North F-86D Sabre Dog model kit 1/32Kitty Hawk
During the late 1940s, North American Aviation developed what would become the best dogfighter of the day with the F-86 Sabre. Initially the XP-86 had straight wings which would have doomed the design, but North American was provided captured Messerschmitt Me 262 data which gave the engineering team a jump-start on successful swept-wing technology. A highly modified F-86 design would serve aboard aircraft carriers as the FJ Fury and would evolve into the first operational supersonic fighter as the F-100.
As the F-86 was evolving, North American was tasked with another derivative which would house an early intercept radar in the nose and replace the .50 caliber guns with a tray of Mighty Mouse rockets. The resulting YF-95 was an enlarged F-86 airframe that would also introduce an augmented thrust J47 engine to compensate for the heavier aircraft. Redesignated as F-86D in production, the Dog Sabre would become the first single-seat interceptor with afterburner. Over 2,500 F-86D/K/Ls were produced and served not only in the U.S. Air Force, but also in Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Honduras, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, Thailand, Venezuela, and Yugoslavia.
Nicely detailed ejection seat w/photo-etched restraints
Choice of two types of main wheels
Positionable ventral rocket tray
Full length intake duct ends at engine compressor face
Very nicely detailed J47 engine that won't be seen after assembly
Positionable radome with APG-36 radar dish inside
Leading edge slats are extended (can be retracted by removing tracks)
Positionable trailing edge flaps
Positionable speed brakes
2 x AIM-9B Sidewinder
2 x external fuel tanks
Markings are included for four options:
F-86D-55-NA, 53-0644, 82 FIS, USAF
F-86D-35-NA, 51-6171, 325 FIS, USAF
F-86D-40-NA, 52-3854, 181 FIS, TX ANG
F-86D, 84-8120, JASDF
F-86D, 210011, ROKAF
F-86D-35-NA, 51-6245, ROCAF
The decal set provides maintenance stenciling for the airframe as well as all of the distinctive markings.