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  1. Reini's Century Series - F-102A Delta Dagger Kit is Meng's F-102A Delta Dagger - with the older Case X wings. Lot's of plastic in a tiny box. Aftermarket items. Corrected nose and pitot tube. Other than that, the kit is really modern and has nice looking details. If you're looking for issues - the nose shape is off with the kit. On top is the corrected nose from Quickboost - below the kit part. Kit part is quite a bit slimmer as can be seen. Decals. I think I will be doing a Greek plane. I've built the kit before and it's excellent kit all around. This is from few years back, I think one of my last brush painted models I did.
  2. Hi guys, here are some more of the 'lock down, photos processed' collection, this time from Gillespie Field which is the reserve and storage centre for the San Diego Air & Space Museum. The F-14 stars in the new Top Gun movie and the A-6 cockpit was used in Flight of the Intruder (great film for A-6 fans!) IMG_6507 copy by tony_inkster, on Flickr T-33 Shooting Star by tony_inkster, on Flickr IMG_6481 copy by tony_inkster, on Flickr H-21 Shawnee by tony_inkster, on Flickr F-86 Sabre by tony_inkster, on Flickr F-14 Tomcat by tony_inkster, on Flickr A-6 Intruders by tony_inkster, on Flickr A-7 Corsair II by tony_inkster, on Flickr F-8 Crusader by tony_inkster, on Flickr Mig-15 by tony_inkster, on Flickr F-102 Delta Dart by tony_inkster, on Flickr Mig-21 by tony_inkster, on Flickr Untitled-6 copy by tony_inkster, on Flickr Untitled-3 copy by tony_inkster, on Flickr
  3. CONVAIR F-102A DELTA DAGGER, USAF, 431 FIS, 1962 Kit: Meng Convair F-102A Delta Dagger (DS-003) Scale: 1/72 Paints: Vallejo Model Color Weathering: Oil paints, Brush painted Delta Dagger I did last summer. Very nice kit by Meng.
  4. Meng's F-102 kits are very nicely moulded, and I thought they should prove quick to build given the Delta Dagger's simple shape. With this in mind, and having both the Case-X and Case-XX kits, it made sense to build both at the same time as many details would have the same finish. A portion of this logic fell away when I decided to finish the Case-XX in SEA camo. Appearances can be deceiving, and despite the clean moulding, I had a mountain of cleaning up to do. This was largely due to the numerous sprue gates that didn't just join at the parts edge, but overlapped one surface of the part where they attached. The result was that each attachment paint (and there were hundreds!) had to be filed and sanded to restore the part's face not just its edge. There were also the usual very fine and barely visible mould seam-lines to scrape off. Having spent a couple of lengthy sessions cleaning up parts I decided one machine would have its missiles extended and the other would have its weapons bay closed. This was both for contrast and to save a considerable amount of work as the missiles and their racks took a lot of cleaning up. It made sense to take a production-line approach and pre-paint as many detail parts, interior areas and pieces that would be added after main airframe completion. I also thought this would help check a negative tendency I suffer from - I find when I build and paint the main airframe early before all the bits and pieces that get added at the end, that if it does not turn out a swell as I hoped I loose interest in the project, and rush finishing all the bits and bobs. After all, the model has already fallen short of my vision for it, so get it finished, hide it at the back of the display cabinet and start something new! So this is a first for me, other than the canopies I have finished all the boring bits before doing anything else. The only problem I struck was with the wheels. These were moulded with only very slight and almost vague defining edges between the rims and tyres. This resulted in three attempts at masking and painting them (two full strips back to bare plastic). The only addition I made to the kits was to make representative, as opposed to replica, seat harnesses from lead foil, and some intake blanks from plastic sheet to prevent any see-through effect. Aside from detail painting, I also painted areas that would be tricky to mask on the assembled airframe. These included behind the air-intakes, around the wheel-well and weapons bay surrounds, and the metal-finished areas on the overall light-grey Case-X like the exhaust surround, intake splitter plates, fin leading edge and lower edge of the air-brake. The following photos show where I'm at just prior to commencing airframe assembly:
  5. Hello Everybody ... Im going to jump in with this. I will be doing it in the markings of the 431st F.I.S. Out of Zaragoza Spain in 1961. It will look like this in the end. When I came back to modeling a few years ago I looked hi and lo for a Duece. It became my proverbial unicorn. I was a very happy person when Revell re-popped these and I quickly grabbed one. To be honest I have been a bit nervous to start it though. I waited long enough to start this and cant think of a better place than a group build setting to do it. I will post the obligatory sprue shots later today when i can get into my office. Hopefully i wont let myself or you folks down with this build. Dennis
  6. Hello Anyone have a Photo of the Intake duct on an F-102 ? I know the forward sections are aluminum skin/paint but i need the deeper areas right by the J-57 face ? The instructions call for Zinc chromate green on the bulkhead ? But im thinking aluminum/lt gray/white in this area ? Dennis
  7. These two are the Meng Case-X and case-XX 1/72 scale kits, the camo job is the XX... Thanks for looking.
  8. Hello all im in a bit of a quest for help. I am stuck and not sure which kit to build ? I have seen another member do this recently and I thought why not. I originally posted this in my current build. But i think i will get more traffic here. My three options are these, so If you feel like having a vote please do so. My first option is the Revell F-102 with markings for the 431st Fighter Interceptor Squadron Spain 1961. Next choice ... Is the Revell A-6E early model in VA-65 markings from U.S.S. Independence in 1972. This will require me to paint everything but stencils and Star & Bars. Last option ... Hasegawa F-18C+ in markings for VFA-86 Sidewinders. These are all 1/48th scale kits and the F-18 has A/M goodies to build in to it. So anyone and everyone is free to comment and offer there two cents. Currently i have votes for the. F-102 {7 F-18C {2 A-6E {9 i will see if i get anymore votes. Thanks to everyone for looking and if you vote a thank you for doing so. Dennis The A-6 photo’s are from Tailspin turtles excellent blog about the Intruder. Thanks for allowing me to repost these. http://tailspintopics.blogspot.com/2015/09/grumman-6a-vs-6e-intruder.html
  9. Hi all, I'm am searching for resin replacement jet nozzles for my F-100s. I want the F-102 but can't see them available anywhere. Maybe they aren't? Does anyone out there know? Thanks. Martin
  10. And for number 2.......... Ok this GB is for what could be described as the start of the golden age of US aircraft design from the 50’s to the early 60’s, the “Century Series” aircraft. A bit of something for everybody here with the main types everyone knows and a couple of experimentals for those who like to be different! F-100 Super Sabre F-101 Voodoo F-102 Delta Dagger XF-103 Thunder Warrior F-104 Star Fighter F-105 Thunderchief F-106 Delta Dart YF-107 Ultra Sabre XF-108 Rapier XF-109 Sorry the F-110 Spectre was renamed/numbered F-4 Phantom and the F-111 Aardvark is a bit too late. As for the F-117 don’t ask! I think probably everyone has one of these in there stash, if not they’re easy to get hold of and there’s tons of aftermarket stuff to keep all sorts of builders happy! 1, trickyrich - host 2, Starfighter 3, jb65rams 4, hythe 5, Swamp Donkey 6, Mish 7, Julien 8, hgbn - co-host 9, Paul J 10, AndyC 11, Arniec
  11. Convair F-102A (Case XX) 1:72 Meng Models Roughly a year ago Meng surprised us with a new tool F-102 in 1:72, something a lot of us had been waiting for. The original Kit was the Case X wing. This was reviewed at the time by Paul, and his review can be seen here. Looking at the tooling it was apparent Meng had designed this for the Case XX wing to be made as well. Our wait is now over and the Case XX wing kit is here. As is common with a lot of military aircraft the F-102 was subjected to being constantly upgraded throughout its service life. One of these upgrades was to what we know as the case XX wing. This was an improved design to the leading edge wing camber. The case XX wing had a conical camber along the length of leading edge of the wing which improved trim drag, increased the aircraft's service ceiling; and also gave the added benefits of improved low speed handling and stability. The only differences from the original kit are the new parts for the wing camber on sprue F. Meng have been pretty generous with the decal options in this kit. The decal sheet by Cartograf provides a choice of three aircraft: F-102 061436 - 509th FIS RTAB Udorn, Thailand 1969 SEA Camo. F-102 061363 - 196th FIS, California, USA 1968 ADC Grey. F-102 061448 - 179th FIS, Minnesota, USA 1960's ADC Grey with red wing tips/fin. Each option is illustrated with a four-view full-colour profile as well as a detailed illustrations of the AIM-4 missiles, the drop tanks and their pylons. The decals look nicely printed. They appear to be reasonably thin with colours are nice and bold. The carrier film is so minimal in places that it struggles to be seen. They have quite a matt finish, so Id recommend applying them over a gloss surface and using a decal setting solution, particularly on the larger decals for the vertical tail. One shame is that the USAF and U.S.AIR FORCE titles are in black where they should be insignia blue. For those wanting to build a different aircraft (or more to the point those of us buying more than one!) I am sure Draw decal and Fundekals will be along with more schemes. Conclusion While not as much as a surprise as the original Case X wing the wait for the XX Wing has been worth it. If youve been waiting all these years for a state of the art, accurate kit of the F-102XX, then your patience has finally been rewarded. Overall, Meng have produced a nicely detailed kit which doesn't compromise on build ability. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  12. QB72 412/415/415/417 Meng F-102 Update sets 1:72 Quickboost by Aires With the release of the new tool F-102 Delta Dagger by Meng models it was only to be expected that the aftermarket would come forward with some parts for it. QB72 412 Correct Nose Now on seeing this item I got one of my Meng F-102's out of the stash and had a good look at the nose. I could not see anything wrong with it. Talking around it seems there is a very small issue with the centring of the nose pitot hole in the Meng kit. I can't see it and wonder if this might be a part too far? In saying that there are no problems with the part that I can see, it is moulded without flaws and the pitot hole seems to be centred. QB72 415 Antennas and Details This set concentrates on well Antennas and navigation light details. Provided are the following; 1. Small blade antenna on spine. 2. Blade antenna (x2) under rear fuselage. 3. Smaller Pitot on fin. 4. Larger Pitot on fin. 5. Small red light (x2) on spine and under main body 6. Large red light on spine 7. Infra Red search track ball in front of cockpit (2 provided only one used) The parts for these are well cast, the inclusion of the coloured resin parts for the lights will make these parts look good on the finished model. One thing I would say is the pitots and blade antennas are very fine and a great deal of care will be needed with these items. QB72 416 Bomb Bay Covers' Pistons This should really be "Missile bay" covers' pistons! In this set you get 14 very fine renditions (2 sets of 7) of the pistons for moving the missile bay doors. These again are very delicate and will add a touch more realism if you have the missile bay doors open, and given the detail Meng provide in there why not! QB72 417 Anti-Colision Lights This set provides one clear set of lights (7 parts), one clear red set of lights (4 parts), and one set of clear Blue lights (2 parts). These will bring an extra something to your kit, and are great for those of us who hate making our own clear lights. Conclusion Quickboost have made some great parts to add realism and a candid look to your finished model, they are well cast, if a little delicate. Recommended for the Meng Kit. Highly recommended. Review samples courtesy of distributed in the UK by Hannants Ltd.
  13. Convair F-102 Etch Sets Eduard 1:72 SS474 & 73474 The new F-102 from Meng Models was welcome by modellers and a big leap forward from the Haseagwaw kit which was getting on a bit. Even though the kit on it's own is great we all knew it would not be long until the aftermarket manufactures would bring us some sets for this kit. Eduard have brought us two sets SS474 and 73474. Starting with SS474 (The Zoom set) this is a smallish fret which includes some self adhesive parts. This fret is nickel, with some of the parts being pre-painted. This small fret contains details to enhance the ejection seat (a weak point in the Meng kit), these details include seat straps, firing handles and a new top box being the head rest which is a great improvement over the kit part. Details for the cockpit, including the instrument panel, side panel, and rudder pedals; all of these being self adhesive, and pre-painted except the rudder pedals. Other details include, scissor links on the landing gear, an exhaust ring, two exterior engine parts, landing light (and protective surround) for the front gear door, cockpit rails for the inside of the aircraft & the canopy, and finally some hinge plates for the wings. The second set 73474 contains the complete fret as seen above but includes a second large brass fret. This contains full length strips for the large internal weapons bay, new internal parts for the speed brake doors, new internal surface for the front gear door (complete with all attachments), brake lines for the main gear, additional gear linkages not included in the basic set, new parts for the missile rails, missile exhaust endcaps, missile bay door actuators and finally much improved parts for the missile extender rails. Conclusion Both of these seem to be very effective sets for the Meng F-102. The smaller set is most welcome as it will go a long way to make the cockpit look a lot better. The larger set contains additional items which will make the model look better, especially if the modeller is going to model the weapons bays open and the missiles deployed on their rails. Overall I would recommend both of these sets to the modeller. Review sample courtesy of
  14. Convair F-102A (Case X) 1:72 Meng Models The Convair F-102 Delta Dagger was borne out of a US Air Force requirement, issued in 1950, for a supersonic fighter aircraft capable of intercepting and shooting down Soviet bombers. Convair’s design utilised a radical tailless delta wing. This configuration was tested by Convair on the experimental XF-92, which also led to the development of the somewhat larger B-58 Hustler. Always ahead of its time (the prototype flew for the first time just eight years after the end of the Second World War), the aircraft suffered a number of setbacks, not least of which was the inability of the prototype the break the sound barrier – an essential requirement as far as the US Air Force was concerned – due to high levels of transonic drag. Convair’s design team went back to the drawing board, lengthening the fuselage by 4ft and reshaping it around the recently discovered ‘area rule’ principle. The engine intakes and vertical tail were also enlarged and an uprated version of the Pratt and Whitney J75 engine was fitted. The redesigned aircraft broke the sound barrier on its second flight on 21st December 1954 and went into full scale production soon afterwards. Production of the F-102A continued until 1958, by which time 889 Delta Daggers had been produced. The aircraft was well liked by its pilots and continued in service with both the Air Force and Air National Guard until the 1970s. The F-102 saw active service during the Vietnam War, during which fifteen aircraft were lost to a combination of ground fire and accidents. Just one aircraft was lost in aerial combat, shot down by a MiG-21 while escorting a B-52 raid. Later in the 1970s, hundreds of F-102As were converted to pilotless target drones. Ex-US Air Force F-102s were also sold to both Greece and Turkey, serving with each nations air force until 1979. Meng’s new F-102A caused quite a stir when it was first announced earlier this year. The Chinese company’s first two aircraft kits were both Japanese paper projects, so it was a surprise to find that this promising new company had chosen to tackle a subject like the Deuce. Having said that, the F-102A is in many ways a perfect choice for Meng. The aircraft has been overlooked by other mainstream manufacturers, leaving the rather elderly Hasegawa offering as the only game in town in 1:72 scale. The kit is presented in a reasonably sturdy top-opening box, the lid of which is adorned with an attractive painting of an F-102 climbing to intercept a Soviet Tu-95 Bear bomber. The box has a satin, rather than gloss finish, which gives it a plush, upmarket feel. Inside are six sprues of grey plastic, a single clear sprue, a large decal sheet and a full-colour instruction manual. Each of the sprues is individually wrapped in plastic for added protection. The mouldings are clean and crisp and the immediate impression is of a high quality product worthy of the likes of Hasegawa or Eduard. The plastic has a smooth, glossy finish and the engraved panel lines are nice and delicate. There is subtle recessed rivet and fastener detail is places too. The cockpit is made up of a tub, with side consoles and rudder pedals moulded in place. The controls and dials on the instrument panel and side consoles are picked out with fine moulded detail. Meng have provided a decal for the instrument panel as well, but the decision as to whether to use it or not is up to you. The Weber ejection seat is made up of three parts and looks like a pretty good representation of the real thing. Overall the cockpit is very good, but you might want to add a little more visual interest with some photo etched harnesses before fixing the canopy in place. The cockpit sits on top of the nose gear bay, which itself features some nice structural details and hydraulic lines. Before you can close up the fuselage, you will need to assemble and paint the rearmost part of the engine. This is made up of the rear turbine face, a full-length exhaust, afterburner flame holder and the nozzle itself. Once the fuselage halves are together, construction moves on to the wings. The lower wing is moulded as a single span, with separate parts for the upper surfaces of the port and starboard wings. The internal weapons bay also fits into the lower wing. This part will need to be used in order to add structural rigidity, whether you intend to finish the model with the weapons bay open or not. The wing tips are moulded as separate pieces and are provided on a suspiciously small sprue along with the elevators, which suggests that a Case XX wing version will be offered in the future. The main landing gear bay has to be fixed in place before you join the wings to the fuselage, and it is just as well detailed as the nose gear bay. The engine intakes are each made up of two parts and, although nicely moulded, represent something of a weak point for the kit. This is because there is no intake trunking, so you can see straight through into the empty fuselage interior. I’ll be blanking mine off with plastic card when I build it. In contrast, the tail-mounted airbrake is a beautifully detailed feature which simply begs to be finished in the open position. The internal weapons bay can be finished with the doors open or closed. If you choose to finish the model with the doors in the closed position, then a one-piece door is provided, saving you from having to fiddle about trying to line up all four doors by eye. If you wish to finish the kit with the doors open, then you have a choice of using either retracted or extended missile launch pylons as both are supplied. A comprehensive weapons load is provided in the form of six AIM-4C and six AIM-4D Falcon air-to-air missiles. These are nicely moulded, and whichever you choose, you’ll have six left over for the spares box. A pair of 815 litre drop tanks are provided too. The undercarriage is nicely detailed without being overly complex. The gear doors are beautifully detailed inside and out too. The clear parts are just that; superbly thin and clear. The canopy can be posed in the open position too, and a separate hinge mechanism is provided for the latter option. Meng Model have been pretty generous with the decal options in this kit. The decal sheet provides a choice of three aircraft: F-102A of the 431st Fighter Interception Squadron, 1962. This aircraft is finished in Aircraft Gray with a red flash on the vertical stabiliser; F-102A of the 327th Fighter Interception Squadron, 1958. This aircraft is also finished in Aircraft Gray with a white and red vertical stabiliser; and F-102A of the 497th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, 1970. This aircraft is finished in the South East Asia scheme of Green (FS34102), Dark Green (FS34079) and Dark Tan (FS30219) over Camouflage Grey (FS36622). Each option is illustrated with a four-view full-colour profile as well as a detailed illustrations of the AIM-4 missiles, drop tanks and pylons. The decals look nicely printed. They appear to be reasonably thin but the colours are nice and bold. They have quite a matt finish, so I’d recommend applying them over a gloss surface and using a decal setting solution, particularly on the larger decals for the vertical tail. Conclusion If you’ve been waiting all these years for a state of the art, accurate kit of the F-102, then your patience has finally been rewarded. Meng have delivered a kit that ticks all these boxes and more. The engraved panel lines are nice and restrained and the detail in areas such as the undercarriage bays and airbrake assemblies is up there with the best. The kit appears to be accurate in outline, and the pinched contours of the fuselage look pretty good too. A quick tape together of the wings and fuselage has revealed no major fit issues either. Overall, Meng have produced a nicely detailed kit which doesn’t compromise on buildability. I’ll certainly be building mine soon. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
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