Fans of Cold War jets will welcome the re-issue of the 1/48 F-86D from Revell, as CHRIS CLIFFORD reports.


Dog Sabre or Sabre Dog? Revell has used the former moniker for this pleasing re-release, but almost everyone knows the aircraft by the latter name. Regardless, the kit is undoubtedly the best replica of the type in this scale. First released by Monogram/Promodeler in 2001, the parts feature superlative detail for the period, and they have been re-released by Revell on various occasions, along with a boutique mixed-media reworking to F-86K standard by MustHave! In 2012.

If you are unaware of the differences of the Sabre Dog, it featured a larger fuselage than ‘traditional’ F-86s (necessitated by an afterburning engine), an upwards-opening canopy, and a smaller nose air intake with a radome above it. Its armament was also different; due to the bomber interceptor role, it shunned all gun armament for a clever drop-down launch tray behind the nose undercarriage, housing 24 2.75in Mighty Mouse Folding Fin Aircraft Rockets (FFAR).

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