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  1. Hello everyone, I have just bought the very nice ESCI Sea Harrier FRS1 kit. I would like to depart a little bit from the ubiquitous Falkland War camo, and the late Indian FRS Mk51 camouflage has caught my eye : While the tanks and moving canopy look like they still are painted EDSG and white, I have no clue about the main camo colour. Does any one of you know what is the colour used for this camo, and a corresponding model paint equivalent? Are the undersides the same colours (could not find any picture)? And by the way, what are the main visible differences between FRS1 and late FRS51 (beside the weaponry which I am not going to use on my model)? Thanks in advance!
  2. Harreir T4 Norway camo

    Hi all, I'm just about to start building a Kinetic Harrier T4 for the Hawker Siddeley GB and want to build it as an aircraft deployed to Norway with the corresponding winter camo. I have found some pictures of 4 Sqn birds with partial winter camo but would really like to an a/c with the full wrap around where the green is replaced by white. I know that some were painted in that way as I have found pictures online which show single seaters nice and clearly and teasingly show just the extended tail portions of a 2 seater, typical! So if any of you can help with pictures or even supply the codes and sqn number of Harrier T birds in that scheme I would be extremely grateful. Thanks in advance. Craig.
  3. Hi, after a couple of Mirage kits, I'm back to my beloved Harrier. This time she will be an AV-8B Plus finished in the Marina Militare Italiana (Italian Navy) markings. The kit is far from being a good model. Many details are completely missing or bad represented. Fortunately there are many aftermarket detail stes available for the interior and exterior. I've started dry fitting the cockpit tub and the front undercarriage bay from Aires. Very good fit and tremendous amount of details here. After a good session of paint the resin parts are ready to be glued inside the front fuselage. The plastic parts needs to be rescribed and detailed here and there on both side. CIAO! Piero
  4. I'm in with this oldie, to be finished in Spanish markings. Esci_AV8A_Harrier_Box_Art by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Good luck with your builds! Cheers, Dermot
  5. 1/48 Kinetic Harrier T4

    Time to stake my place in this GB with kinetic's excellent new 1/48 2 seat Harrier. I don't need to give much of an introduction to this kit as there have already been some great reviews and builds here on Britmodeller so you will already know that it is a very nice kit indeed so no doubt any problems or mistakes will be my own. Here is the ubiquitous box top shot; And the sprues all tightly packed inside and still sealed; The options available from the kit; And the very comprehensive decal sheet; As you can see there are markings for every operator of first gen Harriers on there and pretty much any one built can be made from it, which is good as as per usual I will not be sticking to an out of the box example and want to do something a bit different and having a liking for winter camo schemes have found this; Now if I can find a picture or serial number of one of the T4's which went with 1 squadron on one of there Norway deployments and received a proper wrap around job I will build that one instead. And here are some of the references I will be using; Hope to make a start on Saturday so hopefully won't be too long before the next update. Thanks for looking in. Craig.
  6. BAe Harrier GR.7 No.1 Squadron - Royal Air Force - Bardufoss Air Station (Ex. Snow Falcon) 2004 1/48 Revell With the vast majority of recent RAF aircraft adorning not so attractive grey on grey schemes, non standard schemes tend to catch the eye. Whilst going through my Dad's images from the early 2000's there are a number of images of white winter camo Jaguar's, Tornados and a few Harriers. Cue a project that I am glad to say I am one model into, recreate a series of winter deployment camo aircraft! The first of which comes from Revell's rebox of the Hasegawa GR7/9 kit. Marked as a 1 Squadron aircraft from the final Harrier deployment to Bardufoss, Norway for Exercise Snow Falcon '04 the aircraft has been finished in the state a lot of my reference shots show during the deployment. Decals were provided by the Model Alliance "Harriers: The First Ten Years" 48-102 and the cockpit was replaced with the Aires GR7 cockpit, annoyingly the canopy fogged a little whilst trying to attach it and so the interior is somewhat obscured, but I am going to play it off as it's cold in Norway and the canopy has glazed over a little Onto the images; Thanks for looking and expect a WIP for the next RAF Winter camouflaged jet at some point, but I'm yet to decide on Jaguar, Tornado or Buccaneer! Nick
  7. After a year when I have really struggled to find time for modelling, I have definitely been busy over the Christmas break! These are both based on the old ESCI model (still IMHO the best 1/72 Harriers), using both decal options from one box (one of these kits came as a dirty bag of bits without decals, but fortunately with all its parts!). First up, an AV-8A of the US Marines: And then a Matador - Toro, toro, see you tomorrow my son! When you can't decide what to build, build a Harrier, then build another for luck - Happy New Year all! FredT
  8. Merry Christmas and a prosperous new year to you all. I would like to share my last build of the bench with Kinetics new 2 seat Harrier. There is a little bit of a story around this kit so to keep it brief the kit arrived on the 14th October and work started immediately with a deadline for the kit to be on display at Telford just four weeks later. For those eagle eyed modellers amongst you it was on the IPMS Lancashire club display at SMW. Cant go into too much detail as the build will be in print. But a much improved build than their two Sea Harriers and a first in 1/48th scale injection moulded plastic. A thoroughly enjoyable built any one who thought NMFs were difficult than they should try gloss black! All out the box with Tamiya gloss black and Eduard RBF tags. Thanks for looking Rick G
  9. Hans' not solo but 3

    2017 wasn't quite as profilic as I had hoped, but putting out 3 kits this year is actually a huge lot more than I'm used to , so it isn't all that bad! First up was the good old Monogram 1/48 Harrier in the '70 Nato vs Warzaw pact GB: Next up was the good old Hobbycraft 1/72 DeHavilland Canada Caribou in the DeHavilland GB: and last up was the not so old, but still good Dragon 1/72 Mercury rocket in the Prototype and X-planes GB: Merry X-Mas to all from snowcovered Kolt in Denmark Hans J
  10. Sea Harrier.

    Hi folk's last entry(probably) will be the re-vamped Sea Harrier as I believe Matchbox tinkered with the mold from the original,I built the hi viz original but not this boxing as I lost interest in jet's many moons ago,another seven quid special from King Kit should arrive soon. This is the boxing I've ordered.
  11. Simian Stuff news. Sources: https://www.kitsforcash.com/Latest-News-p5.htm https://www.kitsforcash.com/SIMIAN-STUFF-CONVERSIONS-c58.htm V.P.
  12. Hi all, Kit manufacture: Airfix Scale: 1/72 Type: Hawker Siddeley Harrier Gr.1 Extras used: Totally OOB Paints and colours used: Mr Hobby Aqueous H330/H331/H332 for the Dark Green, Dark Seagray, Light Aircraft Grey camo. Vallejo Metal Color Magnesium for exhausts, Tamiya and Vallejo acrylics elsewhere. Weathered with Flory Dark Dirt and Grime, and oil paints. All sealed with Aqua Gloss. Long time no see! To be honest with you, I got a bit disheartened by the photoshop thing so have been out of forums for a while. But, I've got a new photo setup and I'm back in! This is one I have just finished for a SiG on another forums. This is my first inflight model and whilst I've never been too into them, I have to say I love how she looks in the air, so will definitely be doing more airborne jets! The kit, other than a few fit issues in the wheel wells that didn't affect this build, is great. Falls together! I think the surface detail looks good and, although slightly overdone for 1/72, is more than acceptable. Here's the pics: That's about it. Thank you for stopping by! As always, comments, criticism and advice is always welcomed! Val
  13. Ok folks we've got tons of 1/72 Eduard kits really cheap right now but now we've had a delivery with lots of cheap Eduard 1/48 kits! Special Editions - Folgore, Gladiator, Harrier, Crusader, Sabre Profipacks - various Hellcats, Bf109's, Bf110's and MiG-21's We've also got the SE.5A Royal class set in cheap as well as a handful Weekend Editions. Some of the cheap kits are now out of stock at the supplier, so for some what we have in is all that's going to be! http://www.mjwmodels.co.uk thanks Mike
  14. With the hawk awaiting a full bottle of primer to arrive, and a week of annual leave in hand, it's time to get a second aircraft onto the bench. The Hawk was an OOB build to get me by, but this Harrier has a few extras to test me and so I can learn a few things as I go. I've gone with the Eduard rebox of what I believe is the Hasegawa Harrier. I've picked up some Brassin and Eduard accessories as you can see, They include a THERMA poem Sniper ATP, UK RBF tags and a step ladder. Although I'm left wondering if the UK use(d) ladders like this? The set comes with Cartograf decals for the following 6 designs: As well as the standard array of sprues: It also comes with a correct resin seat, to frames of photo-etch parts (one in full colour), new wheels and a sheet of pre cut masks. Cheers James
  15. I planning on making a 1:72 Hawker Siddeley Harrier T bird conversion, and am after some accurate measurements, can anyone help? Thought of adapting some drawings using the AV-8A cross sections (http://aviationarchives.blogspot.co.uk/2016/04/av-8a-cross-sections-and-loft-lines.html) I have the following, any comments on which you think is the best: A.A.P. Lloyd: Aero Modeller, August 1969 Scale Models, November 1973 [I notice Spencer Pollard used these for his lovely 1:24] Modelling Manual: Hawker Siddeley Harrier Gr.1/3 AV-8A, Koku-Fan ,December 1981 Mike Keep: Roger Chesneau - Aeroguide 12: Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR Mk3 / T Mk 4, 1989 Denis J. Calvert - Aircract Illustrated Special: Harrier, Ian Allan, 1990 Krzysztof M. Zurek: Aero Technika Lotnicza, April 1991 [Nice detail appears to be based on A.A.P. Lloyd] Nils Mathisrud: Andy Evans - BAE/McDonnell Douglas Harrier, Crowood, 1998 Richard J. Caruana: Marcus Herbote - British Harriers Part 1, AirDOC, 2008 Tim McLelland - Harrier, Classic, 2011 [Incorect details in places] Juanita Franzi: Aeroplane, March 2011 Peter Scott: Model Aircraft, May 2014 [Looks iffy to me]
  16. Time for a new build. This time I was looking for a quick easy build. So something new, without the need to rescribe, and an easy paint job. A quick delve into the stash and I came up with this. I've already built the Airfix FS1 Gr1, Gr3 and Gr9 versions, so this will be a nice addition. I also love the way these kits go together so it should be an easy build with very little filling and sanding. I'm going to build it as option A on the Airfix colour sheet. This is is a Harrier XZ457 from the Hermes battle group during the Falklands war. It should look well in my cabinet next to the other 4.
  17. USMC Harrier AV-8B, pics thanks to member "Fights On" taken on board USS MAKIN ISLAND LHA-8.
  18. Hi guys Just got hold of a Monogram GR1/AV-8A in 1/48. Obviously the kit doesn't contain either drop tanks or SNEB pods. I don't have an Airfix GR3 donor kit to rob from. Have trawled t'internet, but can only find 190 gallon drop tank in resin As i want to build an early spec GR1, does anyone have supplier that can supply the 100 gallon tanks or know of another aircraft with aftermark tanks that can be kit bashed? Cheers guys
  19. Newbie

    Hi guys. I'm an ex RAF techie of 25 years standing. Two tours on Harriers, started on Mod 9s, into GR1s and then GR3s as an INAS avionics tech at Wittering (3yrs) and Gutersloh (4yrs). I did do some GR5 introduction into service work as part of the Central Servicing Development Establishment's Flight Systems Specialist Flight. Short tour on Canberras (100 Sqn) followed by a tour on Victor K2s (57 Sqn) including Falklands War (Multiple Black Buck see off crews).
  20. Hi all, I'm currently working on the Airfix 1/72 Harrier GR.1 and I have a question about the airbrake positioning when the aircraft is in normal flight (i.e. not hovering about). I know that the airbrake overlaps the surrounding panels when retracted and the Airfix kit has two different actuators to pose it fully or partly open but I want to model it in full high speed flight so my question is how retracted did it go, did it sit as flush as it could to the fuselage or is the smaller Airfix actuator used to show it fully retracted? I've searched google but all the photos that I could find that show the airbrake in flight show the aircraft hovering (which is fair enough, it was fairly unique at pulling off that party trick). Any Harrier experts about who could help? Thanks. Dan
  21. Eggrier Gr.3

    I've had that Sea Harrier done for ages, and something about it always struck me as off.....but I couldn't tell what. NOW I see I've got the roundels on the nose, not the intakes! ((Picard face-palm royale))
  22. Hi folks, here is the AIrfix Harrier I was given. Dressed it up with some Pavla intakes, some scratch / scrap resin added to wheel bays and Pigsty gave me a seat. Build Thread... Enjoy.
  23. Hello All! I'm jumping in (pun intended) with the Airfix 1/72 Harrier Gr1. I've got the Eduard PE set for it and I'll use as much of that as seems practical, mainly for gussying up the cockpit, using the kit decals. Have the Warpaint book for reference, but I think I'll mainly be using the internets especially the Harrier SIG. My recent record for group builds has been a bit hit and miss so here's hoping I have time to complete this one!
  24. OK - here we go! I've chosen an oldie for this 1) I've always wanted to build it, 2) I had it in the 'stash'! I plan on doing it as simple as I can. Allthough I have some aftermarket stuff: Pavla Intake and Exhaust and Pavla Wing Pylons, I'm not sure that I'm going to use them. I also have some rocketpods left over from an Academy Hawker Hunter and Xtra Decal X48107. Here are the 'Genesis' pictures: And here's the one I want to build: I'll start with the cockpit, but allready there I have a question: Is Monogram's seat the correct one for a RAF Harrier or is it a US Marines seat? Can anyone enlighten me? Cheers Hans J
  25. Hey guys, just an update on one of my latest builds. An Airfix Harrier GR1 in Norwegian winter camo colours. I've only seen a painting of a GR1 in winter camo and a small grainy picture on an Xtradecal sheet. It's not finished yet. I used the normal dark sea grey and green combo, then applied some maskol over the green then white washed over the green. The majority of the Harriers that I've seen in this colour scheme were GR3's - their whitewash in tatters. Still have to do the decaling (does anyone know if they would remark the stencil data on over the white wash? If you could let me know I'd be massively grateful!) I'm going to paint the roundels on, the dark blue of the roundel would look out of place I think, then just sticking the landing gear and rocket pods on! The Airfix kit is pretty good, very good at it's price point. The panel lines are crisp and it has good wheel well and cockpit detail. My only complaint about the kit is the edges of some parts are a little over rounded. So this leads to some nasty joins, namely the nose cone and the... thing sticking out the very back I have no idea what it's called. I'm reasonably happy with how it's turning out, only thing is that I made a harness out of greenstuff two part putty, I must have crushed it and not noticed, then it dried. It sort of looks like the pilot would have been held into his seat my an enormous sausage link. What do you's think? Anyone got any experience in snowy GR1's? Cheers!