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Hasegawa 1:72 F-106 and T-33 by Kyle Lord for Tim Connelly


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Kyle Lord is doing two 1:72 plane kits for me at this time. Although – he’s off currently because they’re in the process of moving.

The two kits are by Hasegawa. And, like I said, they’re 1:72 … one is a T-33 SHOOTING STAR and the other one is a F-106A DELTA DART. Both are being done OOB. However, the T-33 will have after-market decals …

Luckily for me, the F-106 kit has decals for the 101st FIS of the 102nd FIW (of the Massachusetts Air National Guard when they were at Otis ANGB on Cape Cod. One of my best friends, Arthur Bugbee, was a pilot in that squadron, he flew the 106, the F-15 and before he retired – the C-12. Once – he went supersonic over Boston, and blew out windows in the Hancock building. He also flew a 106 through one of the “Hot Barns” during an air show (he got in trouble for that one). He also intercepted a few TU-95s over the years. He signed a photo of his 106, flying wing on a TU-95 Bear off Nantucket.

That picture and the flight jacket (with over 1,000 hours logged – all in the 106) he gave me are two of my most prized possessions. Two years ago – I had my 1:48 Monogram F-106 rebuilt, re-furbished and re-decaled (I had STARFIGHTER DECALS make me a sheet for his personal mount – call sign ALPHA KILO 1 – 4 … complete with his name and rank – then a major) and gave it to him on a base. He LOVES it.

Since then, I had been looking for a replacement for my collection, and decided to go with a 1:72 kit. And, once I saw this one on AMAZON, with the 101st’s markings, I grabbed it. Sure, it’s not Art’s personal mount, but I do have a personal connection to the one on the decal sheet. One morning in August 1981, Art was in it and he chased me and another pilot while we were in a base pick-up truck, around the field after his flight for the day was cancelled for fog on the way back to the flight-line … flashing the gear lights at us all the while … funny.

Tracy White gave me the kit of the T-33 as a gift and I bought a decal sheet for T-33s which has the 101st’s T-33. After Arthur got out of the plane and went through a debrief – he met me outside as I, in my wheelchair, was about to be put in my 1979 Plymouth Voyager van, plopped his flight helmet on my head and gave me his flight jacket. There’s a picture of me in the flight helmet in front of the fence gate with the T-33 sitting on the flight-line behind me. Great memory. That photo helped me ‘win the heart’ of the girl I dated in college. I wish I could find that picture …

Here are photos of Kyle’s progress on both kit’s …

36754451176_499c482d05_z.jpgT33BUILD7 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

35992647493_510a6d33b3_z.jpgT33BUILD6 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

35992647543_ea0ee9b2ec_z.jpgT33BUILD5 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

35992647623_010475723e_z.jpgT33BUILD4 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

36754451246_ce8a076bf5_z.jpgT33BUILD3 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

36754451266_cfb3516f25_z.jpgT33BUILD2 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

35992647813_3099d0b078_z.jpgT33BUILD1 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

35992648043_7ddfc1a68d_z.jpgT33BUILD by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

35992603793_424bbfba7a_z.jpgF106BUILD6 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

35992603843_1ef6e8015d_z.jpgF106BUILD5 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

36631266522_49f29c485d_z.jpgF106BUILD4 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

36754427896_061d191fb3_z.jpgF106BUILD3 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

36631266562_958ebce0d8_z.jpgF106BUILD2 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

36404777650_162de3311b_z.jpgF106BUILD1 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

36631266592_8a74a0b647_z.jpgF106BUILD by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

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This is fantastic Tim. I also have a personal connection to the F-106: I was good friends with the man who was in charge of the development of both the F-102 and the F-106. I had built him a model of each aircraft in 1/48 scale as a gift and he was thrilled with them both. I love reading your stories about your friend and I can't wait to see these planes finished. To Kyle: My great thanks to you for taking care of a fellow modeler this way. Keep going man!

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Thanks Mark.

 

Unfortunately, Kyle isn't a IPMS member ...

 

Yeah, Arthur's a guy ... he's now a farmer in New Hampshire. He attended my graduation (my Masters degree) back in May from SNHU. It was a honor having my wingman there.

 

The first day I met Art, he put me in a base pick up truck, an Air Force blue 1969 Dodge ... and took me out to the end of the runway to grade landings ... when the last guy was coming in - a Nam vet, former Phantom driver ... Art reached in back, grabbed a set of earphones and put them on me and got on the radio and said, "Alpha Kilo 1 - 8 ... looking good, and by the way, we have a guest." I looked out the driver's side window and saw the pitot tube of a 106 coming at the truck at about 10 feet off the ground ... it pulled up right over the truck ... WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Another time - he got me some simulator time in the 106 simulator on the base. That was great. Shot down a MiG-21 and a TU-95 ...

 

He was trying to figure out how they could've gotten me up into either the back cockpit of a 106B or the T-33 ... But, ... neither worked out.

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