F-86D (called "Sabre dog") 1/32 scale Kitty Hawk kit
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DECALLING AND MARKINGS
The model was now ready to get the TAIWAN markings through the many and excellent decals as supplied in the kit. Very nice stencilling is also included and it takes a whole afternoon to apply the decals.
The Kitty Hawk decals in this kit are extremely thin. The insides of the numbers like the "0" is not a decal film and this means it is almost mandatory to slide the decal off its backing paper into position on the model. As the base surfaces are still gloss, the decals show not "silvering".
The decal drawing is a bit inaccurate:
The aircraft number was made as "908" to have a slight variation as to the kit "918". This was done with some decals from the spares box and the serialnumber on the tail was changed with some handpainting. Note that the same aircraft number should also be shown on the large nose wheel door. This decal is missing in the kit. The number was made with 3 spare decals.
The red warning triangles 64 were
set more forward on both port and starboard sides below the cockpit sides.
Decal 23 was adjusted, cutting away the " US AIR FORCE" top line.
Overall, a nice result when the markings
are all set on the model.
The already airbrushed stabilizers from STEP 14 were set in place as shown in STEP 18. I needed to remove about 0.2 mm from the stub to fit it into each slot. Note that on the Sabredogs the arrangement of the small vortex generators may vary between even individual aircraft. As made by Kitty Hawk is most often seen and fine.
The rear anti-collision lights E53 and GP14+ GP14 are very nicely done and were fitted at the base of the drag chute fairing.
The nose gear is OK and has no hydraulics,
its pose is a bit tilted forward. Also here I had to make thinner the locating
stubs on the gear strut D5 otherwise it does not slice into the nose gear
bay. Between the two part nose door E35+D15 seen in STEP 13 and the
strut a small rod was added from scrap.
FLAPS, AILERONS and SLATS
Fitted the slats showed that there
are tiny gaps between the lower slat edge and their rails. Drops of white
glue were set in place and when dried painted ADC grey.
The GAR-8 Sidewinders parts are nice
and were used as I opted to make the TAIWAN Air Force F-86D with these
fitted as they had this capability.
The pylons, the pylon adapter and launcher are all there and look fine.
When installing these, the model needs some add-ons in the cockpit:
These small boxes were made from thick
rod and painted black with some white knobs. I also installed to the port
side a box for the accelerometer and on starboard a box for the standby
compass. These are always seen in Sabredog cockpits and made from small
bits and painted black with a white dial. Inside the windscreen also a
box was added.
The small subpanels E43 and E44 are in the kit but needed some cutting. They are almost 80 degrees opposed to the main panel, facing sidewards.
The radar "cover" for the pilot to look in in bright day light is often seen in Sabredog photos. It is not in this kit but I did not fit one as I think these were optional.
Also, I made 2 latches/ hooks from thin card that are seen extending from the cockpit edges. I could not see if there are more though. These were painted mid-grey.
The small pilot entry ladder C6 is
a nice touch on this model but obviously not used for an "in flight" posed
model. For my model I used it.
That almost completed this model! The anti-collision wingtip lights GP11 were set in place. They needed a bit trimming as in the kit and were painted transparant red and blue.
Finally, a gloss coat was applied
overall to the grey areas using Johnson
Pledge / Future with the airbrush. This gives an even sheen and protects
the decals for many years.
In the kit are parts for an engine,
the idea is that it can be shown on the model with aft fuselage detached.
But no internal details are in the aft fuselage with this kit, so it was
decided to display the engine separately. So an engine transport dolly
is needed to show it.
The Sabredog's windscreen was
set in place and the loose canopy positioned....
"Republic of China" , island of Taiwan of the coast of China's mainland.
More info about this air force on my Mirage 2000 page here....
F-86D Sabredog ROCAF "Taiwan Air Force" in the nineteen-sixties.
A nice companion next to the Royal Netherlands Air Force F-86K "kaasjager" 1/32 model conversion made a few months earlier.
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