Kitty Hawk 1/32 F-86K

By Paolo Totaro

Here is a F-86 "Kappone" (big K) built at the request of a colleague of mine, who is the son of a pilot serving in the Aeronautica Militare Italiana, 51° stormo, in the ’60s.

Strange enough, being an aircraft built by Fiat on license from North American, there is not too many references about it. so, I maintained a low-profile attitude, trying to hold off my normal rivet counter thinking and finish it in a reasonable time to present it to the unaware final recipient.

I just added an Eduard set, very useful in the cockpit area.

I made some stencils for the Italian codes.

To emulate the 51-32, serial 54858, aircraft of the "Pluto" group with the red tail, to which was attached to my colleague’s father.

The only thing I modified was the angle of the opened speed brakes, totally wrongly done by KH.

I painted the aircraft with Alclad II and fitted with the beautiful HGW RBF flags.

A simple wooden base with lightly painted sandpaper was made to accommodate the model safely.

I actually do not favor modern era airplanes, but building this one was relaxing and interesting, opening for me a new attitude toward the post WWII era in my mind.


© Paolo Totaro 2021

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This article was published on Friday, November 12 2021; Last modified on Friday, November 12 2021