20 Oct 2001
|Milt Poulos's award winning
|Academy / Minicraft
puts out a particularly tragic 1/144
With a lot of patience, filler and a total rework of the radome and canopy, this kit can
be turned into a good presentation piece placed on a plaque.
Stephen Thrum's F-111G A8-272 'Boneyard
built by significant reworking the
Academy/Minicraft 1:144 F-111E Kit
Other 1/144 scale F-111 kits available:
# F-111 Aardvark - Esci
Crown (I remember this one -short wing & yuk !)
(courtesy of Stephen Thrum)
Aurora 1/48 TFX - F-111A (circa 1966)
Aurora 1/48 TFX - F-111A (circa 1969?)
Aurora 1/48 TFX - F-111B (circa 1966)
|ACADEMY / MINICRAFT
Note the incorrect artwork which suggests the outer pylons (#2 and #7) can
AIRFIX 1/72 F-111A (circa ?)
AIRFIX 1/72 F-111F (circa 1979)
AIRFIX 1/72 F-111E
AIRFIX 1/72 F-111E (old packaging)
Revell 1/72 EF-111A
Revell 1/72 F-111C (old packaging)
Revell 1/72 F-111A or B (old packaging)(thanks to Julian)
Revell 1/144 F-111C
Crown 1/144 F-111C
MPC 1/72 F-111 (1966 kit?)
MPC 1/144 F-111
AMT 1/72 F-111F
ESCI 1/72 F-111A (thanks Julian)
ESCI 1/72 EF-111A
Zhengdefu 1/48 F-111E
Entex 1/144 F-111E (TFX)
Lindberg 1/135 F-111A (note it looks like a F-111B!)
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Nick Kingham [nkingham@sydney.DIALix.oz.au] has provided the following info:
Nick is a hobby shop owner ; Hobbyco
Revell 1/72nd scale F-111 (Prototype) Unavailable since 1993
Australian price about $16.95
Moving tails, wings, detachable crew survival capsule, undercarriage
raises and lowers. Real hard kit to build properly. I made one in 1991.
Monogram 1/48th F-111A Unavailable since 1993
Australian Price about $23.95
Not a bad kit. Has some fit problems with the canopy and nosecone. I
made one in 1989. Moving wings & tail (I think with the tail)
Academy Minicraft F-111A / C / E / FB-111 Real hard to get in Aust.
1/48th Scale. Australian Price about $47.50
Includes an Australian -C, and the FB. Never made one. Has a gear
system so when you move the wings the tanks point forwards, which I have
never heard of anyone getting to work. Normal suggestion : Leave gears out.
Hasegawa F-111A / C / EA / FB 1/72nd Scale Sort of hard to get
Australian Price about $25.00 while importer clears stocks.
Normal price is $44.95 with the EF and $65 for no good reason.
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Matt Donaldson adds the following...
|The 1/72 AMT/Ertl kit
was released about '92 or '93. Markings as I recall were for the 495TFS/48TFW
Lakenheath.The kit contained the GBU-28 and had the Canopy that was precut and gave a
choice of either open or closed. I think it is still available if you look hard enough and
retailed for about $AUD20. I don't know how the kit built up as I ended up losing the damn
thing. Dimensions looked about right and the moulding was crisp without flash on the
Some produced kits...
Poulos (IPMS 32397) has a picture of his 1/48 Academy F-111G from the 98 IPMS
The kit took 1st place in 1/48 jet catagory.
"I used the FB-111 kit added the Verlinden cockpit and Paragon afterburner cans.
I put 24 Hasegawa Mk-82 bombs and MERS . I also added Eduards interior and
exterior sets and used a mix of Superscale decals to get the correct numbers and tail
codes. I scatchbuilt the startracker fairing in front of the windsceen also. The model has
been retired from competition but won several best of shows and a lot of attention from
modellers in general."
Milt requires one Verlinden 473 set. Can anyone help?
Ron Vanderwalker and Don Hay
adds this information on other kits:
Airfix F-111E and ESCI F-111A. I don't' remember if ESCI
made other versions but I've got that kit and it's very good too. If I recall it well it
was released at the same time (more or less) that the Hasegawa series. The Airfix kit is
older, dating from the late 70s or early 80s. I made that kit too when it was released,
and, although not perfect, it was fairly good for its time (may be the fuselage was a bit
on the narrow side).
The old 1/72
Revell (I think it dates back from the 60s) kit is really exciting. Not by its
accuracy or easy construction but by its "naive" approach. Wheels rotate,
landing gear operates (yeah...... you can "extend" and "retract" it -
and it works like the real thing), the escape module is detachable, and you can remove the
nose cone to see the radar-antena. Moreover you can build the A (prototype) or the B
model. No weapons though.
The ESCI kit, as you can see, is from ESCI-ERTL, so may be the AMT-ERTL F and
the ESCI-ERTL A have common origins. I've taken a look at the kit and I
believe it's quite possible to issue an F from this moulds. The pieces to be
modified are separate, so it might be possible. Anyway I've never heard this
modification been made. Crisp mouldings and nice detail. Detailed cockpit and
undercarraige, 8 bombs and 2 ECM pods, 2 decal options. It seems to be a good kit.
Not to Hasegawa standard but 1/3 the price. In fact I plan to use its wings on the
Kits (particularly for the aussies)
General consensus states that the
Recommended Kits are:
Hasegawa FB-111A (1/72) [this comes with flaps, slats and external fuel tanks] and,
Minicraft / Academy FB-111A
The Hasegawa FB-111A can be built using the provided decals in the kit to one of three
68-0247 "TIGER MEET" 393rd Bomb Squadron 509th Bomb Wing (with yellow/black
68-0269 "NEW HAMPSHIRE SPECIAL" 393rd Bomb Squadron 509th Bomb Wing; and
68-0239 "ROUGH NIGHT" 380th Bomb Wing.