1/48 Hasegawa F-86 E(M) Sabre
An old NMF example from the past. This is 1/48 Hasegawa F-86 E(M) Sabre with Turkish Air Force (TuaF) markings.
Most RCAF Sabre Mk 2 and 4 aircrafts were retrofitted with extended wing leading edges and then sold to foreign air forces. These planes are known as F-86E(M) where “M” stands for “modified. In 1954, Turkish Air Force (TuaF) acquired 105 refurbished ex-RCAF F-86E(M) aircraft. TuAF operated these Sabres from 1954 till 1968.
The model is based on the F-86 E(M) ( 19.335 tail number) from the 141st squadron
The base kit is Hasegawa F-86 F30 . So some corrections are required to finish it as an F-86 E(M)
The construction began with the cockpit as usual. The components are painted to FS 36231 grey with Gunze Sangyo acrylic paint.
I ve added the instrument panel and the seat belts from Eduard.
Some details are deleted for backdating to E(M) version.
V shape early style windscreen is required for the “E “ version.
I ve used the unique option for this , which is from Cutting Edge. (CEC 48197 -F-86E (early) Conversion set ). Nowadays this set is long long sold out unfortunately
The model is painted with Alclad Aluminium. I used different tones of Alclad family for different panels.
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