Convair F-106B Delta Dart

F-106B in 1/72 scale by Hasegawa 

The F-106 was developed as a long range air defence aircraft in the beginning of the Cold war by Convair. It featured a delta wing and was used primarily in the continental United States. It made use of experiences obtained from the F-102 Delta Dagger aircraft, being a much more capable airplane.  

hasegawa f-106 box 1/72 
The model is from Hasegawa, an old kit in 1/72 scale (UPDATE SEPTEMBER 2011: see modelling REPORT ).

This kit is rather simple, needing additional detailling.
I selected to make a dual aircraft, the F-106B, requiring making a new canopy and adjusting the top fuselage sections including a refuelling receptable. The conversion was made from scratch using also Milliput putty, although Falcon vacu once issued a conversion set.  I made the canopy with a wooden shaped plug, heating up clear acetate sheet and tahn pressing the plastic on the plug. (sorry, forgot to photograph...) .


The missile bay was detailed and the main undercarriage bays removed and deepened, adding more detail also. The two seats and the cockpits were made from scratch, using card and strip. The canopy was used with a wooden shaped mould and heated plastic.  

(NOTE ADDED LATER: Falcon vacu issued vacuform canopies for several jets including the F-106B, this canopy was fitted later on as I got one). 

The airbrakes at the rear were opened and also the decals were replaced by using a Microscale set. The intakes and exhaust pipe were covered with red protective covers made from thin plastic.

It was finished in air defence grey FS 36473 using CompuColor M145 enamel paint. 



f-106b delta dart

See also the later special F-106 pages on the 1/72 Hasegawa kit...


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Created this page Oct 6, 2001  / Updated September 12, 2011