OzMods 1/144 North American F-86D
By Matt Bittner
The F-86D "Sabre Dog" was the next line in the famous F-86 "Sabre" series. It was designed as an all-weather jet interceptor and started flying in 1949. There were over 2500 built.
The OzMods 1/144 F-86D consists of 28 pieces of injected white plastic and one injected canopy (a separate vacuformed canopy is available from OzMods for an additional cost). In general the kit is well molded but my main tires were off center and will need to be replaced. The kit is broken down into left and right fuselage halves; a one-piece wing; external fuel tanks that are split top-and-bottom; separate horizontal and vertical tail pieces; main gear legs; main wheels/tires; main landing gear covers; nose wheel and strut one-piece; and nose wheel doors. The cockpit consists of a tub; separate control column; instrument panel; two-piece ejection seat; and the area that sits behind the seat/under the canopy.
OzMods has switched to a "softer" plastic and this kit is the first to use this plastic. Their earlier plastic was a hard, brittle type, that sometimes would shatter when not handling it with care. Not only will the new, softer plastic help with parts removal, but the molding quality is top-notch. Nice, engraved panel lines with trailing edges are thin given the material.
The OzMods F-86D is an excellent addition to the world of 1/144 jet aircraft. Even with the faults I've found it's still worthwhile to purchase, as not only is there no other injected F-86Ds on the market, it really is a nice kit.