Pro-Modeler 1/48 F-86D Dog Sabre
The North American F-86D was and attempt to produce a transonic all weather interceptor with a search radar. All guns were dropped in favor of a retractable under-fuselage tray that carried 24 unguided Mk.4 rockets. Though based on the F-86 Sabre it actually had only 25% commonality with other varients. Lots of these were sold and used by Air Forces all over the world. The F-86D did set a world speed record when LTC William Barns on 16 July 1953 was clocked at 715.697 mph. Gotta love those old Monogram kits and I sure do. The detail on this kit is very good along with the fit and finish. I used no putty on this kit and placed a Terry Dean nose weight in the nose which held in down. Model Master as well as Tamiya rattle cans were used along with the kit decals, which went down very well. This is another kit where if you like stickers you have 100+ you can use. For some reason I like the look of this model showing the tray retracted, therefore it’s still in the box.
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