Reader's F-86 Model Gallery


This page has been produced after a number of readers sent in photos or information concerning their F-86 models. I'd thus appreciate any shots of F-86 models you've made for inclusion here. Happy Modelling!

Bud Norris' F-86D DioramaNote: Bud's diorama represents a scene on the 25th FIS flightline. Bud wrote a lengthy breakdown on the build, so over to him:“You will note the wrap-around red stripes behind the canopy on two of my planes. In this squadron, the commander had 3 stripes on his aircraft, while his deputy had two. So that is the reason for these particular bands, made from red pinstriping tape.Be sure and attach the landing gear assemblies straight up, as there isn't much clearance between the drop tanks and the ground. Radomes varied from dull brown to glossy black. In my squadron, we had to polish them with shoe polish!”

“The final phase of the diorama consists of personnel and equipment. The Monogram F-86D kit includes a tow tractor, which we called a tug. I used two of them in the display. The personnel and ground equipment are from two Hasegawa 1/48 scale kits, U.S. Ground Crew Set:A (Kit No. X48-4), and U.S. Pilot/Ground Crew Set:B (No kit no.) Although the ground power equipment is more modern than would have been used in the F-86D era, I can find no older-type units, and didn't feel like scratch-building replicas of the originals, so these will have to do unless and until earlier models are available. There are many more figures of pilots and ground crews than you'll need unless you build a lot of planes, so there are several left over. I used only enough to replicate the guys who would normally be present around three aircraft. Also, back in 1958, work clothing was different than the BDUs worn now, being two-piece OD fatigues, so that is how I painted the enlisted men, adding blue web belts, silver buckle, and blue rank stripes. All of our ground power equipment and tugs were yellow. To finish the scene, I used the Verlinden Airfield Accessories set, Kit No. 322. This contains safety cones, tool boxes, fire extinguishers, etc. which you can paint in appropriate colors. I made wheel chocks from scrap kit trees, painted yellow. Everything on the diorama is glued to the surface except the planes, the two figures working on 976, and the one mechanic sitting on the wing of 302. Unless you plan on moving things around periodically, you may as well glue them to the base. I used Weld-It cement, and so far, nothing has come loose from the surface, even when the diorama is turned over. It is especially helpful to glue the chocks into place so you will know exactly where to position the aircraft each time you move them.”

Randy Wise's Golden Hawks Sabre 6Randy Wise's 1/48 Hasegawa F-86F has been nicely modified into a Sabre 6 of the Golden Hawks aerobatic team.

Randy took the slatted wing from the Hasegawa F-86F-40 kit and mated it to Hasegawa F-86F-30, shortening the span as he did so. Decals are from Leading Edge Models. Inspiration for this model was the F-86 memorial in Randy's home town, Sarnia, Ontario. Conversion also required fitting of smoke pipes along rear fuselage.

Jack Ballard's 1/32 scale C&H; F-86HC&H;'s conversion kit is used with the old Hasegawa 1/32 F-86F; Jack Ballard finished his conversion in the scheme of 131st TFS, Massachusetts ANG.

Christian Guidi's RC Sabre

Christian Guidi's Sabre is a Mk 4 in the colours of 4 Aerobrigata, Italian AF. The model is built from a Gleichauf kit with a Rossi 105 ducted fan engine. Upper photo shows Christian with his model at the 1999 World Championships in Austria (missing photo).

Lower photo was taken at the 1998/99 Italian Championships. Models are (L-R): Sandro Rosina's BVM Sabre in Frecce Tricolori scheme (BVM engine), Andrea Bicelli's Rossi 90-engined Gleichauf model in Cavallino Rampante colours, Mauro Pirotti's BVM Sabre in Lanceri Neri colours (BVM engine), and finally Christian's Gleichauf kit at rear.

Duncan's JDF-86D

Just to prove that I do actually complete the odd model, here is my 1/48 JDF-86D. Model is based on the Revell 1/48 F-86D, but with light modification; resin and brass nose probe, brass airspeed probes and brass antennae.

Decals are a mix of custom-made with stencils from the Revell sheet. This aircraft was used as a temporary test missile controller with the Navaho project at Patrick AFB.

Stefan Eriksson's Canadair Sabre
(photos missing)

First model to be featured here was made by Stefan Eriksson of Uppsala, Sweden. Depicting Boeing's Canadair Sabre 5 chase plane, Stefan based the model on the 1/48 scale Academy Sabre. A friend made custom decals for this model, and Stefan modified the kit's '6-3' wing to incorporate Meteor Productions' resin leading edge slats. The model placed 3rd in its category in early 2002 at the Swedish IPMS nationals.

It was Stefan's first competition model and I think the photos speak for themselves - note how he has correctly modelled this unique aircraft's camera ports along each side of the cockpit - a great conversion.



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