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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.


  • 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.

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Turkish Air Force F-102 Delta Dagger


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.