Here is my current project, the F-86F-30 from Italeri.
I live about 45 minutes away from where the aircraft on the box art is kept. I have been watching it fly and sit in the Valiant Air Command Museum for quite a few years.
After the annual airshow this spring, I decided I needed to build a version of it. This won’t be a completely accurate version of this F-86, but it will be representative of it. I haven’t decided if I am going to make the markings as the plane is now, or when it actually flew with the Skyblazers.
I picked the kit up a couple of months ago and have slowly been working on it. The only aftermarket that I am adding is a set of Harold’s resin wheels and HGW seatbelts. I know the kit has some inaccuracies, but I am going to live with them and hopefully get a kit built!
I didn’t get any pictures until just recently, so some of my work is undocumented.
I started by closing in the back of the gun ports and re-drilling them, trying to make them a little more accurate. I am not going to have the gun bays open and the gun ports will have the plugs in them.
Next I worked on getting rid of the seam on the intake and exhaust. I also thinned down the back of the exhaust to make it look more scale. I don’t want to use the intake and exhaust covers unless it really doesn’t look right after I get them painted.
For the cockpit, I used some sheet styrene and styrene rod to add some details. I didn’t go crazy, just a few that I noticed in pictures.
I did the same thing with the seat, just added a few details with sheet and rod.
to be continued. . .