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  1. Well, sorry to report not much progress on the -111. I have tried to have a bit of a push, and here are some of the results. Keeping it simple in the cockpit. Just a bit of painting and the kit decals. I'm not a fan of decal seat belts, but I thought I'd give it a go. Hmmmm.......... As discussed elsewhere, the fit of parts at the rear end does leave a little to be desired. The main problem with the rear fuselage tail section is the profile across the top. It is flat, but the rear fuselage is curved. Some filler will probably help blend it all together. The fit of the 'cans' is also slightly disappointing. The fuselage extensions on the outside of the cans will need to be fettled and filed to accept them comfortably. ESCI have put a small cutout on the can, but this doesn't fully solve the problem. Not insurmountable issues, just a bit of a niggle. The other parts look good so far. That's it for now. Thank's for looking.
  2. Very nice. I enjoyed watching you do the oil wash. Cheers to you!
  3. Blimey, thats coming along. Looks the part.
  4. Seconded, nice work.
  5. Good thinking
  6. Looking forward to seeing this one. Couldn't you give the missus a leg up into the loft?
  7. Those Hasegawa kits look lovely. I know what you mean about not wanting to start them for worrying about messing them up. What are you doing for decals?
  8. I can't help but notice that the nicely done panel lines actually match the real thing Result.
  9. Were off. A start on the cockpit tub, which seems quite adequate. Although I will be interested to see how it compares to the Hasegawa kits and some of the resin and etch builds. Also, the nose wheel gear bay and leg. The leg was a bit 'flashy' and had a lot of seams which needed a bit of a clean up. That all went quite well, so I thought I would have a fiddle with the swing wings. I was worried about the fit, but it all seems nice and rigid, no flapping. Just needs a bit of care to get it all lined up. The only thing I have found so far, that I am not all that happy with is the rendition of the upper fuselage vents, which to my eye don't quite capture the detail of the original. Should look a bit more like this. Might have to break out some plastic card strips. I wonder what the Hasegawa ones look like? Thanks for looking, Aardvark fans :-)
  10. Two 'The Chief's? Even more interesting! Nice work so far, great to see the '111 alongside a Mig-21. Really lends a sense of the size of the old Aardvark.
  11. That's interesting. 'The Chief' is now at Duxford in the American Air Museum. I notice she's on the kit decal sheet, complete with tail flash and nose art.
  12. I think Airfix starter kits will be ideal for this. I'll pick up a couple of car kits.
  13. If like me you are interested in the different intakes of the F-111 versions, you may find this helpful. Also a great site for lots of other info. http://f-111.net/models/inlets/index.htm
  14. Thought I might share a few pictures with you all. Looking up into the 'bomb bay' of Duxfords F-111E. Surprisingly clean and uncluttered. The nose wheel gear. Hope these are of some use, fellow Aardvark fans.
  15. Ok, time to make some kind of a start. I plan to build an 'A, one of the very first in service, and one of the first detachment of six to deploy to South East Asia, Thailand, on the F-111's combat debut over the hostile skies of Vietnam as part of operation 'Combat Lancer' in 1968. I'll be using the Italeri boxing of the ESCI '111. This has the detachment fin flash on the decal sheet. Not sure which a/c to build just yet, but probably one of the survivors. Some were later converted to Sparkvarks and served in Gulf War One, so they will be on the shortlist. Cheers. (ignore the Bf-109G-10 lurking on the bench. I have a few WWII fighters to finish off, but I can make a start on some small Aardvark bits )