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tc2324

Going large with a Harrier.......

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Needing a break from the Norwich project, I have chosen to start one of my 1/24 projects. This will be a first for me and a long term project, something to work on between Norwich builds but hopefully ready for display at the 2019 Newark Cockpit Fest. I obtained this kit quite cheaply, £25 IIRC with the original plan to build this alongside a 1/24 Hurricane and Typhoon and then display all of them in flight on a central plinth. It was at this point that the drugs wore off and reality set in as to where the hell I would store such a display A centerpiece for the dinning room table would no doubt mean future dinners being eaten on our laps and SWMBO giving me `that` look for possibly years to come.  So I have held off getting the Hurricane and plan to build the Harrier and Tiffie as separate entities. I`ll discuss plans for the Tiffie when the time comes as this thread concerns the Harrier GR.3.

So first a couple of pictures and this gives you an idea of the scale, 1/24 v 1/72 in the first photo and then the 1/24 Tiffie v 1/24 Harrier.


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It was quite surprising to see that the Harrier and Tiffie are quite similar in size and makes you realise how large the Typhoon was and how small the Harrier GR.3 is despite the 20 years that separate both designs.

So what exactly am I going to do with this Harrier. As mentioned I originally had the idea of an in-flight, bog standard build, possibly dropping a bomb or recreating a Falklands War ejection scene in 1/24 adding the aftermarket detailing sets and really going to town on as much detail as possible. It was when I googled said aftermarket sets that I realised that I would be paying out possibly 5 times the amount I spent on the kit itself! While I love modeling as a hobby, I refuse to take out a second mortgage on it. So plan B sprung into action and while it was a plan B, it`s more a Plan A- as it`s a modelling challenge right up my alley and far more cost effective....., kinda. (Dio base and bits will have a cost implication).

So last September I was lucky enough to get a visit to the Manston Fire School to view the various airframes, especially ZE360. But I was also quite intrigued with the other residents and always thought this Harrier, (XW768), would make for a decent diorama. It was one of three Harrier GR.3`s delivered to Halton as the last flying examples in the RAF and used for airframe training before ending it`s days as an non destructive airframe for the fire school. I`m assuming non destructive means they can not burn it??


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More soon.

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Interesting project. I always look forward to seeing a wingy thing in the dioramas forum, but unusually yours will entail heavy weathering, mud and possibly even moss and mold!

I edited 'rust' out of that list because I suspect the thing is predominently aluminium!

Rearguards,

Badder

Edited by Badder

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As sad as it is to see a great aircraft in its final resting-place, that image will make an amazing diorama....

 

Thanks for sharing with us. 

 

Chris.  

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4 hours ago, tc2324 said:

...It was one of three Harrier GR.3`s delivered to Halton as the last flying examples in the RAF and used for airframe training before ending it`s days as an non destructive airframe for the fire school. I`m assuming non destructive means they can not burn it??...

Perhaps the firies use the u/s Harriers to see how well the fire fighting liquids and propellants penetrate into the aircraft.

 

By the way, it's a great idea for a diorama.

Perhaps you could add the firies actually extinguishing a blazing Harrier.

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Thanks chaps.

 

Peter, I was informed, (not confirmed though), that airframes are not burnt anymore at Manston, something to be with environment issues in the area. They have one of these huge metal aircraft looking containers for the fire practice. I believe they use smoke bombs on the actual airframes to simulate fire. Most airframes, including the huge Nimrod, are just sitting there in the elements doing not a lot.

 

Spent last night looking over the main issues that need to be planned and action.

 

1. Cutting off the nose, check.

 

 

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(Not a perfect fit admittedly but the great thing about wreck diorama builds is that you can get away with certain things. In this case the nose is hanging off so I don`t need it to fit perfectly).

 


2. Internal engine plastic all needs to be taken out. As seen in the photos the nozzles are missing and it`s just 4 big black holes. 

 

 

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3. Got to think about the tail bend to a near right angle. I have an idea so hopefully will be able to post the result tomorrow.

 

 

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4. Intake intakes(?) need to be opened up. Requires a drill, drill bit, file and plasticard.

 

 

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Hopefully over the next couple of days I`ll be able to post the results.

More soon.  

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I've got one on a long term build at the moment, so I'll come along for the ride as well :thumbsup:

 

I'm using the Flightpath Detail set, Heritage Aviation resin and a lot of scratchbuilding on mine, as I intend having the engine partially exposed and will be opening many inspection and electronic bays! The build is current but I'm looking for detail pictures of these areas which seem to be very few and far between!

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Had the day off today so managed to crack on with a few things and experiment with some ideas regarding this build. First though I apologise for the high number of photo`s in this update but felt it necessary to highlight what I`m trying to do and it may also help or inspire someone else who may be in the middle of chopping up a 1/24 Harrier......

So as mentioned in the previous post, drill, drill bit, file and plasticard were put to good use to create the little intake doors around the main intake. (really should find out what they are called....) 


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It`s all a bit rough and ready at the moment, but I`ll tidy up the edges in due course and this is just to give you an idea of how I`m getting it done.

Next are a series of pictures showing how I`m getting the tail to bend at a right angle. Luckily this kit comes with a tail unit for the AV-8 variant show I have used this as a test subject.

First mark up the cut line and cut the half that`s the direction of the bend, starboard in this case. Then score a line on the port half but don`t cut all the way through.


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Next trim about 4mm off each of the starboard cut line half`s..........


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....... and then stick everything together so you end up with something like this.......


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You now have a tail fin that can bend to the required angle and after a bit of filler and a bit of paint, it`s a reasonable representation of what I`m after. 

 
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Like I said this is all very experimental and done of a budget, so I`m open to suggestions before starting on the real parts.

more soon.

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