F-86D (called "Sabre dog") 1/32 scale Kitty Hawk kit
The F-86D Sabre Dog had a bigger fuselage and radarnose than the initial F-86 Sabres used in Korea. Its sole armament was a retractable unguided rocket tray in the lower fuselage and the idea was to fire FFAR rockets towards an enemy bomber. The F-86D first flew end 1949 and for several years many problems were in the firing systems E3/E4 and the AN/APG-37 radar. These systems were classified so only the USAF used first the Sabredog. After 1958 exports were allowed and the F-86D Dog was also exported to some American Allies like Japan and Taiwan and some upgrades were also done. Over 2,000 aircraft were manufactured.
Also check out the F-86 Walkaround, see references on previous F-86 pages.....
For many years, Hasegawa was the only kit supplier for a 1/32 scale F-86 Sabre. In 2011, Kinetic also issued a F-86E kit in 1/32 (with the original older wing).
Regarding the later F-86D Sabre dog, which was quite different, there was no 1/32 injection moulded model. Only a very rudimentary vacuform from ID models was available a very long time ago, and later brought to the modelling community by enthusiast TIGGER from the UK. Look for details here...
But the brand new kit manufacturer Kitty Hawk from China came to the rescue with a 1/32 F-86D kit! This kit is really impressive with load of details and is accurate.
modelling this kit is much easier as compared to my earlier F-86K model in 1/32 with the AEROPOXY conversion set, as a Royal Netherlands Air Force "Kaasjager". Look for the F-86K modelling report here..... ( Kitty Hawk has also promised a F-86K in 1/32 end 2015, let's us wait and see....)
Hawk F-86D kit KH32007 was released June 2015 and is very impressive.
It is for the F-86D interceptor called the "Sabre Dog".
All panellines and rivets are finely engraved and not overdone.
The instructions are very good with also colour indications with Federal std. numbers. Paints numbers indicated are Gunze Sangyo acrylic.
The rear fuselage is separate although only a few internal details are provided. But a bulkhead is there but no engine dolly. Kitty Hawk assumes you to set the engine internally and in order to show it keep the rear fuselage "loose".
Decals are really impressive with
full stencilling and markings for no less than 6 ! aircraft:
The kit's wing is of the early type
with original span and chords. The early style wing is easily recognized
as it has the old cranked pitot tube. Probably the Kitty Hawk F-86D kit
is for a early F-86D-35. (note that later on many F-86 Sabres including
the F-86F-40, the F-86L and retrofitted F-86K later on got a larger "6-3"
wing similar to the F-86F-40). The F-86D Kiity Hawk kit wing is shown here
with a part from the 1/32 Hasegawa F-86F-40 kit.
The plastic surface texture of the kit is great for also finishing a model when desired in a high gloss metal scheme using possibly the ALCLAD system.
NOTE that a few parts are to remain unused. These are probably for a later to be issued F-86K that was promised by Kitty Hawk; they do not indicate these left-over parts like an extra nose intake ring.
|As compared to
the extensive F-86K project done
with the AEROPOXY set, for this model it was decided to do a relatively
straight out of the box assembly. The only thing is that I will try to
keep the J47-GE engine as a model not installed in the fuselage but to
display it outside. This will need some slight modifications.
The medium grey plastic parts of the
Kitty Hawk kit are fine. The only thing is that the sprue gates are often
also moulded on the mating surfaces, so a lot of clean-up is needed before
joining parts. So, use a razor saw to separate the parts and sand flat.
Take care not to damage the parts however. It is quite some tidious work
Some ejector pin marks are there but often at invisible places.
During assembly I found that the big sprues marked E and G were mixed up! But the assembly is no problem whatsoever.
Although not yet decided which colour scheme to pick for the F-86D....
Let us start assembly, step by step.
First the 10 piece ejection seat. The kit seat is pretty nice so was assembled. Colours are well indicated with overal FS 36231 with red head rest and so on. The P.E set in the kit has the seat harness, this will be checked later. The pilot pedestral control stick E42 is nice.
Obviously, do not fix the seat yet
STEP 4 shows the forward intake duct
and nose gear bay. Removal of pin stubs on parts F2 and F3 is needed and
holes need to be filled and sanded as they are well visible. For the aft
duct, this is not needed as they are hardly seen.
I suggest here to align the recess,
nose gear bay and ducts combined with the lower fuselage part C17 shown
in step 9. Please note that the forward intake lip is separate and not
joined at the forward area as the nose intake part C12 (shown in step 12)
is fitted later on. However, I suggest to paint the duct interiors "silver".
The kit parts for the J47-GE engine
were assembled, some extra detail still be added with hydraulics piping
and so on.
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