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HASEGAWA F-86 MK 6 1/48 WITH KASL SLATS/FLAPS, VERLINDEN GUN BAYS, B&B RESIN DESIGN (AMS) SUGAR SCOOPS AND AIRES SEAT.


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The speed brakes were angled down by shaving the top tabs. The fuel tanks were moved inwardly per advise of Tony. The thing that I wish I have the skill for is to scribe fuel filler cap onto the right side. The wing tips were from the kit's discarded sections. Resin wing tips supplied by Hasegawa were undersized in thickness and virtually useless. Dai 

 

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Hard to paint white border of the black nose came from Hasegawa Luftwaffe MK 6 kit. I used New Ware mask to paint the black nose. One regretable thing is the thickness of the Eagle Strike decals. Really a let down considering how thin their other offerings were. I think this must be an old release. Dai 

 

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Greetings friends,

 

The model is completed. With the help of all of you, I have learned great deal about exported Sabres. It is not simply putting on foreign markings but involved modifications to the airframes. Modifications to the airframe involves shortening the span, adding slats, removing the panel on top of the fuselage ahead of the vertical tail, filling in various fuselage vents, adding sugar scoops and the most important feature of all is adding the rectangular fuselage vents on both sides. Due to my limited skill I did not scribe in correct panel lines or adding the fuel filler cap to the right side as Tony suggested. I did however moved the fuel tanks closer inward per Tony's recommendation. 

 

The resin add ons include the vintage Verlinden gun bays and ammunition bays. Oddly the ammunition bay does not have the bullet casings. I also used Verlinden resin deck behind the canopy to improve over the kit's part. The AMS and Flightdecks sugar scoops are oversized in width and short in length. But since I am deficient in scratch building skill, I ended up using the AMS scoops (now B&B Resin Design).  The KASL slats and flaps are beautifully detailed rival of 3D printed parts. The kit's seat is very substandard so I used the Aires seat with Eduard's seat belts. 

 

I use the Eagle Strike decals sheet but unfortunately they are much thicker than I am used to from them. The Flightdecks sheet is more accurate of the vertical tail tulip pattern but oversized in the white stripes so I use the former instead. 

 

PROS:

1. One of the best F-86 in 1/48 scale along with Academy offering. The Monogram has raised panel lines and ESCI has horrible nose curvature. Forget about the Linberg one. 

2. Generally good fit.

3. Open air brakes.

4. Nice compliment of fuel tank types and Sidewinder missiles.

5. FOD covers for the air intake and tail pipe.

 

CONS:

1. Thick decals.

2. The plastic started to have hairline cracks after the model was painted and decaled. Perhaps it is an isolated incident.

3. Long nose gear strut that needs to be shortened.

4. Incorrect illustration on where the holes should be drilled shall one wants to install the drop tanks.

5. Poor fit of the wing to fuselage in the bottom.

6. Ill fitting resin wing tips. I use the kit's instead.

7. Poor quality white metal pitot tube supplied in the MK 6 version. I use the one from the F-30 kit.

 

If you plan to do a MK 6 version, buy Academy kit instead. The kit already have the gun bays opened and the plastic could be better in quality. 

 

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Greetings...

 

Now it is in the display case along with the Defiant that I was building concurrently then while waiting for the parts to be shipped from overseas. Dai 

 

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Hello all,

 

I was done with this project and so I thought...The decals over the fuel filler caps on the wings are very unacceptable as they are too thick now that I look again. These were printed by Cartograf but somehow much thicker than usual. I will repaint the area, regloss and use the thinner decals also by Cartograf from the RAF Sabres. Dai 

 

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Greetings,

 

I repainted the areas, gloss coated then did a wash. Next will be application of much thinner decals from Cartograf. Dai 

 

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Howdy again,

 

Per advise of Tony, the fuel tanks are 53 mm from the center line.  Interestingly the pylons on the Revell F-86D is also 53 mm from the center. The kit's location is way off. The fuel tanks are glued via white glue. Thank you Tony! Dai 

 

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Hello all,

 

Re-decaled and recoated. It looks better but the carrier film is still visible. On such smooth surfaces, it is rather impossible to completely hide the decal film no matter how many coats of clear over the decals and how much you tried to blend in the edges with the sanding sponge. Let's call it a wrap for this project. Dai 

 

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