Next up on the Monogram train I'm riding!
I always like to share what I am starting in on next, so here it is. This will be my 3rd Monogram kit in a row! I picked up this original issue F-102 at Skyway Hobbies in Seattle. Great shape, molds are super clean and it was less than the current "Revell" boxing of the kit which I have heard suffers from flash and fit problems from a mold that has been used for 30 years! I love these old Monogram kits and seek originals wherever I can find them!
Those "old" Monogram kits build up nicely (especially for the money spent). 🙂
I'm working on two of these now. CaseX and caseXX wings. May just have to get a third as it was just re-released in Wisconsin ANG colors!
Here we go ... another song of praises for Monogram.
Count me in, too! I look forward to seeing the finished plane, Rob!
So far so good, I will post some in progress pictures later, but so far working on the exhaust good detail and only the "usual" Monogram demons some ejector pin marks and a few head scratchers for engineering. Overall though it's like building a new kit even though it was molded in 1981!
What markings will you use? When I was young, my Dad was at Keflavik AFB and the 57th FIS was there. Noisy beautiful aircraft!
Doing the 57th FIS, trying to get the correct shade of red will be a bit of a challenge. Early on they were dayglo, after that perhaps insignia red, then for the time frame I plan on with the decal sheet the consensus if Fluorescent red, which is much brighter than insignia red, but not really day-glo. In pictures form the early 70s on line, even from the same event, but different angles the paint looks anywhere from Dayglo to dark red, my guess is lighting and film type. I have some Tamiya Fluorescent red, I plan on experimenting with spraying it over a flat red base and see how that looks before I paint the model. Cloud 9 has a great pictures of the aircraft on the sheet and the tail is definitely fluorescent red, not insignia or the brighter day-glo colors from the 50s, so I am trying to match that.
Now you're talkin' Rob! I've had one in my stash for years and plan to do one of the silver-painter NG birds. At the moment I can't recall which state it is though. Gonna be cool when you're done with her! 🙂
I love those old Monogram kits...they take some work, but turn out well. I built this about a year and half ago (under the Encore label) with some doodads from Aires...while it wasn't shake-and-bake, it was enjoyable...even though it had to be re-scribed.
Like you I share your passion for the old Monogram kits. I'll be looking forward to seeing your progress.
I think there are plenty of like minded souls regarding Monogram kits who'll be with you all the way on this one.