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F-86A Conversion
Hasegawa or Academy (1/48)
Fujimi F-86-30 (1/72)



Cutting Edge


S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number : CEC48196 - F-86A Conversion
CEC72014 - F-86A Conversion
Scale: 1/48 and 1/72
Price: 1/48  -  US$34.99
1/72  -  US$25.99
Contents and Media: 11 parts in medium grey resin; 1 x part in clear resin
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Extensive conversion providing all the major characteristics of the early Sabre; typically high quality castings; fine detail; positionable leading edge slats; corrects some inaccurate kit detail; clear parts in an impressive clear resin.
Disadvantages: Quite a lot of cutting required
Recommendation: Highly Recommended for experienced modellers


Reviewed by Brett Green

HyperScale is proudly sponsored by Meteor Productions




Despite the external similarities between the earliest production variant of the Sabre, the F-86A, and its later variants, there were significant structural and detail differences.

These included rectangular gun ports, conventional elevators, slatted wings (applicable until the F-86E), and a less powerful J-47-GE-1 engine with up to 5,200 lb of thrust. The automatic slats of these early Sabres provided docile flying characteristics considering the sharply swept angle of the wings. Despite the relatively inadequate armament of the F-86A, it scored an impressive tally against MiGs in Korea.



Cutting Edge has released a conversion that permits the modeller to recreate this significant variant of the legendary Sabre. They have not shied away from the complex task. The rear fuselage and tail surfaces are entirely new. Leading edge slats are supplied, as are new gun ports for the forward fuselage. The vexed issue of clear parts has been addressed with a novel clear resin windscreen.

All parts are beautifully cast. The rear fuselage in particular is reproduced in remarkably thin resin. Even so, the hard grey resin now being used by Cutting Edge seems to have held its shape well. 

The clear windscreen is very clear and will probably look even after a quick dip in Future. A coat of Future will also protect the part from fogging if super glue is used to secure the part to the model.

Parts removal and cleanup should be straightforward. 

Instructions are also up to CE's standards, with clear line drawings explained by detailed text. Ignore the instructions at your own peril!

This conversion will, not surprisingly, require significant modification to the kit. Special care will be required when cutting the kit's wing leading edges and the gun ports. Remember to measure twice and cut once - especially important for this type of conversion!

This excellent conversion is an ambitious product that will render an accurate early Sabre.

The 1/72 scale set is effectively a scaled-down version of the 1/48 scale offering. It is designed for the Fujimi F-86F-30 kit. Detail and engineering is every bit as good as its bigger cousin.

Both of these sets are Highly Recommended to experienced modellers.

Thanks to Meteor Productions for the review sample

Cutting Edge Modelworks Resin accessories are available at Meteor Productions Website

Review and Image Copyright 2000 by Brett Green
Page Created 15 January, 2001
Last updated 22 July, 2003

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