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Airfix 1/72nd Harrier GR.9A


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Alongside the Shar, i am also doing a harrier GR.9A. This will be in the Op Herrick markings.

 

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I'll be adding a resin cockpit as wel as resin exhauts and intakes. First task was to fit the side to the pit and get all the pit parts painted.

 

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With the detail painting done the pit was fited into the nose which was then fitted to the main body of the fuselage.

 

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Then got the wing fitted. There is a large gap behind the cockpit, but thats a resin piece so can't blame that on the kit. In general the fit has been very good.

 

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The Harrier is now ready for priming and painting, just got to mask off the canopy and intakes.

 

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The various doors and hatches will be painted off the kit.

While its in the paint shops, i will start on a weapons loader.

 

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Been a while since i updated as the build slowed a bit, partly due to a painting issue. The Harrier has 3 shades of grey on it, though you can hardky distinguish the lighter 2 even in the flesh let along on the pics. I used Xtracolour for all 3 but for some reason the 3rd one took ages to dry, it was still tacky a week later. So i had to do quite a bit of repair work.

 

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I put on a coat of Aqua gloss to seal the paint before adding the decals.

 

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Next up some weathering.

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33 minutes ago, Teuchter said:

Nice bit of work on this kit. Call me slow, but when did the RAF go to only one roundel on top and bottom?

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I’ve been wondering the same thing.  I have seen similar on other airforces planes.  Seems every one want to copy the yanks.  I suppose it does save a little on paint....

 

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10 minutes ago, Andwil said:

I’ve been wondering the same thing.  I have seen similar on other airforces planes.  Seems every one want to copy the yanks.  I suppose it does save a little on paint....

 

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I believe it was when they changed from the large red/white/blue roundels to the smaller red/blue roundels, so late 70's early 80's

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34 minutes ago, neil5208 said:

I believe it was when they changed from the large red/white/blue roundels to the smaller red/blue roundels, so late 70's early 80's

 

I think it's far more varied than that, and spread over 3 or more decades, for example, some RAF Vulcans had a single upper roundel from the late 70's, others carried 2 throughout till their retirement in the 80's, Grey/Green Tornadoes and Jaguars carried 2 upper throughout the 80's and 90's until transition to all grey, Tornado F3's had a mix of 1 or 2 across the light and darker grey scheme, Nimrod's carried 2 etc.

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Thanks guys.

 

I admit i was surprised to see the roundels on just one wing, its the same of the Shar. At first i thought i was missing something. I don't build many modern British aircraft, in fact these are the most modern i have built to date and the first time i have seen the single roundels.

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A final short update before i wrap this up. Got the GR.9 finished with a flory wash. I have gone for a rather grubby lok which i think match's the pics i found quite well. Stores were adde along with the canopy and other final bits. I used the decal for the Det cord on the canopy as i didn't have a PE set for this kit. I am not as keen on the decal as i am on the PE i used on the Shar.

 

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Just got to add some RBF tags, fit it to the base and sort out a figure.

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Time to wrap up the Harrier. Adde some RBF tags as well as a Hasegawa USAF figure painted in UK Desert DPM. The cut of the uniform looked close enough in this scale. Figures are always a let down.

This aircraft was base at Kandahar in 2009.

 

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Thanks for following along guys. All comments welcome.

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That's absolutely outstanding mate. Fantastic subject perfectly made. 

 

I've got a 1/48 Hasegawa GR7 to make, I hope it ends up something like this.

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