Airplane plastic model. This time, I wanted to build the jet fighter after a long absence. It is F-86F of the Taiwanese (the Republic of China) air force. I remember that I made Royal Canadian Air Force Sabre long time ago.
This Rio Olympics have many medal counts of Japan generally and warms up in Japan. It’s good that the competition not seen normally be telecasted live.
I need to adjust the pilot position and control stick because it does not reach and cannot hold the stick.
The color of the pilot suit of the Republic of China Air Force, I think it may be the almost the same color as the U.S.A.F.
The jet fighter of the first generation, there are not many equipment. This time, mounting drop tanks and Sidewinder missiles.
I painted a silver part of an air intake and the exhaust vent. I wonder it’s no need to paint because I’m thinking I use the red cover on the top and end open part.
I need to keep in mind to put the weight in the nose. Indication is 5g but I used 10g to make sure the balance. Several round and flat metal fragments have been put in.
There was a parting line on the canopy. I sharpened it with sandpaper and finally improved the shine with my compound.
Preparations before blowing of a fuselage are various. One of them is the masking of a canopy.
I explored the way of using the masking gum and used it in this way. After having painted it, the masking gum which squeezed up in a landing gear did not fall down. Possibly is it convenient? When it isn’t painted, it’s falling with gravity a little like an amoeba.
The small parts are attached this time, because it was the full-scale silver painting.
An indication of the jet engine exhaust is burnt iron color, I tried a little mixed with metallic and clear orange. Finish on the backside was rough, and I can see the parting line a little. There was the visible parting line. I must be improved.
The upper end of the vertical tail is painted in gray, this part is often forgotten. It is easier if this part is decal.
It’s necessary to make them stick a little more, but I have finished sticking several decals which seem most difficult. Tamiya Mark fit Strong is not stronger than I thought.
The painting of the accessory was over, too. It is almost completed.
F-86F was given from the United States since 1955, and the Republic of China (Taiwan) applied 320 or more. Many countries, including Taiwan, Philippines, Korea and Japan received the help of the armaments in those days from the United States to protect them from a menace of the communism. Having an important relation with the United States Armed Forces now, as you know.
This aircraft is the Taiwan Air Force acrobatic team Thunder Tiger.
It has two belly tanks and two sidewinder missiles.
The Air to Air missile was used in first actual fighting and shooting down was recorded, it was during an air combat with the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force and Taiwanese Air Force at Taiwan Strait in September, 1958. Taiwan air force F-86F fighters equipped with Sidewinder, they shot down 11 MiG-17F.
I use Mr. Color No.8 silver mainly. Then, I put the contrast with mixed clear blue with silver and rather dark silver.
I attached the metal red covers to the front and back. I fasten it with adhesive coming off neatly provisionally. I used to fix temporally with the clean removable adhesive.
The orange light is a good accent.
A canopy isn’t usually finished successfully, I have done slightly well this time.
The decal on the nose, it is necessary to stick to a fairly complex curved surface. I didn’t stick them easily without becoming wrinkled. I failed a little. Should I watch the progress until drying?
Painted with gunmetal lightly around the machine guns.
Decals are often stuck overlaid. There are some places little crooked.
Nationality mark of the Taiwan Air Force is the emblem is the Blue Sky and White Sun, in the upper-left corner of the national flag. Meanings that there are no underhand things innocently.
This aircraft is basically a semi-gloss finish. I can see the reflected decal on the wing. The more gloss may be fine.
A black part of the nose tip is a freehand drawing. There was no decal. Is it difficult to put it on the curved surface even if I had.
The landing gears were lightly washed.
The decals connected points which are not finely pasted, I adjusted in the lower part, it’s difficult to be seen during a display.
It was hard in many tiny decals, built a jet after a long time. I feel a sense of precision was up with them.
Could it be built quite better than the Saber of Royal Canadian Air Force I tried in ancient times? It’s really cool of the Tiger Thunder of this Republic of China Air Force marking. F-86 Sabre has various decals, it’s one of the fun factor of the aircraft modeling.