Custom Aeronautical Miniatures 1/48 F-111B Radome First Look
|Date of Review||September 2006||Manufacturer||Custom Aeronautical Miniatures|
|Pros||Essential start to create a 1/48 scale F-111B||Cons|
|Skill Level||Intermediate||MSRP (USD)||$8.00|
I met up with the new owner of CAM resin details at the 2006 IPMS/USA National Convention and not only is he reissuing the existing CAM detail line, he's already releasing new subjects as well.
Here is an essential start to create the infamous F-111B. The F-111B was the McNamara folly that tried to make the F-111 carrier-capable and did house the technologies that made up the later F-14 Tomcat - AWG-9 radar, AIM-54 Phoenix and TF-30 engines. To get there from here, you'll need the long-wing Academy 1/48 FB-111A kit for the airframe. The F-111B did not have the escape capsule of the Air Force 'varks, so you'll have to find some appropriate ejection seats for the cockpit, some AIM-54s out of a Hasegawa kit, and a few other details as you'll see from some good references. While most of the work is mostly parts swapping, the nose is the one part that would not have been fun to fashion. Thanks to CAM, you have a good starting point.
If there is a quarter-scale F-111B in your future, you might consider this nice enhancement. Recommended!
My sincere thanks to John's Models for this review sample!