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Convair F-106A
Delta Dart
(An Ultra Super Rush Construction Project)
By Brad "Shogun" Sekigawa

Monogram's F-106 Delta Dart in 1/48scale

On Wednesday Sept. 3rd, I got a call from Mark Sindiong, saying he needed help in making a base and cover for a 1/48th scale Monogram F-106A Delta Dart that he was building for a retiring HANG pilot. The catch was that I had only three days to make it as it was going to be presented to the pilot on Saturday, the 6th! After making sure it was for real, I found an old Plexiglas cover I had in the attic for years, which I was saving for another project. The brown backing paper had fused itself onto the Plexiglas after so many years of storage, so it took an awful amount of elbow grease and lacquer thinner to get it off. The skin on my hands were red and peeling, but I couldn't use gloves as I had to rub off bits of that paper an inch at a time. The cover measured eighteen inches square by nine inches in height.

Monogram's F-106 Delta Dart in 1/48scale

A wood base was cut to fit inside the cover, which was then sanded, stained, and drilled on four sides to accept brass screws. A piece of poster board was spray mounted, painted to look like a runway tarmac, then weathered using paints and pastel chalks. All this was done within two days. On Friday, I got a call from Mark saying he dropped the model tail first onto the concrete floor. ARGHH! Prior to the accident, I helped him with the weapons and fuel tanks. Mark did not have Aircraft Gray paint, so he mixed his own using Gunze Lacquers. I used Testors Model Master enamel paints for the weapons and tanks. The weapons included four AIM-4 Falcon missiles and one Genie nuclear missile.

Monogram's F-106 Delta Dart in 1/48scale

After a few days of repair and repainting, we got together, and wouldn't you know it, the model and fuel tank colors did not match! I told him to just repaint the tanks and be done with it, but Mark decided to repaint the whole model. After a few more days of repainting we got together again to finish the project. In the mean time, I assembled, sanded, flattened, and painted the four wheels. I also drilled holes in the wheels for the brass mounting rods.
On the Friday the 12th, Mark started decaling the model, which looked really good, and with the help of Chris Lovewell, we added more lines to the base like threshold markers, taxiway guides, and more weathering. After final fitting of the wheels, the model was mounted to be later presented to the pilot. The recipient was a guy named "Pirate." I think his name is Col. Willie Benton, and is probably the only HANG pilot to have flown or rode in every Century Series jet, from the F-100 to the F-106, and the F-111 as well. He was a real colorful guy, the type who would bend the rules to the point of breaking them (which he sometimes did, much to the chagrin of his C.O.s), like going full afterburner near the Navy/Marine golf course while some generals and admirals were playing.

Anyway he told Mark that he wore a bright yellow helmet with black graphics of a griffon with Blue Angel type gold tinted visor while flying the F-106A with the California Air Guard. In painting the pilot figure, Mark replicated this, and included his trademark moustache and orange flight suit. Needless to say "Pirate" was ecstatic, and "blown away" by the model. In fact, everyone present was amazed at how it well it turned out, right down to the tarmac.
This was our third collaboration for such projects, and in spite of the setbacks, the most rewarding thing is always the reaction of the person receiving the model. Thanks Mark, great job, and well done. Oh yeah, one thing Mark: BURN THE BOX! BURN THE BOX!

By the way, "Pirate" got his name from going around the various, squads and units downloading games and movies from their computers.