1/48 Hasegawa RF-86 Haymaker Sabre
The RF-86 Haymaker has an interesting history. In a nutshell - there were more than a few modifications needed to turn a tactical day fighter into a strategic reconnaissance airplane. While it enjoyed a brief period of success, the airforce knew it was playing a dangerous game. The U-2 spyplane soon took over these duties.
The build involved modifying the tried and true Hasegawa F-86 fighter with some resin bits included in the kit. Blanking the machine gun holes was done with evergreen strip and some gap filling CA. The Haymaker camera equipment was made of resin in this limited issue Hasegawa kit. These resin parts are very rough and required considerable smoothing and thinning.
Lastly, Haymakers used 4 drop tanks. For this build a couple were donated from some Academy Sabres in the stash.
For a more detailed build description as well as more history about the Haymaker, please check out this post on my blog:
Otherwise when are we going to get an updated F-86? My money is on Kinetic to deliver us one with multiple variants and options...
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