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Quick build: 1/72 Argentine F-86F Sabre

Argentine Air Force F-86F Sabre - HobbyBoss - 1/72

 

Ever since I saw this Black and White picture of an Argentine Air Force F-86F-40 Sabre in NMF I totally fell in love with the plane.

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Then a Saturday morning, walking around in Buenos Aires downtown I walked into my favorite hobby shop and there was this rather toyish box from HobbyBoss. It was the “easy” F-86F kit in 1/72. The kit was dirt cheap so I thought I’d give it a go.

Argentine Air Force F-86F Sabre - HobbyBoss - 1/72

A lot has been said about the Easy like from HB so I won’t do into too much detail there, however for those of you wanting to build an argentine Sabre you need to know the Misawa tanks almost always fitted to the FAA F-86s are not included in the box. Actually the Japanese option in the box needs those as well.

Argentine Air Force F-86F Sabre - HobbyBoss - 1/72

I managed to get an old set of Heller tanks from a good friend and modified them adding the underwing station and then made resin copies for it.

Argentine Air Force F-86F Sabre - HobbyBoss - 1/72

The decals came from Condor Decals from Argentina, and the base was made with a piece of turned wood and a coat hanger.

Argentine Air Force F-86F Sabre - HobbyBoss - 1/72

I ended up deciding against a NMF finish after finding some online photos of the Argentine Sabres in the quite peculiar camo scheme they used at the end of their service life.

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I’ve since forgotten about which colors I used on this build, but they where all Tamiya mixes.

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As usual the model received a clear coat (Tamiya Clear) then a burnt umber oil wash.

The satin coat was achieved with Future floor was with 20% Tamiya Flat Base.

I hope you like it!

José Teixidó
Cat herder, pollite as fuck and all around pain in the ass

One thought on “Quick build: 1/72 Argentine F-86F Sabre

  1. Very nice work Jose. I like seeing these simple models turned into great kits. Its always nice to see something in foreign markings too.

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