This is the hot rod
variant of the F-86 model series.
This is the 1:48th scale Collect-Aire F-86H. All resin with metal landing gear and vac canopy. Built mostly straight out of the box with little extras (added vortex generators and some cockpit details) or aftermarket additions (True Details wheels). It is one of my first Collect-Aire build ups. Today I would have done it differently. I have two more stashed away for a later time.
I chose to do it in ANG colors. My knowledge and ability to tame full resin kits was not at the same level as it is today so I opted out of a natural metal finish.
The resin in the kit was a little bit rough back in those days. Later editions of the kit improved a lot and now it seems that the resin shop has made yet more great improvements as evidenced by their new kits (E-2C, AT-9 Jeep) and all the later re-releases.
I started by cleaning up the parts and fixing all the surface blemishes. I proceeded with working on the smaller parts and completing the cockpit.
Today I would have used almost all of the cockpit parts out of an F-86D including the canopy. I would probably have used the main wing too. Today I would have know about the 3M Acryl Blue magic and the use of Alclad II. Next time around I will do things differently. This is the whole idea is it not?
Photos and text © by Fotios Rouch