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  1. 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))
  2. Hi everyone ! This is my build http://news.hobby.net.ua/forum/index.php?showtopic=11793 Thank you for your help !
  3. 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!
  4. 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.
  5. 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).
  6. 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
  7. USMC Harrier AV-8B, pics thanks to member "Fights On" taken on board USS MAKIN ISLAND LHA-8.
  8. 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!
  9. After the Sea Harrier FRS.1 (http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234990951-sea-harrier-frs1-148/) and FA.2 (http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234968544-sea-harrier-fa2-148/) Kinetic is to release a 1/48th BAe Harrier T.2/T.4/T.8 kit - ref. K48040 Source: https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/K48040 V.P.
  10. Somewhere in the South Atlantic May 1982... This is my 1/350 build of three of the ships in the RNs Falklands task force, there are two scratch builds, and one minor conversion, plus huge amounts of detail on all three. I don't want to think about the amount of time I've spent over the past 5 1/2 years... Starting with the complete scene: From left to right: HMS Broadsword, HMS Hermes and HMS Yarmouth HMS Hermes and Yarmouth are both scratch built from plans Weathering on both was closely based on photos from the time to get the weather worn look of two of the oldest ships in the fleet. Many of the details are from WEM and Atlantic Models etched brass sets, but I also learnt to etch at home for unique pieces including H's mast, crane, davits and some antenna. Around 230 figures are spre​ad across the 3 ships, mostly on the flight deck HMS Broadsword was a conversion of the OOP WEM HMS Brilliant kit, the main change being the funnel, plus a wealth of detailing. the seascape is modelling clay plus acrylic medium and teased out cotton wool for the foam and spray. The base was lined with plasticard to get a mid-ocean swell adding a bit more interest and action Finally for this post a couple of overhead shots, Broadsword is approaching to start taking on fuel from Hermes' starboard quarter, Yarmouth steaming past on the port-side. Both escorts are really a bit close, but the base is the largest I could fit in my cabinets (to the millimetre) and the navy have been known to bend ships every so often so it's not impossible. Next up some detail shots. If anyone has missed the WiP and would like to see the history on this one, here's the thread: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234927178-operation-corporate-carrier-battlegroup-1350 Andrew
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. Does anyone know of a source of 1/72 Italian Navy AV-8B decals, I know MF and Tauro did sheets but I can't find any of these anywhere. Are there any alternate sources?
  15. Hello all and a Happy New Year! It's that time of year again and I always enjoy putting up a Yearbook of my latest models (though not so much Photobucket being terribly slow and crashing multiple times). Despite having a fairly busy year including moving to a new full time 9-5 office job since May, I have still found time to do plenty of models as usual That's what weekends are truly for! I've had three main themes running this year mostly; WW2 Luftwaffe, Cold War Soviet and WW2 and Post War RAF, but there's the odd other thing in there too. Now, my lists are saying I've completed a stupidly huge 124 models this year, but as I have to sell most of them to make space for more, here's a photogenic list of what's left starting from January... January Italeri / Zvezda 1/72nd Mikoyan MiG 23ML Flogger Iraqi Air Force February Italeri 1/72nd Caproni Ca 313 Italian Air Force Revell 1/72nd Junkers JU 87 B-2 Stuka Luftwaffe March Hobbycraft 1/48th Dornier DO 17Z Luftwaffe April Revell 1/72nd Junkers JU 87 B-2 Stuka Luftwaffe Italeri 1/72nd Savoia Marchetti SM 82 Canguro Italian Air Force May Italeri 1/72nd SAAB JAS 39A Gripens - bottom Swedish Air Force and top Hungarian with HAD decals June Monogram 1/72nd Dornier DO 17Z Luftwaffe Italeri 1/72nd Dornier DO 217 K-2 with Fritz X Missiles Luftwaffe Italeri 1/72nd Junkers JU 188 Luftwaffe Revell 1/72nd Focke Wulf FW 200 C-3 Luftwaffe with Fritz X Missiles July Revell 1/72nd Junkers JU 88 A-4 Luftwaffe PM Model 1/72nd Sukhoi SU 21G Flagon Soviet Air Force KP 1/72nd Sukhoi SU 7 BKL Fitter and Mastercraft 1/72nd Sukhoi SU 22 M3 Fitter Soviet Air Force Academy 1/72nd Mikoyan MiG 21 F-13 and KP 1/72nd Mikoyan MiG 21 MF Fishbed Soviet Air Force Trumpeter 1/72nd Ilyushin IL 28 Beagle Russian Air Force AMT 1/72nd McDonnell Douglas F 15E Strike Eagle Israeli Air Force August Revell 1/32nd Messerschmitt BF 110 G-4 Nightfighter Luftwaffe Hobbyboss 1/72nd Messerschmitt BF 110 C-3 Zestorer Luftwaffe #1 Hobbyboss 1/72nd Messerschmitt BF 110 C-3 Zestorer Luftwaffe #2 Hobbyboss 1/72nd Messerschmitt BF 110 C-3 Zestorer Luftwaffe #3 Airfix 1/72nd Hawker Hurricane Mk I RAF FROG 1/72nd Bristol Blenheim Mk I RAF September Supermodel 1/72nd CANT CDRA 1007/bis Italian Air Force Airfix 1/72nd SEPECAT Jaguar GR 1 and Italeri 1/72nd SEPECAT Jaguar T 2 RAF Airfix 1/72nd BAe Sea Harrier FRS 1 and Airfix (old tool) 1/72nd Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR 3 RAF Revell 1/32nd Hawker Hunter FGA9 RAF Matchbox 1/72nd Panavia Tornado F 3 RAF October Italeri 1/72nd McDonnell Douglas F 4 Phantom (masquerading as an RAF 64 / 228 Sqdn Aircraft) Italeri 1/72nd McDonnell Douglas F 4 Phantom (masquerading as an RAF 19 Sqdn Aircraft) Italeri 1/72nd Panavia Tornado GR 1 RAF Zvezda 1/72nd Sukhoi SU 24M Fencer Soviet Air Force Zvezda 1/72nd Sukhoi T 50 PAK-FA Russian Air Force November Heller 1/72nd Dassault Mirage 2000N Armee De L'Air Revell 1/72nd McDonnell Douglas RF 4E Phantom "Tigermeet" Luftwaffe Revell 1/72nd Blohm Und Voss BV 222 Wiking Luftwaffe Revell 1/72nd Heinkel HE 111 H-3 Luftwaffe December Heller 1/72nd Potez 631 Armee De L'Air Airfix 1/48th Supermarine Spitfire Mk Vb RAF Airfix 1/48th Supermarine Spitfire Mk Vb RAF Revell 1/48th Supermarine Spitfire Mk XV Royal Navy Hasegawa 1/72nd IAI Kfir C2 and Airfix 1/72nd Dassault Mirage III Israeli Air Force ...and that concludes my output for another year on the production line, see you again this time next year! All the best for 2017!
  16. Three new ex-Hasegawa re-boxings with Saab J-35, Macchi MC.202 Folgore and Harrier GR.7. by Eduard in 2016. Source: http://www.eduard.com/store/out/media/distributors/leaflet/leaflet2016-02.pdf V.P.
  17. BAe Harrier Gr Mk. 7/9 1:72 Revell Developed from the prototype Hawker Siddeley P.1127, which flew for the first time over fifty years ago, the vertical take-off Harrier has become one of the most famous post-war jet aircraft of all. Awarded what some would say is the ultimate accolade for a non-US designed aircraft – a purchase order from the United States Government – the first generation Harrier was successful enough to merit the development of a second generation. Despite a slightly troubled development, during which Hawker Siddeley pulled out of the joint Ango-American project in 1975, only to rejoin again (as British Aerospace) in 1981, the resulting aircraft was a quantum leap in terms of capability compared to the original design. The second generation of Harriers, to which the GR7 and GR9 belong, feature a larger wing, more powerful engine and extensive use of lightweight composite materials throughout the airframe. The GR9 boasts a wide range of improvements to avionics and weapon systems compared to the GR7. The aircraft has seen extensive combat service and both the GR7 and GR9 have been employed over Afghanistan as part of Operation Herrick. It’s no secret that Revell’s Harrier GR Mk. 7/9 is actually Hasegawa’s GR Mk. 7/9 in a blue box. Revell must like the Japanese manufacturer’s take on the Harrier as this is at least the second time that they have released it in their own box. They also released the 1:48 version a few years ago too. The kit is comprised of 91 parts, moulded in the familiar glossy grey plastic used by Hasegawa. Despite having been around the block once or twice, the moulds are clearly in excellent condition and there is no trace of flash anywhere. The panel lines which make up the surface detail are very fine and clear. This is one area where the kit has the edge over the newer Airfix version. Whilst the panel lines on the Airfix kit are pretty tidy, these are just that bit more refined. The cockpit is pretty typical of other Hasegawa kits in this scale. The overall shape looks good, but there is no raised detail to represent the instruments or controls on the instrument panel or side consoles. Decals are provided instead. If you want something a little more convincing, then aftermarket resin or photo etched parts will be the way to go. The ejection seat provided is actually for the AV-8B rather than the GR7/9, so it is closer to the American UPC/Stencel seat than the Martin Baker Mk.12. As the seats provided in kits in this scale are usually only rough approximations of the real thing though, it’s not exactly a deal breaker. Other interior detail includes the intake trunking and turbofan blades, both of which are moulded in a single part and so will require careful painting. The auxiliary intake doors are moulded with the upper three in the open (or dropped) position, which is a boon for those of us who model their aircraft with the landing gear down. The front jet exhaust nozzles are moulded in two halves, which will create a troublesome seam to clean up. The rear nozzles are moulded in one piece, but are solid, with no real attempt made to create any impression of depth. I’m not sure which approach is better, but this is one area of the kit where I really would recommend some resin replacements. To be fair to Revell (or Hasegawa), this tends to be a problem area for all small-scale Harriers. The nozzles are designed to rotate too, thanks to rotating joints which fit inside the fuselage. The other major parts of the aircraft, including the nose, wings and horizontal stabilisers are all very nicely recreated. The nose in particular is bob-on. The Leading Edge Root Extensions (LERX) that are characteristic of second generation Harriers are the earlier 65% type, which means that if you don’t plan on using the kit decals, you will need to check to see if the aircraft you plan to build had the 65% or 100% versions fitted. If it’s the 100% versions, then there are a couple of aftermarket options available to you. The undercarriage is all quite nice, although in-flight versions of the wing-mounted stabilisers aren’t provided. The nose gear wheel is moulded in one piece with the leg, which is a pet hate of mine, but I guess it makes the whole set up a bit stronger. Hasegawa blow hot an cold with their ordnance. Some kits have very little whilst others have a veritable surfeit. Unfortunately this kit falls into the former camp. Aside from the option of gun pods or strakes for the under-fuselage position, you are provided with a couple of drop tanks and a pair of AIM-9 Sidewinders. If you want a full load of stores then you’ll need to rob the more generously appointed Airfix kit or the spares box. The canopy is thin and clear, but owing to the horseshoe profile, it has a mould seam running down the centre. This should be fairly easy to remove with a nail buffer or similar tool though. The MDC is moulded in place on the inside of the canopy. A decal is also provided for this feature, but the carrier film is quite large, so I personally would avoid using it. Two options are provided for on the decal sheet: GR.9 ZG858, flown by Wing Commander Simon Jessett of No. IV Squadron, Joint Force Harrier, RAF Cottesmore during the Harrier retirement flypast on 15 December 2010; and GR.7 ZD404 “Lucy” of 1 (F) Squadron, depicted at Kandahar Air Base, Afghanistan, 2007. As usual, the decals are superbly printed but they do look a little matt. I would recommend applying them over a gloss surface and using a decal solution. The decal sheet is amazingly comprehensive and includes decals for the ordnance, undercarriage and even the individual numbers for the Rolls Royce Pegasus compressor blades. Conclusion Most modellers considering a Harrier GR.7 or GR.9 in 1:72 face a straight choice between this kit and the Airfix alternative. The Airfix kit holds quite a few aces in terms of ordnance, cockpit detail and optional extras (closed auxiliary doors, in-flight undercarriage, 100% LERX), but this kit is still well worth a look. Although it is slightly simpler, it has finer surface detail and will build up into a very handsome model. Revell’s boxing is also good value when compared to the later Hasegawa boxings. Recommended. Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For further information visit
  18. Earlier this year it was suggested at my Model Club that we should take part in a 'Secret Santa' type, blind kit swap. The idea was to get us to build a subject that we would not normally consider. All participants wrapped up and donated a kit into a pile, from which then we all took one at random to build. Imagine my 'delight', when I drew a 1/72 Heritage Aviation Harrier T.4! Those of you familiar with this kit will know that it is a fairly poorly cast resin and white metal product that is not for the faint hearted. The rules of the swap allowed us to use aftermarket additions, but I resisted the temptation to replace as many bits as possible and limited my expenditure to a Combat Decals 'British Test & Development Aircraft' decal pack (which is brilliant), and a Master brass pitot tube (brilliant also). Here's what I ended up with after a couple of months' hard graft. I've made a couple of blunders (apologies to those who notice), but I have to say that it does at least look nice and colourful . Cheers Cliff
  19. Right-oh. Having a bit of fun, (of course modelling is always fun) but got given this kit and fancied jazzing it up without too much expense or hassle. 1983 Airfix Sea Harrier. Bought a eduard etch set for the Kinetic kit and some Pavla intakes. An aero-club white metal seat kindly donated by Pigsty. So I set forth, first step. Drill out the camera port and polish up a bit of clear sprue. Then looked at my references and noticed that the nose gear doors and airbrake are open on the ground. So the kit needed some detail adding. I have a set of F-4J electronic bays of which I only plan to use one of for a forthcoming Phantom build... Guess what? They are the same width as a Harrier nose gear door. The bad news is it does not leave enough room to put the gear in, but it at least looks more 'aircrafty' inside.
  20. Dave, I can't PM you - inbox full?. Dave/Nick I'm calling on your Harrier knowledge please. I'm doing a 1/32 Revell GR.1 but as one of the DB aircraft. The kit has 8 intake doors but research says that this may have changed. Do you know if the DB a/c would have had 8 doors (or more) although they look smaller on photos, than production items, I'm going to do xv276 in silver with a little primer on it as per one of the photos in a reference book. Steve.
  21. Morning all, I picked this kit up as a break from the Revell A400M that i've got on the bench. For the first time I am relatively pleased with this attempt, having built two SHARs, one GR3 and one GR9 over the course of the last 2 years. It is also the first time where I am content with the level of post-shading (although I did have to clean up the upper wing surface when i forgot to dilute the wash that I use for the postshading and my airbrush started spraying out this fountain of black- reducing the effectiveness of the finish somewhat! ) Kit: Airfix 1:72 BAe Harrier GR7A/GR9A (from LMS -Mike's Models) Paints: Vallejo Black, Light grey, Medium sea grey, White, Medium olive Alclad II Aluminium -And a variety of mixed Vallejo paints for smaller details Other: Alclad II Aqua gloss Vallejo "Model Wash" Dark grey -for panel lines and post-shading Thanks for looking Kind regards, Sam
  22. Harrier Harvest, I was going to go with Harrier Hernia but that doesn't sound quite so exciting! Here is another booby type build followed on from here; http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234964850-wip-booby-harrier-gr3-airfix-172/?view=findpost&p=1694841 This time BOOBS is an abbreviation of Built Out Of Boxed Sets. Airfix harrier Gr1 x3 Airfix Harrier Gr3 Italeri Harrier Gr3 Hasegawa Av8-a Eduard zoom etch for Gr1 x2 and for Gr3 x1, Master models pitots for Gr1x3 and for Gr3x1, Pavla seats for Av8a x2, Pavla Aden gun pods for harriers x2, attack squadron Mk 77 napalm bombs for US aircraft x6 Caracel decals early Av8a sheet all in 1/72 scale. I'm just waiting on a few books (thank you Mr H.Lime for the clue) then I'm going to begin "Operation Vertical" One thing I've learned about model kits, if you find one you like get many before eBay put the price up! Secretly I'm hoping revell release the Hunter Mk6 again. What I'm after is help to make (within the limits of my skill and scale permitting) accurate harriers of Gr1/3 and Av8a types, I'm starting with the American versions as I don't yet have seats for the RAF examples. Any help appreciated for any type under construction (everything in the picture is under construction!) Some builds will be quicker with less effort! Please be patient. . . .
  23. Afternoon Fellow modellers Here is the new Airfix Harrier GR3 with Pavla nozzles and Eduard PE. The decals are from Xtradecal and the Houchin starter from Flightpath Do you remember when back in the 1970s we saw the Harrier GR3 as one of our most fearsome ground attack aircraft? They would pop out from the woods and take off from a road. Not sure in that era of dumb munitions whether they really would have been all that effective? Andrew
  24. For newer 2nd generation Harrier see out thread here. GR.3 XZ997 at The RAF Museum Hendon, pics mine. Rolls Royce Pegasus Engine
  25. Have just completed this build for the NATO 80's Group Build. I used the new 1/72 Airfix GR3, Eduard zoom, Freightdogs corrected fin & Pavla gun pods. All brush painted using good ol Humbrol enamels & weathered with Ammo Black night panel wash & Tamiya weathering sets. The base board is a small plank of wood covered in modelling clay, painted with Hum 29 & Tamiya browns and weathered with Revell mud green powder. This is what I was aiming for And this is what I managed May I introduce Sqn Ldr Tes Tickle rolling in on the range Thanks for looking, as always C&C's welcomed.