by Zephyr1 | September 26, 2018 | (15) Posted in Projects

The F-86 is a very convenient size. I designed it to be a good park flyer, to not necessarily need the massive flying fields of other RC EDF aircraft. Needing only two sheets of foamboard, the Sabre is easily built and rebuilt after a crash. And with the blistering speeds this thing hits, you’ll almost surely need to rebuild. 

The Real Sabre

The North American F-86 Sabre was a first-generation jet fighter designed after WWII and put into service in 1949. The premier fighter aircraft of the USAF during the Korean War, it became a legend during the war, going up against the Soviet MiG-15 in MiG Alley. The F-86 was the last American jet to be designed solely as an air superiority fighter until the F-15, it was armed with six .50 caliber machine guns and was credited with more MiG kills than any other jet aircraft.

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The Sabre was the first American fighter plane with a swept wing. The improvement in aerodynamics meant that the F-86 was often buddying up to the sound barrier. With production totaling 9,860 the Sabre was the most produced Western jet-fighter. 

Orthographically projected diagram of the F-86 Sabre.

Building the F-86 Sabre

The Sabre is not a difficult build, but the fuselage does have some complexity. An intermediate build for intermediate to advanced pilots. Here are the models specifications. 


WINGSPAN: 82cm (32in)

CG: 24cm (9.4in)

LENGTH: 76cm (30in)


ALL UP WEIGHT: 550g (with 4S 1300 mAh, minimum battery)

EXPO: 60 % Ail, 30 % Elv 




ESC: 40 A 

SERVOS: 4 X 9 g

BATTERY: 4S 1300 mAh – 4S 2400 mAh 

The F-86 can be built quite quickly, the trick is the addition of an electronics bay in the upper part of the fuselage. I've found that the addition of a paint stick in the front for the battery to rest on is incredible useful. 

I used a 50mm EDF to power my Sabre, However, the airplane has been built with both a 55mm EDF and a 64mm EDF. The trick is to use whatever you have available 

Flying the Sabre 

Here’s a video of me flying the Sabre and I’m putting it through its paces, trying to loose my quadcopter tail. Its fast, highly maneuverable and an incredibly flying airplane. It is certainly not for the novice pilot, you definitely need experience to fly it. The good news is that if you don’t, it’s only made of 2 sheets of foam and it’s easily rebuildable. 



tomh on September 28, 2018
very cool, I have 2 EDF sabers but always room for one more. where might one find the plans?
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Zephyr1 on September 28, 2018
Right here!

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PoorManRC on October 29, 2018

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Jackson T on September 27, 2018
That plane looks legit! You did an incredible job on the design. It looks soooooooooo cool!!!
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BruceR on September 27, 2018
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brownrc on October 22, 2018
Where do I download plans?
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toefymobile on October 2, 2018
the link is not working
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PoorManRC on October 29, 2018

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MiniacRC on September 27, 2018
Only two sheets! You knocked this one out of the park, amazing build!
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PoorManRC on October 29, 2018

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PoorManRC on October 29, 2018

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winglet on July 12, 2019
Completed mine and flew it this evening. What a blast! Details of mine are posted in the Mad Scratch Builder Forum.
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winglet on September 16, 2019
Getting started on my third attempt at this F-86. My very first successful EDF. First one flew well until my receiver failed. After a rebuild, my F-86 was better than ever but a little tattered looking. Number 3 will be sweet. Thank you for designing a fun to build and fun to fly model.
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