Monogram, 1/48 Scale
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Model by Olaf
Text by Andreas Beck
Images by Detlef Hoffman
We are pleased to present a preview of a
pre-production test-shot of the forthcoming (and greatly anticipated)
Revell-Monogram F-86D Sabre Dog. No instruction sheets or decals are
available right now but this first glance will be updated as soon as
This kit will be released by Revell-Germany in
June while American modelers will have to wait.
The test-shot exhibits superb surface
detailing, comparable to the recent R-M F-84, and parts fit is good. The overall
dimensions seem to be okay. The wing is of the correct short span slatted narrow
The slats are reproduced nicely. The wings'
leading edge sweep is worthy of closer examination. It looks a bit too
The major criticism is the lower line of the
fuselage which is too straight and flat. There is a obvious upward curve to the
air intake missing on Revell-Monogram's replica. The contour of the air intake`s
cross section needs some correction too. The sides of the intake are too broad
and need thinning down.
The cockpit is very well detailed and leaves
only a little potential for the aftermarket.
The fuselage has a step from a split
mould. After all, we know Revell-Monogram's Sabre will be without the
The forward fuselage was intended to be
flexible enough to accommodate an alternative "K" nose with
guns. However, Revell-Germany abandoned work on this version because it
was realised (too late) that a fuselage extension behind the cockpit was
also required. If the modeller is determined to build this version, some
scratchbuilding or after-market accessories will be needed. Also, note
that the first "K"s had the short-span wings as supplied in the
F-86D kit, but later production "K"s had the slatted long-span
6-3 wing of the F-86F-40 (Hasegawa).
Olaf´s paint job was achieved with
Schmincke Aerocolor Plus artist colors.
An F-86K resin conversion will be
developed. We will advise more details about this later in the year.
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Review Text Copyright © 2001 by Andreas Beck
Images Copyright © 2001 by Detlef Hoffman
Model by Olaf Krabbenhöt
Page Created 10 June, 2001
Last updated 22 July, 2003
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