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Comet F-86D Sabre Jet Kit

This is not just another vintage Comet Model Hobbycraft, Inc., F−86D Sabre Jet from 1952. What makes this kit unique is that it has the signature of well-known (at the time) Comet draftsman Gerald J. Blumenthal on the box cover. John Zawiski was the designer. The F−86D Saber has a wingspan of 13-1/4" and a length of 15-1/16". The model was meant to be flown either as a free flight glider or attached to a tether line where the pilot drags it around in a circle.

A few of these have sold recently on eBay for around $20-$30, so they can still be found. This particular kit, provided by Mr. Steven Krick, is going to be offered as a donation to the Academy of Model Aeronautics' (AMA's) National Model Aviation Museum in Muncie, Indiana, because of the signature. It is missing two of the three printwood balsa sheets and some of the hardware pack pieces, but they might want it solely to get the signed box, and can replace the missing parts with piece from another kit. If you like building from scratch, nicely formatted plans and printwood patterns for the Comet F−86D Sabre Jet can be downloaded at the OuterZone website.

Comet F-86D Sabre Jet kit box, parts, and plans - Airplanes and Rockets

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Comet F-86D Sabre Jet kit box front - Airplanes and Rockets

Comet F-86D Sabre Jet kit box front.

Gerald Blumenthal's signature on Comet F-86D Saber Jet box - Airplanes and Rockets

Comet F-86D Sabre Jet kit box with Gerald Blumenthal's signature.

Comet F-86D Sabre Jet kit box and plans - Airplanes and Rockets

Comet F-86D Sabre Jet kit box and plans.

Comet F-86D Sabre Jet kit box back - Airplanes and Rockets

Comet F-86D Sabre Jet kit box back.

Comet F-86D Sabre Jet balsa with printed parts. - Airplanes and Rockets

Comet F-86D Sabre Jet balsa with printed parts.

Comet F-86D Sabre Jet kit balsa sheets, sticks, and hardware pack - Airplanes and Rockets

Comet F-86D Sabre Jet kit balsa sheets, sticks, and hardware pack.

 

Comet F-86D Sabre Jet Kit - Airplanes and Rockets

F-86D Sabre Jet Plans

 

 

Posted July 13, 2019

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