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1/48 Hobbyboss Australian F-111

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  • Member since
    February 2021
  • From: Northern Ireland near where they sell Guinness
1/48 Hobbyboss Australian F-111
Posted by Kitwrecker on Monday, February 22, 2021 2:10 PM

This is my 1/48 F-111 of the RAAF and it's a great kit the fit was great all round the wings are designed to be swept forwards and flaps/slats deployed but I wanted to have them swept back and this meant hacking the fuselage where the wings needed to go. The wings do slot into the swept position due to internal pins but it's as if they changed their minds half way through. Anyway it's Tamiya and Mr Hobby colours and I used pigments to highlight the surface detail.

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    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Monday, February 22, 2021 4:00 PM

That turned out very nicely! F-111 builds are not common here, and the Aussie es even less so. 

 

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  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Monday, February 22, 2021 4:03 PM

Nice looking Vark, and good to see an Oz one.

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    September 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Monday, February 22, 2021 4:12 PM

I remember the article in Air + Space when the RAAF retired them. IIRC the crews liked them. They replaced the F-105 and I guess will be replaced by the F-35.

The ones that were not preserved for display were simply buried in a landfill.

Very nice model, must be a big one.

 

Bill

 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.

 

  • Member since
    February 2021
  • From: Northern Ireland near where they sell Guinness
Posted by Kitwrecker on Monday, February 22, 2021 5:00 PM

Hi Bill, yeah it's a big one alright I would say it's about the same size in length as a 32nd F-16 at a guess it's enormous the Su-35 I made would be around the same size. Which aircraft were buried in a landfill the Aussie F-111s? I've never seen the story myself but I knew they were practically considered the life and blood of the RAAF they looked like they were going to be sorely missed. 

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    September 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Monday, February 22, 2021 5:50 PM

13 (EDIT: 23) of them were buried by the RAAF. Too dangerous and expensive to scrap.

 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.

 

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    August 2005
  • From: Sydney, Australia
Posted by Phil_H on Monday, February 22, 2021 6:04 PM

GMorrison
13 of them were buried by the RAAF. Too dangerous and expensive to scrap.

In the end, 23 were buried in landfill. It was partly because of the difficulty in scrapping the fuselages (which contained bonded asbestos) but also a requirement (secure disposal) set out during the acquisition process. (IIRC, the aircraft were purchased via the US DOD rather than from the manufacturer).

One of the aircraft buried, A1-93, ex 63-9768 is notable because it was originally the third pre-production F-111A. This aircraft was not equipped with the escape capsule and instead had conventional ejection seats.

  • Member since
    January 2020
  • From: Maryland
Posted by wpwar11 on Monday, February 22, 2021 6:11 PM

 Alright Kitwrecker!  Great build and I like your taste in beer.  I enjoy a Guinness after a build.  Also, before and during a build.  Great stuff.  

Cheers

Paul

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    May 2013
  • From: From the Mit, but live in Mason, O high ho
Posted by hogfanfs on Monday, February 22, 2021 6:17 PM

Very well done! I like how you did your weathering. I have the HB D/E Vark coming from across the pond. I'm looking forward to seeing this kit in person after seeing your build! Again great job.

 Bruce

 

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  • Member since
    August 2019
  • From: Central Oregon
Posted by HooYah Deep Sea on Monday, February 22, 2021 7:02 PM

And . . . a couple of shots from RIMPAC back in the mid 1980's; Aussie FB-111's at Hickam AFB, Oahu, Hawaii.

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    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Monday, February 22, 2021 7:45 PM

Nice job!  Very cool.  My brother worked on them at mt home afb idaho

Thanks,

John

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    August 2009
  • From: MOAB, UTAH
Posted by JOE RIX on Monday, February 22, 2021 7:55 PM

Superb build Kitwrecker. Excellent camo painting. That is a really impressive F-111. Bravo!

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  • Member since
    February 2021
  • From: Northern Ireland near where they sell Guinness
Posted by Kitwrecker on Monday, February 22, 2021 8:53 PM

wpwar11

 Alright Kitwrecker!  Great build and I like your taste in beer.  I enjoy a Guinness after a build.  Also, before and during a build.  Great stuff.  

Cheers

Paul

 

Hahaha Hi Paul yes a Guinness is great before and during I just find my painting skills and steady hand suffer when I do lol.

  • Member since
    February 2021
  • From: Northern Ireland near where they sell Guinness
Posted by Kitwrecker on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 2:16 AM

GMorrison

13 (EDIT: 23) of them were buried by the RAAF. Too dangerous and expensive to scrap.

 

Just thinking if that soil preserves those fuselages that'll be one hell of an archaeological find a few hundred years from.now haha.

  • Member since
    November 2003
  • From: Naples, FL
Posted by tempestjohnny on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 5:18 AM
Great build. What a shame about burying them.

 

  • Member since
    February 2021
  • From: Northern Ireland near where they sell Guinness
Posted by Kitwrecker on Sunday, February 28, 2021 4:55 PM

I know right, seriously it's such a waste but if asbestos was the  reason then I'm not sure how else.you could have dealt with it  

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