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  1. Hi Shaun, Sorry to hear that things have been a bit rough for you, I hope things are on their way up. Is that the box of stuff I gave/sold you a few years back cunningly crafted together into something which looks more like a Harrier GR9 than a Trumpeter kit built OotB ever could? We Harrier fans are being spoiled with the work Piero and you are doing just now. I also recognise that book from somewhere... the second of the author's names looks very familiar to me... It's mine! Looking forward to seeing the finished result... Cheers for now Nick
  2. Almost there Piero. It's looking fantastic, though you'll now have to do another one with the wolf's head insignia on the fin! Looking forward to seeing the finished photos and the full Harrier line-up... Ciao Nick
  3. BBC tv programme on RAF at 100

    Film of the Tornado flight over RAF bases featured in this morning's today programme on Radio 4 may be more widely available than in the UK... http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p062gmp3 Cheers Nick
  4. Airfix 1/48 Harrier GR.3

    Nice one Stephen! Good to see the 1417 Flight scheme for a change. Cheers Nick
  5. Harrier GR.7/9 colours

    The new Humbrol enamel paint and conversion charts given away with the last AMW gives: Are there are direct Tamiya equivalent colours to the following humbrol for a Harrier GR.7/9; -156 Dark Camouflage Grey > XF53 -164 Dark Sea Grey > XF24 -165 Medium Sea Grey > No match given, but XF12 is given as a match for Humbrol 64 Light Grey, which is their non-satin MSG -167 Barley Grey > XF19 Which again, all adds confusion when compared to the matches provided above; but, I hope it helps, a bit. Good luck Nick
  6. Very nice T4 there Tim B and some good corrections for others to note for their builds. A few additional things I'll be doing on mine is: increasing the front-to-back length of the auxiliary intake doors which are about 1mm too short, filling the underwing "cut-outs" where the inner and outer dog-troths are and filling the port tailplane's underside leading edge, which also has an odd step in it. When you say the T4 is ugly, surely you'll be applying the same adjective to the LRMTS-nosed GR3? Or will your GR3 be an early one with the pointed nose, original tail-sting with added vents from the GR1A and single FRS1 type vent ahead of the GTS/APU intake? Initial work is underway with Kinetic on the GR1-3, including a lot of correction ideas from the SHAR and T-Harrier kits but the delivery is likely to be 2019 I understand. The original pointed-nose, pointed tail-sting and short finned T2 is actually a very attractive two-seater, as two-seaters go; the T4N and T8 are pretty nice too, and certainly look to be out of the HSA stable. They are all nicer than the "tuning-fork" concept proposed for the twin-stick, with separate noses either side of a central intake... That's a very nice Kestrel conversion you have done too Tim; can we all have more photos please! My attempt to convert the Monogram GR1 to P1127 XP831 in initial transition flights configuration stalled a few years ago and must be rescued this year... Sorry, the photos have probably disappeared into the big Photobucket (apologies for swearing) black hole. Cheers Nick
  7. Hi Piero, Great to have you back working here on another Harrier! Compared to the GR.7, this looks to be a quick build, so far... Ciao Nick
  8. Harrier GR.1 Load

    Great! Thanks Selwyn!
  9. Harrier GR.1 Load

    Thanks Selwyn, getting my imperial and metrics muddled. Have you got any pics of the 4lb one? The info I have so far is that it was identical to the 3kg one in shape and size but a different weight. Thanks Nick
  10. Harrier GR.1 Load

    On option one, if opting for Matras and Lepus then put the Matras on the inboards and the Lepus outboard. On option two, to be really different, you could replace the option one Lepus with 4kg practice bombs fitted on the racks rather than to CBLS-100s. I found a photo of just such a fit the other day but am darned if I can find it now. I'll keep looking... Hope that helps. Nick
  11. Airfix Sea Harriers FRS.1 and FA.2

    Signposting folks to the excellent build of an Airfix SHAR FA2 in the March 2018 issue of Airfix Magazine World by Stu Fone. http://www.airfixmodelworld.com/the-magazine/view-issue/?issueID=7060 Lots of good helpful insights to help you there. Cheers Nick
  12. Harrier GR.1 Load

    IIRC, didn't the ML Aviation Twin Stores career have an adjustable or alternative attachment points so that it could be fitted off-centre from the pylon, offset either outboard or inboard depending on the load being carried? On Lepus flare use, I believe the RN only ever carried single flares on the outboard pylons, the live rounds being white with red-brown and green stripes, rather than the blue of the practice rounds seen in the HSA photos in Mason's book and other publications. For RAF flare use, using a dispensed, wooded site at night for V/STO and VL recovery must have been "interesting" for the pilot shall we say, for the purpose of just lighting up the foe. Most of the wet film images that exist of early Harriers in the field from the early 1970s are captioned as being "staged" images rather than "in use" ones which, considering the Harrier was new and photos subject to secrecy limits is not a surprise. The Fourfax site has a few images from that period which may help: http://www.fourfax.co.uk/galleries/1971-2012-harrier/1971-90-harrier-gr3 Cheers Nick
  13. Harreir T4 Norway camo

    I'd agree with that James, it's ZB600/Z. The white would still have been ARTF (Alkaline Removeable Temporary Finish) and would have been applied as roughly on the T4 as that on the GR3s; don't be too neat with it! https://abpic.co.uk/pictures/full_size_0186/1279751-large.jpg On the extended two-seater IFR probe, this will help from the guys restoring XW928... The additional bit is at an angle to the main section. Of course, we got this photo too late to pass on to Kinetic... Doh. The Kinetic IFR probe is, IMHO, a tad thin; the Airfix item is better for scale thickness. Cheers Nick
  14. Harrier GR.1 Load

    Hi there, This provides information on what HSA and the A&AEE trialled on GR1s, e.g. Martel, but isn't an indicator of what was used on operationally on squadrons. Note the UK tanks are given US gallon sizings, 120US = 100UK and 400US = 330UK. The 4lb and 28lb practice bombs would have been is CBLS100 units My advice would be pick a squadron, pick an approximate date and then search for photos to back up what you want to load. That said, finding digitised images from the early-mid 1970s is not easy and most photos show relatively light loads. Thinking about how the RAF Germany Harriers were used operationally from dispersed exercises against advancing forces, it was the Harriers' modus operandi to fly short sorties with different ordnance, return, refuel, rearm and repeat. A typical GR.1 TACR (Tactical Reconnaissance) load would be: gun pods, inboard pylons - BL755s, outboard pylons - Matra 155s, centre-line pylon - reconnaissance pod. If operating in pairs then the other would likely have 1,000lb-ers replacing BL755s; the bombs having retard tails fitted, with airburst (risky!) or delayed action fuses. Unless on live ranges the bombs/CBUs would be practice rounds; of which I'm sure Selwyn will be able to tell you more... Hope that helps Nick
  15. BAe Harrier GR7 Revell 1/48

    One word... Gorgeous! As for the next subject, it has to be a Jaguar with the snow leopard spots winter camo... Cheers Nick