Hasegawa F-86F in 1/48 scale
Hello everyone! This is my first Hasegawa build, and I found it different from my traditional Tamiya builds (mostly instructions & decals). I built a Sabre in my youth, so it was fun applying my skills & techniques and brought back some nice memories. The large decals going on to rounded, compound curves was a test for sure - lots of Micro Sol helped out quite a bit. I swear I'll never do Eduard photo-etch parts again, I just don't have the small hands to work with such incredible small parts. The front canopy was a bear, even after I dry-fitted it, there were some major gaps. But I used Ammo Ultra Glue sorta as spackle, applying it with a toothpick, then smoothing it over with a moist brush; that was really the only option, given I couldn't fill & sand at that stage in the build. Just like the F-16, I liked the effect of the Alclad metal layered paints to create that dark burnt exhaust area. Thought about doing more shades of aluminum, but figured the steel color applied to the 50 caliber gun bays was sufficient. Does anyone know the purpose of the red protruding part, just forward the engine bay area on the left side? Googled it & came up empty, but curious what the heck its purpose is!? Anyway, really glad to add this classic fighter to my growing 1/48th collection, now on to my Meng F-18E Super Hornet!
Stay safe, be well, and happy modeling everyone!
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