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Chris McG F-86 Sabre Dog build blog

my first attempt to a soaring bird for the PSSA MB 2020?

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McG 696905/10/2020 18:31:13
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Thanks for the kind words, lady. kiss

I must say that your 'sound system' guy looks quite 'cute' staring at you...

As soon as it will be possible, I'll concentrate on the Dog again. That wing seat Aliphatic glue must be well cured now.

I've got myself a new 'toy' as well now in the shape of a Creality Ender 3 Pro 3D printer. Still a lot to read, to build up and try to understand.

But I'll get slowly into it, combining it with the Dog... angel

Cheers & stay careful, gents


McG 696908/10/2020 19:37:23
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Hello again,

I must admit I’ve been a bit distracted by my new toy. Assembling of the Ender 3 has been quite straight forward but I’m still in a bit of a fight with that Cura slicer app… cool

Back to the Dog then.

Both fuselage strips were indeed totally cured.


Next is to fill in the cross-grained bits to join the planking with F14 on both sides.

Nothing complicated but a lot of measuring hence a lot slower than normal planking… frown

Hakuna matata & stay safe all


BRU - BE / CTR Cura Control

McG 696910/10/2020 20:43:53
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Hello out there,

I thought naively that one session at La Grotte would get this job cleared.

Nope… I needed two full sessions, being very probably a ‘very slow’ apprentice… blush


The port side has been roughly sanded while the starboard one will be next when the Aliphatic is dry.


Apologies for the pics being slightly out of focus, but I guess the poor light gave a quite narrow depth of field. Are we really getting some autumn/winter weather now? …

Hakuna matata & stay very careful all


BRU - BE / CTR Slow Apprentice Control

McG 696913/10/2020 18:48:03
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Hi there,

I made a start at the LE fairings for the Dog.

Looking at build pics from other forumites seemed to be a waste of time as the Dog’s fuselage formers are ‘fatter’ than the F-86 ones.

Also, my belly pan is different for the same reasons… ppfff… frown

I’ll get there in the end but spending two sessions now in La Grotte with nothing to show isn’t really motivating.

While the first glued bits were prepared, glued and drying, I made a start to draw up the Sauce application and painting jig for the wing - trying to copycat Phil’s version - until I realized that I haven’t any proper wood to build it…

Some days, really… crying

Hakuna matata & stay careful


BRU - BE / CTR Motivation Control

McG 696915/10/2020 18:36:49
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Hello again,

I’m still struggling with the wing LE fairings as everything is so different. frown

The different fuse and belly pan made me decide to have the front of the fairing slightly built up at the bottom of the fuse.


It seems to correspond with the few pics I have from the underside of the Dog.

The wing side fairings were started with a 0,8mm ply plate, left to dry and built up afterwards with cut-offs of aileron stock.

We’ll get there in the end but this all seems sóó slow… but one thing ‘s for sure, sometimes Sellotape is an even better friend than Google… wink

The good news is that I found some old bits of wood thanks to a very friendly and helpful neighbour. yes

Hakuna matata & stay safe, gents


BRU - BE / CTR Build Up Control

McG 696917/10/2020 18:45:15
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Hi out there,

Not much progress to show, but here’s a better view of the LE fairing without pins.


It still looks very crude but there’s still a lot of wood to be removed before it fits the shape of the wing. Lots of secure sanding here but taking it slowly as I really don’t want to start this over again… blush

I started to make the wing jig as well. The old bits of wood aren’t really the right shape/dimensions and are totally dried out, but I’ll manage to ‘bodge’ it using glue instead of nails/screws, I hope. angel

Hakuna matata & stay careful all


BRU - BE / CTR Jig Wood Control

Martian17/10/2020 19:36:57
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Good stuff Chris

Dwain Dibley.17/10/2020 22:19:24
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Just remember Chris, you can keep adding and sanding and adding and sanding until you get the desired results.

Excellent work to date BTW, still watching with interest, despite being quiet. wink


McG 696918/10/2020 19:11:10
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Thank you both for visiting and certainly for commenting, gents. yes

It really helps my mojo in these 'darker' days...

I decided to 'waste' a session to my wing jig. I'm convinced that it will be very helpful in time of bringing up Fred's Sauce and for final painting later.

It just looks sóó 'agricultural' that even a primitive neolithic tribe should have done a lot better... blush

I'll very probably have to give it a lick of camo paint before showing it to the universe. frown

Cheers cocktail & keep careful, guys


David Sack18/10/2020 19:23:15
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Looking very tidy indeed Sir, I think your nelolithic tribesman would be blown away ! Watching with interest as I will need to follow suite. The more pictures the better, and don't worry about the camo paint yes

McG 696919/10/2020 12:14:57
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Thanks for visiting, David.

... concerning the 'camo', I have an old white enamel spray can which is nearly empty.

I might give it a first layer and wondering how it combines with the next oversprays of primer and final coats... cool angel

Regarding your glassing preps, I posted a comment on your build thread. Hope it helps.

Cheers & stay careful, all


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