General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark - USAF - 1/144 Scale Diecast Metal Model by Atlas
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1:144 Scale Diecast Metal - General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark - USAF - Length: 6.25" Wingspan: 5.25”
This F-111 model is a twin seat model and does include pilot/crew figures. The cockpit can not open. The landing gear is nicely detailed and is fixed in the extended position. A stand where the model can be attached for display is included. The display stand has the model's info such as country, flag and scale.
The maker of the model really did a good job with the model, the diecast metal construction feels quite heavy. The metal seems to be more rigid and thicker than comparable 1/144 scale models. The panel lines and details are very clear and crisp. What really caught my attention, however, is the way the markings and coloring are done.
These models come in what could be described as a disposable blister pack (sandwiched between two transparent plastic shells and then glued/attached to a piece of cardboard with the branding info. There is really nothing spectacular about the packaging, but at the end, the packaging is supposed to be disposable and with the sole function protecting the model, which it does very well.
Unlike bigger models, there is nothing to assemble for these models. All weapons and fuel tanks are already attached to the model. One just needs to open the pack and display it (or play with it).
The packaging labels these model as "Collectible Product" and "Not suitable for children under 14 years".
The General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark was a supersonic, medium-range interdictor and tactical attack aircraft that also filled the roles of strategic nuclear bomber, aerial reconnaissance, and electronic-warfare aircraft in its various versions. Developed in the 1960s by General Dynamics, it first entered service in 1967 with the United States Air Force. The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) also ordered the type and began operating F-111Cs in 1973.