F-86 of Capt. Charles McSwain Suwon, Korea (1953)

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    Okay I know I said an Il-2 was up but I need to do a build to get me back into it. This beat up Monogram F-86 i scored for 5 bucks on ebay I decided was a good one. Thanks to Karl for the Decals...I don't care if the cockpit Grey is dark I'm just doing a quick, simple build to get the ball rolling. I have never built a jet before but I think this one will go at a good pace.
     

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    Its a fairly straight forward kit.
    You'll need weight in the nose, I forgot and had to sneak it in after.
    I painted the yellow and black stripes so I am not sure how the decals will fit
    I've got another one coming along with a F-80
    got both for less than the F-80 I could buy here!
     
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    Good stuff H. The Academy decals work, but if you use the yellow bands, you'll need a lot of decal solution, especially on the fuselage, and the wing leading edges, as they're quite thick.
     
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    If anything goes wrong with the stripes, B-17, I have a spare set I can send you. They are also Academy.

    Geo
     
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    Thanks Geo! This one is going to be more about my overall build getting it back up to par than detailing. Have quite a few interesting birds I want to do after this. I just need to see a finished product of my own to get me motivated (after a emotionally draining Do-17 :lol: )

    Also thanks T!
     
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    Be careful on the decals its odd but some react well to decal solution, some don't :D

    I have this kit in 1/48 and will start building it in 1/72 soon with the same markings for mike's bird :)

    I've been to the rodeo with their decals a couple times and it is so odd, sometimes they are perfect and others horrible :D use the solution carefully :D

    Igor :)
     
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    Thanks Igor! Look forward to seeing your bird !
     
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    When I built the Academy kit, the only decal problem, apart from the previously mentioned 'thick' stripes, was placement - they wanted to stick where they were initially placed!
    Also, the checkers for the tail fin were the opposite - they were quite thin, and one tore quite easily, requiring re-touching later.
    And if you mess up, and then mess up again with Geo's decals, I have a spare set too, although it's from the other Academy kit.
     
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    Thanks T! I made some more progress on the discolored cockpit today, going to do some more tomorrow then post a few progress pictures! I just was having hard time with motivation but this new subject peaked my interest so I feel good now
     
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    Instrument Panel...painted grey, then did each individual dial in black, and finally dry brushed white to achieve final effect.
     

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    Nice 8)
     
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    will look through my books Harrison, think i might have a pic or two
     
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    Great job on the panel H - very well done.
     
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    You lot are all messed up! :lol:

    Great looking panel H! :thumbright:
     
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    Nice work so far Harrison!
     
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    Thanks guys

    Finished cockpit and Installed
     

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    Looking very good Harry. :thumbright:
     
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