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Good evening guys, new summer, different work place, a bit difficult times with this new virus. Well i try to overcome with my favourite hobby with new subject, this time a jet one from the cold era, the very good revell 1/48th scale F-86D.

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First of all ihave to thank a member here in the forums, Duncan a.k.a. ''Sabrejet''. for his valueable help, explaning details, providing info and clarifiying things regarding this beautiful aircraft and my build specifically.

I was going to build this model OOB in order to test an approach to Bare Metal Finish, but......

Here is the profile i want to build, is one provided with the kit...

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which in fact is a  F-86D-35. Revell provides an instrument panel correct only for models D-1 to D-5. So i turned to eduard and i was lucky enough to find the aftermarket

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Also i needed new wheels, different rim pattern on my profile for the nose wheel and of course better detailed...eduard again...

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And i always prefer the resin seats to the plastic ones, so i got a true details one...

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So much for the OOB build, hahahaha

Anyway, cockpit first...be aware that the kit provides the seat frame with the catapult triggers up, in fact untill D-35 models there was only one trigger to the right. That means that the seat has entered into the ejection sequence which is wrong. A minor detail of course, only for rivet counters hahaha.

I added some levers and painted the cockpit carefully and it really turned out very beautiful i think. Good thing that eduard provides the instrument panel unpainted, i never liked the painted ones, bad thing that it does not provide a painted film for the instruments. Instead it provides a printed one, so i added a thin transparent film to the sandwich!

 

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I added some stencils, as you can see, to the fuselage sides and i glued the two halves. I am happy to report that if you are careful with the gluing procedure you are going to need no filler!! I cut off the plastic portion of the dashbord and added a PE one from eduard.

 

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Here i painted from the inside the anticollision light, added chrome and i glued it on the fuselage as, according to Duncan, this is a clear panel!!

 

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Here i dealt with the wheels and the rocket launcer

 

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I glued the wings, flaps, slats, pylons and masked and painted the wheel wells...

 

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and last for this post, the canopy, i tried to enhance it masked and painted inside...

 

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Thats all for now lads, hope you like it, open to any comment, remark etc!!

 

John

 

 

 

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9 hours ago, hopkp said:

Love the cockpit.....the rest looks excellent too!

 

7 hours ago, Retired Bob said:

Great job with the cockpit, :like:  your painting is excellent.

Thank you very much!!!!

 

7 hours ago, Sabrejet said:

Lovely job! Some good work there; one of the best Sabre kits too!

Thanks Dunkan!!! really appreciate your help and your kind words!

 

John 

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Excellent job so far especially with the extra detail in the cockpit. I'm looking forward to how the build turns out.

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Nice job John !!

I love these '50s aircraft !!

I'll follow if you don't mind it !!

CC

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17 hours ago, LorenSharp said:

Excellent job so far especially with the extra detail in the cockpit. I'm looking forward to how the build turns out.

Thanks!!!

 

17 hours ago, corsaircorp said:

Nice job John !!

I love these '50s aircraft !!

I'll follow if you don't mind it !!

CC

I dont mind at all, i am honored!!!

John

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  • 1 month later...

Good morning lads,

Time to show some progress....

After checking everything for imperfections i polished thoroughly the kit plastic.

I decided to use Ak xtreme meta for thiw build and i also decided not to prime the model and to spray the color on the polished plastic. I think that, even if the photoes really dont show the real thing, the outcome is really nice.

 

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Here i worked with the different shading of the metal. As Duncan a.k.a. ''Sabrejet'' has pointed out many times, this shading is due to the different way of threating aluminium panels. Hope i got it right somehow!!! Also i dealt with engine exhaust!

 

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I masked and painted all the walk lines, antiglare and radar cone....

 

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And finally i started with the codes, letters and decals. First the dry tranfers followed by the very nice revell decals!!

 

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Thats all for now, hope you like it. I really look forward for your comments on my first bare metal try!!!

 

John 

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7 minutes ago, Biggles87 said:

I agree, pretty spectacular. What shades of AK Extreme did you use?

 

John

Mostly aluminium, very little paneling with polished aluminium and mrp's duraluminium!! I think ak's duraluminium is a bit off!!

What really surprised me is the seen of the aluminium on the gloss plastic, but you should spray it very light...not heavy!! 

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Good evening guys,

 

My last update on this beautifull bird. After finishing all the stenciling i sprayed a highly thinned future on the model and i started weathering her with wash first. After that i played with oils, raw unthinned, in order to capture some wear of the aluminium. Dont know if i really succeded!! Last i sprayed a light, again highly thinned, hand of xtracrylics satin varnish to seal everything. None of the future or xtraclylics seems to alter the finish of the metallics!! I had no luck to my tests with alclad varnish or the ak's gauzy agent!!

Hope you like it!! It is my first try on NMF and i would really apppreciate any comments!! 

 

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John

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