Spark Vark

My EF-111A Raven project has been complete for a few days now and I am happy to finally get around to posting my finished product. I have been remodeling my kitchen and had little time to share my work.
Hasegawa did a great job with this kit. With the exception of my overreaction to the fuselage assembly, all else went well. There were a few minuscule fitting issues with the air intakes and the front landing gear strut. Nothing major but worth noting. The rest of construction was what I hoped for. I was able to add some detail in the cockpit as well as modifying the canopy to add some extra elements to view. I also gave extra attention to the exhaust cans to try and make them stand out a little more. I decided to add a photo-etched crew boarding ladder from P.P. Aeroparts. I have a love hate relationship with photo-etch parts but this experience was a good one. Assembly went smooth. Build time was about twenty minutes. I used Model Master’s Dark Green for the final coat. I also sprayed Testor’s Flat White on a strip of masking tape and cut thin strips for the reflective tape. I think it was a great little detail to add. Especially with the canopy doors open. This was definitely a pleasurable build with some learning experience added into the mix. 20130729-232254.jpg20130729-232320.jpg

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20 thoughts on “Spark Vark

  1. Great job! The EF-111 was always a favorite of mine. Looking over your incredible builds makes me want to run out to this great hobby shop I found a few weeks ago, and pick up a few projects of my own.

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  2. I remember building models as a kid, obviously mine never looked as amazing as yours. But there is something special about building a model. That reminds me I have a B-24 model in my closet that I need to build. It’s the bomber that my Father/Grandfather was on during WWII. I enjoy seeing your beautifully built models! Thanks!

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  3. I’ve been reading your posts in reverse chronological order after you visited my blog. I admire your skill! I used to build model airplanes when I was a kid, and I always enjoyed it. I also built some model ships with my oldest child when she was young. Seeing your work makes me want to give it another try!

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  4. Impressive. It even has the correct R.A.F. Upper Heyford tail marking (UH). I was stationed at R.A.F. Lakenheath when that base transitioned from the F-4D to the F-111F. The F-111F had the most powerful engines ever installed on the F-111 series. Absolutely incredible watching the afterburner with shock rings when one would take off at night.

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