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neilg

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  1. Over the last few weeks, I've had a bit of a Harrier binge. It started off with an unplanned purchase of the Airfix Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR.1, which I saw in Hobbycraft. I was really impressed with this little kit, and I liked the vintage look. I hadn't really done many camouflage paints, the only others being the 1:72 Spitfire and 1:48 Lightning. I also saw the GR9A, which looked nice and modern, and then I was intrigued to see the versions in between. So after browsing ebay, I ended up with a collection... All Airfix 1:72 kits, here are: Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR.1 Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR.3 BAe Sea Harrier FRS1 BAe Sea Harrier FA2 BAe Harrier GR9A All of these kits are really enjoyable to build, and although they have a skill level of 2, they each took a while to build. They're also pretty nicely detailed, and I'm impressed with how they turned out. I've also discovered that I can donate the Flying Hours of these kits to the Models for Heroes charity, and I'm sad that I've thrown away so many boxes with the stamps because the Airfix club was not accepting new accounts for such a long time.
  2. The tail decals are actually very easy to apply. There is a small oval shaped decal to cover the rudder actuator fairing to apply first, and a larger decal for the flag that has a cutout for the fairing. There's also a cutout for the small antenna on the vertical stabilizer, which needs to be carefully put over the antenna to prevent tearing the decal. This antenna needs to be painted blue after the decals are applied. The decals are very thin and conform nicely to the contours. The cheatline was by far the most difficult part, especially trying to get each side to line up at the back, but I'm pleased with how it turned out. The double-livery concept sounds great! Did you get the Revell version?
  3. Hopefully it's a similar formulation - the appliance white that I have used from Halfords has stayed brilliant white on my builds from 7 or 8 years ago. Where I have used brush paint to touch up some models, it has yellowed badly in comparison. I have some other models that have yellowed, but I'm not sure if it's the varnish instead of the paint.
  4. It's a shame, but Halfords have this on this website: "We can deliver your order to addresses in the UK, but unfortunately we're unable to deliver to non-UK destinations (such as the Republic of Ireland, Channel Islands, BFPO addresses and PO boxes) at this time." I couldn't bring my supply back to the UK with me when I moved, because the shipping company refused to take spray paints as "hazardous". I had big Ikea bags full of spray paints and glues that I had built up over the years, but I ended up giving it away to a coworker whose son was getting into modelling.
  5. I found a couple of photos of the Chatham build that I gave away:
  6. I think that would be an interesting project. The only cross build I have done was to put Airfix decals on the Revell kit. The kit I had was the Landor/Air France boxing, and the person I was building it for wanted Chatham, and I used some leftover decals from a previous Airfix build. I have some leftover decals of a previous Revell build, which I might put on the Airfix kit, but when I made it, I wanted to revisit the kit as it was when I first saw it as a kid.
  7. He's just taken off, which is why the nose is down
  8. The Revell version still has some issues - the nose still doesn't look quite right, and there are no exhaust details, so you can see right into the empty engines. The decals definitely help with the detailing, but they take an age to apply!
  9. That's where the 1:72 version is better, where you can move the nose up or down if you can't decide! You just need the space for it!
  10. The Airfix kit is by far the simpler build. It has fewer parts, and fewer decals (Revell kit on left, Airfix kit on right): The Revell kit for some reason only has the intake splitter that goes part way along the length of the engines, and has no ramps. The Airfix kit however has full-length splitters that go all the way to the engine fans, and it has both converging and diverging intake ramps. The Revell decals for the British Airways Chatham option is an accurate representation, whereas the Airfix version is more dull, and it looks like the speedmarque ribbon is not the correct size (Airfix decals top, Revell decals below):
  11. Thanks, I think it's interesting to compare the two manufacturer's offerings - the Airfix one is still pretty good considering the kit was originally made decades ago. British Airways Chatham and Air France to come!!
  12. I'm glad Halford's is open for non-essential shopping now! I've got a few airliners to build...
  13. A long time ago, I made one of the Revell Concorde kits with the Bra.Z windscreens for my office, and when I moved, I gave it to a coworker as a leaving gift. It was in the Chatham livery, which I like, but I have always found the Landor livery to suit Concorde perfectly. The Airfix kit in Landor was my most recent build of this jet, but the only representation is with the nose in the up position. I wanted a Landor Concorde with the nose down to hang from my ceiling with my other airliners. Now, Revell's kit is inaccurate with the nose in the down position, because it shows the windscreen to be flat, with a single pane of glass. The Bra.Z modification fixes that, with the addition of decals - in this case, I used the detail set from Draw Decals. Now my hands have stopped trembling from applying the red cheatline, I took some photos before it goes up on the ceiling. The last photo is the Revell and Airfix builds side by side.
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