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SimonD

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Good morning gentlemen, as winter is starting to close in, my travel bug has been packed away and I'm delighted to be able to spend some time home again. So why not re-enter the world of modeling (again) and join in the Genessis group build (again)?

The first time I saw the F-111 was on a RAAF poster I acquired somehow as a kid. It was my favourite thing to hang on my bedroom wall along with the "Kwaka 9" and the Lamborghini Countach (of course).
I could bang on about the history of development of our "Pig", but you all can research it if you want with a few clicks of your mouse in google. The wash up up was, basically, the Yanks weren't too keen on it, especially the Navy, so they needed to offload a few to other countries to make the thing viable.
Australia obliged and in its term of service it was developed into an extremely capable land and sea strike aircraft. I'll let the RAAF YouTube vid inform you on all of that.

My interaction with the F-111 was brief but memorable. Exercise "Pitch Black" in 1984 as a soldier in an air-defence unit we had Rapier, The RAAF had the F-111. I don't actually know who won but we sure had fun playing.

So it was a no-brainer I would select the Pig for this group build. As I have the 1:48 scale Academy kit in my stash. It gets the nod. This particular kit is a RAAF dedicated version. So no need to source decals etc. I have ordered some aftermarket goodies that I am waiting for, some from the US, but hopefully they wont take long to arrive. I will upload pics of all that too as they get here.
In the meantime, enjoy a quick vid and the sprue shots. I'll get this underway when the cockpit bits arrive, etc. [smile]






















Thanks for viewing.

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Fascinating airframe. Thanks
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Excellent choice Simon and great to have you in the GB. Hope the rest of the goodies will arrive soon :-)
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Thanks Ted and Fabian I actually got an email yesterday to say the US bits have been shipped, so I'm hoping to see them soon. I'm getting some resin from Ozmods here in Australia including new wings. Looking forward to getting into this one. [smile]
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Hey Fabian, when do I become a Group Captain? 2500? lol
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Hey, didn't realize that I'm promoted,lol. Maybe at 2613? ;-)
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Haha, I might find out in 30 more posts, I'll keep you......posted. 😉
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Looks like a nice kit, Simon. Get the mojo fired up, mate, this is going to be fun. [smile]
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Looks like a nice kit, Simon. Get the mojo fired up, mate, this is going to be fun. [smile]


Made a bit of a start on it Mike. The kit looks ok, some nice detail which will be enhanced when my bits arrive. But I can report early the instructions are terrible and the numbering system for the parts, linked with inaccurate drawings (there's 3 different number 16 pieces, none of which look like the drawing), is pretty confusing. So not a great start.
I'm doing the undercarriage for starters and if it ends in tears I may fork out for the scalemates resin kit ($93au!!) that will enhance the kit no end, but that would take the total cost of this kit, just for the kit and aftermarket parts, to over $400au. That's a pretty big upsell for a $70 kit. Lol
I'll have some pics when there's something worth piccing. 😊

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Long time no see mate !

How's you doing ?

Brutal looking aircraft and must be a good size too as it was a pretty big plane in real life. Sounds like you are going to be filling it with some nice aftermarket goodies and I will Deffo be following along with you for the build.

Great to see you back Simon and good luck with the build buddy

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G'day Pete, how's it going mate? Yeah it's been a while but I left the cave intact so that I could walk back into it anytime. Lol I do wish I had that old obsession that drove me a couple of years ago, but that ship has sailed. It's a journey, no doubt. I'm a little more relaxed about it now, probably about the same place you were back then, if that makes sense?
What I do love are the kits in my stash that are begging to be built at some stage, it might take years but if they weren't there I may not get that drive to build? Who knows.
I do miss the comraderie here too, of course. And thankfully, I get a gentle monthly reminder, via PayPal, that Genissis models is still there when I need some "man time" lol

Back to the model, yeah this one was an easy pick and has been high on my "to build" list ever since I bought it. I'm looking forward to putting it, with pride, on my shelf with the others. I don't have the patience, talent, ability or whatever to take out the Top Gun trophy, I understand that. But participating is still a big kick for me.
Having said that I still have to finish the thing. Lol

On a personal front the last 18 months have been a health battle. A few rounds of surgery to try and eradicate this melanoma that has decided to attack. I'm looking ok right now and have managed to hold off chemo and radiation therapy. The cancer hasn't spread past my right leg so far. So here's hoping it just pisses off elsewhere. 😊

Good to hear from you mate, I hope things are going ok there?

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best wishes and thoughts for that CA battle. At 60 I've had three. The last was some Melanoma on my shoulder and back. So fortunate it was caught very early. Over a year of followup and OK so far.
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Thanks Ted and that's good news mate. One drawback living in this wide, brown land is the prevalence of skin cancer. The benefit is we have world best awareness and treatment. Something I've had the "pleasure" of experiencing. So bouquets to the medicos here in Australia for just being awesome.
I hope it stays away Ted.
Now, go and have that lie down.

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Ok the aftermarket has arrived and ill update with a quick photo of where I'm at so far.

The first photo is of all the AM goodies including a resin cockpit and PE for the cockpit and canopy. I have also got the vacform canopy so I hope the PE will work with that ok. I plan for open cockpit as the F-111 has gullwing doors it should look pretty cool.
Other bits include some underwing stores, the resin long span wings that look great with all the slat action going on. Landing gear doors and wheels, afterburner cans and the vacform canopy top out the list of added extras. Hopefully I can decipher the, rather amateurish instructions and get this altogether now.



I also primed up the various bits and pieces I've been working on whilst waiting for inventory, pretty much anything I could put together got put together so I'm kinda thinking this might go together quite well now ...... of course that's just wishful thinking ....



Not very inspiring yet, I know. I have to travel this weekend for mothers day so I'm anticipating hooking into this next week. I will take a few more pics for interest sake.  
Happy Mothers Day. [wink]

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I really like the F111 so I,m in watching this Simon great choice.
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