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North American F-86D Sabre. . In June 1958, Denmark recieved 38 out of 60 F-86D Sabre to replace the Republic F-84 and Gloster Meteors of (SQD)ESK 723, ESK 726 and ESK 728. Equipped with a radar in the nose, the F-86D Sabre, was the all-weather fighter version of the F-86. . I have an unwritten, to-do list of planes which I have to build sooner or later, and in my quest to decide the next building topic, I remembered my time at Airbase Ålborg. Numerous times I have passed one of the AB`s landmarks, a North American F-86D Sabre, on the short way from the main gate to the AB accommodation area. Being quite fascinated by the characteristic look of this fighter aircraft, I simply had to make my own. The F-86D or the “Sabre Dog” wasn`t easy to replicate in LEGO form, and lead to countless design iterations, before I was happy with the result. The major challenges was the distinct nose and air intake, the arrow-shaped main- and tail-wings, and the main-wing dihedral angle. Regarding the shape of my “Sabre Dog”, it is obvious that the curved slopes has been a key brick. Both for shaping the nose and air intake, the fuselage, and the wing leading edges. The angles of the wings is made possible by the use of hinges (for the dihedral) and Pythagoras 3-4-5 triangle for the arrow-shape. Finally I`m prepared to take the criticism for the colour-scheme of this LEGO plane. I had to decide either to build it in LBG, or paint a lot of bricks to give it a raw aluminum finish. As you can see I choose the paintwork, and I`m really happy with the result. I haven`t counted the number of parts painted, but my guess will be around 300. The colour-scheme seen here belongs to ESK 726. They had a number of planes painted like this, but so far I haven`t been able to solve, why they were painted like this. About the North American F-86D Sabre: Development began i march 1949, but even though it had name and number in common with the F-86A , E and F, the D version, it was in reality a completely new plane. Only around 25 percent of the components of the F-86A was reused in the F-86D, while the rest was new design. YF-86D flew the first time on december 22nd 1949. The engine was a General Electric J47-GE-17 with afterburner, and the most significant new outer of the type, was the big radome above the air intake. A completely new feature of the F-86D was the armament, consisting of 24 Mighty Mouse folding-fin rockets in a tray placed inside the fuselage behind the nose-wheel well. Immediately before firing the tray was lowered to firing position, and after firing the tray retracted into the fuselage again. 2504 F-86D were built, which was more than any of the other F-86 types. The F-86D was introduced to the Royal Danish Air Force in June 1958, when 38 out of 60 aircrafts on board a US aircraft carrier, were delivered to AB Ålborg. With the total of 60 aircrafts in service the RDAF was in possession of three fighter squadrons with all-weather capabilities. The Mighty Mouse rockets wasn`t a huge success in service, so later on the armament was extended to comprise two infrared heat seeking Sidewinder missiles. The service of this type became quite short, since ESK 723 and ESK 726 only six years later replaced the Sabre Dogs with the F-104G Starfighter. The third Squadron ESK 728 received the remaining aircrafts and flew the type until march 1966, when the squadron was closed. Specifications: Crew: 1 Powerplant: 1 × General Electric J47-GE-17B, 5,425 lbf (24.1 kN)dry, 7,500 lbf (33.4 kN) with afterburner Performance: max speed 693 mph (1,115 km/h) range 330 miles (531 km) service ceiling 49,750 ft (15,163 m) rate of climb 12,150 ft/min (61.7 m/s) Dimensions: wingspan 37 ft 1.5 in (11.31 m) length 40 ft 3 in (12.27 m) height 15 ft in (4.57 m) Weight: empty 13,518 lb (6,132 kg) gross 19,975 lb (9,060 kg) Armament: 24 × 2.75 in (70 mm) Mighty Mouse FFAR rockets in ventral tray More informations about the North American F-86D Sabre at Wikipedia. More pictures on my Flickr Hope you enjoy the pictures.

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