F-86D Title

Model Details

Kit:
Revell's F-86D "Sabre Dog" early version, 1/48th scale.

Detailing Items:
Out Of Box

Paint:
Alclad's Gloss Black Base, Airframe Aluminium, Stainless Steel and Aluminium. Revell paints. Promodeller weathering washes. My own mixtures of weathering airbrushing washes.

Awards:
IPMS Nationals 2009 Telford, Bronze Medal

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North American F-86D "Sabre Dog"
This is my first venture into modelling aircraft in this scale, in fact any aircraft larger then 1/72nd has never been attempted by myself. All I can say about this project is one thing, "I enjoyed it".
Prior to buying this kit, I had already purchased the Revell 1/48th P47 N Thunderbolt and the Eduard etched set for, but these are on the shelf waiting for me to start building. So the Sabre Dog was going to be my Guinea pig for this scale and to practice my Alclad spraying on larger areas prior to my starting on the P47. Club members told me this was a really nice kit and I must say, it is great without any problems, except not enough on certain decals (Revell, why do you keep doing this?)
Firstly, the cockpit is the first part to be built. The detail of the mouldings is very good with all the dials and switches, etc there on the panels. No decals here, just a thin paint brush, a steady hand and no interruptions from the wife! The seat comes with the ejector frame which is made from separate parts too. The pilot comes with the kit, but I did not use him as it would hide some of the cockpit detail from view. Once finished, the cockpit is mounted on to the engine air intake and front undercarriage bay assembly, then once these are dry they can be mounted in the fuselage halves with the jet exhaust. The main wings consisted of three parts with the rear undercarriage bay and once these were assembled, the main wing section was added to the fuselage. I mounted the external fuel tank pylons to the wings, but left the tank off to ease painting and adding decals. The rear wings were the final parts to add at this stage and now it was ready for spraying.
After cleaning up the joint lines from the assembly, I masked up the cockpit screen and glued it into position then masked off the cockpit once this had dried. The cockpit canopy was masked too and was given a coat of light grey primer first as this would be seen from inside. Everything was first given a few light coats of Alclad's Gloss Black Base then left to dry overnight. other parts such as the gear doors, rocket pod, fuel tanks and flaps were also sprayed as these would be in Alclad too. Everything was then given a couple of light coats of Alclad Airframe Aluminium and once they were dry, a quick buffing with a soft cloth. Next I masked off areas on the wings and around the exhaust outlet to be sprayed with the Black Base again. Once dried, a couple of light coats of Alclad Stainless Steel was given and then the whole plane and other parts had a light coat of Johnson's "Klear" to protect the Alclad during handling. The decaling was applied with the help of Microsol and Microset, then when completed it had another light coat of "Klear".
The undercarriage bays, flap housings and the flaps, were painted green where required using Revell No. 360. The panel lines have been highlighted using "Promodeller's" dark weathering wash before the final assembly. A final light airbrushing with my own mixes of weather washes was done to finish the model off.

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