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      This is from an old 1/32nd scale Hasegawa Aircraft Tug F-86F Sabre kit. I found it in my Dad's collection and always had been intrigued by that tug. The plane was used to fit the Scale-Master Decals artwork for the first release of the kit under the Mini-Craft name. Some of the airplane parts are off the runners, but I assumed it was complete. Unfortunately there are no instructions in the kit, and the only ones I've found online are not for this deluxe kit. It was only offered once with the tug, so the only instructions available just have the plane stuff.
      Some cool features are the rubber-like tires for the plane and the tug and metal parts for the plane's removable jet engine as well as wire and tubing for the engine. There is also a trailer/dolly/stand for the J47 engine. I may have to build the engine and dolly too, although ironically I am missing the instruction page for the standalone engine. At least I have the wiring diagram.
      These are the parts for the tug and dolly.

      After the main body parts were cleaned up and assembled I scribed the panel lines in. Some of the panel lines were at the glue joints. There were a few sink marks to contend with too.

      These two sections are dry fitted as I figure out what order to assemble and paint it in.



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    I thought once the tug was done it would easier to figure out what the dolly parts were from what was left on the runner, but apparently there are two dollies. (Maybe one is for the armament?) So I'm still playing the same guessing game to a degree, but I think this is the majority of the dolly parts. Curiously there are still several more parts still on the runner. I already assembled and shot these pieces the same yellow.



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    The engine was disassembled and cleaned up and then the parts were painted; mostly silver and black. I painted one part metallic Aircraft Tug gray and airbrushed just the leading edge of the exhaust cone the same color. The fans are painted black and dry brushed with silver.



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    A little more weathering Aircraft Tug and I'm figuring out where some of the smaller engine parts go.



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    The dolly is done; well, at least it's ready to accept the jet engine…



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    The dolly is done; well, at least it's ready to accept the jet engine…



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    Now you will need a bomb loader. One was used in building my house. Amazing machine - lifts loads and the head tilts and turns to match the load to the aircraft's position.Aircraft Tug-050722-002-jpg
    Scorpio - Builds models the way the prototype should have been built.
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    Think I got all the little parts to go where they should. The tubing that came in the kit was pretty brittle and stuck in this squirrely shape. I'm replacing that tubing with leftover fresher material from Tamiya Aircraft Tug kits. I've already installed a few hoses.



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    Here is the engine with all the hoses and little parts installed. The tailpipe will go on after it is fitted to the trailer.






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    Finished:










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