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. 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.
Three vintage kits generously gifted to me by Steven Krick were offered
to the Academy of Model Aeronautics' (AMA's)
National Model Aviation Museum in Muncie,
Indiana. I am happy to report that they now have ownership of the
Parris-Dunn Helicopter Kite and the
Guillows No. D4 Menasco Trainer.
They were not interested in the
Comet F−86D Sabre Jet.
Comet F-86D Sabre Jet kit box, parts, and plans./p>
Comet F-86D Sabre Jet kit box front.
Comet F-86D Sabre Jet kit box with Gerald Blumenthal's signature.
Comet F-86D Sabre Jet kit box and plans.
Comet F-86D Sabre Jet kit box back.
Comet F-86D Sabre Jet balsa with printed parts.
Comet F-86D Sabre Jet kit balsa sheets, sticks, and hardware
F-86D Sabre Jet Plans
Posted July 13, 2019