Scale 1/72
Manufacturer Xtradecal
Decal Sheet ID X72247
Decal Sheet Title Convair F-106A/B Delta Dart Part 2
Types Featured F-106A, F-106B

Today we have a review of Xtradecal sheet X72247 - with markings for eight different F-106As and Bs. The aircraft featured are:

  • F-106A 59-0037 from the 119th FIS "Jersey Devils", 177th FIG, New Jersey ANG based at New Jersey Airport, New Jersey during mid-1970s. This carried a red fin stripe on the upper fin, five red stripes on the rudder and "Jersey Devils" in red on the upper fin and black tail numbers on the lower fin;
  • F-106A 57-2457 from the 539th FIS "Iron Hand" based at McGuire AFB, New Jersey during the early 1960s. This was the first unit to convert to the F-106 and carried a stylised Delta Dart in blue outlined in white on the fin, with a superimposed red dart containng the squadron emblem. It also carried black "FE-457" buzz numbers on the rear fuselage and black tail numbers;
  • F-106A 58-0783 from the 2nd FIS "Horney Horses" based at Wurtsmith AFB, Michigan during the mid-1960s. Markings comprised a yellow fin band outlined in black and containing the squadron emblem, together with black tail numbers;
  • F-106A 57-2497 from the 84th FIS "Black Panthers" based at Castle AFB, California during November 1974. The fin was split vertically with (top to bottom) red, white and blue sections, the squadron crest was on the fin and black tail codes were carried;
  •  F-106A 59-0088 from the 87th FIS "Red Bulls" based at Sawyer AFB, Michigan during the early 1970s. This carried a stylised "bull" on the fin, a red flash on the wing tanks and artwork on the nose;
  • F-106B 59-0165 from the Air Defence Weapons Centre, based at Tyndall AFB, Florida durng 1976. This was the personal aircraft of NORAD commander General Daniel "Chappie" James Jr. This carried a stylised US flag on the fin and rudder, together with a ADWC badge on the left side of the fin and a TAC badge on the right side. It carried "General Chappie James" in script on the nose and a blue stripe outlined in red containing "AIR DEFENSE WEAPONS CENTRE" on the wing tanks;
  • F-106A 59-0031 from the 83rd FIS based at McConnell AFB, Kansas during October 1971.This carried a white fin band with thick blue stripes with a superimposed yellow chevron;
  • F-106A 59-0061 as used for the Rockwell B-1 tests and flown by Lt Col Bob Chamberlain, based at Kelly AFB, Texas during 1985. The fin carried a blue sylised emblem with F-106 and B-1 outlines above the word "CHASE", all on a white background.

The decals are printed by Microscale in perfect register. Xtradecal have correctly printed the "U.S.AIR FORCE" and "USAF" markings in Insignia Blue but did make the mistake of printing buzz numbers in the same color; however an insert is provided with these markings in the correct color (black).

Instructions comprise left and right side views of each aircraft, plus separate upper and lower scrap views of the wing markings.

This is a useful sheet and adds to the variety of F-106 markings now available!

Review and images by Chris St Clair