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  1. Greetings Fellow Modellers ! It's been some time since I've completed a build but I managed to get this one over the line I quite fancied doing a Bristol Blenheim of sorts so got this cracking little kit from Airfix. Now 1:72nd is not my favoured scale.. but this kit is a lovely moulding. Lots of extra bits on the sprues. The rear turret i messed up so went with the alternative one. there's a couple of bits I also lost to the Carpet Monster also ( it is RAVENOUS at the moment! ). Never mind.. it's not the most accurate depiction but i'm happy with it. Also, as a departure from my normal building process , I elected NOT to do any weathering this time. I can always do this if i feel inclined at a later point of course. I really liked the Black/ White underside for this early model so i picked the 248 Squadron option from 1940. Quite a striking effect in my opinion? I wondered if the underside persuaded the by reputation ' Trigger Happy ' Royal Navy gunners to NOT shot at these aircraft? One thing i pondered was the colour of the Starboard navigation lights? Blue glass or Green glass or Clear? The kit does lack the rear white lights on the wing tip trailing edge not included on the clear Sprue. The kit goes together very well. Minimal flash. The decals can be a little fragile if you oversoak them/ fiddle too much with them. Any way here she is .. I hope you enjoy the pics as much as I have in building it ( at times ) and in showing it to you all. Kind Regards, Andy
  2. Here's my first go at a kit which is older than me! The 1963 Airfix version of the Hawker P.1127, of course the very original design which eventually became the Harrier. Let's just say that kit design and quality has come a VERY long way in 50 years... (to be fair, I'm sure this was great for the manufacturing technology available at the time). I've seen some beautiful versions of the kit online - quite a few where people have smoothed & filled the finished thing. I decided to keep it as original as possible although the kit canopy was way too wide (a common issue). In the end I used the front part and replaced the rear section with a part from a GR1 kit. I also swapped the kit seat for a spare resin one (sanded down a bit to remove modern headbox etc). Added a bit of dirt to represent the live version in testing (and highlight a little of the extensive rivet details on the surface) and added underbody strakes, although reference photos are not thick on the ground! To be fair to the kit, the one thing I thought I'd have trouble with was the old decals: in fact, they went on fine, they weren't fragile, and they conformed really nicely to the surface. A couple of final shots with my Airfix GR9 kit - the first and the last of the Harrier lineup together. About half a century between the real things (and also the kit versions) showing how both have evolved almost beyond recognition. Thanks for reading!
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