F-86D (called "Sabre dog") 1/32 scale Kitty Hawk kit
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The engine is to be kept separate.
Do not fit yet the cockpit tub of step 2.
This step particularly deals with fuselage assembly. I took a different approach to glue together the left forward fuselage C27 and left rear fuselage part F4. This to ensure a nice clean fit and to avoid a big step in the seam. (So the he bulkhead parts D6 were not required).
Strips of thick plastic were used
to strengthen the bond. Let dry for an hour on a flat surface and it turned
out that although the fit is pretty good, still some sanding is needed.
Inside the fuselage halves, I taped tape to avoid see throughs the very nice slots and intakes that are nicely molded opened up.
The NACA ducts parts C19 and C21 (shown in step 18) were also set in place here to get a better flush fit. These were usually seen of JASDF and Asian Sabredogs but seldom on USAF aircraft. They fit very well. Please note that there are variations on these ducts between F-86D Sabre Dogs, so check a real photo of the model you want.
Also, the brake recess parts D40 and D41 were set in place, I needed to make them 1 mm shorter in length.
STEPs 12 + 13
Next I now attached the right rear
fuselage to the left halve. Fit is very good. In order to get some internal
strength, I added a couple of thick sprue bars to avoid compressing and
squeezing the fuselage.
The tub and seat of step 2 were painted
at this point as this is much easier now before installment inside the
fuselage. (Seat is kept loose and seat harness to be added later).
I added pieces of card in front of the steering pedals to avoid see through
(not yet seen here).
Next came the assembly of the ducts
and lower forward fuselage section as described in step 9.
The fuselage as a whole was now assembled.
As noted before, the lower fuselage fairing part C17 was joined with ducts and the nose gear bay earlier. The fitting of the central lower fuselage belly with bays and forward lower fuselage was surprisingly easy!
A gap was there between the mid C20
and forward lower section C17 but probably that was my own fault. A strip
of 1 mm was inserted, gaps filled and sanded when dried.
Still, I had some small gaps and step
at the rear joint. But nothing that can not be solved with some putty and
sanding. All in all, not too bad for such a complex kit.
The nose wheel doors and main gear doors were assembled but NOT yet set in place. To be set at a later stage to avoid damage.
The nose intake ring C12 is fitted (there is a spare one for the F-86K with the gun port). I also fitted the radar nose part E3. Fit is even with the intake duct pretty good but obviously some filler was still needed.
Now, first do a puttying and sanding
when dry onto the main fuselage assembly.
It turned out that only some small amounts of putty were needed. A very nice engineered model indeed.
STEPs 15 + 17
First glue each wing halve upper and lower section. BUT DO NOT GLUE entirely at the aft section near the gear bay. This will make fitting each wing halve onto the fuselage combined with the main gear bays struts (as seen in step 9) easier.
Do not fit yet the stabilizer parts.
Meanwhile proceed with....
Now fit the vertical tail from step 14 onto the upper rear fuselage. Fit is good with some white glue to fill the tiny gaps. Ensure a vertical fit.
FINAL ASSEMBLY NOT YET
The model is now ready to receive
the first base grey coat to check for any flaws and seams.
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