Trumpeter’s 1/48th Scale F-106A Delta Dart – Click Here to Order.
Finally here! After a 30 year “reign” of Revell/ Monogram’s F-106, we have a new “kit” on the block. RM’s Dart is not the easiest model to assemble but shape wise it was the best. Until now. Trumpeter took it to a whole new level with their release and the incorporation of finely engraved panel lines, makes it all the more attractive.
Serving with the U.S. Air Force from the 1960’s through the 1980’s, the Convair F-106 Delta Dart was considered one of the best interceptor platforms in the U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard’s inventory during the Cold War Era. Developed in 1956 from the F-102 Delta Dagger, for almost 29 years the Dart was the Nemesis of many Russian TU-95 Tactical Bomber. With a more powerful Pratt & Whitney J-75-P-17 engine it was capable of higher speeds all the way up to Mach 2. It could carry 4 AIM-4 Falcon Missiles and an Air-2 Rocket in its weapons bay. All together 277 F-106 Darts were built.
Inside the box are 11 sprues with over 190 plastic parts, a small sheet of PE for seat belts and rear view mirrors and a decal sheet for two Air National Guard versions. Every time I look at either an F-102 or an F-106 in 1/48th scale, it surprises me time and time again how big these models are. With a length of almost 450 mm and a width of over 243 mm, the Dart is not a “small” kit once assembled. What really drew my attention are the finely molded details. Compared to its RM predecessor, the Trumpeter rendition looks so much less bulky than the RM version. Building wise, there is not even a doubt that this kit will give you trouble. With his older sibling however, you had to make sure that before you started building the model, there was a 5 lbs tube of putty within reach. To be honest, although it did not have the greatest fit and there some warping issues, with the Revell/Monogram kit, price/value wise, you could not go wrong and once built, it still looks impressive.
Features on the Trumpeter F-106 are; A detailed cockpit (I would recommend the True Detail replacement ejection seat TD48433), 4 x AIM-4 missiles, one Air -2 Rocket, very detailed open or closed weapons bay, wheel wells and landing gear, two drop tanks and movable control surfaces. The decal sheet gives you the options to choose from two versions. One from the Florida Air National Guard or if you are a Tony Soprano fan, than I would suggest the New Jersey ANG rendition. Either way, you won’t be disappointed.
Although I did not build one yet, it is sure on my to-do list. The F-102 nor F-106 were never my favorite subjects but just by looking at the quality and finely molded detail of the Trumpeter rendition, I am tempted to cut plastic as soon as I get away from this keyboard! So buy with confidence and turn the Delta Dart into a masterpiece. It sure deserves it!