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F-86D/L Sabre Dog Decals





Hi-Decal Line



S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number and Contents:

48014 - one decal sheet and A4 black and white instructions

Scale: 1/48
Price: USD$4.50
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Interesting alternatives to US subjects; well printed; thin carrier film
Recommendation: Recommended

Reviewed by Brett Green

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The F-86D Sabre Dog in American service wore some colourful markings, but there is not much relief from large expanses of natural metal.

Hi-Decal Line's latest release offers a few interesting options for the F-86D/L in 1/72 and 1/48 scales. The sheet under review is in 1/48 scale, which will be ideal for the excellent recent Revell kit.

Markings for four aircraft are supplied:

  • F-86D-36, 337 Sqn, Royal Hellenic Air Force, 1965. This aircraft is finished in a disruptive scheme of Dark Green and Dark Tan - surely an original combination for the Sabre Dog!

  • F-86D-36, 343 Sqn, Royal Hellenic Air Force, 1963. This aircraft is finished in natural metal with a grass green tail, black and yellow fuselage band and an Olive Drab anti-glare strip on the forward upper fuselage.

  • F-86D-36, 8th FIS, 5th Fighter Wing, Philippine Air Force, 1965. Natural metal with a white fin, brown radome and intricate Philippine Air Force national markings.

  • F-86L-60, 12 Sqn, Royal Thai Air Force, 1969. Natural metal with leaping tigers on the nose, and a fin flash with shooting stars

Instructions are provided on a single folded A4 sheet with black and white images. I would have preferred to see the colour key on the same page as the side profiles, but the instructions are otherwise quite satisfactory.



The decals are nicely printed and the carrier film is very thin. There are sufficient decals to finish one of the Greek aircraft and both the Thai and Philippine Sabre Dogs.

Hi-Decal Line's 1/48 scale F-86D/L decal sheet will add some welcome variety to Revell-Monogram's F-86D Sabre Dog.


Thanks to Karaya for the review samples.

Hi-Decal Line products are available from Karaya's website.

Review Copyright 2002 by Brett Green
Page Created 17 June, 2002
Last updated 22 July, 2003

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