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 Post subject: F-86A conversion?
PostPosted: Fri 18 Mar 2016 18:19 pm 
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Is there a conversion kit to make the Airfix F-86 into an A model? On eBay, I saw a kit to turn the Airfix Sabre into a Canadair Sabre Mk II, but how does that compare to an F-86A?

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 Post subject: Re: F-86A conversion?
PostPosted: Fri 18 Mar 2016 20:51 pm 
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I just checked Wikipedia. It says the Canadair Sabre Mk II is equivalent to the F-86E

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 Post subject: Re: F-86A conversion?
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What about the Matchbox kit wasn't that one an "A" ?


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 Post subject: Re: F-86A conversion?
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Sure was an 'A' :nod:

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 Post subject: Re: F-86A conversion?
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Yep is was -- although I'm converting mine into the first F-86, really an XP-86

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 Post subject: Re: F-86A conversion?
PostPosted: Sat 19 Mar 2016 14:41 pm 
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From what I've read the main difference is the F-86A had a slatted leading edge and elevators rather than the all-flying tail of the later versions. You could probably scribe lines on the tail and wings. The 'F' also had a longer '6-3' wing. The old Airfix F86-D has the right wing for an 'A'.

If you want a conversion set Kiwi resin does one:
http://www.kiwiresin.com/#!172-resin-ki ... sions/cz8z

Discussion on Britmodeller on F-86A
http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/inde ... sabre-172/

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 Post subject: Re: F-86A conversion?
PostPosted: Sat 19 Mar 2016 15:30 pm 
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The rear of the fuselage was different too, along with the different canopy windsheild

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 Post subject: Re: F-86A conversion?
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Very impressive work Kitnut!! :clapping:

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 Post subject: Re: F-86A conversion?
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Nice work indeed.

I saw a resin "A" conversion, but it wasn't designed for the Airfix kit.

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 Post subject: Re: F-86A conversion?
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Wow, just found this conversion kit for Airfix. Only $45 NZD - crazy

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 Post subject: Re: F-86A conversion?
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I find the F-86 as one of the most beautiful aircrafts ever made. It's so clean in the lines. Right on par with the Hawker Hunter and late Spitfires.

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The Falcon Vax set for US modern aircraft (FA0143) comes with a F-86A canopy and instructions to modify the rear fuselage of Hobbycraft F-86E (or Academy, as they are the same moulds)
The F-86A got slatted, short cord/short span wings, plus the V shaped windscreen, the slightly different rear fuselage, ailerons in the control surfaces, the front wheel is the spoked type (later models came with a solid one) and, if you want to do an early example, they got those automatic square doors in the machine guns that were removed because a tendency to jam.
If you can get the Falcon canopy and an HC/Academy kit is better that buying a Matchbox model. I had one and I remember that the fuselage is too thin, seems to be "anorexic"

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