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F-86 Sabres Mk.31/32


1/48 scale


Model Alliance Decals


S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number and Scale: 1/48 MA-48125 - F-86 Sabres Mk.31/32
Contents and Media: 1 x full sized decal sheet; two A4 sized full colour instructions
Price: GBP13.00 (1/48); GBP9.00 (1/72) available online from their website
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Attractive and colourful schemes; thin, flexible and strong; individually silk screen printed; good instructions perfect register; some stencil data decals are included.
Recommendation: Recommended

Reviewed by Brett Green

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Model Alliance's "F-86 Sabres Mk.31/32" offers some colouful and interesting markings for nine different RAAF CA-27 Sabre subjects.

All the aircraft wear a basic coat of Aluminium lacquer, but they are adorned with a variety of coloured panels and artwork on their noses, fins, fuselages and wings.

Decals are provided for the following nine aircraft:

  • A94-974 3 Sqn Butterworth 1968

  • A94-942 76 Sqn Red Diamonds Aerobatic Team 1962

  • A94-946 ARDU Laverton 1960

  • A94-949 2 OCU Williamstown 1960s

  • A94-366 5 OCU 1960s

  • A94-974 77 Sqn Butterworth

  • A94-949 2 OCU Williamstown 1960s

  • A94-954 2 OCU Williamstown 1960s

  • A94-988 5 OCU Williamstown 1960s

Decals are beautifully printed and in perfect register. They are produced in the USA by Microscale.

The instructions maintain the same high standard. They are presented on four sides of A4 paper, and include colour port side profiles for all nine aircraft. Top and bottom views of the camouflage scheme are also illustrated in colour, along with a stencil marking guide.

It is important to note that the CA-27 Mk.31 and 32 Sabres were different to North American Sabres in a number of significant areas. The most notable of these is around the nose (providing accommodation for the two 30mm Aden cannon), but there are many other subtle distinctions. The best way to depict an Australian Sabre is by using the Red Roo conversion on either the Hasegawa or Academy kits; or buying the newly packaged High Planes kit (essentially the same conversion combined with the Academy kit).

This is a very welcome addition to the Model Alliance decals range, and compliments Jon Freeman's recent On Target Profile book very nicely. In addition to colour profiles and information, you can see colour photos of several of these decal subjects in the Profile book.


Thanks to Aviation Workshop / Model Alliance (UK)  for the review sample

Model Alliance products are available online from the Aviation Workshop.

Review Copyright 2005 by Brett Green
Page Created 26 April, 2005
Last updated 28 April, 2005

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