Just getting organized on my build for this forum. I will finish Hasegawa’s F-86F-30 in 1/48th as the a/c of Lt Jim Thompson – “The Huff”. The old Microscale decal sheet identifies this as an F-86 E but the Squadron Book MiG Alley identifies the photo of the Huff as an F-86F with what look to be the same codes, etc. Anyway, assuming that is accurate, I hope this will be a reasonably quick and authentic build. As seen in the photo, I have both the Eduard Zoom set and a larger Eduard set for the cockpit. I may go for the Zoom to simplify things.
So far I have eliminated the seam in the intake trunk with the liquid glue squeeze method. No filler required as the seam is eliminated in sanding.
One upper wing half has a bit of a warp. I may work this out by bending it into shape under very hot water. It may straighten out when attached to the lower wing , though, so that may be unnecessary.
So, this will partly be a project to test the Vallejo Metal Color metalizers. My first test with their black Primer was terrible – very thick and pebbly. I used it unthinned and will try again thinning with water. Does anyone have any experience with these paints? I am using them because they are theoretically non-toxic. I will also use them on the Shiden Kai undersides over in the EOJ Group, if they work out.