1/72 scale conversion kit for a TF-102 Delta Dagger
review / Building report
Delta Dagger was the first operational supersonic interceptor and delta-wing
fighter of the USAF. Also a F-102 two seater variant was developed and
put into USAF service to train F-102A pilots. The airframe retained the
delta wing but got a side-by-side cockpit , leading to a very different
appaerance than the normal Delta Dagger.
About 110 TF-102
two seater planes were built (in addition to about 900 F-102 "Deuces")
The conversion kit of RVHP is to be combined with the Hasegawa model in 1/72 scale (or you can use the same kit in the Minicraft offering). The kit was ordered through internet and costed about 30 EURO.
You get in the conversion kit resin parts of the fuselage and some other parts like the cockpit, canopy and vertical tail. The remainder of the parts are to be used from any of the Hasegawa kits.
The air intakes are not very deep, but not a lot can be done about it as drilling open the fuselage is quite risky. Covering the intake with a protection cover may be an alternative.
The air intakes needed minor filler.
The wing was set and numerous clamps used during glue curing.
Late TF-102 got new case
XX wings, with different curved wing tip, for which resin tips are in the
The biggest fit issue is the big weapons bay. Those doors simply will not look right when assembled as the assembly is very tideous.
So, it was decided close the the large missile bay doors by using a single big piece of plastic card, bended in shape. Numerous amounts of putty were used to close all gaps and to get a good shape. Although not 100% OK, I was happy with it.
Also the upper wing root needs filler.
Considerable sanding was also needed at the rear tail area.
First the sanding was done. When things looked smooth, the vertical tail was fitted. Note that the tail is very similar to the kit part shape, but it lacks two antennas.
After this was all done, the overall model got a base coat of light grey to check for any flaws. Corrections with putty and sanding was done in case of inperfections.
Now, the grey TF-102 looks OK. The
cockpit detailing will be done next.
After the overall grey, the typical USAF Vietnam camouflage scheme with Federal Standard FS colours was airbrushed "free hand". The camouflage scheme pattern was as per RVHP instructions.
The enamel colours used were in this
The lower areas were masked and then...
(for acryllic colours, look at Gunze Sanyo suggestions here...)
The wing tanks, gear doors were not
Details to be added next, particularly in the cockpit.
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