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Monogram North American F-86F Sabre

March 21, 2013 in Aviation

As designers will tell you, if it looks right, it is right. Well, the North American F-86 Sabre just really looks right. Really right. With its sleek swept wings the Sabre was an elegant warplane. North American had started the XP-86 project in 1945 and when German data(and engineers) became available post-war, the design adopted swept wings, settling on 35 degrees. The first production P-86A flew on May 18, 1948, several months after the MiG-15, its classic rival and adversary in countless dogfights in “MiG Alley” during the Korean War. In addition to its pleasing aesthetics, the Sabre is one of the most-produced warplanes, with 9,502 built by North American as well as licensed versions built in Japan, Canada, Italy and Australia.

Here’s the Monogram 1/48 version that was boxed in combination with a MiG-15 in 1987. My plane bears the markings of Capt. Charles McSwain. His plane was “Mike’s Bird”, an F-86F-30 of the 39th FIS/ 51st FIW, Korea, summer of 1953. I finished this model in SnJ aluminum with some panels polished with the SnJ aluminum powder to various degrees. The decals are Microscale Decal no. 48-198. Thanks for looking her over!

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6 responses to Monogram North American F-86F Sabre

  1. Very nice, especially using the kit decals.

  2. Wow! Nice job, the pics are nice too!

  3. Nice build and presentation… the Sabre.

  4. Thanks gents! I appreciate the encouragement so much.

  5. Great build. Looks like the real McCoy.

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