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  1. The RAF operated the Sabre as a stop-gap measure during the early 50s until enough Hunters had been delivered, as it had become evident that the Meteor was by then obsolete as an air defence fighter. Although there was one wing in the UK, most RAF Sabres were based in Germany, and flew with cerulean blue undersides. One of the more colourful squadron markings were those of no. 4 squadron which flew the aircraft from RAF Jever.
  2. Lord Riot

    1/72 RAF Sabre

    After a brief hiatus it's back to the Cold War RAF modelling, and what better way to resume than with an RAF Sabre F.4. I'm thinking I'll do it as a 4 Sqn aircraft as these markings are quite eye-catching. I was going to make a 92 Sqn one with silver undersides, but I don't have any suitable XD serials, so I'll have to see if I can use the kit ones for an XB serialled jet and maybe swap some numbers around or look in the spares bag. Looks like the kit has the '6-3' leading edges, so I'll need to make sure I pick the right serial for this too.
  3. This is the Kinetic kit, straight out of the box. It's a decent kit, but it does has issues. The fit in places is not the best and the instructions could be clearer in terms of colour call outs. They also misnumber numerous parts and decals, so you need to read the instructions carefully. Decals settle down nicely, but the black tulip on the nose has cut outs for the gun ports that don't line up. Thus I had to fill in the gaps with some leftover white decal and black paint. It was meant to be a quicker build, but ended up taking 4 months! I'm pretty please though with how it's turned out. I've also chosen not to weather the machine much at all, just applied a semi gloss coat to it. These aircraft looked pretty clean in service thus I've kept my model that way.
  4. The CA-27 or Avon Sabre was a redesign of the F-86 by The Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation of Australia. The fuselage was re-designed to take the Rolls Royce Avon engine and the 6 x 50cal machine guns were replaced by 2 x 30mm ADEN Cannons. All images thanks to Daniel Cox (copyright) are of CA-27 Mk.32 Sabre; CA27-83, A94-983, VH-IPN. The ejector seat has been replaced a Martin Baker (much safer) rather than the in service NA seat. Fitting of this seat required a small plate on the cockpit floor and a mod for canopy opening in order to raise the canopy above the seat. This aircraft is owned by the Royal Australian Air Force Museum and is operated by the Temora Aviation Museum following their restoration of it to flying condition, the museum is located in New South Wales, Australia and welcomes visitors from all over the world. The Museum is (except for 4 days) open all year round and provides twice monthly Aircraft Showcase flying events plus a biennial airshow called Warbirds Downunder.
  5. Second one for the year. The fuselage, cockpit tub and intake fit are a bit of a challenge but once together it makes for a very nice example of this variant of the venerable Sabre. This one is depicted as A94-946 or the Royal Australian Air Force Aircraft Research and Development Unit / ARDU. This aircraft albeit in an updated scheme was used for the Sidewinder trials. Finished in Tamiya's AS12 rattle can silver decanted into my airbrush. The dayglo red was a home brew based on period photos and video. Decals are a combination of the kit, spares box, Model Alliance RAAF Sabre sheet and the High Planes Models Canberra. Pictures of the real deal are courtesy of Roger Lambert from the John Hopton Collection. A big thanks also to Graeme Harris for his solution to making the vent on the spine. Overall a nice addition to the cabinet. Cheers, AGW..
  6. The Airfix F86F - 1/72nd. scale The wing tanks were moved in 5mm and wing fences 7mm. Options for the air brakes are provided with short (retracted) hinges for closed brakes or with extended hinges for the brakes open. Although, I think, brakes in the open position would not have had the correct amount of droop. Painting: Brush painted with Humbrol acrylics, even Humbrol 11 silver for the NMF. Decals: I think the dragon decal should have been provided for both sides. The broad yellow fuselage band extends under the fuselage. The decal for the part below the fuselage was too narrow so was cut so the black outer lines would match up and the gap left was filled in with yellow paint. Lots of decals for stencil data - a lot of time to apply. Question: The box art for the kit shows tanks being jettisoned with the pylons attached - is this correct ?
  7. RidgeRunner

    Aussie Sabre

    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
  8. Hi all, I've this kit finished for quite a while but I only just got round to photographing it. The kit was alright, filler was unfortunately required in the usual places such as the wing roots and where the bottom of the fuselage meets meets the lower wing section. Painted in my usual way using Vallejo Model Air paints followed by a panel wash with some chalk pastel gun smoke exhaust stains. Constructive criticism is very much welcome (I know the front wheel is wonky, I'll need to fix that. Also I broke the pitot tube and the antenna so I'm trying to find an adequate replacement) -Cam
  9. Lord Riot

    RAF Sabre F.4

    At some point I'm planning on building my Airfix Sabre F.4, but I must say I'm rather underwhelmed by the decals. Apart from the shark mouth, they're a little boring in my opinion and an odd choice given that in the 50s there were a few Sabre squadrons with lovely garish unit markings! Fortunately, when I bought the kit from eBay, it very nicely included an Xtradecal set with markings for a few different Sabres (though frustratingly no serials!!) I'm thinking of doing a 92 sqn one, with a preference for an XB... serial and silver undersides. I was wondering if anyone may be able to help with the following questions: Did XB772 (or XB727) ever fly with 92 sqn? Were any XB serialled Sabres silver underneath, or all that awful (imo) 'PRU blue'?
  10. Hello mates! This F-86F-30-NA 52-4584 (from K-13 in Korea 1953) is a quite old model built 1993/1994 from the Heller kit. It comes with some etch (airbrakes and...) shared with Matchbox/Heller Miss Louise ( i will show), but i do not remember the brand. 23 years behind glass and not photographed until now. I only polished the canopy and removed a little dust. The decals are from a second Heller kit. This is the jet of John Glenn. Don´t kill me because there is right side nose art. Cheers!
  11. Hi folks. You guys must be getting bored of these but I'll chalk up another completed Sabre. Here is my interpretation of my recently completed F-86E Sabre in 1/72. Not much to say really; Hobbycraft kit that had its wings backdated to pre 6-3, wing pylons moved inboard and the gun-sight replaced. Model finished using Humbrol Metalcote 'Polished Aluminium' paint and kit decals of 'Lt Col. Ed Heller' aircraft 'HELL-ER BUST X', 16th FIS, Korea, 1953. Thanks for looking. Stuart
  12. Do you remember the old 1/72 Matchbox Sabre? I must have made about half a dozen back at the turn of the 80s/90s when I was a kid. I really liked the shape of the aircraft and the cool Arizona Air National Guard decals, not that I really understood what the ANG was back then. I usually built them 'in'flight', it was the quickest and easiest way to get kits built and I was impatient to have a finished 'plane (later, I started doing them gear-down and open cockpit, and I remember being proud of how good they look. They where probably terrible). Browsing Hannats website I happened across Microscale's 1/48 decals for the f-86 featuring the very same Arizona ANG 'roaring lion' scheme, so I couldn't resist. The Hasegawa kit is obviously way more detailed than the Matchbox (but only in one colour plastic, unlike Matchbox's which had some parts in a fetching baby blue, as I recall), but I stayed true to my roots and did it 'in flight' - which required some filling in with Milliput as mature, serious modellers don't do in flight, and the kit isn't designed for that. The decals caused me a few headaches with the long side decal spliting into 3 on the starboard side, line up issues on the nose band and masking-tape lifting off bits, even after a coat of varnish (and others - see what you can spot!). Massively enjoyable blast from the past, now I'm off to run around the living room 'flying' my Sabre. There's a Sabre in my garden!
  13. North American F-86A Sabre (code FU-178/8178) For modelling notes this aircraft has had the leading edge slats wired shut and wing fence added. Both for flight safety reasons which the original A model did not feature. Pics thanks to Martin.
  14. Building Brick’s Sabre in 1/32 Scale KLP Publishing Online publishing is now starting to find its way into the modelling community with a few new & existing publishers. KLP Publishing is one of the new online publishers, specialising in eBooks for the scale aircraft modelling community. Their debut title is, Building Brick’s Sabre in 1/32 Scale: A Scale Tribute to K.J. "Brick" Bricknell. Written by master modeller Eric Galliers, this 104-page digital book shows you how he built his award-winning 1/32 scale model of K.J. “Brick” Bricknell’s CAC Sabre. There is currently no available conversion for the CAC Sabre in 1.32 so this is old fashioned scratch building work brought to us in the latest digital format. The book also includes anecdotes from Brick himself, from his time flying the CAC Sabre with the RAAF. One of the great aspects of digital publishing is the inclusion of 37 walkaround images. Conclusion This is the type of publication that the new digital format will embrace. The subject is not main stream enough for a traditional publication, but should generate enough interest for the company. This is a book written by modeller for modeller and it shows. The text is clear and concise and the pictures crisp. The additional history and words from the pilot really do add to the story of the aircraft. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  15. Hi folks. This is my interpretation of my recently completed Canadair Sabre Mk.2 in 1/72 Not much to say really. Life started by using the Hobbycraft kit that had its wings backdated to pre 6-3, wing pylons moved inboard and the gun-sight replaced with an older type. Model finished using Humbrol Metalcote 'Polished Aluminium' paint, Model Alliance decals, MA-72120. Markings for aircraft '19241' of 421 Squadron, 2 Wing, RCAF, Grostenquin, France, 1954. Stuart
  16. Sabrejet

    North American XP-86

    John R recently asked about details of the XP-86 so I thought I would post what I have. It's a convoluted story and it may take some time, but to cover the XP-86 I need to start with the closely-related FJ-1 Fury. Yes, the FJ-1 was a tubby, straight-winged object, but for a while so was the first version of the Sabre. Though a bit messy, this drawing is the earliest one I've found for the XFJ-1 prototype Fury (North American Aviation (NAA) Model NA-134). It's a 13 October 1944 NAA drawing for a proposed "JP Shipboard Fighter" (JP being "jet powered"). I've highlighted a few key items and appended a few dimensions on this version. Notable are two items which did not make it on to the FJ-1 Fury: the wing-mounted dive brakes (also planned for the XP-86); and the folding wings (line/dotted line shows angled wing fold top/bottom joint). Frontal view shows that a ventral tank was planned (again, not taken up in production). Also note that there is no dihedral on the tailplanes: Side view from same drawing set of October 1944: Assigned the NAA Model number NA-134, this NAA artist's impression dates from 4 October 1944 and reflects the drawings above. I won't go into the FJ-1 in any detail, but for comparison the following 3-view shows that the production FJ-1 Fury was generally smaller than the initial October 1944 proposal: So to start with the XP-86. In 1944 the USAAF had issued a design request for a medium-range day fighter, and NAA submitted a version of its NA-134 (FJ-1) on 22 November 1944, and this design was given the NAA model number NA-140. The NA-140 was very similar to the NA-134, but this early model shows that already the NA-140 had gained a 'lip' to its engine intake and retained the less tubby lines of the "Shipboard Fighter" drawings. NA-140 would be designated XP-86 by the USAAF. But towards the end of WW2, swept-wing data started coming in from NACA and also from captured German files, which led NAA to look at a redesign of the NA-140 with swept wings. Different aspect ratios ("AR" on the wind tunnel model drawing below) were looked at for the mainplanes. This one is from 23 April 1946, when a straight fin and tailplane was still part of the design: And finally, by 15 October 1946 a fairly definitive version had been arrived at: More in the next instalment: maybe some good ideas for "what ifs" here?
  17. Hi Folks. Here is my interpretation of a 1/72 TF-86 Sabre Trainer, build here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235003834-172-tf-86f-sabre-trainer/ This build consisted of the Falcon Vacuform Conversion that uses the Heller Sabre as the donor but I also used the Hobbycraft kit for mainly the wings which had to be converted back. Painted using Humbrol Metalcote. Kit decals were used but serials had to be DIY as none exist in this scale. Came out better than I thought after a few setbacks and their is always room for improvement. Hope you like. Stuart
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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.
  22. RidgeRunner

    Honduran Sabres

    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
  23. RidgeRunner

    Airfix Canadair Sabre 1/72

    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
  24. 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
  25. RidgeRunner

    ARDU CAC Sabre A94-946 colours

    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