The Sabre Dog Days Of Summer- This heat must be getting to me

Call it the perfect modeling storm.

Lately, I’ve had the weirdest urge to build jets. I never build jets. Well- I didn’t. But somewhere along the line, I realized I was feeling some burnout with all of the piston engined fighters I was building. So I started building a jet. And I’m really enjoying it.

About the same time, Spencer Pollard posted a great video detailing how he uses decanted Tamiya AS-12 Bare Metal Silver to get excellent natural metal finishes. Having had little luck with other products myself, I decided to give it a try after seeing the fabulous model he built using that paint. But what to build?

I thought about the usual suspects- a P-51, or perhaps a P-47. Yet as I thought of the possibilities, I realized I wanted to stick with my newfound enthusiasm for jets. At the same time, I wanted to find a nice but cheap kit, one with a lower parts count. I was stumped.

But I really wanted to try out that AS-12 paint.

Then last night, I was looking through Youtube for an aviation documentary to watch, and one on the North American F-86 caught my eye. Using my trusty Chromecast to watch it on my TV, I sat back with a cup of coffee and was drifting off to sleep, enjoying the show.

And then they started talking about the F-86D Sabre Dog.

I sat up. I liked Sabre Dogs. Growing up, a friend’s brother built models, and he had this really nice Sabre Dog hanging from his ceiling. I’d always wanted to build one. As I was mulling this over, another neuron fired, and I remembered seeing Revell’s kit at Hobby Lobby. Which meant a 40% off coupon.

“But it’s covered in raised panel lines” I said to myself. “You know we hate raised panel lines.”

“Yes”, I replied, “We do. But are we sure that this kit has raised panel lines?”

So off to the Interwebs we went, searching for a few product reviews or build reports. And very quickly, we had a verdict.

Recessed panel lines. Decent fit. Very nice kit.

Congratulations and handshakes all around. (If you knew me you’d already know my mind is a very odd place.)

So this morning it was off to Hobby Lobby I went. And the kit was already clearanced- 40% off. After forking over US$15, I happily headed home.

I don’t plan to just blow through this kit at all costs on this long holiday weekend. If I can finish before Monday night- great. If not, no problem. But I don’t plan to linger, either. I want it to look nice, but my primary goal is to try out the metal finish with the AS-12 paint.

In any event, I seem to have found myself in the middle of another jet build.

And we are very happy about that right now.



By Jon Bius

Jon Bius is a scale modeler, building models in a variety of genres, including Gunpla, Maschinen Krieger, Star Wars and other scifi. Through his blog and video channel, Jon shares the tools and techniques he uses to produce results than anyone can achieve - and have fun doing so!

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