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  1. Hello all... I will be going for a classic jump jet here. In 1971 the USMC started operating the AV-8A Harrier, from Wiki.. "The AV-8A entered service with the Marine Corps in 1971, replacing other aircraft in the Marines' attack squadrons. The service became interested in performing ship-borne operations with the Harrier." Not quite sure which kit or markings i will be going with yet as this is technically a place holder. I will attempt to get the 1/72 Airfix kit, but I may fall back to the 1/72 Hasegawa kit. My guess is i will be going with VMA-513 as they are the only unit listed for 1971. Though I've studied both kits. Either will work but the Airfix offering has the Decal set i need. Really hoping i can find that one. Dennis
  2. ... or Happiness is Vectored Thrust! Firstly, I am a fan of the Harrier but mostly the early variants before the airframe was “afflicted” by the lumps and bumps associated with the development of an aircraft. As you may have guessed by my screen name, I’m particularly fond of the prototype aircraft, the P.1127 and P.1127/2, otherwise known as (the/a) Kestrel. To my eye, these are the definitive forms of this aircraft concept/configuration, with their aluminium finish and long pitot tubes sticking out the front, ready for the jousting tournament. I’ve recently returned to the hobby after 20 years or so: the aircraft I always fancied building all those years ago was an Airfix 1/24 scale Harrier but it was never to be. I’ve now decided that I’m going to give converting the Harrier into a P.1127 a go and I thought I’d try posting a WiP to try and keep myself out of metaphorical doldrums. The question was which P.1127 configuration to model? As you may or may not know (or care) there were many configuration states of P.1127 although predominantly they can be split into two groups. The first six aircraft had registration numbers starting with XP (831, 836, 972, 976 980 & 984). The second group with the designation P.1127/2, also given the name Kestrel by the Hawker marketing department had registration numbers starting with XS (688 - 696). This is based on my limited research into the subject, anyway. The reason for being so picky with the registration numbers is because there was evidently quite a bit of variation between each aircraft, especially in the first group of six but also extending into the second group. Relevant differences include (but are not limited to): the wing ¼ chord sweep (the trailing edge was unswept for the first five aircraft but was swept back on the sixth) wing leading edge extensions (saw-tooth extensions were added during development to refine handing) fairing of wing tip into landing gear fairing fuselage length (the Kestrel was extended by 9 inches compared to the P.1127) tailplane area, span & dihedral sweep angle of air intakes (reduced from 35 degrees on the first aircraft to a more moderate 20 degrees on later aircraft… less so on the Harrier upon EIS) various intake lip profiles etc. Of course all the aircraft above are significantly different to the Harrier (GR1) that is the subject of Airfix’s 1/24 scale kit. The aircraft that I’ve decided to model (try to model) is XP984, a special aircraft for me. XP 984 was the last of the original P.1127 aircraft but was designated as the prototype for the forthcoming Kestrels (P.1127/2). This means that the aircraft originally had the Kestrel wing with the swept trailing edge, the 20 degree sweep on the air intakes and an intermediate tailplane configuration. To my eyes the aircraft in its original configuration looks “the most right” out of all the P.1127 configurations: a nice swept trailing edge with no leading edge extensions to spoil things, a nice sweep on the intakes with no bulbous “elephant ears” ruining the lines but maintaining the aforementioned pitot tube at the nose. (The aircraft, now at Brooklands, has been retro-fitted with a Harrier wing and tailplane so looks less good, IMHO. I’m grateful it’s now inside however). The reason XP984 is special to me is because I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Ralph Hooper (conceptual design and Chief Engineer of the P.1127 programme) at Brooklands and discussing the aircraft with him for an hour or so. I’d like to build this aircraft to help remember such a wonderful experience. As for model itself (an eBay “bargain”), progress has been made but is intermittent due to family and work commitments. The progress so far includes: Fin: removing air intake from root. I’m unsure whether a reduction in height is required… research is ongoing Tailplane: modified to the correct profile but I only have one of them L a shortcoming of the eBay “bargain”. Airfix themselves couldn’t help… any other ideas? Making one will be simple enough but I’d rather modify! Wing: leading edge extensions removed and tips re-profiled. The model will be displayed in the hover so the flaps need cutting out and lowering but this I’m saving for another day Fuselage: the biggest job was re-profiling the air intakes the kit’s Harrier intakes are wrong for the P.1127 so they were cut out and new ones built up from plastic-card and car body filler (I love that stuff) at the required 20 degree sweep for XP984. This also required making the fairings for the cold nozzles: these have intakes in their leading edges but I haven’t got there yet. I’ve also boxed out the landing gear bays to attempt some detailing in there… we shall see how successful that is. My biggest unknown with the fuselage is the length. The Kestrel fuselage is 9 inches longer that the P.1127 but is the same as the Harrier, I think. I’m modelling the Kestrel prototype so I don’t know if XP984 had a P.1127 or Kestrel/Harrier length fuselage. Any ideas? There’s clearly a lot of work left to do, especially on the fuselage (and especially if it wants shortening by 9 scale inches!). The other big thing is the fairing over the wing but I need to wait for the fuselage to be joined first, I think. As I said, progress will be intermittent but I’m hoping the pressure of the forum will eventually get me over the line. The finished model will not be worthy of any special mention like so many of the fantastic efforts displayed on this forum: I shall be ecstatic if it is recognisable as a Kestrel (prototype). I’ve tried to add some pictures below… fingers crossed. Anyway, thanks for looking, P. (Sorry for the quality of the photos, clearly they were taken on my phone!) The bits so far... Fuselage showing modified intakes and cold nozzle fairings The air intake structure aft of the cockpit is a key omission of the kit, perhaps not surprising given its age. Plasticard has been used to rough-in some of the structure but more work is required to tidy it up and fair it in. I shall invest in some Milliput, which I have never used but am led to understand that it might be useful here than my beloved Isopon. Yours truly and the Chief Engineer himself, in front of the aircraft in question.
  3. 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
  4. Hi everyone ! This is my build http://news.hobby.net.ua/forum/index.php?showtopic=11793 Thank you for your help !
  5. https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0077c0f/decisive-weapons-series-1-6-the-harrier-jumping-jet-flash Just watched the Harrier doc on BBC 4 and its helped clear up why fighter jocks are different to most ordinary ,sane folk: (paraphrased ) Voice of authority : “You’re outnumbered 10 to 1, they’ve got 200 planes we’ve got 20” Normal, rational person: “Holy crud on a cracker, that’s bad!” Fighter pilot: “ Ooh, lots more planes to shoot down!” If you’ve got iPlayer, worth it for the legends, Mr "Sharkey" Ward and Mr Morgan…
  6. Here is a just completed Harrier. I started with a Revell boxing of the Hasegawa Harrier GR7 and decided to build it as a USMC machine form VMA-214. Of course there are a few differences between the two marks, I tried to replicate most of them. I part of an Eduard etch set in the cockpit, a Pavla ejection seat and exhausts and speed break from Quickboost. Decals are from a Wolfpak sheet.
  7. Hi All, I thought I'd jump in with this kit. Its been lurking in the loft since I abandoned it some time during the 1970s. Not sure why, probably got fed up with the fit and the amount of work it needed. I occasionally looked in the box and thought 'I must finish that one day'. The subject, one of the most fantastic planes we ever built in the UK, seems appropriate, being one that really Flies Right Off the Ground! And having got my head around what the FROG Squad GB is about (took a while, I'm still finding my way around BM) this seemed the perfect opportunity to complete it. As can be seen, its been started. I'm guessing around 25% complete when considering the remaining work needed. I rubbed off the raised panel lines and smothered it in 'Green Stuff'!! I guess at this point I decided that I had easier kits to build! Most of the parts seem to be there. The drop tanks have dropped off somewhere, hopefully in another box, and there's a long cylinder thing, some sort of underwing 'stores'? But I can't see what it is from the fairly basic instructions. The decals have yellowed, I'm hoping some may be useable, but I do have a period Modeldecal set, No.11, which includes decals for 4 and 20 Sqn Harriers. No idea how accurate the kit is, but it looks OK and that's not the point - Its a FROG! Looking forward to getting on with it, the deadline will give me a great incentive to do so, and not just leave it for tomorrow! Charlie
  8. It was a strong rumour, now confirmed by R. Chung, the Kinetic boss himself, in ARC forums. After the Sea Harrier FRS.1 (http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234990951-sea-harrier-frs1-148/) & FA.2 (http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234968544-sea-harrier-fa2-148/), the two seat Harrier T.2/T.4/T.8 (http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234999966-148-bae-harrier-t2t4t8-by-kinetic-release-in-2016), Kinetic is quite logically to produce 1/48th Hawker Siddeley/BAe Harrier GR.1/GR.3 kits. So time to open a dedicated thread, I think. Source: http://www.arcforums.com/forums/air/index.php?showtopic=287539&view=findpost&p=2798826 V.P.
  9. So here's my latest but probably one of my most memorable - my first build painted with an Airbrush. I've had an airbrush for a couple of years but never been brave enough to try it. So a couple of weekends ago, I decided to give it a lash. Practiced a few times on some old junk kits and took the plunge with this one. The build was for an RAF 100 GB over on the IPMS Ireland forum and the build thread is here but to recap: Kit: Airfix 1/72 Harrier GR3 kit A04055 Build: Out of box with tape for seatbelts Paints: Halfords primer, Revell Acrylics with an airbrush thinned with Tamiya X-20A; Klear, Flory Models Wash. Decals: From kit. For it's size, this is a super kit - lots of optional parts, lovely details, 2 decal schemes and a great fit overall. Airfix Harrier 1_72 GR3_Done (3) rs by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Airfix Harrier 1_72 GR3_Done (6) rs by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Airfix Harrier 1_72 GR3_Done (7) rs by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Airfix Harrier 1_72 GR3_Done (1) rs by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Airfix Harrier 1_72 GR3_Done (8) rs by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Paints used.. Airfix Harrier 1_72 GR3_Done (19) rs by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr With the other Harriers I've done - Spanish AV-8A (Esci) and Royal Navy Sea Harrier (Italeri) Airfix Harrier 1_72 GR3_Done (15) rs by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Airfix Harrier 1_72 GR3_Done (10) rs by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Thanks for looking and can't wait to use the airbrush again! Any questions, happy to help if I can. Happy Modelling. Dermot
  10. Hi Folks, Now that College is over for the year, I've got a little bit more free time. Can't resist a bit of model making despite the good weather, so here goes... Hasegawa 1/72 AV-8B Harrier II A nice looking kit that hardly gets built, with good reason some might say... From memory, the kit builds up well but it does have a few glaring issues. This is one of the 'limited edition' pricejacker kits of a variant that hardly gets seen and in these markings too. A nice box photo, I'll use this to get an idea of weathering. New parts/decals: Surprisingly, this kit has most parts for both Plus and Night Attack variants. The decals are pretty good too and are printed in a cool blue/grey colour, the box photo hints at the same colours for the markings and I think these jets were aboard an Amphibious Assault Carrier as the 'ET' tailcode is usually reserved for the 'Flying Tigers' helicopter squadron Annoyingly, Hasegawa never seems too bothered about updating the early AV-8B cockpit console of the 'real world' kits, the Plus, Night Attack and GR's have 2 digital screens. Their computer game inspired AV-8B Plus Idolmaster kit, with the animation characters plastered all over it, has the updated cockpit. Make of that what you will... Best to press on: Moaning aside it's onto the kit. Got a few of the weapons sets to load up the jet, I'm thinking of a Litening pod, Zuni rocket pod and either x2 500lb LGB's or x2 500lb JDAMS. Other suggestions are welcome... I'll build this Harrier in-flight, primarily due to the speedbrake being moulded closed... I'll have to scrounge a pilot from somewhere too. I'll also be dipping into this side project, an open speedbrake 'plug', as I would like to build more Harriers in the future. I've used the Quickboost resin set before but I find it quite tricky to work with, so I'll make my own instead!!! The GR.3 insert comes from the Hasegawa kit and that will be built into one of the YAV-8B prototypes in the future... Back to the build. All the parts needed to be painted before I can join the fuselage halves. BTW, I kidnapped a pilot from a Fujimi F-14 kit, superb detail I have to say and he/she is wearing U.S. Navy gear too. Super. More to follow soon, thanks for looking and enjoy the weather.
  11. Hi guys. My last completed kit. Great Eduard limited edition Eduard. Model was painted Gunze and Tamiya paints, details Vellejo, Revell and Model Master paints.
  12. This was a pretty tough kit in all honesty, mainly because of its age and lack of detail you get compared to the newer Airfix kits. I do think the overall shape looks good though, and it is mostly oob except for a few minor additions; the hydraulic arm in the airbrake, which I also extended by 5mm, a longer probe, seat detail, canopy rail around the cockpit and the tailplane hinges, plus I tried to open up the top vents on the intakes. Thanks @NG899 and @bar side for the Harrier SIG links and info!
  13. Straight into the next 80's RAF jet and it's the brilliant Harrier, one of the most iconic and important aircraft of all time. It looks like a decent kit from the sprues, and a nice decal sheet; particularly good to see an OCU option and this is the one I'll be doing, albeit a slightly later one with wraparound grey/green camo, circa 1986/7. Any tips on this kit or Harrier GR3s from this era welcome. On to the standard box and contents pics. It was a cheap ebay special so the box is a bit scruffy but it'll only end up in recycling so no worries there.
  14. The Kinetic Harrier is at long last complete. Kit has been fighting all the way, with fiddly assembly and confusing instructions, a good documentation is needed to avoid the version mix. Decals, however are a dream. But in the end it's a Harrier and certainly a gain over the old Airfix kit. Painted with Gunze acrylics, (H333 extra dark sea grey), been adding the Neomega cockpit, initially intended for the old Airfix kit. Complete photo album of the build can be found here : SHAR build photo Hope you'll like her. Best, Stef (#6)
  15. Harrier GR.1, 4 Squadron, RAF Germany 1970 This is the basic Airfix 1/72 Harrier GR.1 with 4 Squadron markings from Xtradecal
  16. Here is my FoxOne resin 1:144 Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR.1 which I completed last year together with the T.2 I have posted recently. It represents XV778/S of No. 1 Sqn RAF, at Wittering, UK, in 1970. As with the T.2, the tail section was corrected. The mating surfaces needed some sanding so that the tail didn't sit with a slight upward pitch. The nose section has some inacurracies of shape. I just fixed the nose tip section because getting the rest right would have been too much work. This kit was already a lot of work in itself! The kit was completely painted and varnished by brush. Thanks for looking and, as always, all comments are welcome Miguel
  17. Here is my FoxOne 1:144 Hawker Siddeley Harrier T.2 which I completed last year. It represents XW266/51 of No.233 Operational Conversion Unit, RAF, at Wittering, UK, in 1975. This all-resin kit is not for the faint-hearted and required a lot of work. A major but easily-solved correction issue was the tail section. The mating surfaces needed some sanding so that the tail didn't sit with a slight upward pitch. The biggest problem I had was with the canopy which was oversize. I had to cut a section from the rear and sand down the mating surfaces just to get it to fit in place. I then had to sand the rear section to blend it with the spine. I made a mistake with the central undercarriage unit but realised too late when the CA glue had already set and didn't want to risk trying to pull it off to fix things so it dangles in mid-air! The kit was completely painted and varnished by brush. Although not 100% accurate, it comes close to the real thing and, for the time being, is the only kit in this scale covering the two-seater variants. Despite problems, I'm pleased with how it came out and I have a couple more of the TAV-8 variant in my stash. Thanks for looking and, as always, all comments are welcome Miguel
  18. On January 25, 1985, VMA-331 became the first fully operational AV-8B Harrier II squadron in Marine Corps service. The squadron deployed on the USS Nassau (LHA-4) to the Persian Gulf and eventually flew 243 sorties, dropping 256 tons of ordnance, and became the first Marine Attack Squadron to conduct combat operations from a Landing Helicopter Assault ship. While supporting Operation Desert Storm, an AV-8B Harrier II from the squadron was shot down by an SA-7 over Safwan, Iraq. This build was a passion for the aircraft a turning point in aviation technology as the AV-8B second generation refined the V/STOL ability paving the way for the F-35B. The low visibility paint sheme I first noticed in that great cameo in "True lies" Click on photos to enlarge l
  19. Evening all, I think I'll get my metaphorical towel laid down and get a WIP thread started now After spotting a Trumpeter GR7 going pretty cheaply on eBay, I had the inspiration to condense a few different project ideas into one airframe. My dream for many years was to end up flying 4 Squadron Harriers. Since the Harriers have now been retired, 4 Sqn has been relegated to the training role and a variety of issues meant the RAF was no longer to be an option for me, the dream has had to end. So I've decided to put it into model form - rather immodestly with my name on the canopy and a little bit of noseart. I'll be supporting the build with the Aires (or maybe Wolfpack) cockpit, possibly Aires/Eduard extras, as well as Piero's nose if it's still available (has anyone got a means of contacting him? He's been off BM for a while), all supported with a healthy dose of scratch. I'm undecided at this point whether to stick with the kit's 65% LERX or do a version with the 100% LERX. Finally, as a little test of this forum's demographic, I'll tell you this bird is going to be named "Keelah Se'lai" Watch this space - good stuff coming soon Tim
  20. If the gear on this Huge Harrier remains unchanged (I mean you keep it OOB and retractable) does the nosewheel stand properly like a Harrier nose wheel should? Or does it suspend completely down so the tyre is almost touching the fuselage?
  21. Evening all, Here is my Airfix GR9a starter kit that my daughter got me for fathers day. Its a starter kit and I still managed to get something wrong. Seems like I've got the vent pieces for the intake area the wrong way round but didn't click until it was too late. Also a few other things that aren't right but had to get it done to show the little boss. I also got the CMK resin cockpit set but only ended up using the tub,seat and main panel, didnt want to start cutting pieces off the model for the other bits and the stick wasnt as good as the one that came with the kit. Well anyway here it is and lets hope it dont offend your eyes too much lol.
  22. Finally I can post this build. The Eduard Ltd Edition Harrier GR 7 using the Hasegawa moulds and a spot of Eduard magic makes this kit one of my all time favourites: and I am honoured the build made it into November's issue of Airfix Model World. Here are a few more pics that didn't make it into the publication..
  23. With the hawk awaiting a full bottle of primer to arrive, and a week of annual leave in hand, it's time to get a second aircraft onto the bench. The Hawk was an OOB build to get me by, but this Harrier has a few extras to test me and so I can learn a few things as I go. I've gone with the Eduard rebox of what I believe is the Hasegawa Harrier. I've picked up some Brassin and Eduard accessories as you can see, They include a THERMA poem Sniper ATP, UK RBF tags and a step ladder. Although I'm left wondering if the UK use(d) ladders like this? The set comes with Cartograf decals for the following 6 designs: As well as the standard array of sprues: It also comes with a correct resin seat, to frames of photo-etch parts (one in full colour), new wheels and a sheet of pre cut masks. Cheers James
  24. I took a drive down to Yeovilton today, to get some data on the buildings for a dio I'm doing, and saw a Harrier being moved towards the FAAM. I didn't have my camera with me so I had to use my mobile phone. It took a few goes, moving the aircraft in and back out before it finally went in! Mike Back out again! Mike
  25. In my opinion the Harrier was one of the greatest aircraft of all time, with its revolutionary design and brilliant (British) engineering leading the way which has only now been followed by the costly, troubled and prohibitively expensive F-35. Not only did the Harrier serve with distinction for over 40 years, it helped ensure the freedom of UK citizens on the Falklands and fought for freedom in the middle east, before our short-sighted, penny-pinching and ignorant politicians prematurely retired what is still a vastly capable aircraft. One of the first batch of Harriers to enter service, XV748 was delivered to the RAF's Harrier OCU in May 1969, before transferring to number 1 squadron at Wittering. It was converted to a GR.3 in July 1974, and survives to this day at the Yorkshire air museum, Elvington. This new tool Airfix kit is absolutely superb, and highly recommended! Parts fit together really well and the attention to detail and accuracy is fantastic. The model is built OOB except for the slight serial change to represent a Harrier that still survives. (If anyone knows what tail code XV748 wore with 1 squadron please can you let me know?!)
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