S u m m a r y
CED48173 - F-86A/E
Sabres Part One
|Contents and Media:
||Double-sided full colour
letter-sized instructions plus notes sheet; 1 x full-size decal
Meteor Productions website
||sharp printing; perfect
register; well-detailed decal placement guide; information sheet
on the aircraft
||No stencil data
Reviewed by Rodger Kelly
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Here is a new sheet from Cutting Edge Modelworks that provides
markings for three F-86 Sabres.
of the 334th Fighter Interceptor Squadron. The placement guide does
not identify the pilot of this aircraft but the decal marking bears
the name "Colonel Mclean". The supplied markings depict the aircraft
as it appeared at K-14 (Kimpo Air Base, Korea) in the summer of 1952.
The machine is in natural metal finish with a grey nose and it wears
the black and yellow theatre markings on the wings, fuselage, and fin
and rudder. The markings consist of:
'Temptation' in red.
Nose art in the form
of a nude female figure on a yellow background. This marking is
supplied as a two-part decal with the yellow background separate.
Black FU-666 'Buzz
Black US AIR FORCE
and 0666 serial number for the fin.
consisting of three red stars.
A data block (with
the correct serial number).
A black square that
has the pilot's and Crew Chief's names in yellow.
A thin black line to
apply on the left hand side of the fuselage in line with the canopy.
The yellow and black
theatre marking for the fin and rudder. You will have to either
paint the markings for the fuselage and wings yourself or
purchase the Cutting Edge decal CED48028 that contains a full set of
theatre markings (as well as a full set of stencil data) if you
wish to apply these as decals rather than risking the masking and
next option is an F-86A, 52-8276, as flown by a Captain E.Y. Jorgenson
of the 116th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, 81st
Fighter Interceptor Wing. The placement sheet advises that the
aircraft was a part of USAFE. The squadron was a part of the
Washington Air Guard and was activated in February
1951. It deployed to the UK in 1951 for a short time so I guess the
markings depict when it was based at RAF Shepards
Grove or RAF Bentwaters, Suffolk. It is in overall natural metal
finish with a medium blue (no FS match provided) fin and rudder. The
Red and black
lightning bolts for the fuselage that incorporate an Ace of Spades
playing card being pierced by a sword (Squadron insignia?). Cutting
Edge has supplied the right hand side marking as a lightning bolt
without the playing card as well as the lightning bolt with the
playing card and two further 'handed' playing cards as they were
unsure of how the right hand side of the aircraft appeared – your
choice but it is nice to have been supplied with these options.
A data block.
A one-piece decal
that comprises three yellow lightning bolts, US AIR FORCE titles and
the serial number in black. You will have to paint the fin and
rudder blue yourself before applying this decal.
Black FU-276 'Buzz
Pilot's name in
black for the canopy rails.
The final option is another
F-86A, 49-1262 of the 94th Fighter Interceptor Squadron. The aircraft
is depicted in early 1953 when it was based at George Air Force Base,
California. The aircraft is in overall natural metal finish and bears
markings that were applied especially for the fly-over of President
Eisenhower's inauguration. The supplied markings consist of:
bolts for the fuselage that contains the 94th's 'hat in ring'
A black bordered
yellow band over the fin and rudder.
Black FU-262 'Buzz
Black US AIR FORCE
and 9162 serial number for the fin.
Strangely, there is no data
block supplied for this option.
There is a single set of
national insignia and USAF titles for the wings supplied which means
that you can only model one option from the sheet. Apart from the two
data blocks, there is no other stencil data provided.
There is no indication as to
who printed the decals. My bet is that it was Microscale though such
is the quality of the product. Everything is in perfect register and
there is an absolute minimum of decal film surrounding each subject
which is a good thing as they are destined for a natural metal
The placement guide is A-4 in
size and shows left hand side profiles of each option and a single top
view of a Korean War era machine. There is also a separate smaller
sheet included and this sheet carries short notes on each of the
options as well as full instructions on how to apply decals and a
short bibliography. If you don’t have these books mentioned
in the bibliography, or access to them head your browser towards José
Herculano’s website at
http://www.almansur.com/aviation/f86fdetail/ As well as giving a
blow-by-blow description on tackling the Hasegawa F-86 it also has a
wealth of close-up detail photos of the F-86
The decal sheet, placement
guide and notes sheet are packed in a clear plastic zip-loc bag.
The recommended kit is the
Hasegawa F-86F but I'm sure that the Academy kit will be just as
Should you wish to model any of the aircraft on
this sheet, be aware that you will need to backdate both the Hasegawa
and the Academy Fs to A standard. Cutting Edge offers this conversion
as a part of their range of their resin accessories/conversions.
A nice sheet from Cutting
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the review samples..
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