I’ll make F-86 Saber after a long absence. Many Sabers are released from Hasegawa. This one package illustration was drawn by Mr. Shigeo Koike (famous aviation artist) and Cartograf’s decal attached. Moreover, it is amazing to be able to choose from 10 different markings.
I used the seatbelt for other models of the US Air Force. Originally, F-86F seatbelt might be a little longer. The mold of the emergency ejection lever on the seat was molded together with a seat and I painted the lever part.
There was a step in the parts of the nose. I think that it can be corrected if it is cut and smoothed, I don’t remember I made such modifications when I made Canadair Sabre. I wonder I put too much force on the joint of the left and right fuselage.
The surface treatment was not good, there were parts where the joints were outstanding during silver painting. I corrected it with putty only the most visible. Even with a slight scratch, it will be troublesome to emerge after silver painting.
F-86 has been deployed as the main fighter aircraft in Japan for many years. F-86F was deployed 485, and F-86D was deployed 122. The type D and type F are distinguishable soon because the nose is completely different. Type D was equipped with radar for all weather conditions and the armament of the rocket attack is the main fighter.
F-86F also has various types such as 25, 35, 40, the length and shape of the main wing are slightly different. Due to this difference, fighter performance such as dogfight is quite different. This time it is the final type called F-86F-40.
The nickname of the F-86F in the JASDF is Kyokko (light of the morning sun). It was active from 1955 to 1982. The Japan Air Self Defense Force was established in 1954, it is the main fighter aircraft of the time of foundation.
The maximum speed is 1,105 km/h. Sonic speed Mach 1 is 340m per second, 1,225km/h, so it is not yet supersonic fighter. It is not an absolute figure because the sound speed changes with the air temperature and atmospheric pressure in the sky.
I attached the red cover of the air intake and the jet engine nozzle. It is temporarily fastened with Pit-Multi, it will come off if you would like to remove it. After decorating it on the shelf, I don’t move it too much.
I thought that the tip of the sidewinder was painted with smoke and a transparent feeling was given, it is almost the same as black. I guess it seems better to reproduce the seeker with clear parts and smoke coat.
The decal of this kit, pretty easy to attach and the color is vividly and very good. I thought it was like Cartograf’s decal in an Academy kit, this was also a special edition made by Cartograf. Actually, I did not notice the stage of sticking decals, one of the selling points of this kit is that this special decal.
I did not think so deeply since I painted the base color in black, a slight gradation has given to some silver areas and I think that there is a fun of the modeling. Inking is also effective. I made silver aircraft many times, the surface finish was rough, it’s difficult.
I am interested in models of tanks, airplanes, ships, military figures, I build it little by little when I feel like it. I am also interested in the history of war. My starting is Tamiya’s Military Miniature series in the elementary school.
From elementary school through university students repeatedly suspend and restart my modeling, it’s about 25 years of this hobby’s history.
Born in February 1970, I live in Tokyo. From February 2007 I was quietly doing a site called “Miniature-Arcadia”. It is being transferred to this blog with the same name from December 2016. My update pace is uneven, but please come to see here occasionally.