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DECAL SHEET REVIEW


Fündekals F-106 Delta Darts -- 1:72 Scale



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The F-106 Delta Dart built on the many strengths of the F-102 Delta Dagger while also improving on its shortcomings.  The F-106 has long been widely regarded as the USAF’s ultimate Cold War all-weather interceptor – serving admirably in this role from the 1960s to the 1980s.  There is a decent selection of F-106s in 1:72 scale, from the venerable but dated Hasegawa/Minicraft kit the more recent Trumpeter F-106A and B and the Meng F-106A.  The decals in these kits are okay but there were many more memorable schemes seen on this airplane than what can be reasonably included in the kits.  In this review, we’ll take a look at Fündekals 1:72 scale treatment of the some of the most impressive Delta Dart paint schemes in F-106 Delta Darts.

Fündekals is a lower-cost but high-quality decal manufacturer who typically does a print run of a subject and then moves on.  Most of their effort is directed toward WWII subjects, but they often go into more diverse territory such as with the F-106.  This decal sheet covers 11 Delta Darts:

This decal sheet combines the markings in the 1:48 scale F-106 Part 1 and F-106 Part 2 by Fündekals.  In 1:72 scale, they can all fit on the same sheet.  The choice in schemes is excellent.  If colorful and interesting schemes are your thing, then you’ll love the marking options on this decal sheet, especially the 71st FIS, 73rd Air Division, 87th FIS and 329th FIS markings.  To me at least, those in particular will make your small-scale F-106 visually “pop.”   

The quality of decal design by Fündekals is excellent and the printing is right up there with Cartograf and other leaders in the decal business.  Colors are vibrant, crisp, in perfect register, and the carrier film is very restrained.  The carrier film seems a bit thicker than Cartograf or Microscale products, but it’s not so thick as to worry about the need of building up layers of gloss coat to hide the edge of the carrier film.

The airframe configuration notes and photos that accompany these schemes are also top-notch.  They reveal the depth of research done on these subjects, and will add a great deal of accuracy to your model.  For example, you’ll know if the scheme you are building has the mid- or late-1960s airframe configurations, early- or late-style stencils, SAGE antennas, early or late-style nose UHF antennas, the Weber ejection seat, retractable anti-collision lights, and so forth.  It’s quite the comprehensive treatment for each airplane featured here.

Also, the choice of 58-0787 is really neat.  It’s a rather famous jet.  On a routine ACM training hop in 1970, this F-106 departed into an unrecoverable spin.  The pilot, Capt. Gary Faust, managed to eject safely.  Yet, the force of the ejection and change in center of gravity surprisingly caused 787 to recover on its own.  It entered into a shallow descent and made a gentle belly landing on a snow-covered pasture near Big Sandy Montana.  With the throttle set at idle, the jet “taxied” along on the snow pack until it ran out of gas.  787 was recovered, repaired, and continued flying until 1986 when it was retired and placed on display at the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, Ohio.  If you’ve been there, you’ve probably seen 787.

However, do note that these are “scheme specific” markings (e.g., tail flashes, tail numbers, nose art) and the sheet does not include airframe stencils, national insignias, or USAF identification markings.  Those are available separately from Fündekals in their 1:48 scale F-106 stencil decal sheet: http://www.fundekals.com/deltaDart_f106_Stencils_72.html

To keep costs down for the scale modeler, the instructions and markings guide are NOT printed and included with the decals.  As with all Fündekals products, the markings guide is available as a PDF file that can be effortlessly downloaded from their website.  Here’s the link for the instructions: http://www.fundekals.com/deltaDart_f106_72.html
 
Many thanks to Jonathan Strickland and Fündekals for the review sample.  You can find and purchase this and other Fündekals sheets on the web at: http://www.fundekals.com/

Haagen Klaus
Scale Modeling News & Reviews Editor
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