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Kinetic F-86F-40 Sabre *Completed*

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Ok so the clamping worked well. I added in the final piece of the fuselage too.  I haven't rescribed the forward section where the wing meets the fuselage yet, that job is next and I hate rescribing.

 

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I decided to fit the main gear just to give the kit something to sit on while I paint it. They should be pretty easy to paint and mask around. Anyways I'd test fitted the gear several times with the fit being reasonably snug, then I decided to sit it on it's gear. Hmm, when I picked it up the main gear legs fell out. Turns out the weight of the model blew out the sections where the gear legs fit into, indicated with the arrow. Now consider that I only put 40 grams of weight in the nose, the instructions called for 100 grams. The only real  solution here I can see is making sure the super glue is good and dry before trying to sit it on it's U/C again.

 

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Ok, gear bays have been painted silver and while I was at it I decided to prime the joints and areas sanded down to look for surface faults. I've found a few things that need some more attention, but nothing too serious.

 

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You won against that painful fit. I remember i had some issues with the belly, too. My wings were strangely twisted and i looked for a solution for days, i even ended gluing aluminium profiles to strenghten them. But when i glued them, it just solved the problem.

 

Good luck for you build !

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White, yellow and red painted today. I figured it would be easier to paint the fin rather than use the yellow decal, plus it would match better with the nose. I still have to mask and paint a thin white line around the nose against the yellow.

 

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Paint on the lower surface. Looks good, although I have no idea if I've gotten the right colour. I've seen everything from light grey to dark blue and inbetween with the instructions not being very clear either. It looks good enough for me.

 

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In test fitting the windscreen I found it sits about 1mm too high, so I've taken some plastic off the mating surface. It should fit better now, just have to wait for the gunsight to dry.

 

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I've been buggerising around with the windscreen and the undercarriage for the last couple of days. I think I've gotten them right. I'll let these dry, give things a last run over with some 2000 wet and dry then it's onto the camouflage.

 

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I'd been putting off the masking but I just kinda got in the mood to do it today. I also pulled out the airbrush and splashed some Gunze 337 grey blue on it. Next will be some RLM 71 for the darkish green...but before that, more masking!

 

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