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Monogram 1/48 F-86D Sabre Dog

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I've been waiting a long time to build this project, now is the best time if any to get her started. Unless I find something I just can't live with, the kit will be OOB with the exception of the Hi Decals Philippine Air Force markings.

 

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1 hour ago, Dafixer said:

That is a great kit. I built a later boxing and really enjoyed it!

I've started on the assemblies I could prebuild that wouldn't require painting first, the plastic and fit is great, I am really enjoying it so far!:thumbsup2:

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General preassembly done, trying to stay as far from AMSing  as possible, can now focus on assembly cleanup and primer. The plastic in the kit works very well with Tamiya Extra Thin Cement. Had to drill out the holes for mounting wing tanks before assembling the wing.

 

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The only tricky area in the assembly process is attaching the instrument panel to the cockpit tub, I used the trusty Blu-Tac third hand technique to hold it in place so I could adjust it accordingly with the tub temporarily installed in the fuselage.

 

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22 hours ago, airmechaja said:

It's a really nice kit to build. You'll breeze through it. 

So far I'm really liking it! Cannot believe I waited this long to build one of these.

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Attending to a couple sink marks in the tailpipe area, this is all I've found so far that required any pre-construction putty.

 

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To the paint shop for the cockpit parts, instructions called for Dark Gull Gray, but I think the Dark Ghost Grey will suffice.

 

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The kit offers a couple of air scoop options, the fit is about 98%, I can live with that.

 

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Getting busy with the cockpit, I always use Tire Black on instrument panels and coamings, seems to be the right hue for sun bleached flat black..

 

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A quick test fit of the cockpit tub to ensure no adjustments are needed before final finishing of details.

 

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I love how fast these guys come together!

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A little more work done in the cockpit with the help of some colored pencils and yellow paint.

 

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Packed the nose with a little weighted putty to keep her from being a tail sitter.

 

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General airframe assembly complete, the fit was good as any Japanese kit I've assembled.

 

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It is nice when the airframe assembly goes so smoothly.  It does not look like you have much sanding ahead of you.

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Man! You're fast! 

I noticed you using the Tamiya basic putty. I'm looking for an alternative to the Bondo I currently use. I used to use Tamiya white. It was good, but tricky to use because it was so sticky. 

How is this stuff? 

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7 hours ago, RKic said:

Man! You're fast! 

I noticed you using the Tamiya basic putty. I'm looking for an alternative to the Bondo I currently use. I used to use Tamiya white. It was good, but tricky to use because it was so sticky. 

How is this stuff? 

It's all the kit for speed of assembly, low parts count with excellent fit, not spending any time fitting pieces. The Tamiya Basic Putty is easy to apply and wet sands nicely, I've tried all the rest and still prefer it.

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12 hours ago, Kurt H. said:

It is nice when the airframe assembly goes so smoothly.  It does not look like you have much sanding ahead of you.

The parts fit is almost exceptional, I will add a couple more of these kits to my stash in case I need a confidence build down the road, or to be an easy GB subject :thumbsup:

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Took some time to dunk the canopy parts in some Future a few times. Did a bit of wet sanding on the fuselage as well.

 

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Gotta love Tamiya Bare Metal Silver spray, silver is also great at showing what areas still need a bit of work.

 

(I spayed it outside, just holding it while it dries inside)

 

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