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I have always been a fan of the F-106 Delta Dart even though I have never actually seen one in the flesh. I originally build the 1/72nd Hasegawa kit in 1980 and then ventured to the Monogram 1/48th F-106, I just could not face the scribing of all the wing panels. Along came the Trumpeter kit which I think is by their A team. This is certainly one of their nicer kits in terms of details, fit and general accuracy. One subject of discussion is the intakes. These are not quite right in either the Monogram or Trumpeter kit to my eyes when looking at a variety of references sources but I actually think the Trumpeter ones are closer and easier to improve.

Here are the intakes after they have the lips thinned.

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And here they are after been immersed in boiling water and been flattened and has the top outward curve of the inane sanded to make it rounder.

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A little more progress. I have decided to use the Blackbox Monogram F-106 cockpit set for the Trumpeter model. Whilst it is not a perfect fit it certainly fits better than most Aires resin does when it is for the right model!

I have done some weathering already and have used a variety of grays to break up the all black side consoles. All weathering was using various shades of gray on the main tub and oil washes. All detail painting was using Vallejo paints.

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More soon.

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Thanks for your comments. Whilst waiting for the cockpit to dry and the primer on the ejection seat I worked on the main U/C bay. Whilst not as detailed as the Monogram piece the moulding itself is much sharper. The advanced that 30 years difference brings.

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Will work on the missile bay and ejector seat next.

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Some more progress on changes that need to be made to fit the Blackbox cockpit into the Trumpeter model.

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I also needed to do some more work on the intakes which I really made life hard for myself as I lost one of the Trumpeter back places. I therefore decided to slice, dice and fill and use two of the Monogram back plates instead. Life could have been so much easier!

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Phil Flory did a review of this kit last Friday. Nothing but great things to say. The biggest thing I enjoyed hearing from his reveiw is the absense of injector marks. He showed that there are no marks in places you dont want them i.e. the landing gear bays. This is gonna have to be a Christmas present to myself. Thanks for sharing such great pics and tips!!

-Jim

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Calling the cockpit done. Used Mike Grant decals for the instruments. I sanded the back of the instrument panel to remove the pour block. After dry fitting I now think that perhaps it was meant to be there for strength!

I have removed the control column and throttle handle until I have the fuselage together.

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More tricky bits - getting the intakes on and the fuselage together!

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Now whilst some of the fit issues are in having the BlackBox cockpit for the Monogram kit and using the Monogram splitter plates dues to me losing the Trumpeter ones - but the fit is still inconsistent. Managed to get a great fit on the top part of the fuselage but the bottom suffered.

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To start a couple of shots showing the wheel bays fitted and glued. Really nice fit - just lock in.

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Now the not so good. First an most unfortunate mould line.

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and

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This needs to be removed and the requite scribing tackled. Did I tell you - I hate scribing!

and then onto some of the fit issues

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To start a couple of shots showing the wheel bays fitted and glued. Really nice fit - just lock in.

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Now the not so good. First an most unfortunate mould line.

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and

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This needs to be removed and the requite scribing tackled. Did I tell you - I hate scribing!

and then onto some of the fit issues

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Hi,friend.

I'm not sure,but it seems your froent wheel bay were in a wrong direction,the back is in front. :bandhead2:

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Some more progress on the F-106.

Nose filled with the right amount of weight.

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Once glued on as with much of this kit the fit was not great. I therefore filled the joint with CA and sanded before re-scribing

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Using this amazing tool I bought in Tokyo

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Here is some of the nose panel lines re-scribed after sanding

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The other area I had to tackle was the fin. Again the fit to the fuselage was ok but needed fettling to get a better fit before filing - no Tamiya here.

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