1/48 scale F-86 Part Two
Camouflaged USAF Sabre
by Mike Robertson
American F86F-25 Sabre
USAFE 461st FDS, 36th FDG, circa 1955
Hasegawa's 1/48 scale F-86 Sabre is available
online at Squadron.com
The basis of this kit is the
Hasegawa USAF F86F-30 boxing. The markings are from Cutting Edge
Decals sheet CED48021.
A photograph of this
particular aircraft can be found on page 97 of the excellent Before
Centuries, USAFE Fighters 1948-1959 book authored by David Menard
and published by Howell Press.
The comments here reflect
similar issues I encountered with
my Pakistani Sabre with some light filling required at the lower
wing to fuselage joins.
The nose cone caused some
difficulty due to the larger circumference of this part in relation
to the attachment area on the forward fuselage. Considerable sanding
was required to obtain a good finish.
The scoop found on the right
fuselage adjacent to the speed brake, appropriate for the F86F-40
Sabre of the JASDF, was removed.
The scheme of this aircraft
reflects an experiment with camouflage that author David Menard
notes ďdidnít catch onĒ.
Colours applied were British
NATO Dark Green, Dark Sea Grey and PRU Blue, again from the Xtra
colour range. The decals responded well to Micro Set and Sol.
Unfortunately, in the
frenzied evening of applying the decals, I inadvertently applied
what I believe are safety markings on the left and right fuselage
sides towards the rear of the canopy that shouldnít be there (and
arenít featured in the Cutting Edge instructions) and are clearly
not evident in the photograph. I didnít notice this till well after
the kit was finished (banging head on modelling desk)..
A fair result, another
camouflaged Sabre with speed brakes that again donít quite
sit right and two markings that well, the less said the better and
back to the optometrist...
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Model and Text Copyright © 2006
by Mike Robertson
Images Copyright © 2006 by Brett Green
Page Created 18 December, 2006
21 February, 2007
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