This kit from Kinetic was built about 6 months ago. The kit comes with what it looks some clunky parts and sprues (thick) especially on the wings but overall fit is very good and for the price, you’ll get a quite n ice surface detail is quite accurate based on my picture references. Even without an after market cockpit resin kit which can be as expensive as the kit itself, it finishes up an impressive model. I painted this model using regular Testors Aluminum in spray and then to matte down the shine and metallic speckles I coated it with Testors DullCote. I left it drying for 48 hours. After the paint was dry, I did started to ”panel it up” with Testors Metallizers. I used Magnesium non-buffing metallizer for the machine gun covers and Aluminum Plate (Buffing) in other areas. Markings for the Kinetic F86 included are:
1- F-86F-1, 51-2910, 39 FIS/51 FIW, ‘Beauteous Butch II’, as it appeared after his final combat mission as flown by Captain Joseph McConnell
2- F-86F-30, 52-4641, 39 FIS/51 FIW, ‘Mike’s Bird’, as flown by Captain Charles McSwain
I chose Mike’s Bird because its a colorful marking on a shelf filled with rather monochromatic colors and markings. The decals are rather thin and settles down to the rivets easily with Microsol setting solution. This is a great kit in my opinion either for large scale enthusiasts or those small scale model builders that would like a larger version of their beloved Sabre F86. 10 minutes away from my home, I have on display and nice F86H where I took a few dozen pictures.
Street Price: $40-$50 USD.