F-86 D Sabre Dog
This is Revell’s SUPERB F-86 D Sabre Dog dressed up in the colourful markings of the unit commander of the famous 94th ‘Hat in a Ring’ Squadron based at Selfridge AFB, Michigan 1959. The F-86 D was the hottest looking thing in the inventory of ADC during the early 1950’s. It’s shark-like sleek nose adds to its purposeful look. Armament comprised 24 70mm ‘Mighty Mouse’ FFAR’s as offensive weapons against Russian bombers. As an Interceptor the F-86 D was fitted with an on-board air-intercept radar housed in the nose. It played an important role within ADC’s mission parameters pending the delivery of the first Century-series Interceptor, the F-102 Delta Dagger. The Dog Sabre managed to look elegant and aggressive all at the same time (similar to the P-51 D Mustang) and was one of the most aesthetically pleasing interceptors of the early 1950’s
This build was an OOB build with NO aftermarket goodies. Frankly you don’t need to use any aftermarket stuff, only if you want to display it in different markings. The decal sheet was comprehensive indeed. ALL the prominent stencilling are included which is really nice. Every stencil, even the tiny ones, were all legible and well printed. I used Model Master buffing and non-buffing metalizers to obtain its natural metal finish. I chose not to weather the model that much since reference photos depict the unit commander’s bird in pristine condition.
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