1/72 scale Hasegawa F-106 Delta Dart of the USAF
review / modelling report
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I looked at my model stash and saw a whole pile of old Hasegawa kits of the F-102 Delta Dagger and the F-106 Delta Dart. These should be build and get a place in my model collection. It was decided to do a relatively simple "straight out of the box" built without too much effort.
But let's look briefly at their history.....
The Hasegawa model is the only 1/72 injection plastic moulded model. The model is pretty basic but quite reasonable in shape and accuracy. It can be detailed as desired to get a nice model although it has raised panel lines, and only a few parts. No real detail is present in the cockpit with only a very basic floor and seat (missing a control column) and no real wheelbay details. A missile bay is provided however, but it seems to be not deep enough. The Falcon missiles are rather crude with no separate fins.
The kit was issued in many different boxes (coded JS-054 , E3, etc) and also under the US Minicraft label and with different box arts. In these re-issues even some parts were improved like the seat (still basic) and the main wheel doors with some more detail.
Issue no. JS054-180 with decals for
USAF 95th FIS 'Mr Bones' or 94th FIS 'Hat in the Ring' :
An issued kit was the colorful 'Spirit
of 76', kit of Minicraft:
The later style box is seen here:
Another example was that Hasegawa
released the kit with ‘City of Jacksonville’ Bicentennial celebration aircraft
In 2011, a combo kit package was issued
that included also the F-102 Delta Dagger:
The later issued kits had some re-worked smaller parts that were improved like the seat and wheel doors.
NOTE: MENG released a far better detailed kit of the F-106 in 1/72 in 2016. To be made in the future.
So it was decided to do a relatively
quick build and set up a model "series building":
It was decided not to bother about
the raised panellines, these were retained as much as possible.
The cockpit tub was added and the fuselage assembled. In the tub, instrument side consoles from card were added.
The separate air intakes are unfortunately
not so deep so it was decided to add home made intake ground covers later
on. You can also open up the sidewall as seen here.... which I did on one
The prepared fuselage halves were
next joined with the cockpit tub, the tailpipe can be fitted later on.
(No nose weight is needed). Fit is not too bad.
For kit (C), also an avionics bay
was cut open and the radar nose separated, only to add some additional
interest and details on one model.
It was also decided to keep the large
missile bay open on one kit (C), on kits (A,B) they would be closed. The
kit bay is not very detailed but the four Falcon missile stations are interesting
and typical for the era with these kind of interceptors.
For the closed bay, I did not use
the four separate doors but used a single piece of plastic card made to
fit and tweaked into the opening; this will result in a better result and
less work. The doors were inscribed.
Filling was done next with putty requiring
long strokes of putty at the wing-fuselage joint and the lower wing edges
Next, the trailing edge surfaces were
glued on each model and the gap slightly covered with white glue.
The kit seat is rather basic. The upper plastic of the seat was cut off and some bars added for the ejection rails. Some sidewall were added from very thin plastic sheet. The seat was painted medium grey and harnesses and parapack suggested with tape and painted dark grey with a red head rest.
On the floor a pilot control stick
was later to be added with on top a "V" shaped handle. One cockpit canopy
will remain closed on one model, the other ones will be set open.
The main wheelbays got some extra
details. Inside the wheelbays, some hydraulics were suggested from scratch
card, stretched sprue and rod. The wheelbays, inner doors and missile bay
were painted interior green with some black wash for depth. Interior green
came from White Ensign Models WEM ACUS09 enamel
paint for Fed.Std 24151.
I also got F-102 wing tanks of 227
gallons from the F-102 kit as these were often seen also on early F-106A's
. The integral moulded F-102 pylons on the early tanks were reduced 5 mm
in length for the F-106 kit.
For kit (C) an avionics bay was simply
made from card and bits and pieces from the scrap box. Note in the picture
below the typical windscreen split center panel. It was fitted on real
planes to avoid the pilot being blinded due to the flat sides on the windscreen.
Next will be the colouring and the finishing schemes.
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