This one appears on the cover of the new FineScale Modeler. It's Monogram's kit, of course. It was commissioned by a guy that spent four months at Portland International Airport in the early 1960s while waiting for a slot to open in an F-100 unit. The young Lieutenant befriended the squadron commander of the 460th FIS based there, and spent a lot of time hanging out with those guys and taking pictures of their airplanes.
For years after his service days he wanted a good 48th F-102 in 460th markings. He went to some expense to have a dry transfer outfit create multiple copies of the tiger badge for the tail. With those supplied by him, I finished this exactly two years ago -- way before Superscale brought us their rendition. Except for rescribing it, and a Black Box interior (not worth the bother in my opinion) it's stock Monogram.
The guy that
commissioned me to build him a 460th FIS F-102 went to a dry transfer company in
1997 with photos he took of those airplanes and had them create a 48th scale
image of the tail badge. It was done as a five color, five layer thing
that you had to lay down one color at a time on clear decal film. A bit of
work, but the final result looked great. Don't know what the guy paid for
these things, but I know it was a lot.
Also attached above are a couple of tail shots taken by my client when he was assigned to a unit at Portland IAP when the Daggers were flying out of there.
Photos and text © by Patrick Hawkey