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V-22 Osprey in RAAF Service

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V-22 Osprey in RAAF Service


In 2019, the Australian Government announced that the RAAF was to adopt a squadron of V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft. Intended to cover the gap perceived the MH-90 Medium Lift Helicopter and the C-27J Medium Transport Aircraft, the V-22 with it's unique, high-speed vertical lift capability was well suited to the long distances of the Australian mainland.


Arriving in 2020, the aircraft were resplendent in their “Goanna” Lizard wrap-around camouflage scheme which was designed to hide the aircraft in the “Top End” of the Australian continent. Used, initially, almost exclusively by the Australian Army's Special Forces – the SASR and Commando Rgt. They allowed small units to slip unobtrusively into and out of the Area of Operations (AO) that each unit covered in the defence of Australia.


V-22 Osprey in the RAAF's "Goanna" Lizard wrap-around scheme.













The Model


The model is a 1/72 Italeri V-22. The camouflage was adopted from that worn experimentally by a single RAAF Caribou in the mid-1980s but was not proceeded with. The decals came from a set I purchased online from EvilBay for the Caribou which included this scheme. It was painted with a hairy stick with Vallejo paints.

Edited by rickshaw

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On 10/28/2017 at 2:00 PM, dadofthree said:

Love the camo scheme. first class as always. 


Thanks.  It is rather striking, isn't it?  I used it again on my Mirage 4000 build.

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