement with FIAT in Italy for the licence manufacture of the F-86K using MDAP funds. The first YF-86K was flown at Los Angeles in 1954, with the first production aircraft being delivered in may of 1955. It was agreed that the first 120 aircraft would be made by North American to get production underway. These aircraft would be for Norway and Holland while FIAT would make aircraft for Italy, France and Germany. The first FIAT aircraft would fly in May 1955 also. Many of the aircraft made at FIAT would feature the longer wing as fitted to the F-86L. Many aircraft with the original wing would also be retro fitted with the longer wings. Other nations which at first should have received the F-86K did in fact get the F-86D. The arrival into the USAF of the F-102 led to surplus F-86Ds being released to Denmark, Japan, Greece and Yugoslavia. By this time the E-4 fire control system was not considered to be a security risk. In the end only Norway, Germany, Italy and France received the F-86K under MDAP. Two other nations would also end up flying the K model; Venezuela and Honduras. In 1965 they negotiated purchase of all surviving German aircraft. Some of these aircraft had never actually been flown by the Luftwaffe due to shortages of trained pilots and ground crew! 51 aircraft were exported. In the early 1970s following the arrival of F-5 aircraft four (or six depending on the source) F-86Ks were transferred to the Hondurans. Not much is known about these aircraft except they flew in a NMF with sharks mouths. Given the low number operated, and complex systems it is assumed they did not operate for long. There are photos on the web as late as 2014 showing at least one of these aircraft survives . The Kit It was only a matter of time after the initial F-86D release that we would get an F-86K in 1:32 scale. The kit arrives in a smaller box than you would expect, however it is crammed full of parts. You get seven sprues of light grey parts, a clear sprue (thoughtfully packed in its own card box for protection), a small PE fret and 2 sheets of decals. Shockingly enough the construction starts with the cockpit. The first item to be made up is the ejection seat. This is a complex affair with a total of 11 parts being used. The seat looks to be a good representation of the unique seat made for the Dog. Following construction of the seat, the electronics area behind it is assembled and attached to the main cockpit tub. Decals are provided for the panels in the cockpit, though the modeller can choose to paint them if they wish. Following this the control column and rudder pedals are installed. The next step is to complete the front landing gear and its wheel well. This is formed on the underside of the engine intake trunking. The wheel retraction gear forms part of the walls of the well and these are glued to the underside of the trunking. The well for the mighty mouse rocket tray which sits behind the wheel well is then constructed along with the rear section of the intake trunking. The two sections of trucking with their sub assemblies attached are then joined up. Construction then moved onto the engine. Even though most of it will not be seen a full engine is provided in the kit. The engine is a model in its own right. The forward inlet cone and fan are constructed. The individual burner cans (8 of them) are constructed and then added to the engine section. The rear fan section can then be constructed. The front engine system is then attached to the intake trunking and the completed cockpit from earlier attached to the top of the trunking. As mentioned a lot of the engine will not be visible. It could be left out as model in its own right, however it seems to provide a lot of structure for the supporting fuselage, and if left out the modeller would need an intake blank and rear blank as well. Following the engines the left and right cannon bays are built up. These can be left open if wanted by the modeller. The bays feature two full 20mm cannons with associated control and ammo boxes. Even if leaving these panels closed the modeller will still need to build the bays and put the cannon in as these can be seen through their firing openings. Next the instrument panel is built up. Again decal is supplied if the modeller does not wish to paint this area. The instrument panel is attached to the front fuselage sections which are then closed around the completed engine/trunking section. A rear bulkhead mounts the engine section inside the fuselage, while the cockpit mounts the front section. Next in the construction sequence is the building of the main wheel wells. These are 5 parts each, and once built they attach to centre section of the underside for the main fuselage section. This section and a front underside section are then attached to the previously constructed main fuselage section. The rear engine section can then be added to the now nearly complete front fuselage section. The rear fuselage sections 9left & right) then join around the engine section. Construction then moves onto the wings, tail-planes, and vertical tail. These are of a convention upper/lower for each side, with left and right for the tail. The main wings feature separate flaps, and the all important leading edge slats. At this time the main landing gear units are also constructed. These items can then be added to the fuselage. Finishing touches are adding the landing gear, pilot entry steps, and rear mounted airbrakes. The radio gear shelf is added into the large canopy and canopy rails added also. Drop tanks are provided, along with rails for sidewinders, for those options which were so armed. Canopy The large clamshell canopy is one of the distinguishing features of the F-86D/K/L family and Kitty Hawk have done it proud. For a large part it is clear and free from distortion or moulding problems. As mentioned a nice touch is that the clear sprue is packaged in its own separate box. Decals Decals are provided for 5 examples. Luftwaffe - JD-352, 3.JG74 Neuber der Donau. Armée de l'air ECTT 1/13 Artois, Colmar 1957. Aeronautica Militare XII Grupo, 36º Stormo. Royal Norwegian Air Force ZK-Z. USAF 355tth Combat Crew Training Sqn, Perrin AFB 1960. The inclusion of the last set of markings (The USAF) ones is strange as the K was an export Sabre Dog. All references point to 51-2961 being an F-86L, not a K. This is not a game changer as I suspect nearly all modellers getting this kit will do so for one of the European options. All of these aircraft except the Luftwaffe one flew in a BMF finish. Please note the colour call outs for the Luftwaffe aircraft are in British Standard colours. There aircraft flew in local German Federal Standard RAL Colours not BS colours. There is no manufacturer listed for the decals. They are matt, well printed, in register and look colour dense. Like the F-86D Kitty Hawk don't give you multi-part decals for the national insignia which go over the air brakes. All of the decal options feature markings over the airbrake. This will be manageable to cut the decal out for this, however a split decal would have been appreciated. Similarly the decal for the wings are not cut where they overlap onto the leading edge slats, though this will be a lot easier to fix. Conclusion It is great to see the K follow on from the D, hopefully we will see an L model in the future as well. Very Highly Recommended. Review sample courtesy of and available soon from major hobby shops
  4. 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.
  5. After the MustHave F-86K with a 6-3 wing, here's the future Special Hobby 1/48th F-86K Sabre Dog "Kilo" with a large F40 wing Source: http://www.ipmsdeutschland.de/ V.P.
  6. Sources: http://aeropoxy.wordpress.com/ http://aeropoxy.wordpress.com/2013/02/01/f-86-k-sabre-kilo-132-scale-resin-conversion-set/ F-86 K Sabre Kilo 1/32 scale resin conversion set. F-86 K Sabre Kilo 1/32 scale resin conversion set for HASEGAWA or KINETIC N.A. Sabre F-86E . Box art and first test cast photo. V.P.
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