1/48 Canadian Sabre, "Fireball" Aerobatic Team :)

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  1. Rogi

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    So I've been sitting on this kit for a while, 1/48 Academy F-86 F-30, that I'll convert into a narrow wing with the Scoobie Do wing pack :)

    I'll make it the mount of one of Canada's lesser known Aerobatic teams, the "Fireballs" ! :) Their mount was a Canadair Mk.2 Sabre! :) (from what I can make out of the photos)

    The story of the team is great and its a lesser known part of our Canadian heritage, The Fireballs were a European Royal Canadian Air Force team, diplaying and showing in many European Airshows, in bright red Sabres ! :) created in 1954 the paint scheme didn't last long, being changed to a diffrent scheme quickly. The higher ups didn't want the team being confused as being "Communist" (so the story goes). If this isn't a Mk.2 and is something else, please let me know :) I think by the slats and positioning it is a Mk.2 :)


    I originally got interested in the team when I was doing some research for the Snowbirds, I'm trying to figure out the exact year in one of my photos of the Snowbirds when I was a child, I got the chance to sit in the cockpit in one of their airshow appearances, was super cool :) and I'd love to make a model out of that. I found the info on the aerobaticsteams.net website, very awesome and has tons of pics and historys of a lot of the worlds teams :)

    but on to the Fireballs, here are 3 pics off this site I've only seen the color profile on a couple other sites and these 2 photos I've never seen anywhere else :) If anyoen has any extra pics of these birds please share :D

    These arn't my photos and if I need to put them down, please let me know, but its an amazing section of history :) and you know me guys, I always do the rare and un-common schemes. I've got 2 other schemes picked out for GB 19 and there more "nose art" so I wasn't sure if this team would fit into that category or not :D so I'm leaving those 2 aircraft for GB 19 and doing this one as it comes :)

    Hope you guys enjoy! and Go Canada :) We'll get to the build shots in a couple days :)

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    That is very cool Igor. Never heard of them before. Awaiting the build. Gotta book about aerobatic teams somewhere. I'll see if there's anything in there for you.

    Geo
     
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    This'll be neat, don't really see them much.
     
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    Missed this one, should be real nice !
     
  5. Rogi

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    I'll have to annoy you guys yet again for canopy seam line tips lol :D Canopy 10->Igor-0 :S

    Still can't figure out the right proportions of elbow grease, to sand paper to polishing time. Its just crazy :D I always leave new scratches behind on any cockpit I try to do hehe :(
     
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    I'll have to put this one on hold guys, I ordered a replacement F-86 in 1/48 after I found most of the stuff in this one missing (it was a garage sale buy) Instead of sending me a 1/48 kit, I ended up with a 1/72.

    But all is not lost, if you guys dont mind me changing the main post to another bird? Any sugestions on a 1/72 scheme? I'd love a RCAF scheme, maybe Golden Hawks (since the F-86F kit has no slats) so it'd have to be a Mk.4 or up?

    Sorry guys, today just seems like a good to bad day :S
     
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    I do like the Golden Hawks. Just curious though...who makes gold paint.

    Geo
     
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    #8 Rogi, Dec 30, 2012
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    As crazy as it is Geo, I'd probobly get gold foil and put it on, it would be amazingly expensive, but my father does Iconografy and has a ton of it. Maybe even some lesser grade gold foil is available in stores? I know the stuff he has is very high like 18k or 24k and it would really be crazy to put onto a model :D

    Testors used to make a gold enamel paint, not sure if they still do.
     
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    Just a small update, my father saved the day! He checked his modeling pile, he found 2 F-86F-30s, he told me I could have one till my kit arrives :D

    So I'll be starting on her soon, as soon as he arrives with the kit :D (of course I'll be giving him that ordered kit back as a thank you :D and some nice Korean War Sabre decals to go along with :D)

    I took a look at the Scoobie Do wing for the Mk.2 and it doesn't look all that clean like aftermarket wings usually do, a couple parts were broken in the package, I'll post some pics tomorrow, I'll have a bit of sanding with this one and a lot of putty but it'll be great :D lots of overlap and some knicks off the wing here and there, but hopefully putty will fix it. :D

    Canadian Fireball Sabre, on again!
     
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    Almost forgot, some build progress so far :)

    Just un-packed the wing to take a look, some un-even edges, little bit of wear and tear on the control surfaces, will need sanding and putty, along with a nice hole in the wing, but I'll patch it up with putty and stryene sheet if needed :S The Scobie-Do wing is very nice in detail but it has a bit of stuff that I'll need to fix :)
    Masking it off before putty:
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    You can see the hole better here in this shot :)
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    I'll have to cut and sand this fuselage down to make it fit the wing bit of cutting so far
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    Started to remove this section of the fuselage too, the wing won't fit without this gone
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    taking a break atm at this point
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    Instrument Panel painted in Flat Black with a bit of grey all Mk.2s had a Black interior, it wasn't till the 5s and 6s that grey was introduced:
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    and the Canopy, the left side was indented a bit so I'm covering it up with Sheet Styrene and fixing the thickness of the canopy as we go along :) I'll do the same to the other side to even them out and make them look good :)
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    Hope you guys enjoy :)
     
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    If you guys don't mind, do you mind if I change my subject?

    This year 2013, Canada proclaimed as "Year of the Korean War", one of my friends from Korea sent me a F-86 Korean Sabres set of decals. Since our competition in my town is September 2013 is nearing close and the subject will be "Korean War" I was wondering if you guys don't mind me changing to a more Korean Sabre (I do plan on making this model, but I'd have to put her on the back burner for now)

    I'll edit this topic instead of starting a new one, since the only thing I'm editing is the decal options for which bird I want to do :)

    Do you guys mind? :D
     
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    The hallowed Bible of Forum Rules, Article 16, Section 5, Clause 5.2 regarding "Changing one's mind" states, in its entirety:

    "No problem"

    So I say, "no problem".
     
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    #20 Vic Balshaw, Jan 19, 2013
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    She'll be right Igor, no worries!
     
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