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New lockdown, new model: life does bring its consolations. After a couple of Hunters and a Vampire last year, I've warmed further to the 50s jets theme. In so doing I became interested in the RAF's brief but successful relationship with the F-86/CL-13 Sabre, just four short years from 1952 to 56. This is the Fujimi kit, rebadged recently as Italeri, and I had a lot of fun with it. Using references here on BM and elsewhere I made a number of changes to turn the F-86F into a Canadair Mark 4. I missed a couple of details but hopefully the errors aren't too visible. I also moved the wing pylons inboard,  lengthened and reshaped them a touch, and repositioned the fuel tanks on the pylons slightly to get them looking closer to the look of the real thing. I tinkered a bit with the windscreen to make the central panel longer than the side windows. I used some of the Pavla cockpit set, some Reskit wheels and an etched instrument panel. Altogether it went together well, though the fuselage-wing join needed a bit of work. Paints are mostly Xtracrylix. Decals came from Xtradecal (roundels), Modeldecal (4 Squadron markings), Freightdog (serials) and Superscale and the kit (all those stencils). Hope you like.

 

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Here's a nice photo of a sister-ship, taken in summer 1955. Credit to the Jever Steam Laundry website which has plenty more like this.

 

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Justin

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She's a  beaut! Looks like all of the changes you made have really resulted in what looks like to me a very accurate Sabre F4! (What do you think of this one, Duncan? @Sabrejet

Mike

 

BTW- how did you correct the windscreen?

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Very nice job! The instrument panel is very impressive.

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Well done!  I think it was good idea to choose the Fujimi kit over the one from Airfix. The panel lines just look better.

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Thanks everyone for the kind words. 

 

Mike @72modeler, for the windscreen I polished off the frame detail at the bottom of the screen and scribed & painted a new frame onto the fuselage itself. It just about works I think.

 

@SAT69, the panel was by Modell Hobby and I was quite impresssed. Needed a bit of trimming to fit and my iphone photos don't do it justice, but nice all the same.

 

@Doc72, yes I think the Fujimi kit is probably still the best out there. Some issues with the overall shape (e.g. the fuselage could be a bit more triangular in cross-section, and the 'shoulder' panel line from nose to tail is a touch too low I think), but it builds up pretty well. Getting the fuselage-wing join right at the leading edge end, reqired a lot of filling & sanding though.

 

Overall an enjoyable experience, which also turned out to be an effective tutorial on Sabre narrow- and broad-chord, 'hard', '6-3', 'slatted' and 'F-40' wings. For info this website is good on Canadair Sabres:

http://silverhawkauthor.com/canadian-warplanes-6-jets-canadair-cl13-sabre_676.html

 

Justin

 

 

 

 

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Lovely work

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Beautiful Sabre !

Guess i will have a second look at the Italeri offering.

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