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  1. Hello my friends, after a hot & long summer break I'm back to my model desk. It's time to start the painting phase... my favourite phase. First of all, the canopy and cockpit were masked with tape and paper, then a good layer of a solid grey has been airbrushed as primer: although there are a number of specific products around for this job, I still prefer to use a cheap and reliable acrylic plain color mixed with some clear gloss. Nice landing gears eh?... After 12 hours I checked if there was any fault of fille
  2. Hi Nick, nice to hear you. Thank you, if you find something about it... I'm in the process to build a new GR.5 in 1/32... CIAO! Piero
  3. Hi John, thank you for your effort, but the GR.5 was a completely new jet, with different weapon systems. CIAO! Piero
  4. Hi, I was wondering if the RAF Harrier GR.5 was ever cleared to use the Matra 155 SNEB rocket pod... At that time the SNEB rocket pods, together with the BL775 cluster bombs, were the primary weapons for RAF's CAS planes. I know that the GR.5 was a "troubled & interim" airplane waiting for the GR.7 and for this reason many developments and fitting were deleted. I saw pics of RAF Harrier GR.7 with these pods... but never the GR.5. Any info about it? CIAO! Piero
  5. Hello, the hot summer here is already started... so modelling is slowing down. But some progress are going on. The IP cover with the collimator is fitted. I added a map's bag on the left side. The front wind shield has been black painted inside the frame and than glued to the fuselage. No problem here, the fit is almost perfect so no filler is required. Despite the kit includes PE vortex generators, these parts has been replaced by me using thin plasticard strips and added to both side of fuselage's rear section.
  6. Hello my friends, thanks you for your comments on my Gina! A big step forward was made last days with the wings glued to the fuselage. And as you can see there was a needs of a good amount of putty here and there... especially to fill the micro-bubbles-holes... argh! After that also the tail planes were glued to the fuselage. Time to check the filling & scribing job... Taking a break from the filling & sanding task... I spent some time to searc
  7. Hello guys, here is the fuselage glued with a lot of CA acting also as putty. After a good session of sanding some bubbles came up especially under the rear section of the fuselage. A resin part that really disapponted me was the nose... the part doesn't match with the front section of the fuselage. Again, a good session of sanding and the nose profile is flushed with the fuselage. Now its' time to rescribe all the lost panel lines and
  8. Hi Alex, thank you very much!!! Yes, I've noted the thickness of the fuselade around the bays... it's a plus for the strenght of the kit but a minus for the level of detail... but I can live with this. I've already closed the fuselage and started with the filling&sanding stage... tomorrow I'll show you the result...argh! CIAO! Piero
  9. Hello my friends, a little update on my Gina. Some details has been added inside the exhaust tube. The turbine has been corrected in shape and details. Now the internal parts are ready to be fitted inside the fuselage. A lot of dry fitting is a must here... especially for the cockpit and jet intake areas. CIAO! Piero
  10. Hi guys, some progress on my Gina. External fuel tanks and wing's pylons are done. I've used Tamiya XF62 and Gunze H330 for the Dark Green and Tamiya XF16 for the Aluminum. The finsh is semi-matt. At this stage I've finished the main undercarriage bays, painted with Tamiya XF58 for the Interior Green. Some tubes and pipes were added too and painted with Vallejo. Cockpit tube and instrument panel are finished. The collimator, as other small details as switchs and throttle, will be added later after the main parts
  11. Hello my friends, thank you very much for your compliments on my Harrier fleet. The Harrier is my favourite jet/aircraft ever and always will be. I should start to work on a GR.1 model in 32nd scale this summer... will see. CIAO! Piero P.S. Sorry for the rug
  12. Hello my friends, thank you very much for your compliments on my Harrier Plus!!! CIAO! Piero
  13. Hello, as request by some of you, here some pics of my Harriers in 1/32nd scale. MMI AV-8B Plus RAF Harrier GR.9A RAF Harrier GR.7 RAF Harrier GR.5 USMC AV-8B CIAO! Piero
  14. Hi Andrew, many thanks! yes, the AV-8B can carry up to 4 external fuel tanks. Depending on the type of war load, the external fuel tanks can be carried on the internal pylons or on the middle pylons. CIAO! Piero
  15. Hello my friends, pictures of the completed model can be found here: CIAO! Piero
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