F-86D/L Sabre Dog
Colors and Markings
by Chris Banyai-Riepl
S u m m a r y
||Published as a CD in HTML
format by the Alga Graphics.
Available via the Author's website.
1 x CD ROM; 10 historical photos; over
150 pieces of original colour artwork including aircraft
profiles and unit badges; 110 walkaround photos of museum
||USD$40 including postage
in the USA
||Well structured; good
navigation; huge array of profiles; useful exterior walkaround
photos; nice modelling inspiration for new Revell-Monogram kit.
||CD viewing not fully
transportable; no search function; no interior reference photos.
||Recommended to modellers
planning to build the new Revell-Monogram F-86D
Reviewed by Brett Green
"F-86D/L Sabre Dog Colors and Markings" is a reference
publication on Compact Disk. It has been produced by Chris
Banayai-Riepl, one of the talents behind the very attractive
web-based magazine, Internet Modeler.
It is supplied in a clear plastic case with artwork on the front and
The F-86 CD is divided logically into seven sections Ė History, USAF
Squadrons, ANG Squadrons, Foreign Operators, Photo Walkaround,
Specifications and References.
The first section commences with a succinct, 1500 word background on
the aircraft, its distinguishing features, performance, prototypes
and entry into service.
The bulk of material is devoted to the Squadron service of the
F-86D/L. Each section covering USAF, ANG and Foreign Squadrons is
sub-divided by individual Squadron. A link to each Squadron reveals
text information on the unit, and usually one colour profile of a
Sabre Dog associated with the particular unit. Due to the sheer bulk
of USAF Squadrons (148 in all!), colour profiles are not included in
every sub-section, however other Squadrons do have more than one
profile. Often, artwork for the Squadron badge is also included.
Coverage of foreign units generally covers more than one aircraft
A photo walkaround of a restored F-86D at McChord AFB, Washington
provides helpful details of the exterior of the aircraft, including
plenty of close-up photos. No cockpit shots are included.
The specifications are well laid out.
Niche publishers are starting to see the value of CD-ROM "books".
They offer many benefits, including flexible format, low production
costs, the ability to provide luxurious colour throughout the
electronic "book" and the possibility of multi-media presentation.
There are also drawbacks. The main problem is that these books can
only be viewed on a computer, so for the most part, they canít be
read on the train, the bus, or in the smallest room in the house!
Given this limitation, "F-86D/L Sabre Dog Colors and Markings" will
provide plenty of inspiration for modellers and enthusiasts alike.
It is especially appropriate following the release of the 1/48 scale
Revell-Monogram Sabre Dog. The structure of the CD is logical and
the quality of the profiles is good.
Recommended to modellers planning to build a Sabre Dog.
Chris Banyai-Riepl for the review sample.
This CD is available
Alga Graphics' web page
or by contacting the author, Chris Banyai-Riepl.
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