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PostPosted: Wed 27 Jul 2016 10:49 am 
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Finally done! I had wanted to build this one for a while and having applied the final coat of varnish I can relax... until the next one! ;)

I'm not the quickest as I fit my modelling, such as it is, in between a multitude of other hobbies and home tasks. This one took me around 6 weeks on and off. It is a F-86H-1, built to represent "53-1423" that operated with the 3595th CCTW at Nellis AFB in the 1950s. This unit was an OCU and as such had aircraft painted in a trainer/utility scheme. Having consulted the web and books - only one depicts these machines - and consulting with Duncan Curtis, I opted for Humbrol 82 to represent what was collectively agreed was dayglo orange. I even asked Nellis public affairs and they didn't even know the real colours. The rest is standard Humbrol 11 Silver, back and some Humbrol 28 GRey for the fin tip.

Here she is on the Nellis ramp:

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The only colour reference I could find was this (credit again to Earl Berlin's book on the F-86H):

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The kit itself is actually very nice to build although it has a number of inaccuracies. The key one was the canopy and so I opted to blend in a canopy from a Hasegawa F-86D as they used the same type. I also used the tailplanes/elevons from the "D" as they had the flutter vanes moulded. I also used the fuselage flutter veins from the D-model and blended them on to the SH fuselage.Also it had the original flat rudder (supplied).

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The bigger challenge was painting and the decals, because of the way the "dayglo" was applied around the national marks etc. I intended to use silver decal strip for this but in the end I painted it all - a lot of masking! The stencils were home printed, as were the Buzz number and serial. The rest came from the kit and are very nice to apply. I dirtied up the underside with Flory Dirt as well and shading the gun ports. These machines were pretty clean so I didn't dirty the upper sides.

I hope you like her.

Martin

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PostPosted: Wed 27 Jul 2016 11:12 am 
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She looks great. Well done! :clapping:


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PostPosted: Thu 28 Jul 2016 06:09 am 
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Very nice build Martin, great job.
Mike


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PostPosted: Thu 28 Jul 2016 08:14 am 
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Very nice build and paintjob...... :thumb:

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PostPosted: Sun 31 Jul 2016 10:56 am 
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Holy heck thats bright! :shock: pretty jolly nice though too. I like. :D
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