F-102A Delta Dagger
by David W. Aungst
The F-102 Delta Dagger is represented in this display by the first production version and most numerously produced version of the aircraft, the F-102A.
This is the ARII 1/144 scale F-102A Delta Dagger, stock number A235.
This model and the F-105 are later production moldings than the F-100 or F-101. As such, they are much nicer models. The moldings are accurate with engraved panel lines and good fit. The model builds into a very nice looking F-102A. The only modifications I made to the kit were to fill in the wheel wells, include the mounting tube inside the engine exhaust cone, and scratch build a new nose pitot.
I used all Testors Model Master enamel paints and metalizers. The model is finished in overall Air Defence Command (ADC) Gray (F.S.16473).
The markings are for a standard 57th Fighter Intercept Squadron aircraft as seen at Keflavik in 1962. As was typical of units based in the arctic, this aircraft is trimmed in Arctic Red on the vertical tail and wing tips. The large block lettering decals were custom printed by me from original art I created on my computer, just like the decals I applied to the center display stand. The rest of the decals for this aircraft came off the SuperScale decal sheet #44-108 with the national insignia coming off of the SuperScale decal sheet #72-083. There are 76 decals on the aircraft counting both major and data markings.
As the Century Series display was being built in the style of a desktop model, I applied a final gloss finish with Floquil Crystal Coat and did no weathering to the model.
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Models, Description and Images Copyright © 2001 by David AungstPage Created 21 February, 2001
Last Updated 04 June, 2007
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