F-86D Sabre Dog
North American F-86D
8th FIS, 5th FW, Phillipine Air Force, Basa A.B., 1965
Revell's 1/48 scale F-86D is available online from Squadron.com
I planned to do this project without extra detailing (plumbing or wiring
in landing gear bays area; or big cockpit corrections) and the Sabre Dog
from Revell of Germany is one of few kits, that can be done practically
straight from the box. It fully deserves the Kit of the Year 2001 awards
and I can recommend it to anyone wishing to have a F-86D in his
I have only corrected the instrument panel (useful only
for a F-86D-1) and have added rivets.
I wanted to used the newly released Hi-Decal sheet 48015
(available from Squadron, Hannants and other retailers) with markings for
F-86 D-36, 337th Sqn, Royal
Hellenic Air Force, Elefsina A.B., 1965, with a tan/green/grey camouflage,
F-86D-36, 343th Sqn, Royal
Hellenic Air Force, Elefsina A.B., 1963, NMF with grass green tail,
F-86 D-36, 8th FIS, 5th FW,
Phillipine Air Force, Basa A.B., 1965, NMF with white accents,
F-86 L-60, 12th Sqn, Royal Thai
Air Force, Don Muang RTAFB, 1969, NMF with light blue accents.
The colors are dense and very sharply printed. The clear
film is practically invisible after the decals are applied.
I painted the whole model using a home made a mix of 50%
Aluminium Metaliser from Testors and 50% Metal from Gunze and sealed the
surfaces with Sealer form Testors.
But one thing should be said. When applying the decals:
the longer elements, like "PHIL. AIR FORCE" should be cut in 3 smaller
pieces, to ease the application, the decals are fine and could broke when
"gliding" on the model surface.
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