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Member postings for Martin Gay

Here is a list of all the postings Martin Gay has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.

Thread: Chris McG F-86 Sabre Dog build blog
16/01/2020 20:19:59


Don't get disheartened by the lack of comments. Your build is going very well and both Gordon, and I, are impressed with the way you are modifying our design to make a different version of the aircraft.

The "special canopy" plug that Ade is planning to make will be something very different as I know what it is. wink

I can barely contain my excitement!


Thread: John A's Sabre build
16/01/2020 09:16:58

Hi Neil,

We fit releasable underwing stores so that we can clean up the bottom of the wing just before landing. Otherwise the drop tanks can catch in the grass and make the model to cartwheel causing lots of damage.

Much safer that way!


Thread: PSSA Mass Build weekend attenders
16/01/2020 09:13:35

Hello Neil,

The Great Orme is a fantastic place to fly, and the PSSA group are a very friendly bunch. It is worth visiting for the social aspect alone!

I am happy to set up my buddy-box system for you to fly my Sabre, weather permitting, as I have both mode1 & 2 available.

Ade (**LINK**) is also modelling the "Golden Hawks" Sabre and may be able to help out with which specific paint colours/markings etc that he is using. Have a look at his thread and ask questions!


Thread: Chris McG F-86 Sabre Dog build blog
16/01/2020 08:59:54


When posting on these forums it does sometimes seem that no-one is interested. I don't believe that is the case here. Yes there are 36 Sabre build threads, and yes, some have not been updated for months. However, there are thousands of views - yours has over 8000, so there is a lot of interest.

I suspect there will be more added to the blogs as everyone starts to realise that there is now less than five months until the Sabre Mass Build event on the Great Orme.

Fortunately the model builds quite quickly, it is the finishing/painting that will take the time, as Gordon found out on the "Gamma" build.

Keep up the great work, I am really looking forward to seeing the "Dog" in June, it will probably be the only one of its kind!


Thread: Canadair F4 Sabre XB812
14/01/2020 18:40:01

Understood Chris,

I am just waiting on Andy to send the stl file to me!


14/01/2020 08:42:39

Very nice Chris.

We were working towards drawing up a drop tank for the forum, but ours was a generic, circular shape.

Can you email the dxf files to me please, whilst I await a reply from Andy.


Thread: Sabre Drop Tanks
13/01/2020 22:46:02


PM sent.


Thread: Sabre Adversary
13/01/2020 15:28:26

There has been a little bit of "chat" about the aircraft that was the Sabre's main adversary in the Korean conflict.

Gordon, and I, have already started work on drawings for the Mig-15 at the same scale as the Sabre. We hope to bring the prototype along to the June 2020 PSSA event. If it is ready to fly it will have a lot of targets to choose from! wink

mig drawing.jpg

Edited By Martin Gay on 13/01/2020 15:28:53

Thread: Sabre Drop Tanks
13/01/2020 12:51:34

Balsa or ply ribs on a central keel infilled with foam.

Cover with your preferred skinning method.

13/01/2020 11:36:50

The drawing will show a generic pylon up to the bottom wing skin. You will need to add to the top of that to fit your release mechanism.

As to a sidewinder drawing, that is available here:



13/01/2020 10:55:20


A number of you are planning on fitting drop tanks to your models. To this end, Gordon is currently drawing up a generic drop tank that is in the region of 380mm long and 60mm diameter.

When finished, this drawing will be made available in pdf format, on this thread, for fitting to your own pylons.

Is this something that any of you would be interested in?


Edited By Martin Gay on 13/01/2020 10:55:40

Thread: Chris McG F-86 Sabre Dog build blog
08/01/2020 10:58:01


tapering of the planks is the way to go.


07/01/2020 22:20:45


The planking looks very neat. Are you sure you haven't done any planking before?

Or have you been learning very quickly from all the other posts?

Well done,


Thread: Phil's F-86 Sabre build thread
05/01/2020 19:31:48

That's one of the things I like about this hobby:

"Improvise, adapt and overcome" thumbs up

Thread: F86 "Gamma" Build
03/01/2020 20:25:00

It weighs in about 3.5lbs which is 8 ounces lighter than the prototype!

Thread: Rob's F-86F NASA 228 research aircraft build
03/01/2020 19:43:00

You are progressing well with the build Rob!

Thread: F86 "Gamma" Build
03/01/2020 19:40:24

Bottom hinged/top actuated flap linkage:


03/01/2020 19:38:06

Close up of the top hinged/bottom actuated aileron linkage:


Edited By Martin Gay on 03/01/2020 19:39:19

03/01/2020 19:03:11

Undersides showing the "hidden" linkages on the "Gamma" build compared to the prototype where the linkages hang out in the breeze!



03/01/2020 19:01:23

More photos:


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