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Monogram Pro-Modeler F-86D Dog Sabre

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  • Member since
    January 2015
  • From: Katy, TX
Monogram Pro-Modeler F-86D Dog Sabre
Posted by Aggieman on Friday, March 18, 2022 3:32 PM

One of my latest two builds is a variant that I had never built but was nonetheless fairly familiar with.  The Dog Sabre, which I always associated with cheap visual effects in the old Godzilla movies.  I'd built the more famous F-86E several times over my modeling life time (Monogram's old kit as well as the more recent Hasegawa release).  The -D entered my stash roughly a decade ago, first the Monogram Pro-Modeler release via eBay, and probably a month or so after acquiring this release, I grabbed the newer 1/32 Kitty Hawk kit.

This was a trouble-free build up until the very last day.*  In fact, I had all the internal stuff painted, detailed, and built within a couple of hours, then the basic airframe constructed a day or so later.  Then this build essentially sat on my work bench, neglected, while I waded into that Kitty Hawk kit.**

* While I was attaching the drop tanks, one of the anti-sway braces that mounts from the wing to the tank went flying out of my tweezers.  I heard it hit something off to my right, but even after clearing everything away from the surface of my workbench, I never did find that little part.  So my build features no anti-sway braces.

** Much more to say about the Kitty Hawk kit on the other thread.

Research showed that the Dog Sabre's wings had a lot of tonal variation, particulary with the middle section being a far different tone than the surrounding areas.  I was able to get that effect by spraying the entire airframe aluminum, then after that cured and I masked sections off, I sprayed dark aluminum and picked out smaller panels with white aluminum.  I used AK Interactive XTreme Metallics paints.

My original intent was to build the boxart kit featuring the "Denace the Menace" artwork. At some point I decided I wanted more color, so I switched gears to the other decal option provided in this kit.  The kit gave decals for the three stripes along the fuselage and the rear stripes on the drop tanks, but previous history trying to mix decals with paint told me I'd never match the blue exactly.  So all of the blue is Model Master Blue Angel Blue.

Decals went on pretty well, although now I see some carrier film around the stars on the rudder.  Should have just cut the stars out and placed them individually.  Lots and lots of stencils, enough to drive one insane.  I split putting those on over two days.

There is a few ounces of clay stuffed into the nose in front of the cockpit to keep this tail sitter on its gear.

The weathering is a first coating of Mig neutral wash, followed by a mix of various AK Interactive fluids to give the engine area a dirty appearance.

 

  • Member since
    February 2003
  • From: Between LA and OC, SoCal
Posted by oortiz10 on Saturday, March 19, 2022 2:50 PM

Aggie, I like that. I have the same kit in the stash. I was just fondling its plastic thinking about putting it out on my bench. I think I'll get to it in 2022. Seeing yours has me thinking about building mine up. Nice work!

-O

-It's Omar, but they call me "O".

  • Member since
    January 2015
  • From: Katy, TX
Posted by Aggieman on Sunday, March 20, 2022 5:37 PM

oortiz10

Aggie, I like that. I have the same kit in the stash. I was just fondling its plastic thinking about putting it out on my bench. I think I'll get to it in 2022. Seeing yours has me thinking about building mine up. Nice work!

-O

 

Thanks O!  It's really a good kit, trouble-free except for the likely self-inflicted issue I had with the anti-sway braces.

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    February 2011
Posted by knox on Sunday, March 20, 2022 6:19 PM

That’s a sweet looking build.  

  • Member since
    January 2015
  • From: Katy, TX
Posted by Aggieman on Monday, March 21, 2022 6:20 AM

knox

That’s a sweet looking build.  

 

Knox, thank you for your kind words!

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Monday, March 21, 2022 11:02 PM

Great job!

John

To see build logs for my models:  http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/mymodels.htm

 

  • Member since
    January 2015
  • From: Katy, TX
Posted by Aggieman on Tuesday, March 22, 2022 8:09 AM

jeaton01

Great job!

 

Thanks John!

  • Member since
    June 2014
Posted by BrandonK on Tuesday, March 22, 2022 9:48 AM

Beautifully done. Well worn and spot on. What an amazing kit for the display. AWESOME!!!

BK

 

On the bench:

Tamiya 1/35 M4A3E8 "Fury" with crew,

1/32 Kittyhawk Kingfisher,

1/35 Meng Panther Ausf A Early,

1/48 Pro Modeller P-51C "Boise Bee"

2022 Completed:

1/25 Revell 29 Highboy

1/48 Tamiya Sea Harrier

1/25 Revell 70 Boss 429 Mustang

1/48 Hasegawa D3A1 Type 99 Val

  • Member since
    August 2021
Posted by lurch on Tuesday, March 22, 2022 10:21 AM

That looks great. Keep up the fantastic job. I like it.

  • Member since
    January 2015
  • From: Katy, TX
Posted by Aggieman on Wednesday, March 23, 2022 6:53 PM

lurch

That looks great. Keep up the fantastic job. I like it.

 

Thank you for your kind words!

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