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Lord Riot

GD F-111E, 68-068/UH; 77th TFS, 20th TFW, USAFE, RAF Upper Heyford, 1987

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As well as Lakenheath's possibly more well known F-111Fs, the USAF also operated a wing of F-111Es at Upper Heyford in Oxfordshire. Three squadrons, the 55th, 77th and 79th flew them in the tactical strike role from 1970 until 1993. 

 

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This is the old 1/72 Airfix F-111E, built pretty much OOB except for Hasegawa decals (thanks @Jabba!), a couple of extra stores (Sidewinder, jamming pod & Paveway) and the painted masking tape as wing sweep slot covers. Oh and a few tiny extras from the spares bag for in the cockpit.

 

Painting was satin black auto spray underside and all Humbrol 'authentic' handpainted camo; 30219 tan, 34102 green and 34079 dark green. 

 

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Hi Lord Riot,

you did a great job, the kit is very old, but you pulled out a nice model, congratulations!!!

Linus

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Yes it was, all very pale blue. It looked rather strange until fully painted!

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Good job, thanks for sharing.

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Very nice indeed. I was in the RAF posted nearby at Abingdon in the early 90's and had a very close relationship with Upper Heyford. Used to meet up with our opposite numbers to go bowling. Thanks for reviving some greatmemories

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Thanks for the comments! It was a tougher build than I was expecting simply because of the age of the kit I think.

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nice build! Done a great job on the paint, everything looks better in camo!

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Nice build, I spent my adolescent years not far away from Upper Heyford and remember them flying overhead almost everyday.

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Very cool, you can't beat a 'Vark :goodjob:

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