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  1. Hi all, Now that My Heinkel is finished I've decided to make a start on something else from the stash. It's a 1/48 F-86F Sabre by Academy. in a natural metal finish (Uh oh!). I've decided to use this as a guinea pig to practice metal finishes using Alclad prior to building my EE Lightning. So any hints, tips, or suggestions about the NMF or Alclad in general will be gladly welcomed. I bought this at a reduced price along with about a third of my stash at a local 'clearance shop' I think they had bought a job lot of kits from MZ when it closed down. I happenend to be in with SWMBO who was looking for a frying pan and spotted an Airfix Merlin HC3 for half price, so not being one to miss a bargain I took it off their hands, along with an Airfix Lynx, also half price, both in 1/48. At this point they only had about a dozen Airfix kits. On the off chance I went back a couple of weeks later to see if they had any more new stock in, and lo and behold there was more plastic than you could shake a stick at, and strangely Airfix was now only 20% off and not half price anymore! I became a regular visitor until it closed down a couple of months later, despite my valliant attempts to maintain their income! Anyway, here it is... Sorry no sprue shots as they al look the same as other sprues, grey and with bits of aeroplane on them! The first job was to fill the strange recesses inside the intake trunking below the cockpit and above the nose gear bay (presumably they are there as a result of limitations in the injection moulding process) along with removal of the locating pins inside the trunking! and the usual ejector pin marks to fill.. The bottom pic shows a before and after of the locating pins that needed to be removed from the exhaust tube, along with a strange raised ring. Next up will be copius amounts of filler and lots of sanding... Thanks for looking Al
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