Hobby Boss 1/72
Hobby Boss 1/72 F-86F-30 Sabre
AUD $ 12.00 MSRP
North American F-86 was designed to meet a late WWII requirement for a jet
powered Pursuit aircraft and was a development of the companies Fury naval
fighter. During its design captured German research work convinced the designers
to sweep the wings. The resulting aircraft became one of the benchmarks of early
jets. Whilst the hardware was ground breaking it was the air-to-air clashes over
that made the legend that is the Sabre. Here the Cold War turned hot and well
trained, mostly, American pilots took on a superior numbered enemy and gained
F-86F-30 introduced a more powerful engine and modified wing. The latter was
extended in cord 6in at the wing root and 3in at the tip to give the Sabre
better turn at high altitude and this removed one of the advantages itís
sparring partner, the Soviet Mig 15, enjoyed.
with all the kits in this series by Chinaís Hobby Boss, on lifting the lid of
the box you are confronted with what resembles a cross between a high-end resin
kit, or one of those diecast models that require some assembly or a partially
assembled injection kit. That impression comes via the moulding of the majority
of the fuselage as one piece and the wings and the underside of the fuselage as
one unit. These and the remaining parts are packaged in a vac formed tray, which
very effectively prohibits parts moving around and getting broken.
kit consists of 31 parts moulded in grey plastic. Detailing is of the engraved
type with panel lines and some rivet detail. Wheel wells and speed brake
interiors have detail and are reasonably deep, the front well however appears a
little too wide.
cockpit is reduced to a tub, which also has the upper half of the intake moulded
to its bottom, side consoles have no detail and no decals are provide either.
Added to this are a stick and seat, the instrument panel is moulded with the
fuselage, again with no detail or decal. Some gun sight detailing is also
provided, as is some for the area under the canopy behind the seat. The single
piece canopy is very clear but it has a couple of large mounting tabs that will
probably be seen from the outside once it is attached.
boxed as an F-30 the wing is of the correct type and has the small fence. Panel
lines on wings and fuselage appear to be correct but undoubtedly the micrometer
crowd will say different. There is a seam that runs the length of the upper
fuselage that will need sanding down.
parts for the undercarriage are reasonably detailed, however there are moulding
pips and seams to remove. The front wheel is formed with the leg and the main
wheels are simplified. Door inner faces also are detailed but ejection pin marks
are present on the
main doors. A strange thing with these doors is that one has a single mounting
tab and the other has two, this is probably to ensure no mixup in construction.
This will add some work to cover these up. Larger than
necessary attachment points are used for the U/C and other assemblies but these
are part of the simplification of these kits, in some ways they are part push
together, so be prepared for a struggle to separate parts if you dry fit them.
items are just a pair of drop tanks, their sway braces have large attachment
points to the tanks and these are areas that will need filling.
decal sheet is well printed and in register. 2 markings choices are provided:
Aircraft of Maj. James Jabara, 334th
FS, Korea, July 1953. This aircraft is overall silver with yellow UN id bands.
Aircraft from 2 Sqn. South
African Air Force, Korea named Bevkeneve. This aircraft is also in silver with
the yellow id bands.
instruction sheet is a folded A4 size with a diagram of the sprues, 2-step
construction diagram and painting and decaling guide. The latter is in colour
and will need close study.
this simple kit looks to have much promise. Why Hobby Boss did not include
decals for the cockpit is a mystery and this is one area that can easily be
improved by their addition. Price wise it hits the shelves as the cheapest
genuine scale model in this scale and is remarkably good value.
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