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1/48 Monogram F-86K

F-86D converted to a F-86K 

by Henk Rodermond

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History

The F86K was used as an interceptor within the Royal Netherlands Air Force. 50 planes where build in the USA and 6 in Italy. The air force flew from 1956 until 1962 with the Sabre and was then replaced by the Starfighter.

The Kit

The big box is full of plastic. Everything is nicely formed. Even a towing-tractor comes with the model. Cockpit detail is good and has a nice instrument panel, so I needed  no update set.

Everything was fitting well together.

CONVERTING AND BUILDING

 

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The most important difference between the F86D and the F86K is the armament in the nose. Instead of the rocket tray the F86K sported four 20 mm cannon in the nose. To keep the centre of gravity in its place the fuselage was lengthened in two places with 8 inch inserts (see drawing)

Later on in their service life the Dutch F86K;s got sidewinder missiles. The wing was made bigger and slats were introduced. It's not clear if the wings were also lengthened. Sources contradict each other on this.

So there were four possibilities to get an F86K for my collection.

  1. Disregard all the above mentioned and construct the F86D and don't tell anyone.

  2. Create the nose armament and pray for ignorant jury members and fellow modellers.

  3. Start scratch building, after all you're a master modeller

  4. Wait patiently  for the upcoming conversion sets. Probably the accurate and certainly most expensive option.

I created the nose armament and lengthening the F86D. I spent one evening drilling and filling. But the result was there.

The remaining assembly was all out of the box.

PAINT & DECALS 

 

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The rest the model was sprayed with modelmaster metal polish with a light mix of burned iron to get some weathering. 

After spraying it gloss, I used the Dutch decal set 48033 which consists of a set to make a F86K of the Royal Netherlands Airforce of four different SQN. I build the F86K from 700 Panther sqn based at Twenthe Airforce Base 1964.

CONCLUSIONS

 Nothing but good to say for this model 

 REFERENCES

Henk

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Photos and text by Henk Rodermond

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