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vesthepes

F-111E, 68-020 "My Lucky Blonde"

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Hewy    1,676

Good  job on the cockpit vasko ,looking neat

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Jabba    1,534

That really is some special work that you have done with the cockpit. I am sure that you will the wings worked out, some of the parts look like that they should not be there.

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trickyrich    5,389

Gosh what a complex linkage!!! But as long as it works!

 

The cockpit looks great and with the big canopy you'll still be able to see all your work. :thumbsup:

 

Those AM afterburner units are pretty much right to, nice!

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vesthepes    578
Posted (edited)

Thanks, still haven't decided whether to ditch the wing linkage and close it up in static position.

 

I took some time to cut up the canopy. Scary at first but actually quite simple. A thin saw and some patience...

 

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cheers

 

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trickyrich    5,389

nice careful work.......you're a braver man than I!!!

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Grey Beema    780

Many moons ago, just after the first Gulf War I was invited to do a walk around the F111 service hanger in Upper Heyford.  Do remember it very well, I wasn't allowed to take my camera in but I did sit in the drivers seat of a Raven and walk (quite literally all over it.  I also stood in the Bomb bay of (I think the E version and could not reach the top of the bay...

 

It's a very big aeroplane and the pilot seat is a long way back....

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Grey Beema    780

I forgot to say most of the F111's were stripped down, most had the majority of panels missing and I saw all the secret avionics (black boxes with knobs on)...  

 

I sat in the airframe that they tried to claim a shoot down in.  Apparently, with a Mirage homing in on them the crew headed into the mountains and clicked the autopilot into 'Hard ride'.  The Mirage tried to follow and hit a mountain.  I don't think the claim was honoured..

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vesthepes    578

Truly a big plane...

 

I have heard about that, but it's an unoffical kill for the EF-111 and was never confirmed and Iraqis never acknowledged that. The kill was given to an F-15 which was on the F1's tail... 

On the other hand, there's a confirmed EF-111 kill, that crashed into the ground, trying to escape a missile fired by the Iraqi...

 

 

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Hewy    1,676

Good cut on the canopy vasko, i don't look forward to doing mine, but ive always the crappy hobby boss canopy to fall back on if it goes belly up,

Glynn

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vesthepes    578
Posted (edited)

Back with a little update.

 

The front windshield had some problems with alignment, so putty was needed for some gaps. The center piece canopy rib was placed with its resin part. Makes the office even more busy...

 

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Whats worse than constructing with curved and roundly bent PE. Well, attaching it to a clear part I guess... 

There was quite an easy solution for this and it works ok so far. First I dipped the canopy parts into the floor polish (different brand, depands where you live), next step was masking.

The PE comes in to layers, no problems with gluing that. I recommend removing the rearview mirrors prior to bending. To attach the framwork onto the clear parts I used two sided scotch tape cut into tiny strips. So far, so good 

 

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cheers

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Hewy    1,676

Good idea with the scotch tape, I'll remember that one,yours is  going well vasko,  I've just about got my canopy and capsuel on ,, what a  mare 

Glynn

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exdraken    2,668
Posted (edited)

Great work ob your cockpit and canopy!!

I'll leave mine shut I guess...

 

Regarding the wing sweep and pylon swiffle mechanism I ' have my try as well..

Lets see if it is de-Legoable ;)

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Muzz    1,453

Nice work on the PE canopy frame, fixing PE to clear parts - the stuff of nightmares!

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vesthepes    578
Posted (edited)

Thanks chaps.

 

It's been a pleasant build so far, but there a huge flaw on the Academy kit. I don't know if someone mentioned it before.

The seam line between the capsule and the fuselage!! I have no idea what step should be first to get this airframe closed up without the troubles on its hump...

 

Here's what I thought could help out. Took me an hour to make it, but it should make things easier later on... 

 

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The decision was made: No clanky wings! No loose pylons swinging with fully loaded MERs! Off with the mechanism! Static it is!

 

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The resin exhaust are a nice substitute. They are an F version which had unique ones, but the differences aren't that noticable IMO.. 

 

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cheers

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exdraken    2,668
Posted (edited)
6 hours ago, vesthepes said:

Thanks chaps.

 

It's been a pleasant build so far, but there a huge flaw on the Academy kit. I don't know if someone mentioned it before.

The seam line between the capsule and the fuselage!! I have no idea what step should be first to get this airframe closed up without the troubles on its hump...

 

Here's what I thought could help out. Took me an hour to make it, but it should make things easier later on... 

 

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cheers

You are not he first one disovering this problem unfortunately no aftermarket solution out there...

I already fear this stage...

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Hewy    1,676
7 hours ago, vesthepes said:

Thanks chaps.

 

It's been a pleasant build so far, but there a huge flaw on the Academy kit. I don't know if someone mentioned it before.

The seam line between the capsule and the fuselage!! I have no idea what step should be first to get this airframe closed up without the troubles on its hump...

 

Here's what I thought could help out. Took me an hour to make it, but it should make things easier later on... 

 

2jg34fa.jpg

 

The decision was made: No clanky wings! No loose pylons swinging with fully loaded MERs! Off with the mechanism! Static it is!

 

k50q34.jpg

 

The resin exhaust are a nice substitute. They are an F version which had unique ones, but the differences aren't that noticable IMO.. 

 

1h7a5v.jpg

 

x5batz.jpg

 

 

 

 

cheers

Strange, had the same problem but with the hobbyboss kit i made a prop to lift the middle hump around 1.5 mm mek'd it in place and it matched up perfectly then with the capsule, i completly feel your pain vasko

Glynn

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Jabba    1,534

Great ingenuity with the problem that you have encountered, and nice work on the engines.

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trickyrich    5,389

a very clever solution! Those resin exhausts look really nice, well done with the painting on them as well.

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vesthepes    578

Thanks, I hope the solution helps... but I can't take the credit for the idea. I saw it somewhere way back when I was collecting all the info regarding the build...

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vesthepes    578
Posted (edited)

OK, the back and front part are together... One of the parked F-111 configuration was with the wings swept back at 54°... so that's what I did.

 

So huge! What did I get myself into... 

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The join looks like a battlefield. The plastic block didn't work as I thought it would. But at least I could sand and press it without worries as it is of structural use...

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vesthepes    578

Uhh, the time is running out and I have loads still to do... Been waiting for Gunze colors for the beast to arrive... I still have strong hope I will pull it through :)

 

 While waiting on that I did all the other stuff like wheels and undercarriage...

 

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thanks for looking in,

cherers

 

 

 

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