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  1. Yes. But the actual tub size is virtually identical between it and the Academy kit. The horrendous Hobby Boss canopy will require a do over though.
  2. Finally, this is the F-111C Australian Upgrade Program (AUP) cockpit. The AUP jets had GPS, but used small antennas, similar to those used by F-15Es.
  3. This is the F-111F Pacer Strike cockpit. BTW, those are F-16 MFDs.
  4. This is the pre-Pacer Strike F-111F cockpit with the he PAVE Tack VID. The is how the jets were configured during Operations Eldorado Canyon and Desert Storm. The VID had two small screens behind a magnifying glass to make them look bigger. This allowed the WSO to see both the ARS and PAVE Tack video simultaneously, switching them back and forth, as desired, between the smaller bottom and the primary screens. The disadvantage of the VID ws that the pilot couldn't see what was going on the WSO's side of the jet. The larger round scope on the pilots side of the cockpit was the E-scope for the te
  5. The FB-111A was the original AMP recipient of the AMP cockpit. They did not use GPS, figuring that it would be pretty much useless after the nukes started going off. The WSO had a scope that looked kind of like the PAVE Tack VID, but wasn't there was actually a velcro panel the pilot could pull open so he could monitor what the WSO was looking at on the ARS. When some FB-111As were converted to F-111Gs in the early 1990s, the SRAM capability and Astrotracker were deleted. This is an F-111G cockpit.
  6. The F-111D was always unique and was originally intended to be the standard for most F-111s. However, it proved to be a bridge too far for avionics. F-111Ds were parked outside at Fort Worth after they were finished until they could figure out how to make them functional. In the meantime, the USAF combined the F-111D's inlet modification (Triple Plow II) with the F-111A's proven avionics to make the F-111E. You can see the bottom of the dual heads up displays (HUD) in this photo; another unique feature of the F-111D. Unlike the optical display site s (ODS) used by other F-111s, the face of the
  7. The EF-111As also received the AMP mod. Note that the Optical Sight was removed from the pilot's side. EF-111 & F-111E AMP and F-111F Pacer Strike jets could be easily identified externally by the large GPS antenna located where the FB-111A's Astrotracker was located.
  8. Beginning in the early 1990s the F-111Es were modified by the Avionics Modernization Program (AMP). One jet 68-0050 made it to Incirlik AB for the final couple of days of the 1991 Gulf War. This is a restoration, the chromate latticework would be covered operationally.
  9. Disregard previous post, I grabbed the wrong photo and it won't let me edit the post! Okay, a quick tutorial on F-111 cockpits. With the exception of the F-111D, the pilot's side of the cockpit was pretty much the same for all variants. The original F-111A/C/E/F and FB had the round Attack Radar Scope (ARS) with the optional rubber hood, shown here.
  10. RSAF has had AIM-120s since 2008: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AIM-120_AMRAAM#Foreign_sales
  11. No. The original scope had an optional rubber hood to allow it to be used in daylight, preventing sunlight from washing out the image. The PAVE Tack virtual image display (VID) was completely different, rectangular in shape. BTW, I've reached out to ResKit and provided them with information that will hopefully result in some accurate cockpits!
  12. WRT crew names: When the 48th TFW returned to RAF Lakenheath, all of the personnel transfers that had been pending for the previous six months or so took place and many jets changed squadrons. By the time I got to photograph them in November of '91 all the crew names were different than what they carried during the war, even though the mission markings remained. I suspect the same thing happened everywhere, so I wouldn't pay too much stock in crew names painted on any jet unless to photo was taken during the war.
  13. Thanks for checking! Looks like we're on our own...
  14. Thanks. Doesn't leave me with much hope that there are any instructions that tell where the individual masks go. Given that the masks are labeled, I was in hopes that there would be more information included.
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