RAAF F-111C Pig
Jason O'Brien, age 12
General Dynamics F-111C
images by Brett Green
proudly supported by Squadron
This is the 1/48 scale
Academy F-111A kit, but I decided to model it as a Royal Australian Air
Force F-111C "Pig".
The kit is fairly accurate
and went together quite well. I bought this kit just before Christmas 2000
and built it in the middle of 2001 when I was 12 years old.
My dad had the same kit with
the Verlinden F-111F update set. After seeing the level of detail in the
update set I decided to buy one myself.
The first part I built was
the cockpit, which was from Verlinden.
The cockpit was painted
overall in model master flat gull gray with the panels painted black. The
switches and overhead panel was painted according to my reference
pictures. The seats were flat gull gray with the seat cushion painted
black, and the headrest painted insignia red.
I cut the canopy, to show it
in the open position and the canopy frames were detailed using the
Verlinden photo etch and painted black.
Fuselage and Undercarriage
The fuselage and wings went
together fairly well but I had a few problems. After building the cockpit
and front fuselage I sat on the front section of the model. Once I fixed
that the front and rear fuselage did not blend very well so I made a brace
out of a paddle pop stick.
I swept the wings forward
and to stop the wings from drooping I put heaps of super glue into the
The afterburner cans were
from Scaledown and painted Gunze Sangyo Steel Red and dry brushed with
Steel and Rust. The undercarriage was painted semi gloss white and a black
wash was applied. The wheels were from Scaledown and were painted semi
gloss white and tire black. On the front landing gear I added a brake line
and three taxi lights.
The armament is two Red Roo
Models AGM-84 harpoon missiles, two Hasegawa weapon set GBU-12 bombs, and
a pave tack pod from the Verlinden update set. The harpoons were painted
in Model Master semi gloss white, with a black band painted on it and an
aluminium end cap. The GBU-12s were painted in model master olive drab and
dry brushed with silver. The pave tack was painted Gunship Gray and a
piece of window glazing as the lens.
The model was painted in the
Australian low visiblity paint scheme of Gunship Gray and satin black nose
cone and ECM antennas.
The original decals I used
were from Aussie Decals with the 6 Squadron 60th anniversary tail art. The
decals silvered badly but I did not notice it until the matt topcoat was
applied. In 2003 I removed the silvered decals, used future for a gloss
coat and re did the Pig as A8-130 of 1 Squadron.
I was 12 years old when I built this kit and really enjoyed building it
and highly recommend this kit and the Verlinden update set.
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