F-86K (called Kaasjager in Dutch) Sabre in 1/32 scale
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F-86K model will be finished as a "later" F-86K
Kaasjager of the Royal Netherlands Air Force
that got RETROFITTED beginning nineteen sixties with a "F-40 Sabre type"
wing. This F-40 wing has a larger chord and extended wingtip and again
is fitted with slats. It is recognizable as it has a straight pitot tube.
Of the HASEGAWA F-86F the wing (part #C1) is perfect and the also other
parts of such a Hasegawa F-86F kit JS-084 will be used.
UPDATE: Kitty Hawk released an injection
F-86K kit 3rd quarter 2015.
Handling resin parts may be harmful, so read my resin handling tips here...
The resin parts
are thick and of very hard resin. Walls are thick as well.
It was decided
to remove the rudder and to refine the leading edge of the tailfin. So,
a new rudder was made of plastic card and ot a nice thin trailing edge.
The pretty large
gaps were filled with white car filler (Dutch brand "Alabastine Autoplamuur")
and when dried up, sanded and smoothened. This required some repeatment
to get a good first result.
edge of the vertical tail got a strip glued on and lots of putty applied.
This was sanded to get a sharp result with a much better appearance. The
tailplane holes were also drilled out.
The lower AEROPOXY
wing root plate was not used.
the wing could be set in place.
The large horizontal tailplanes are in the AEROPOXY set and these needed filler to clear the small resin holes. (not seen here)
The F-86D and F-86K have an upwards tilting "clamshell type" cockpit canopy.
As expected the canopy on a short
run kit is always a challenge. Here a comparison is seen of three sets:
Hasegawa F-86F, TIGGER F-86D vacuform and AEROPOXY F-86K thin vacu.
The AEROPOXY canopy is very thin and
a bit flumsy. The TIGGER F-86D canopy is good to use but the AEROPOXY windscreen
looks better. And it was decided to used the base part #A6 of the Hasegawa
kit as a reference. This was also confirmed by drawings I had. The canopy
width of the TIGGER canopy has to be kept restrained, so a metal strip
was superglued on top to strengthen the base part and keep it in shape.
The vacu canopy will be glued outside the frame on the edges.
Back to the
fuselage. Seen here is a small fairing at the rear and this was cut off
the TIGGER canopy.
The model was be given a natural metal finish of the Royal Netherlands Air Force "Kaasjager" F-86K, and several sheens are seen.
The ALCLAD II metal system will be used that requires a GLOSS BLACK undercoat so the model surfaces really need to be smooth.
(1) For the
undercoat Revell Aqua "Schwartz 07" acrylic Gloss Black was airbrushed
, thinned 40% with the Revell Aqua Color Mix thinner and 10% alkohol. Airbush
pressure was set at 1,1 PSI.
(4) At mid way
airbrushing, the low tack tapes were removed. These areas now also got
the ALCLAD coat. This gives a different "panel" effect as the paint is
(8) The model
now had all main coats applied. Some small panels were painted light grey
at the vertical tail tip.
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