September 22, 2014 in Aviation
I noticed that the new Trumpeter F-106 is a hot discussion topic across the modeling internet forums this past week. With that comes inevitable comparisons to the 1985 vintage Monogram kit. I thought I would share my Monogram kit that I built about 12 years ago. I finished it with Humbrol enamels and I think the decals were from Experts Choice. This is the second Monogram 106 that I’ve completed, the first was way back when it was released. This one actually fit together pretty well, unlike my memories of the first one. It had minimally warped parts, which is a constant problem with these old Monogram kits. They popped them out of the molds too quickly from what I understand. The detail is great, especially in the cockpit and the closed weapons bay doors fit very well. I wanted to finish it closed up to show off the planes great lines. One of the fun things about the F-106 is that you can give it a glossy automotive-like finish and be accurate. The ANG birds were literally babied and given the utmost care during their careers. I had the pleasure to see 106s from the Mich. and Cal. ANG back in the day and was stunned at how immaculate they were. Anyways, this is still a nice kit!
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