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F-102 Delta Dagger

Flying Daggers

Part 1

 

Eagle Strike Decals
 

 

S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number: Eagle Strike 48-140 - Flying Daggers Part 1
Scale: 1/48
Contents and Media: Waterslide decals - Decal sheet plus instructions and notes
Price: MSRP USD$10 available from Aeromaster's website
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Perfect register; thin; minimal carrier film; good instructions and background; single set of stencil markings
Disadvantages:  
Recommendation: Recommended

Reviewed by Rodger Kelly


Aeromaster Decals' 1/48 scale Flying Daggers
will be available online from Squadron.com

FirstLook

  

New from Eagle Strike Productions is sheet 4840 covering the Convair F-102A 'Delta Dagger'. Markings are provided for just two aircraft, both in overall FS 16473 light grey finish with black radome and anti-glare.

The individual aircraft and their markings are:

56-1350 of the Scorpions, the 64th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, 25th Air Division, Air Defence Command. The markings depicted it when it was at Paine Field, Washington in 1961. The supplied markings comprise:

  • Squadron insignia for both sides of the nose.

  • FC-350 "buzz numbers".

  • 61350 radio call numbers.

  • Large black and yellow insignia for the fin.

  • Stencil data block with the correct serial number.

  • 57-0898 of the 460th FIS, Portland Oregon 1958-1966. The supplied markings comprise:

  • Large Squadron insignia for the fin.

  • FC-898 "buzz numbers".

  • 70898 radio call numbers.

  • Blue WADF pennant for the fin.

  • Campaign ribbon for the fin

  • Black and yellow stripe markings for the wings. These markings are supplied as separate upper and lower surface decals. The wing fence is also supplied as a separate decal.

  • Stencil data block with the correct serial number.

  • A single set of U.S. AIR FORCE titles for the fuselage, USAF titles for the wings, National insignia, anti-glare panel and walkway markings are provided. The anti-glare panel is in left and right hand sides. It's always great to see anti-glare panels supplied as decals as it saves you some tricky masking in case of the curved ones. A single set of stencil data is also provided. The stencil data is not exhaustive but it does cover the larger, more visible data.

    Given the size of the markings, 48140 is made up of two sheets. The decals have been printed by Cartograf. Everything is in perfect register and there is a minimum of decal film around each design. Cartograf decals are not as easy to use as Microscale ones but will produce the same results as long as you are patient and use lots of settling solution.

    The placement guide is A-4 in size and shows full colour left hand side profiles of both options as well as generic top and bottom plan views. Information is sparse and way less than you normally find on Eagle Strike sheets. The decal sheets and placement guide are packed in a clear plastic zip-loc bag.

    The recommended kit (the only 1/48 scale F-102 kit that I know of) is the Monogram one. The placement sheet advises that you will need to re-scribe the upper left elevon as the wing stripe decals have been sized to fit the other three on the kit.

    All up, a nice sheet from Eagle Strike. The Monogram is out of production but can be readily found if you really want one.

    Recommended.

    Thanks to AeroMaster / Eagle Strike Products for the review sets


    On-line sales are available from the AeroMaster Products / Eagle Strike Productions web site.
     


    Review TextCopyright 2004 by Rodger Kelly
    This Page Created on 31 January, 2004
    Last updated 31 January, 2004

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