The F-86 Sabre was one of the most influential Cold War fighters in the world, seeing extensive service with the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. It was introduced in 1949 and was immediately recognized as a successful, adaptable aircraft — more than 7,800 units were quickly ordered. It proved a worthy opponent in dogfights against its Soviet counterpart, the MiG-15, and — despite its technology becoming somewhat obsolete by the late 1960s — various national militaries kept the Sabre in service until its official retirement in 1994.
This 1/72 scale, Hobby Master, die cast model is a replica of an F-86E (nicknamed both "Lady Frances" and "Michigan Center") piloted by two American aces of the 51st Fighter Interceptor Wing during the Korean War: Colonel Francis Gabreski and Major William H. Westcott. It features signature nose art, engraved panel lines, an opening canopy, a well-equipped cockpit (with an instrument panel and removable pilot figure), a detailed afterburning engine nozzle, optional-position landing gear, authentic markings from October of 1951, and a display stand. Measures approximately 6¾" long with a 6¼" wingspan.
Hobby Master: HA4315