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||29 parts in low-pressure injected
grey styrene; 2 clear parts on a vacform sheet; decals for two aircraft.
||AUD$13.75 (approx USD$7) plus
||Nice quality plastic; tidy engraved
detail; good detail for this scale; thoughtful engineering attempts to assist
alignment of wings and tail surfaces.
||Decals appear translucent; fuselage
interior not blocked off.
OzMods is an Australian company with a small range of
products in diverse scales, media and subject matter.
The company already have a 1/144 scale MiG-15UTI in
their range. The choice of an F-86 Sabre as the next release was logical
under those circumstances.
OzMods 1/144 scale F-86 Sabre comprises 29 parts in limited-run
injection moulded styrene, two vacformed canopies (one open, one closed) and a
decal sheet with two marking options. The fuselage is less than 75mm long in
this scale, but the detail is really quite good. The exterior surfaces feature
fine engraved panel lines, while the six-piece interior incorporates a cockpit
tub, ejection seat, instrument panel, control column and instrument coaming.
The plastic parts are shiny, and fine flash surrounds many of
the smaller parts. A few minutes with a sharp knife will fix the flash, and I
would recommend washing and lightly sanding the main parts prior to assembly.
Engineering is geared toward simple construction. The wings are
moulded as a single part. This moulding includes structural detail inside the
wheel well - very clever. The assembled fuselage site astride the centre section
of the wing, making alignment a fairly simple exercise. The horizontal
tailplanes have a little bud to locate into a recess on the fuselage, but
further reinforcement of this delicate joint might be advisable.
The wheels and main gear legs are supplied separately. These are
added to two more parts for the main gear doors, making for a detailed
undercarriage assembly. The nose wheel is attached to the gear leg, but a
separate oleo elbow is supplied.
The biggest shortcoming of the kit is the see-through fuselage.
This will be quite obvious even in 1/144 scale. Scrap plastic should be used to
block off the fuselage interior before the halves are assembled. Also, nose
weight is not mentioned in the instructions, but I reckon this model will be a
big-time tail-sitter without it. The addition of nose weight might even address
the problem of the see-through fuselage.
The two vacform canopies are not identical. One is intended for
a closed cockpit, and the other (with a small gap between the windscreen and
sliding section) is for an open canopy. The vacform plastic is relatively thick,
but fairly clear.
Instructions are supplied as a single exploded view diagram on
the packaging. Marking diagrams are provided on a separate cardboard sheet.
Decals are provided for one USAF aircraft in natural metal and one British
camouflaged Sabre. The printing is very crisp but the yellow and white seem
translucent - the blue of the backing paper is showing through clearly.
Click the thumbnails below to view
OzMod's Sabre is a well-produced product at a low price. It will
be a worthy companion to their earlier MiG-15UTI, and should be of interest to
any 1/144 scale modeller.
Thanks to Greg
Anderson from OzMods
for the review sample.
OzMods products are
available from Australian hobby retail outlets
or direct from OzMods via their email address firstname.lastname@example.org
Review and Images Copyright © 2002 by Brett
Page Created 02 January, 2002
Last updated 22 July, 2003
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