15" KK F-86 Sabre

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The North American F-86 Sabre was a swept wing jet fighter aircraft introduced in 1949 as a reaction to the Russian MIG-15. The Sabre saw service throughout the Korean War (1950 -1953) and over 9000 were built, the last leaving active service with the Bolivian Air Force as late as 1994! A naval version of the Sabre was also produced as the Fury.


This kit is a laser-cut replica of the original KK model of an F-86 Sabre, designed to be powered by a Jetex motor. Construction of the model from this kit uses the traditional method of "stick and tissue", that consists of a built up balsa wood skeleton (framework), covered with a tissue skin. The balsa frameworks are built over a plan that is printed at the exact scale of the model, which is in essence a real engineering drawing. The Jetex motor that would have been fitted to this model is no longer available. Rapier jet motors from the Czech Republic also fit the kit and may be available at model aircraft shows but their supply is unreliable. Some modellers have had success with electric ducted fans (EDF) but again supply can be tricky. Designed for free flight means just that - once the model is launched, it is on its own. It must follow a predetermined flight path established when the model is initially adjusted for flight or "trimmed". This type of traditional building technique and flying requires a degree of patience and skill, but is extremely rewarding.


Balsa wood sheets with precise laser cut parts and strip wood.
Vacuum-formed canopy.
Tissue to cover the model.
Full size printed plan with instructions.

Please Note: The model pictured above is a KK F-86 Sabre built and painted by Derek Knight in the style of a Fury. Paints and decals are not included in the kit!