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F-102 Delta Dagger in Turkish Air Force

Written by the military aviation historian Levent Başara, this book tells the short story of the “F-102 Delta Dagger” in the Turkish Air Force.

Prepared in Turkish and English, the book is 76 pages in full color. It includes around 280 photographs (most of which have not been published before) from the Turkish Air Force archives and from private collections both in Turkey and abroad. The details of the air defence sorties performed by the F-102s over Aegean Sea in 1974 Cyprus Peace Operation is the most interesting part of the book. The information given shows that F-102s successfully completed the interception missions. In another chapter, the writer tells about the reasons of the early retirement of the Delta Daggers. Beautiful drawings of the F-102s in different colors were also given to help modelers. Finally, at the back of the book, the serials numbers of all F-102 Delta Dagger aircraft that entered the Turkish Air Force inventory gives the aviation enthusiasts and researchers a valuable reference. F-102 Delta Dagger in Turkish Air Force is the third book of the series which will follow the other types of fighter aircraft flown by the Turkish Air Force.

Contents:

  • Development of the F-102
  • The Introduction of the F-102 to the Turkish Air Force

  • Pilot Selection and Training

  • The F-102 in Cyprus Peace Operation

  • Decommissioning of the F-102

  • The Surviving F-102s

  • Miscellaneous F-102 Photos

  • Serial Numbers

 

This research study is a top reference book for all the aviation enthusiasts, especially for scale modelers.

For more information contact:

leventbasara@hotmail.com

F-16D Fighting Falcon- Chapter 1

Italeri F-16D Fighting Falcon 1/48 – Main Fuselage Details

Kınetic reboxed by Italeri F-16D kit is completed after 5 month works. Kit converted Block 50+  with some additions from Hasegawa F-16 Block 52+.

Livery is for F-16D Block 50+ from 161.squadron 6.Main Jet Base – Bandırma.

This kit is builded to show some scratch build open panel works.

24 scratch build, 8 resin, total 32 open panel builded in 1/48 scale.

The other additions are:

  • Resin cockpit and seats.
  • Resin wheel bays and tires.
  • Resin exhaust nozzle.
  • Resin weapons.
  • Resin Sniper pod.
  • Some photoetch additions like Remove Before Flags.
  • Scratch build FOD covers.

Detailed building phases published in IN PROGRESS section.

This section is for main kits look after finish.Detailed open panel pictures are going to publish later.

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Republic RF-84F Thunderflash

Republic RF-84F Thunderflash – Tanmodel 1/48

img_4925Tanmodel 1/48 scale, box number 2201, RF-84F Thunderflash kit with Turkish Air Force colors, belongs to 1st AB. 114.Filo ESKISEHIR. 1956-1972.

This kit is the second production of the made in Turkey company      TANMODEL. First one was the 1/72 scale TAI HURKUS-A.

This RF-84F is sole RF-84F model with engraved panel lines in scale 1/48. Tanmodel filled this deficiency. Including really nice detailed cockpit, seamless air intake, detailed landing gears  and   amazing   camera parts.

img_4920 img_4915 img_4919Canopy is optionel open or closed. One piece canopy included. Ailerons and flaps are optionel extended or retracted. And camera bay can be build open or closed.

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Skill level is 5 by 5 in my opinion. This kit not for beginner certainly. Even though only second kit of the TANMODEL, RF-84F is really nice and acceptable kit. Strongly recommended.

More detailed informations, pictures and building steps about this kit is shared in IN PROGRESS page. Click HERE

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North American F-100D Super Sabre

North American F-100D Super Sabre – Trumpeter 1/48

 

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Trumpeter 1/48 scale, box number 02822, F-100D Thunderbirds kit is converted to Turkish Air Force F-100D Super Sabre.

Kit has totally engraved panel lines and rivets but they are very weak. Fortunately kits plastic is soft so i re-scribed and re-rivet all detail easily.

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Movable surfaces like rudder, flaps/slats can be build active position. I prefer closed slats instead of open because lack of detail.

Landing gear struts was detailed with some wire and streched sprue.

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No canopy detail coming with kit. I added some Evergreen plastic .

Landing gear bay doors re-builded to make more accurate. I used some part of kit, Evergreen plastic and sprue.

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Pilots body and head are from another kit. Arms are spare resin arms, parachute is shaped epoxy putty. Seat is resin.

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Extras:

  • Resin cockpit (Aires)
  • Colorless photoetch instrument panel (Aires)
  • Seat (Aires)
  • Wheel bays (Aires)
  • Exhaust nozzle (Aires)
  • Wheels (Aires)
  • Resin nose
  • Metal pitot tube
  • Stencils (Cam Pro Series F-100D)
  • Decals (Microscale Super Sabre of Turkish Air Force)
  • Bombs (Hasegawa Weapon Sets)
  • Paints (Vallejo Acrylics)
  • Reference Sources: F-100 SUPER SABRE IN TURKISH AIR FORCE Volume 1/2 by LEVENT BASARA

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REPUBLIC F-84F THUNDERSTREAK – Hobbyboss 1/48

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Hobbyboss 1/48 scale F-84F Thunderstreak kit with box number 81726.

All engraved panel lines but shallow. Especially rivet detail is very weak.

Cockpit detail is normal like most of 1/48 scale kit but glareshield is without details. Actually most visible parts of the cockpit !

Very few fitting problem generally. But attaching canopy to closed position is little difficult. Clear parts quality is really nice meanwhile.

There is no much detail in landing gear bays also struts. Nose strus is complete. No seperate nose wheel. This makes difficult to paint nose wheel.

Kit gives some photoetch parts for seat belts and spoilers.

More detail was mentioned on IN PROGRESS page.

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Extras:

  • PJ Production Pilot.
  • Bombs are from Hasegawa Aircraft Weapons:A
  • Pitot tube is from medical injection.
  • Decals are from Icarus Decals F/RF-84F Stencil.

 

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McDonnell Douglas F-4E PHANTOM

 Turkish Air Force F-4E PHANTOM  172. FILO  ERHAC – MALATYA

 

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This Phantom is a member of 172. squadron,   7. Main Jet Base    Erhac – Malatya – Turkey.

Hasegawa kit, 1/48 scale, box number 07208, total 134 parts.

Generally building is very enjoyable with addition of some detail set. I am sure i am going to built another one in the future.

Nice and sharp engraved panel lines but almost there is no rivet detail. Normally F-4 have lot of rivet detail on fuselage and over wings. It must be corrected.

There is no fitting problem especially canopy fits perfect.

Air intake inside detail is insufficient also exhaust. Cockpit detail is normal as standart Hasegawa 1/48 cockpit. It will be much better with detail set. Seat detail is poor. Pilots are nice detailed. Kits AIM-9J missiles are not correct shape. Landing gear bays are empty.

Corrections and additions:

  • Rivet detail was added to all necessary area
  • Flaperons were extended but right wings one is not correct. I learned after building that there is no up movement of flaperon. Movement should be on between neutral and down position. Note: Instead of up movement of the flaperon, F-4 uses speedbrake on over the wings for that.
  • Exhaust nozzles are AIRES – 4118 box number.
  • Cockpit is AIRES – 4126 box number. Instrument panel colorless photoetch from same box. It painted with Vallejo acrylics.
  • Pilots are Aerobonus by AIRES – “F-4B/N/J/S US Navy pilot and operator with ejection seats”.
  • Head of pilots from Hasegawa kits itself.
  • Landing gear bays are AIRES.
  • Placards are EDUARD.
  • Air scoops are QUICKBOOST.
  • Pitot tube is MASTER MODEL.
  • Weighted wheels are ROYAL RESIN.
  • Weapons are from Hasegawa Aircraft Weapons: C set
  • Decals are HI-DECAL LINE.
  • Paint are all acrylics from Vallejo.
  • Antennas are sctratch build according to Turkis Air Force F-4 type.

 

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Convair F-102A DELTA DAGGER

Turkish Air Force F-102 Delta Dagger

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Encore Models, 1/48 scale F-102 kit. Box number is 48001. This kit has totally raised panel lines on grey stiff plastic. There are some fitting problem mentioned in progress page. Wing are CASE XX wing in this box. The kit includes colored photo-etch set for cockpit and colorless photo-etch set as a detail set. The kit also includes resin detail set for cockpit, seat, air intake, radome, flight control surfaces, tires and AIM-4 missiles. Air intakes are seamless but i found some bubble over surface. It is your choice to use resin or plastic. There is same work for filling bubble on resin or filling plastic intake to make seamless. This kit can be built with or without any detail set. Because there is no big difference with resin and plastic as a shape. But you need good trim work for resin, plastic ones are almost clean parts. Kits plastic parts are well detailed like resin parts thats why i used only tire set and glare shield as resin. Kit has a sitting pilot. Canopy is optional but recommended open position because of fitting problem around clear canopy. Also there are detailed photo-etch parts for canopy area, if you make canopy closed you dont need to use photo-etch because unable to see. Main landing gear bays are well detailed also have some photo-etch detail set for that area. Speed brake and missile bay door are optional open or closed position. Also missile lunch rail can be built deployed or retracted. Resin elevons and rudder are positionable.

Pilot is from Aero Bonus.

Decals are from Hobbytime Decal – HTD 72004.

All paints are Vallejo Acrylics.

I did some corrections listed below:

  • All raised panel lines were re-scribed.
  • Some wires were added nose gear bay to improve inside.
  • Case XX wings were converted to Case X wings.
  • Seamless air intake from plastik parts.
  • More detailed pilot was added.
  • Glareshield and its cover was added from plastic and metal tape.
  • Wing fins were re-builded from plastic.
  • External tank pylons were re-builded from plastic.
  • Navigation lights were detailed with addition of clear plastic.
  • And a lot of filling and scribing work.

For more detail and working steps go to IN PROGRESS page.

 

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