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Century Series #6 - Monogram F-106A Delta Dart 1-48

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Century Series #6 - Monogram F-106A Delta Dart 1-48
Posted by Aggieman on Saturday, May 16, 2020 1:51 PM

Here is the last in my series of the Century Series builds, the F-106A Delta Dart, the ultimate interceptor.

At the time this kit was initially released, I believe in 1983, I was in high school and much more interested in girls, baseball, and my 8mm movie camera.  I had built models since I was three, but essentially took time away from modeling while in high school and through the majority of my years at Texas A&M (although I did build 3 jets during that time).  About a decade ago, the family that lived across the street had the oldest son who was interested in building models, and I had him over a few times to get him started.  The -106 was one of the kits that he built under my tutelage.  I do recall him having some issues with the fit in the kit, and with that in mind, I undertook to ensure that I overcame those issues.

I did find the same fit issues that my young neighbor did, particularly in mating the upper and lower fuselage halves.  I did a lot of sanding and had to use substantial putty to fill in seams and even a gap or two.  I sanded the putty ... but insufficiently, as it turns out.  Photos don't reveal the very clearly evident putty along those fuselage seams that priming and painting did not hide; this was a sign to me that I was moving way too fast, too impatient, whatever, and should have set it aside, taken a break, to clear my head.  But as I said, the photos don't really show the problem that one can clearly see in person, so I opted to leave it be.

The putty problem was just one issue I had here.  Another stumbling block was my use of white Stynylrez for the prime coat.  It wasn't so much the prime itself as it was the white, which had the effect of lightening the ADC gray to the point that the gray appears more like a '50s-'60s US Navy gray.  The paint is noticably lighter in tone than her sister ships, the -101 and -102, painted with the same Mission Models ADC gray but applied over a gray Stynylrez primer rather than the white.

I used the Mission Models ADC Gray, plus Mission Models Interior Green, Model Master Acryl Gunship Gray, Tamiya Semi-Gloss Black, Vallejo Chrome Yellow, Vallejo Tire Black, Vallejo Red, and Vallejo White for the paint.  The metallics came from Vallejo Metallics Aluminum, Model Master Metalizer Jet Exhaust and Model Master Metalizer Titanium.  I did no weathering on this bird as everything I read indicated ground crews kept these Darts very clean.

Decals were from the kit sheet; they went on fine but I had a problem with the US Air Force on the starboard side.  While doing another section of the aircraft, a portion of the OR literally stuck to my finger and ripped away.  Thankfully the rip was in one piece, and I was able to get it back into position, but not exactly aligned right, and the part resisted my efforts to re-position it correctly.  I opted to leave it as is rather than risk tearing that decal further.

Build pictures:

I decided early on that I would build this one quite opposite of my -102, in that I would open up the bomb bay and the airbrakes.  I really like the inclusion of the tiny US AIR FORCE decals for each of those missiles.

So ends my Century Series.  There is a part of me that would like to build Trumpeter's -100 and -106, and Kitty Hawk's -101A, and I think Meng has done a -102 but not sure what scale that kit is.  Trouble is, I don't really have room for more of these given their size and the number of kits I currently have in my stash.

Next up is another Vietnam-era jet, Hobby Boss's F-111A Aardvark in 1/48 scale.  I am going to need to watch out for this jet-fatigue that I have suffered with of late, which was the cause of most of the issues I had with this -106, so that I can turn out an Aardvark that is closer to my standards.  After I do the Aardvark, I am returning to the Second World War with three Russian aircraft - Yak-1, IL-2m3, and Pe-2, and going to a galaxy far, far away with a Bandai B-Wing starfighter.

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Posted by CapnMac82 on Saturday, May 16, 2020 4:53 PM

Looks good to me, and getting the decals around the "coke bottle" is always interesting.

"Jet fatigue" can be real.  especially how deep the "century" rabbithole can be.  Like, does the FB-111B "count" as a fighter, or a fighter-bomber, or a Strike a/c?  Do you have to include an EF-111A?  Pick what makes you happy.

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Posted by keavdog on Saturday, May 16, 2020 5:23 PM

Nice job.  Really turned out nice.  Gotta do a pic of them all together. 

Thanks,

John

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Posted by mississippivol on Saturday, May 16, 2020 9:11 PM
Yeah, we need a family photo! Looks good!
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Posted by jeaton01 on Saturday, May 16, 2020 11:06 PM

Yup, family photos are mandatory!

I know the feeling,Stephen.  It's hard to slow down when you're having so much fun!  Fingers stick on decals, fingers leave prints in wet paint, pitot tubes get broken off...no that's not right, pitot tubes ALWAYS get broken off no matter how careful we are!

John

To see build logs for my models:  http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/mymodels.htm

 

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Sunday, May 17, 2020 8:46 AM

Looks great!  Great photography too.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by Aggieman on Sunday, May 17, 2020 1:37 PM

CapnMac82

Looks good to me, and getting the decals around the "coke bottle" is always interesting.

"Jet fatigue" can be real.  especially how deep the "century" rabbithole can be.  Like, does the FB-111B "count" as a fighter, or a fighter-bomber, or a Strike a/c?  Do you have to include an EF-111A?  Pick what makes you happy.

 

Thanks for your kind words, CapnMac.  I'm gonna do the F-111A.  Will count as a fighter-bomber.

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Posted by Aggieman on Sunday, May 17, 2020 1:38 PM

keavdog

Nice job.  Really turned out nice.  Gotta do a pic of them all together. 

 

Thanks for your kind words, Keavdog.  

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Posted by Aggieman on Sunday, May 17, 2020 1:38 PM

mississippivol
Yeah, we need a family photo! Looks good!
 

Thanks!

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Posted by Aggieman on Sunday, May 17, 2020 1:40 PM

jeaton01

Yup, family photos are mandatory!

I know the feeling,Stephen.  It's hard to slow down when you're having so much fun!  Fingers stick on decals, fingers leave prints in wet paint, pitot tubes get broken off...no that's not right, pitot tubes ALWAYS get broken off no matter how careful we are!

 

Amazingly, I was able to build all of these Century Series interceptors without breaking off any pitot tubes.

Now having said that, I'm sure I'll be breaking things left-and-right off the F-111A.

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Posted by Aggieman on Sunday, May 17, 2020 1:40 PM

Don Stauffer

Looks great!  Great photography too.

 

Thanks for your kind words, Don.

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Posted by Aggieman on Sunday, May 17, 2020 1:42 PM

So to fulfill the mandatory requirement of a family photo, here it is.  They hang together on a wall in one of our bedrooms, alongside US Navy jets that I removed just for the Century Series family photo.

 

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Posted by Chemteacher on Sunday, May 17, 2020 7:02 PM
I finally got around to getting my account reestablished after getting a new tablet. Outstanding work on the 106. Also love the family photo.

On the bench: Tamiya 1/700 HMS Nelson

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Posted by ikar01 on Monday, May 18, 2020 10:24 AM

To get you started, here's a few shots of the F-111A, for inspiration:

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Posted by Aggieman on Monday, May 18, 2020 10:25 AM

Chemteacher
I finally got around to getting my account reestablished after getting a new tablet. Outstanding work on the 106. Also love the family photo.
 

Thanks for your kind words Chemteacher!

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Posted by Aggieman on Monday, May 18, 2020 10:28 AM

Thanks for the photos.  Consider me inspired.  But ... I'm planning this build with the wings extended so that I can display those flaps deployed, and all that red feels like I'm facing a difficult paint job on this build.  I'll probably paint things piece-meal prior to construction, and then come back after construction and dealing with any seams to touch things up.  And may very well use a lot of Tamiya tape for masking.

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Posted by jeaton01 on Monday, May 18, 2020 11:00 AM

Now here's the airshow knife edege pass I want to see!

John

To see build logs for my models:  http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/mymodels.htm

 

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Posted by ikar01 on Monday, May 18, 2020 12:41 PM

Did you notice the E.C.M. pod under the aircraft?  Many times they carried two, center line.  I caught a couple 111s with the first pod having a small shark mouth, but not the one behind it. They were using 87s and were also painted black.

 

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Posted by rangerj on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 3:37 PM

Super job on my favorite aircraft, that is the "Century Series". Are you going to build an F-110 to add to the collection? !!! Not long ago an Air Force Master SGT., who maintains F-111s, told me that the F-111 has an outstanding service record. 

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Posted by Aggieman on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 5:11 PM

rangerj

Super job on my favorite aircraft, that is the "Century Series". Are you going to build an F-110 to add to the collection? !!! Not long ago an Air Force Master SGT., who maintains F-111s, told me that the F-111 has an outstanding service record. 

 

F-110?  Or did you mean F-111?  I am currently working my way through the Hobby Boss F-111A.

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Posted by rangerj on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 5:42 PM

The F-4 Phantom was originally designated the F-110. That wasa back in the day of the Secretary of Defence Robert Macnamera and "universal one size fits all" weapon systems. So the F-4 and the F-111 were supposed to be used by the USAF, the Navy, and the Marines. The F-4 worked out, but the F-111 was to heavy and large for carrier operations so the Navy and Marines never went fully operational with the F-111. The A-7 also fit into this program.

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Posted by Aggieman on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 8:23 AM

rangerj

The F-4 Phantom was originally designated the F-110. That wasa back in the day of the Secretary of Defence Robert Macnamera and "universal one size fits all" weapon systems. So the F-4 and the F-111 were supposed to be used by the USAF, the Navy, and the Marines. The F-4 worked out, but the F-111 was to heavy and large for carrier operations so the Navy and Marines never went fully operational with the F-111. The A-7 also fit into this program.

 

Thanks!  I honestly did not know that about the F-4 (despite being one of my favorite aircraft), or the F-111 either.

I don't currently have an F-4 in my stash, but several years ago, I did complete the 1/32nd F-4J Phantom II by Tamiya.  Too big to display along with my Century Series aircraft; it currently sits atop a curio cabinet in my living room.

 

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Posted by rangerj on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 12:33 PM

There is a great vidio of the F-110A roll-out. There is also some great vidio of the F-111 A USAF, and the F-111B Navy. 

The "swing wing" design goes back to Germany and Massershmit. The Bell X-5 was based upon the German design. The Navy had the Jaguar design as its first swing wing (variable geometry) design. It was not until the F-111 that this concept would be come a reality and go into production. Then later came the F-14 "Tomcat". Of note is that the F-111 is still flying!!  Just say'n !

Isn't that the F-4 flown by Navy Aces Duke Cunningham and Bill Driscal?

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 1:26 PM

Whooo Doggies!

 That is one Big Bird! Reminds me ( the first photo) of the early Aurora kit with the escape pod feature. Neat bird all around.

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 1:31 PM

Hi Aggieman!

 being the self punishing person I am, I decided ALL my "Century Series" A/C. Had to be Natural metal( Read various forms of foil chrome) I just wanted sumpin purty. 

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Posted by Aggieman on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 1:38 PM

rangerj

Isn't that the F-4 flown by Navy Aces Duke Cunningham and Bill Driscal?

 

It is.

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Posted by Aggieman on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 1:39 PM

Tanker-Builder

Hi Aggieman!

 being the self punishing person I am, I decided ALL my "Century Series" A/C. Had to be Natural metal( Read various forms of foil chrome) I just wanted sumpin purty. 

 

Yes, that would be a form of punishment (having recently done not one, but two 1/48 B-29s in NMF, although not foil).  I actually considered building all these in SEA camouflage, but since I never found any photos of the -106 wearing this scheme, I opted for what I figure is the most common paint jobs for each of these aircraft.

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Posted by CapnMac82 on Thursday, May 21, 2020 8:16 PM

rangerj

The F-4 Phantom was originally designated the F-110. That wasa back in the day of the Secretary of Defence Robert Macnamera and "universal one size fits all" weapon systems. So the F-4 and the F-111 were supposed to be used by the USAF, the Navy, and the Marines. The F-4 worked out, but the F-111 was to heavy and large for carrier operations so the Navy and Marines never went fully operational with the F-111. The A-7 also fit into this program.

 

 
The a/c that became the F-4C was origially the F-110 Spectre.  There had been a YF-110, so the names was "in use" hence the skip to F-111.
 
The other missing birds are
F-107 the "Ultra Saber"
F-108 Rapier, North American's escort for the XB-70.
F-109 the Bell D-188 that never left the drawing board.
 
Convair had sorted the F-111 design out before Macnamara started monkeying with the process.  They had designed the bird to what they expected the AF to want, based on their prior experience.
 
So, when they had to make the bird carrier-capable, they really wound up with a different a/c.  This was labled F-111B for USN/MC use and F-111A for AF use.  The Bravo had longer wings to increase lift, too.  Only a coule of feet, but enough to reduce the commonality quotient.
 
Mac also came up with the notion that no military service need more than one plane type, no matter what mission type was being flown.  Mac had previously convinced Ford that the Edsel, coupe, sedan, and wagon, would take over the auto indusrty, too (that's why he was available to be SecDef).
 
So Convair had another problem, how to pile external stores on what had been meant to be a fighter-interceptor.  They had a leg up, in the heavier F-111B airframe, which had enough frame oomph to carry al lthe hydraulics for pivoting stores pylons (which Convair resisted no small amount).
 
In the end, the Bravo was too big, too heavy, too slow (engines designed for the lighter weight)--while also too fast for best carrier landings, and only just adequate landing gear.  The "parts commonality" was down to 20-30%, so Convair saved no money, which raised the unit price, and lengthened the delivery times.  So, around a billion over budget, DepNav pulled the plug.  And, this was not unknown in the industry.  So, Grumman just happened to have a desinged from the get-go carrier-ready a/c with variable geometry wings.  And, designed around AIM-54, which the AF no longer had a good a/c for.
 
Most of which I was a bystander to, as my dad was on the USN audit team working at Convair.
 
Convair converted al lthe Bavos to be strike fighters, which were designated FB-111.
Mac passed into history, and the AF got the figher they actually wanted in the F-15, and as a bonus, Convair also got them the F-16.    That latter light fighter competition also got us Northup's F-17, and the Mac-Doug F-18.
 
And now, I may have "jet fatigue" Smile
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Posted by Mopar Madness on Thursday, May 21, 2020 8:24 PM

Yeah I've had a decal or two stick to my finger too!  Sweet bird!

Chad

God, Family, Models...

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Posted by ikar01 on Thursday, May 21, 2020 8:45 PM

I remembering walking along the F-111 reventment area talking pictures and noticed that their canopies had a gold tint to them.  I did some checking with a couple maint. guys and they said it was to help protect the pilots during a nuke detonation.

The pictures of the 111s with the Navy style paint job were taken at Sheppard A.F.B. in 1975.  I was attending a school there and these were used as training devices for people going through aircraft maintennance training courses.  Yhey also had a couple of A-7Ds without the refueling hump, just like the old revell A-7D kit back in the 60s.  There may have been a couple grey and white F-4s but I didn't hang around to find out.  I just grabbed what shots I could sneak in and got out of there.  No telling when you might run into someone in the security police with a ego bigger than his knowledge.

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