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Grumman/General Dynamics
EF-111A Raven
"Spark Vark"

Two-seat ECM-Tactical
Jamming Aircraft


42nd ECS66th Electric Combat Wing

"Cherry Bomb"

42nd ECS/66th ECW
RAF Upper Heyford, England

ESCI ERTL

This model added to kgwings.com on April 28, 1997
ESCI/ERTL 1:72 scale EF-111A Raven
Development of the EF-111A Raven began in January 1975 when the Air Force contracted Grumman Aerospace to convert two F-111As into electronic warfare platforms. The aircraft's high speed, long range, heavy payload and reasonable cost made it ideal to protect allied tactical forces from enemy radar defenses.with TAC in November 1981.
ESCI/ERTL 1:72 scale EF-111A Raven
Among the Raven's most distinguishing features are a fin-tip pod or "football" mounted on top of the reinforced vertical stabilizer and a narrow canoe-shaped radome mounted under the fuselage,
ESCI/ERTL 1:72 scale EF-111A Raven
During operation Desert Storm an EF-111 was responsible for one of the first kills of the conflict as a maneuvering Raven caused a pursuing Iraqi Mirage to crash into the ground.
ESCI/ERTL 1:72 scale EF-111A Raven
Many of the details in the interior of my Spark Vark were scratch built. The helmet was carved off of an ESCI NATO pilot soft plastic figure. Harnesses were made from masking tape.
ESCI/ERTL 1:72 scale EF-111A Raven
My HUD is a bit oversized, but it was the closest I could find.
ESCI/ERTL 1:72 scale EF-111A Raven
Here is a better look at the fin-tip fairing that houses the sensitive ALQ-99 emission receiver system. This system's inputs activate the 10 powerful jammers mounted in the weapons bay.
ESCI/ERTL 1:72 scale EF-111A Raven
12 EF-111s served with the 42nd ECS at Upper Heyford while 24 were based at Mountain Home AFB. 42 EF-111As were built.
ESCI/ERTL 1:72 scale EF-111A Raven
The tailend of the two Pratt & Whitney TF30-P-3 turbofan engines.
ESCI/ERTL 1:72 scale EF-111A Raven
ESCI/ERTL kit is certainly less detailed than the Hasegawa EF-111, but at a fraction of the price it's a great value!
ESCI/ERTL 1:72 scale EF-111A Raven



Esci Ertl EF-111A Raven 1:72
ESCI ERTL
Kit: ESCI/ERTL #099-E9072
1:72 Scale
Scale: 1/72
Decals: Super Scale 72-614 and 72-612
After Market Parts: True Details H.U.D.
Customizations: Scratch-built cockpit detail including seat cushions and harnesses, canopy hydraulics, and other missing details. I thinned down the leading edge on the engine intakes and carved detail into the exhaust "turkey feathers".
Cost / Value: I purchased this kit at Toy Liquidators for $3.99 (US)! An unbelievable value!
Comments: Fit is good overall with the exception of the canopy which I had to add shims underneath to make it fit.

Panel lines are resessed and crisp. This kit is molded in a relatively soft caref is needed when sanding seams.

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