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Joe Caputo
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1/72 Revell F-111 (prototype)

August 30, 2013 · in Aviation · · 7 · 2.9K

While the others were old, this one is ancient. Some of you will remember 's "frameable box art" series. This was one of those. Accurate or not , how often do you get to do a Navy "Vaark", especially one with moveable wings ! Not a bad model for it's age, but the decals remind me of me. Don't expect today's details. Not even close. You may still find one at the vendors at bargain basement prices..

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  1. I have one of these kits. maybe I'll build it because of your inspirational pictures!

  2. I remember that one! I think you got a long nose in the kit to build the Air Force version, also.

  3. short nose really threw me off-looks strange.

  4. Joe,
    You did wonders with this old kit. It looks great.

  5. Revell always seemed to choose very "commercial" models, I seem to remember they released a kit of the 747 with space shuttle...

  6. Late to the party but oh well, I was given one as a gift when the kit first came out around 1972. It was at the time the most complicated kit I had ever seen due to the way the main gear is constructed. I've but two more Bravo models of the Vark and several other of their Air Force brethren and I still can't get that gear to work right.

    On a side note, during my time in the Navy I was assigned to a Reserve unit at NAWS China Lake. While visiting the base's bone yard I came across several unusual airframes tucked among the rows of RA-5 Viggies, several of the original F-111B short nosed Aardvarks. that was about 25 years ago and to my knowledge they're still out there.

  7. Very interesting, Charles. I'd like to see a new kit or a re-issue someday. Keep working at that gear. If I can do it, anyone can...

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