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Hobby Master 1/72 General Dynamics F-111C Aardvark Diecast Model RAAF No.1 Sqn, A8-148, RAAF Amberley, Australia,1973

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General Dynamics F-111C Aardvark, RAAF No.1 Sqn, A8-148, RAAF Amberley, Australia, 1973

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Hobby Master 1:72 HA3011
General Dynamics F-111C Aardvark, RAAF No.1 Sqn, A8-148, RAAF Amberley, Australia, 1973

1:72 Scale                                                        Length           Width
General Dynamics F-111C Aardvark             12.25"           11.75"

The RAAF ordered 24 F-111Cs that had serials A8-125 to A8-148. On September 4 1968 the RAAF was handed the first F-111C but the advanced wing sweep mechanism has problems. It wasn’t until 1973 when the problem was solved and the RAAF acceptance was given. The 24 aircraft were delivered in 4 flights with the first flight arriving at Amberley on June 1, 1973. The lead aircraft was A8-125 flown by Group Captain J.W. Newham and Wing Commander T.C. Owen. A8-148, the last aircraft arrived on December 4, 1973. The aircraft was in service with 1 Squadron and then transferred to 6 Squadron. A8-148’s last live ordnance drop took place on May 12-13, 2010. The aircraft was retired on December 3, 2010 and there is a chance it may be heading for preservation.

General Dynamics F-111C Aardvark
Designed to meet the combined requirements of the US Air Force and the US Navy, the F-111 Aardvark was first flown on December 21, 1964. Several versions of the F-111 were developed, but the Navy canceled its version in 1968 leaving the Air Force the F-111's sole US operator. The Aardvark was well ahead of its time, pioneering such technologies as terrain following radar, afterburning turbofans and variable sweep wings. Though it was originally conceived as a multi-role fighter, it was better suited to a role as a long-range attack aircraft. It was armed with air-to surface ordnance and was equipped to carry free-fall nuclear weapons.

Hobby Master's 1:72 scale F-111 Aardvark is a large model in this scale with many fine features, such as articulating swing wings with under-wing ordnance, configured with ball and socket mounts for secure and easy positioning. The large canopy is removable for easy viewing of the cockpit's interior and crew figures, and structural component details can be seen inside the main gear bay. The landing gear has been included as complete subassemblies for quick and easy configuration. Variants in this series include the early F-111A, the F-111C with longer wings and the EF-111A Raven with electronic warfare equipment bulge on top of the fin.

Hobby Master 1:72 Air Power Series

The Hobby Master "1:72 Air Power Series" range presents detailed, ready-made diecast models of military aircraft.

Hobby Master "1:72 Air Power Series" diecast airplanes feature:

    Diecast metal construction with some plastic components.
    Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details.
    Pad printed markings and placards that won't fade or peel like decals.
    Opening canopies, revealing detailed cockpit interiors.
    Interchangeable extended/retracted landing gear.
    Presentation stand to display the aircraft "in flight".
    Authentic detachable ordnance loads complete with placards.
    Accurately detailed underside with concealed screwheads.

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Show on Homepage RAAF F-111C
Diecast Toy Manufacturer Hobby Master
Manufacturer No
Country Australia
Scale 1:72
Type Jet Aircraft
Series F-111
Color Green