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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.
About this creation
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.

F-86D Sabre (8)

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.

F-86D Sabre (9)

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.

F-86D Sabre (10)

2504 F-86D were built, which was more than any of the other F-86 types.

F-86D Sabre (4)

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.

F-86D Sabre (13)

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.

F-86D Sabre (14)

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.

F-86D Sabre (16)

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

F-86D Sabre (20)

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)

F-86D Sabre (21)

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)

F-86D Sabre (17)

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.



Comments

 I made it 
  March 21, 2017
Quoting Alexander Paschoaletto Wow, how did you get so many silver pieces? Excellent model as always, It's been flawlessly executed!
Thank you very much Alexander! You obviously haven`t read the introduction, but it`s OK! All of the shiny parts have been spray painted.
 I like it 
  March 20, 2017
Wow, how did you get so many silver pieces? Excellent model as always, It's been flawlessly executed!
 I made it 
  March 20, 2017
Quoting Jack Sparrow Not a fan of custom painted parts, but this F86 looks terrific! Great job on the wings. You got them swept with a little cant. I like the little details like that. :-)
Thank you for the comment! Glad to have a like from you even though you don`t like painted parts.
 I made it 
  March 20, 2017
Quoting Chad V Excellent work. Nice job with the painting too - I thought for a second perhaps LEGO made a new colour!
Thank you Chad V! I`m glad you like my paint-job. I certainly wish LEGO would make more parts in flat silver colour!
 I made it 
  March 20, 2017
Quoting Petey Bird The overall shape make it instantly recognizable. Creation that livery must have taken hours and hours. Fantastic work! Looking forward to see your next plane!
Thank you very much Petey Bird! I do spent a lot of time trying to perfect my models, but in the end I think it pays off!
 I like it 
  March 20, 2017
Not a fan of custom painted parts, but this F86 looks terrific! Great job on the wings. You got them swept with a little cant. I like the little details like that. :-)
 I like it 
  March 19, 2017
Excellent work. Nice job with the painting too - I thought for a second perhaps LEGO made a new colour!
 I like it 
  March 19, 2017
The overall shape make it instantly recognizable. Creation that livery must have taken hours and hours. Fantastic work! Looking forward to see your next plane!
 I made it 
  March 18, 2017
Quoting jim mcdonough another great plane from you,again top work on this,as you know I have no problems with adding a touch of paint.great angles on the wings it must have taken a lot of time and patience putting it together.slightly more LEGOish look to it compared to your other planes but you have got the shaping just right,always liked the older Sabre to this one. great work and the usual high standard of build quality from you
Thank you very much Jim The Sabre A is also very beautiful but, the Sabre Dog was more important to me. I think I know what you mean by more Legoish, particular the area in front of the cockpit was hard for me to get more smooth because of the long curved slopes shaping the front sides.
 I like it 
  March 18, 2017
another great plane from you,again top work on this,as you know I have no problems with adding a touch of paint.great angles on the wings it must have taken a lot of time and patience putting it together.slightly more LEGOish look to it compared to your other planes but you have got the shaping just right,always liked the older Sabre to this one. great work and the usual high standard of build quality from you
 I made it 
  March 17, 2017
Also a big thank you, to all of you who just visited my Sabre Dog page for a closer look, and left me a like, it`s much appreciated!
 I made it 
  March 17, 2017
Quoting Sven ;o) (now you got a extra like ;) )
Thank you for the extra like Sven!
  March 17, 2017
You're welcome my friend. Yeah had no reason to disagree XD Btw, got you on Flickr now.
 I made it 
  March 17, 2017
Quoting Sven ;o) "So in my opinion there`s no difference in using custom chromed bricks or painted ditto" Good point my friend which I agree completely ;) Btw, you're very welcome. You deserve every like and nice comment which was left here and on all your other beautiful creations. (now you got a extra like ;) )
Glad to hear you agree. Thanks you for the supportive comment my friend!
 I like it 
  March 17, 2017
"So in my opinion there`s no difference in using custom chromed bricks or painted ditto" Good point my friend which I agree completely ;) Btw, you're very welcome. You deserve every like and nice comment which was left here and on all your other beautiful creations. (now you got a extra like ;) )
 I made it 
  March 17, 2017
Quoting david drake Although I lean toward being a purist, I have to admit greatness when I see it; and I say this is a Great MOC, love the silver paint and stickerage, and the clever elegant design for the bomb fin attachments!
Thank you for this delightful comment, David! What you call bombs, are actually fuel drop tanks, for increased operation range. I think your like just brought my Sabre Dog to the "Across MOCpages" section, thanks again!
 I like it 
  March 17, 2017
Although I lean toward being a purist, I have to admit greatness when I see it; and I say this is a Great MOC, love the silver paint and stickerage, and the clever elegant design for the bomb fin attachments!
 I made it 
  March 16, 2017
Quoting Oran Cruzen Excellent build!
Thank you very much Oran! How very nice of you to drop by, both here and on Flickr, It`s very much appreciated! Thanks again!
 I like it 
  March 15, 2017
Excellent build!
 I made it 
  March 14, 2017
Quoting Doug Hughes Great build! Love the attention to detail!
Thank you very much Doug, your comment is highly appreciated!
 I like it 
  March 14, 2017
Great build! Love the attention to detail!
 I made it 
  March 13, 2017
Quoting Morthen P det ligner ikke rigtigt lego det der.....
Nej, det er faktisk ikke så ringe, ...men jeg kan da se at du kan lide det :-)
 I like it 
  March 13, 2017
det ligner ikke rigtigt lego det der.....
 I made it 
  March 13, 2017
Quoting Sven ;o) Magnificent work again my friend. Lot's of details everywhere. Like you know, I'm not the biggest fan of painting bricks for a whole model but the result is very very good and I like it very much. So I'm okay with that ;)
Thank you very much my friend! I actually would have preferred not to paint anything, but I do it when I fell it`s the only way to reach my goal. I could have spent a small fortune on chromed bricks but these aren`t genuine LEGO-products either. So in my opinion there`s no difference in using custom chromed bricks or painted ditto.
 I made it 
  March 13, 2017
Quoting Stuart Lucas Great looking plane - really nice shaping, and the metallic paint looks excellent!
Thank you very much, great to have your support!
 I made it 
  March 13, 2017
Quoting Justin Li Looks like it would have been great even in LBG. Nice!
Thank you Justin! If I ever build another "silver" plane I will build it in LBG to compare the finish with this one.
 I made it 
  March 13, 2017
Quoting Marty Fields Excellent build; the silver paint job really sets this off.
Thank you Marty, I`m glad you like it!
 I like it 
  March 13, 2017
Magnificent work again my friend. Lot's of details everywhere. Like you know, I'm not the biggest fan of painting bricks for a whole model but the result is very very good and I like it very much. So I'm okay with that ;)
 I like it 
  March 13, 2017
Great looking plane - really nice shaping, and the metallic paint looks excellent!
 I like it 
  March 12, 2017
Looks like it would have been great even in LBG. Nice!
 I like it 
  March 12, 2017
Excellent build; the silver paint job really sets this off.
 I made it 
  March 11, 2017
Quoting BATOH rossi wow, very realistic!
Thank you very much!
 I made it 
  March 11, 2017
Quoting Jeremy McCreary Excellent rendering of an iconic aircraft, Henrik! I was 10 years old in 1958. By then, the F-86 had become my idea of what a jet fighter should look like.
Thank you very much Jeremy! I think I know exactly what you mean. This plane is so much more beautiful than many of todays stealthy fighters. 10 years old in 1958!!! I guess you must be the President of age here on MOCpages - really fantastic!
  March 11, 2017
SO SHINY!... Seriously though, good job. I've liked this plane ever since I was a kid and saw them flying over the Giant in the animated film "The Iron Giant".
 I made it 
  March 11, 2017
Quoting Brick Mason Beautiful! The innovation on the drop tanks stands out, cool how you added the wings on the back.
Thank you Brick Mason! I`m glad you like the drop tank design!
 I made it 
  March 11, 2017
Quoting Seaman SPb Looks great!
Thank you Seaman!
 I made it 
  March 11, 2017
Quoting Kurt's MOCs Excellent Sabre Dog! You really captured the shape and details of an elegant airplane. I love the metallic bricks and Danish Air Force livery. Great write up and presentation!
Thank you very much for this delightful comment. I`m glad you liked the write up, it`s quite a big chunk of text before you come to the photos!
 I made it 
  March 11, 2017
Quoting 2LegoOrNot2Lego Ingmar Spijkhoven Very cool build as always!!! Love the metallic finish that's for sure...!
Thank you Ingmar! Very much appreciated!
 I made it 
  March 11, 2017
Quoting A Taylor Great work on this classic warbird.
Thank you very much!
 I made it 
  March 11, 2017
Quoting Nick Barrett Looks great in it's metallic finish, and beautifully built as always.
Thank you very much Nick, I`m glad you like it!
 I made it 
  March 11, 2017
Quoting Per Bonde That is a lot of bling! Well done. As always.
Thank you Per, much appreciated!
 I made it 
  March 11, 2017
Quoting adam thelegofan rutland amazing work!:D
Thank you adam thelegofan!
 I made it 
  March 11, 2017
Quoting Clayton Marchetti Beautiful job! I really love the silver parts. It adds a degree of realism to it. I like how you made the air intake in the front. I also like how you swept the wings back. Magnificent!
Thank you very much Clayton! I`m sure it wouldn`t have look this realistic in LBG bricks. I intend to add some pictures of the plane from above to show the wing-shape more clearly.
 I made it 
  March 11, 2017
Quoting killswitch95 (Last Name is Dank AF) SO SHINY!... Seriously though, good job. I've liked this plane ever since I was a kids and saw them flying over the Giant in the animated film "The Iron Giant".
Thank you very much Killswitch95! I think I`ve seen The Iron Giant once, but didn`t notice the planes.
 I made it 
  March 11, 2017
Quoting C.K. Yee Excellent and innovative way to modify by painted the lego brick. The result is great and look really fantastic. Well done again.
Thank you very much my friend, I`m glad you like it!
 I made it 
  March 11, 2017
Quoting Lego Fire Museum Inc. I like it. I don't mind that you painted bricks. I cut bricks sometimes. My kids call it "daddification." The Lego palette is not infinite. Sometimes we have to take matters into our own hands and if the includes a knife or a paint brush, that is just fine by me.
Thank you very much for your supportive comment! I think the paintwork was necessary here too get the right look.
 I like it 
  March 11, 2017
wow, very realistic!
 I like it 
  March 11, 2017
Excellent rendering of an iconic aircraft, Henrik! I was 10 years old in 1958. By then, the F-86 had become my idea of what a jet fighter should look like.
 I like it 
  March 11, 2017
Beautiful! The innovation on the drop tanks stands out, cool how you added the wings on the back.
 I like it 
  March 11, 2017
Looks great!
 I like it 
  March 11, 2017
Excellent Sabre Dog! You really captured the shape and details of an elegant airplane. I love the metallic bricks and Danish Air Force livery. Great write up and presentation!
 I like it 
  March 11, 2017
Very cool build as always!!! Love the metallic finish that's for sure...!
 I like it 
  March 11, 2017
Great work on this classic warbird.
 I like it 
  March 11, 2017
Looks great in it's metallic finish, and beautifully built as always.
 I like it 
  March 10, 2017
That is a lot of bling! Well done. As always.
 I like it 
  March 10, 2017
amazing work!:D
 I like it 
  March 10, 2017
Beautiful job! I really love the silver parts. It adds a degree of realism to it. I like how you made the air intake in the front. I also like how you swept the wings back. Magnificent!
 I like it 
  March 10, 2017
Excellent and innovative way to modify by painted the lego brick. The result is great and look really fantastic. Well done again.
 I like it 
  March 10, 2017
I like it. I don't mind that you painted bricks. I cut bricks sometimes. My kids call it "daddification." The Lego palette is not infinite. Sometimes we have to take matters into our own hands and if the includes a knife or a paint brush, that is just fine by me.
 
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