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What do you get when you cross an AMT Star Wars X-Wing Fighter and a Hobbycraft EF-111A "Spark Vark"?

Not quite sure yet, But let's find out. image.gif.443ffe76eb81fa363291fef510d00ef7.gif

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And so, it begins.
The first incision has been made into the upper backbone of the F-111 to install the Astromech socket.
Making final adjustments for the height of the droid using spare parts inside the F-111 Fuselage just forward of the Wing Pivot mechanism.

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I've attached the Laser Cannons to the Pylons for stations 3, 4, 5, & 6 (the pivot pylons)
Not sure if the cannons will need to be shortened to make them look more believable,
I just wonder that as they are not rear mounted wings like the X-Wing that the Cannons may appear a little out of proportion, I guess we'll see when complete.

Also started the cockpit build.

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Started on some external piping / greebles.
Trying to use the existing lumps and bumps on the F-111 to attach them too or run them from/to.

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Have started on the undercarriage.

I've decided to run with Millennium Falcon Undercarriage parts as the max take off weight of the F-111 is 92,500 lbs, and the little delicate X-Wing landing gear would crumple under the load.

Nose Undercarriage uses a single landing pad from a Millennium Falcon which has been trimmed (Cut & Shut) to accommodate the slightly narrower nose wheel well.

 

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Main gear seen here in mock-up (not yet all glued up) using parts from the Falcons main gear. Funnily there are gaps in the molding that the F-111 stub axels fit right into. I will stabilize and fix with Araldite.

All in all I like the look of the gear, it's not that much lower than what the F-111 would sit with Tires, but just enough to make it look a little pimped out.

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23 minutes ago, Mark Deliduka said:

Oh this is looking sharp! Brilliant idea! Can't wait to see more!

Thanks, Appreciate that.

I thought it would be fun to merge the Aircraft I spent years working on with the one I'd like to work on (and fly off this rock 🤣)

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Loving the idea.

Is it going to be on the tables at Omaha?

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20 minutes ago, philp said:

Loving the idea.

Is it going to be on the tables at Omaha?

I'm planning on having it done for Best in the West in Vegas next month

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  • 2 weeks later...

Cool, then I will see it there.  Which category are you thinking?

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19 minutes ago, philp said:

Cool, then I will see it there.  Which category are you thinking?

This will be my first showing ever, and I think this kit belongs in section 52, Vacuform, Scratchbuilt, Paper, Wood & Kit bash.
I've also got my Millennium Falcon, my first Kit in 35 years that I'm bringing along too. It's now a show stopper but I'm still pretty proud of it

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Nice Idea!

Reminds me of the scratch built models that appeared after the debut of Star Wars...............

Squadron Shop in Elmhurst. Illinois had a 2 foot long model inspired by the blockade runner

while another Chicago hobby shop one block south of Belmont-  on Cicero avenue - had a Revell X3 modified into a craft similar to the X wing.

Looking forward to seeing your completed model.

 

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  • 1 month later...

Here is the finished product for all those interested.
it was a super fun build.

I have a long way to go with my quality, I'm a bit of a 'just get it done' kinda guy.

Just have to slow down a bit I guess.
Couple of shots of it on the table at Best in the West

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That rocks man! What a sensational kitbash! So seamless! I'm also a "just get it done" kind of guy as well, but mine never look this great when I get them done!

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5 minutes ago, Mark Deliduka said:

That rocks man! What a sensational kitbash! So seamless! I'm also a "just get it done" kind of guy as well, but mine never look this great when I get them done!

Thanks Mark.

appreciate the comments

 

Now that I've done a kitbash I've actually started looking for other kits I can bash together in the coming years.
Should be fun.

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