CAC 32 Avon Sabre
CAC 32 Avon Sabre
scale F-86F Sabre is
available online from
The basic kit is Hasegawa's 1/48 F-86F-40 Sabre, converted to the
unique Australian Avon Sabre.
The Red Roo Avon Sabre conversion was used, along with Aires Sabre
cockpit set. Resin replacement parts for the instrument panel, rear
cockpit deck and flaps were also used.
Quite a bit of work was required to get the four lots of parts together,
but ample dry fitting, filing, sanding and scratch building got them in
place. It was a pleasant relief, and sometimes a mystery, how well the
parts eventually fitted.
Pieces of sprue were attached internally as guides for fuselage halves
and various items.
The resin cockpit floor was shortened about 1mm. This was to align the
side instrument consoles to what I believe to be their correct position.
The ejection seat and gear on rear cockpit deck received a little extra
This version required a dorsal and ventral vent, which got there,
although its fidgety stuff. The shallow intakes were done , quite
neatly, with the side of an engraving tool. I would have liked the
larger intakes to be a bit neater but left them as moulded.
Removing the seams from the intake duct, exhaust pipe and nose area in
particular took some time but was worth the effort.
After looking at many photos of Sabres, it appeared their main
undercarriage doors were always fully up or fully down. I opted for half
Sidewinders were a late addition to the Australian Sabres. Using the kit
pylons the early generation missiles are from Hasegawa Weapon set C
The cannon ports were drilled out and rebuilt.
As this is the only Avon Sabre I'm likely to build I opted for the
cleanest possible finish, even though Red Roo supplied some excellent
decals for display team Sabres.
My Sabre is finished in Humbrol silver No 11 to simulate the bare metal
finish. Primer grey I made to match from colour photos. Cockpit interior
primer grey and flat black. I replaced the fin flash and fuselage
roundels. A couple of stencils were also substituted from a RooDecal
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