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CAC-27 Sabre
Topic Started: Jan 12 2018, 08:50 PM (509 Views)
Paul J
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Hi. Thought I would share with you my current build that is happening alongside another Sabre but will concentrate with this one . Basically its the Academy F-86 with a new fuselage and boxed by Hi Planes with RAAF decals.


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[The new fuselage halves and nose cap. Nice exterior surface detail with the correct intakes and outlets seen on the CAC Sabres. The insides of the kit parts are ...quite crude. No mounting points for the cockpit or tailpipe.
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Cockpit assembly fitted plus some lead strips for nose weight. I had to shave bits from the bulkhead at rear of cockpit in order for the fuselage halves to close cleanly.
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This is how I sorted out the problem with mounting the tail pipe to the new fuselage. Basically I cut away the are that matched the Academy fuselage and did the same to that. Reason being, the ACA kit parts have a better jet pipe mounting point. So I found that I could cut the relevant portions from each kit halves and fit the better one to the new fuselage.
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Here the big square hole for the outlet at top of fuselage back filled with plastic card and some filler in preparation for working to a better look.

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The tail transplant went quite satisfactorily I thought.

Some of the above pics speak for themselves showing the amount of filling and blending of the wing to fuselage as well as the fuselage joins too.
Since the above pics, the whole project is getting near to painting stage as primer coats have been applied and tidied up any blemishes. More to come...
Edited by Paul J, Jan 12 2018, 09:16 PM.
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Paul J
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Ah... My pics don't seem to be visible.. Not sure why. Will have a look. Sorry.


UPDATE: Swapped for PB for images. It seems Village photos doesn't work here.. Shame as I plan to migrate from PB for reasons well known all over.
Edited by Paul J, Jan 13 2018, 07:43 PM.
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Paul J
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Above the Academy sprue. Note the altered nose leg and main gear legs as an example when compared to the HC one shown below

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Sprue shot of Hobbycraft version of the Sabre.
The sprue frames are virtually identical.
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jvd59
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Nice work. Will be watching. There's 2 Sabres I have never done, Australian
Avon and the F-86H. This will spur me on---John
Edited by jvd59, Jan 13 2018, 12:54 AM.
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Tommy
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Watching with interest as at some point in my life, I will need to build this. Looking good so far.
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Erik the H
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So, which kit's gear legs are more accurately depicted? I assume Academy, but they've been known to really wonk stuff themselves.
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Paul J
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I would say the Hobbycraft ones look better. The ACA set have the stub axles off centre. The nose leg assembly looks trange too. Academy seem to have altered quite a few parts and re- orientated theem abit. The detail parts under the main canopy look better thogh and easier to put together. The windscreen on the ACA kit has a very heavy frame work compared to the one by HC that lacks it but can easily be added. On the other hand the ACA main copy has those antenna lines at the rear end. But the air brakes are still wrong.
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Scott Hemsley
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I would say the Hobbycraft ones look better. The ACA set have the stub axles off centre


With regards to the ACA MLG, that may be accurate. I thought the same thing when I was doing the new-ish Aifrix kit as they had the same off-centre axles. After digging into this, checking any phot I could find that showed the l/g to good advantage. Nothing 100% certain mind you - like a shot of the l/g with the tire removed ... but enough to convince me that Airfix might just be right on this issue. Extending that conclusion to your statement, I'd say that the ACA interpretation is correct. However, the gear legs do look more 'hefty' than usual, while the HC/Fujimi MLG look right in terms on the l/g thickness..

However, without that ultimate photo, I'd say look at the multitude of photos yourself and make your own decision. The reference point to note is the relation of the hub location to the gear leg and for that, I'd say you're looking for an unobstructed, dead-on profile shot of that MLG.


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jvd59
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You mean axle off center of gear strut like this?---John
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jvd59
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I guess the new mold Airfix F-86F "wonky" leg is correct.---John
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Paul J
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Re the undercart it could well be. I am just going to go with what the jit has. But the parts on my kit sprue the axles seemed to be short moulded so I will have to insatll my own axle stubs.
Meanwhile here are a few more pics of ptogress. Not much done though s I have been working on the Golden Hawk one along side and thatone is now finished. (Pics to come)

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Canopy masked up for painting.

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Hope to get more done during coming week. BUt I need to find some decent silver to replicate the spryaed dilver as per real things.


PS: in backgound of the bottom pic there is a Vampire. Less said about the decals the better. When Its sorted it will be another RFI post

Cheers.
Edited by Paul J, Jan 21 2018, 03:11 PM.
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Paul J
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A few update pics of work done today. Mainly the paint work. Found a jar of AK Extreme metal Dark Aluminium that when airbrushed isn't dark at all It looks just fine representing the painted aluminium of RAAF Sabres.

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jvd59
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Looking good, like the color scheme.---John
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Paul J
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A few pics of the decals selected for this build with the kit decals which I will some of the stencilling.

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More of completed decalling later.
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Paul J
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Final few WIP pics :

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just a few more bits to stick on and then its all over.
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