Project Spike ASAT F-106A, 1/72 Hasagwa.
This F-106A was used on Project Spike which was an ASAT program of the early ’70s. Being fired from an F-106, the missile would release a terminal homing vehicle guided by solid rocket motors on a trajectory to intercept a selected satellite. Static flight tests were conducted with Standard ARM missile with a dummy payload. Project Spike was dropped in favor of the ASAT F-15 program of the mid ’80s. 0-80795 was also involved in testing the m61 gatling gun installation for the 106 and the modified canopy for better visibility.
I came across this when I was looking to see if the USAF ever considered arming the 106 with other missile types like the Sidewinder and such. When I saw The ARM under the wing in a photo I thought, what a Wild Weasel 106? The biggest obstacle in doing a particular aircraft is the markings. 0-80795 had been already produced by Microscale, finding one in good shape would be luck, but it just so happens it’s still being produced as SuperScale No. 72-876. I used an old Hasegawa/Minicraft boxing of the 106. Very basic, little to no flash, with some filing needed in the usual spots.
The last model photo is of the 106 and an F-14, I’ve got this memory of seeing F-14’s and 106’s flying in formation together some where.
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