Persian Thunder…1/48 North American F-86F-40 “Shamshir”, Imperial Iranian Airforce

May 25, 2021 · in Aviation · · 8 · 1.6K

Built in 2017.
From 1960 to 1961 the got in total 52 Sabres, F-25 and F-30 Blocks fitted with either 6-3 hard wings or F-40 wings. Initially they were in a nmf livery. 1965/66 they were flown to Israel and overhauled by IAI (think of that nowadays...) They also received the Asia Minor camo and were used then as trainers and fighterbombers. The last ones stayed in service until 1971. Some found new use in the Ethiopian Airforce.

F-40 kit, Asia Minor camo painted with Gunze H311 FS36622, Gunze H309 FS34079, Tamiya XF-64 Red Brown and Tamiya XF-55 Deck Tan mixed with XF-59 Desert Yellow.
Decals from , some stencils are provided on this sheet, the rest came from the RoG Canadair Mk.6 kit. Not all stencils are correct and some are missing but you gotta use what you have.
The main seat is from Quickboost, the rear part from the kit seat.

The model shows an aircraft of the 41st TFS at 4th TFB in Vahdati in 1969.

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8 responses

  1. That’s sharp, Reinhard. Very well built and cleanly painted.

  2. Love it Reinhard!
    Apart from your usual excellent build and scheming, I also like a lot the obscurity of the subject.
    Well done!

  3. That pops. Sabres in camo always look interesting.

  4. Another beauty! Love the scheme - those Iranian colors are great.

  5. A Sabre of a different color, looks sharp!

  6. Wow, nice! My favorite jet, and it looks great in this scheme...

  7. Very beautiful F-86. I love this scheme. Congratulations

  8. She looks great Reini!

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