The tactical and strategic reconnassaisance missions of the RAAF had been met by the GAF Canberra and Dassault MIrage IIIO. Both these were to retire in the 1980s, leaving a capability gap. The RAAF purchased the designs for a reconnaissance pallet that could fit the F-111 weapons bay from the USAF. Four aircraft were converted between 1979 and 1980 to use the new systems: A8-126, A8-134, A8-143 and A8-146. A8-136 crashed in 1977 and the others were withdrawn from service in 2010. The aircraft could operate with the full range of F-111C stores.
The conversion includes a clear pallet and plastic card to make the vent cover. It is designed for the Hasegawa F-111C and replaces kit part 06/B23
Modellers from Melbourne, Australia will remember Eric Sujecki, former owner of Victorian Hobby Centre, who sadly died in 2013. Eric created the Plane Bits, Armour Bits and Rail Bits ranges of accessories.
Some of the moulds and masters from the Plane Bits range were passed to HPM and we are selectively remastering or re-releasing these in his honour. RIP.
Materials: Clear Resin, plastic card
This is suitable for ages 14 and over.