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Peter Garsden21/03/2020 16:17:45
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LOL Mr Meade - and well done for having a go at my correct title. I am, however, an Honourable Member of Leek and Moorland Gliding Association - note to self for the future.

This little man fell out of the box, superb finish, very smooth, and a choice of 2 heads (he must be in two minds?), You can't say fairer than that. I only need head and shoulders, but he is going to be so nice, and virus free too. Made sure I washed my hands after touching him of course, and did not even pick my nose afterwards.....absolute bargain and highly recommended.....


Edited By Peter Garsden on 21/03/2020 16:18:20

Phil Cooke21/03/2020 16:34:12
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Your covered wing looks superb Pete - very smart and great to see a Sabre with some colours now applied!

Yes, the event has been put back today in an attempt to enable us to run our Mass Build Fly-In at full strength. So put 5th / 6th September in your diaries!

Sabres are being built all over the world and we were due to have participation of flyers from a variety of nations - I just hope by September all this is contained and we are free to enjoy our sport again to the full!

In the meantime, we have a few more weeks to finesse our models and lift the bar that bit further on scale smile d

Andy Meade21/03/2020 20:21:23
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Covering looking great Pete, yes I think we're all getting some excellent workshop time in at the moment. I'm also glad the pilot and seat arrived safe and sound, and that I used the correct honorific angel   I'm sure you've noticed the heads have balls in the neck - this should allow you to get whichever angle you deem appropriate - just sand the plastic back to the required angle.  Cyano is fine for gluing these parts.


Edited By Andy Meade on 21/03/2020 20:23:01

Peter Garsden22/03/2020 17:01:43
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I have had words with the pilot who screamed when I cut through his upper body with a hot knife. I went for the head with the visor up, and have been busy painting today. Ideal flying conditions but the wind was ESE which is not a good direction for our slopes. Tomorrow will be SE which is better.

So have assembled and painted Wayne and his seat and glued them in. Also some bits of canopy furniture.



Does anyone know what the orange dome thing is? Looks like clear perspex with a gauge inside on the photographs?

Denis Watkins22/03/2020 17:14:44
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Posted by Peter Garsden on 22/03/2020 17:01:43:

Does anyone know what the orange dome thing is? Looks like clear perspex with a gauge inside on the photographs?

I always thought it was the Oxygen Bottle when building kits, but could be wrong

McG 696922/03/2020 17:25:11
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Hi Peter,

On the F-86 Dog Sabre, it appears to be a beacon.

I presume it should be the same on the standard F-86.

Great progress, so far. yes



dirk tinck22/03/2020 18:11:23
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Nice office Peter !cockpit dome.jpg

Not sure what that dome is Peter, but you've got it right !

Martin Gay22/03/2020 22:32:14
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I think it might be the ADF loop antenna.

Have a search on Google.


David Sack22/03/2020 23:39:53
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Yours is coming on nicely. Glad to hear your not the only one with pilot problems, mine keeps moaning that I'm going to throw the plane off a cliff and he doesn't have a parachute!

The ADF antenna system used on the F-86 was used on the early FJ-2. The early FJ-2 had the clear dome mounted aft of the armor plate and a sense antenna on the inner surface of the sliding canopy, straight from the F-86; the dome was replaced by a wire loop on the FJ-3 with no sense antenna on the canopy (I seem to remember reading that this was applied to later F-86's but I may be mistaken). The area behind the ejector seat was simplified - not quite so satisfying from the modelling front but a lot easier.

Peter Garsden23/03/2020 10:16:04
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Excellent information chaps thank you. I will now have to research what a ADF is. My thought was something to do with the ejector as it all seems connected.

Peter Garsden25/03/2020 20:12:11
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ADF = Automatic Direction Finder which is like an old Sat Nav and works off beacons stationed in different locations. Anything else you need to know about rear cockpit machinery in the F86 Sabre,..... just ask David Sack....

Having self isolated in the shed, I was not looking forward to making the red circular trim for front of the fuselage. I measured up the drawing and used french curves to make a cardboard template. The curves not only sweep to the tail but also under the fuselage into a point to the rear underneath. Not easy.


.Solartrim does not stick to bare balsa so I had to use a mixture of Solarfilm and Trim, but mainly trim because the cream Glosstex was underneath. Fiddly.


The canopy went on with some RC Modeller's Glue.

Phil Cooke25/03/2020 22:13:54
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Looking good Pete - nice curves!

dirk tinck25/03/2020 23:17:37
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Aaahhh , my wingman's ride in colors !!Nice going Pete !!

Peter Garsden27/03/2020 16:28:51
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Well, have put in the closed loop connections for the rudder. It is quite small and doesn't move an enormous amount, and is a lot of work, so I hope I can generate enough energy to use it in stall turns?

All fuselage decals on, receiver in, battery in with extension lead, magnetic switch hot glued into the side of the fuselage and a hole drilled for the blue light indicator, so I think, apart from balancing, the fuselage is finished.

Oh No. I need to create some wing fairings due to me making a boo boo and sanding a curve to the over wing fuselage in view of the shape of F6 - what I didn't realise was that the bottom part of F6 gets cut off. I think it will be alright - a mixture of 1/64" ply and balsa supports. Made them before.


Phil Cooke27/03/2020 17:52:47
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excellent Pete - looks great!! I do like the cream GlossTex. Is she getting any panel lines???

Peter Garsden27/03/2020 18:46:37
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Yes Phil I am planning panel lines. Do you think that I should? use the usual fine black fibre tipped pen? Will it stand out too much against the cream?

Mind you I only have 6 months to do it so will time be a bit tight?

Phil Cooke27/03/2020 20:29:51
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Do I think you should add panel lines? - definitely! - certainly the main panels anyway.  Use an ultra fine permanent marker and you'll be fine it will look great and break up those big areas nicely!

Yes, you've finished first once again Pete - impressive - plenty of time to have this all detailed and trimmed out before our event now!

Edited By Phil Cooke on 27/03/2020 20:30:22

Peter Garsden31/03/2020 20:14:42
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Time to link up the flaps and ailerons. Ages ago I bought a supply of 2mm studding which is ideal for connecting rods, as, unlike bicycle spokes, you can put a clevis on each end.

Space was limited so I filed down the edges of the metal clevis.

I was worried that I wouldn't have enough movement on the flaps. Martin on the plan recommends 25mm down on crow and I only have 15mm but it should be fine. It isn't a mouldie and won't fly that fast, so it is questionable whether it needs flaps. As I have them I will use them.

I cut out some control horns out of circuit board. I used the upper hole for the flaps and the lower one for the ailerons




Steve McLaren01/04/2020 21:15:35
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Very neat Pete. Must be time for view of the whole model??

Peter Garsden02/04/2020 17:58:23
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Yes indeed it is Steve. Took pictures of an assembled nearly complete model yesterday so here we are


If you look carefully you can see the incorrect curvature of the fuselage over the wing which, unless corrected will be a terrible wind turbulence creator, hence the need to create fairings. I have done panel lines on the wing but not the fuselage yet until the fairings are done.

Edited By Peter Garsden on 02/04/2020 18:02:46

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