F-102 Delta Dagger in Detail & Scale (Detail & Scale Series)
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- Item Weight : 12.3 ounces
- Paperback : 108 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1976812496
- ISBN-13 : 978-1976812491
- Product Dimensions : 8.5 x 0.26 x 11 inches
- Publisher : Independently published (January 10, 2018)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,185,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Besides allowing far more detail content than permitted by the 72-page format of the original print volume, the digital format allows the same images to be seen in color and in much greater detail than before. Many new photographs have been added to greatly supplement the original material, particularly of the armament bay with its many variations and intricate details. As an essential resource for the modeler, this volume provides, by far, the most detailed coverage of the Convair F-102A.
The photographs are very well complemented by official U.S.A.F. line illustrations, ably cleaned up, enlarged, and embellished by Rock Roszak. Besides providing much information on the evolution of the Delta Dagger over time, the finished illustrations are very pleasing from an aesthetic standpoint and add a very polished look to the final product. Rock Roszak’s line drawings are accurate and are of value not only to the modeler but to those who are tasked with the restoration and conservation of these aircraft in museums around the world.
Over the years, I have found the “Developmental History” chapter of each volume to be solidly researched and reliable, and this volume is no exception although the occasional minor inaccuracy is carried over from the original print edition (the first-generation F-94A/B interceptors were armed with .50-cal machine guns, not 20-mm cannons). Many details are left out, of course, given the focus of these volumes, but within the interstices of the historical framework that Bert Kinsey has laid out in each of his books the patient and curious researcher will find many rare historical nuggets. This book is no exception. While there are other excellent historical treatments of the F-102A, most notably Wayne Mutza’s volume published by Schiffer, two important additions stand out in the coverage of armament and in new details of the Delta dagger’s service during the Vietnam War.
The Falcon missile armament of the F-102A is covered in great detail and provides an outstanding complement to Sean O’Connor’s recent digital volume on the Hughes Falcon missile family. The detailed scale color drawings of each version of the Falcon by Wayne Wachsmuth are a terrific resource not only for modelers building the F-102A, but for those building F-89H, F-89J and F-101B models due to similar armament. His drawings for the AIM-26A/B Super Falcon are particularly valuable as none are available in any model kit or set, even the Hasegawa Armament Set C, demanding that they be scratch-built. From a historical standpoint, this section also provides an excellent framework for understanding the evolution of the armament and fire control system of the F-101B which was originally envisioned and tested as a six-Falcon configuration of two triplets on either side of a rotary armament door, each fired as a salvo, like the F-89H and F-102A. With the advent of the MB-1 Genie rocket and its successful integration with the Hughes MG-13 fire control system, itself directly derived from the MG-10 system of the F-102A, the armament fit of the Voodoo diverged from that of its slightly older stablemate.
Most of the coverage of F-102 operations in Southeast Asia is completely new information, greatly expanding on Wayne Mutza’s treatment in his book. Not only are both missions and tactics detailed, but a chart illustrating how armament configurations changed over time clarifies many unresolved details about allowed fits while the AIM-26 was carried, which was for most of its operational life to include the most critical years of the Cold War such as the Cuban Missile Crisis.
On the downside, I would like to have seen better details of the later “canted leg” landing gear that significantly improved takeoff performance. One assumes that it was associated with the later Case XX wing design, which is well covered, but if so it is not explicitly stated. One surprising omission was of any details of the engine. Several official U.S.A.F. drawings of the J57-P-23 engine of the operational aircraft were provided in the original print edition, but apparently due to the lack of complementary photos of the engine these were not included in the new digital edition. These details remain useful for any model of an F-102A undergoing maintenance. They are also of some historical and modeling interest for the F-101B as the long “standard” afterburner design of the Dash-23 engine was grafted onto the core Dash-13 engine of the Voodoo to yield the J57-P-53 engine intended for the first 188 F-101Bs, and mounted on most of the first 18 preproduction examples, most of which were converted to TF-101B dual-control trainers and deployed with operational squadrons.
The omissions detailed above merit a half-star reduction, but since Amazon reviews don’t do half-stars I guess that I will just have to give it 5 stars. Bert Kinsey and Rock Roszak’s book is, without a doubt, the definitive reference work on the Convair Delta Dagger. With this work in hand, I am looking forward to coming full circle and dusting off my old Mongram F-102A model, purchased at about the time the original print edition was published, and building it up into a real showpiece!
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Modeller section is superb giving lots of info!
Una condizione: bisogna conoscere bene l'inglese ed essere appassionato dell'aviazione americana degli anni '60.