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Harrier Gr.7, Revell, 1/144

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Everybody is familiar with the Harrier a VSTOL (vertical/short take-off and landing)aircraft of British origin.


The Harrier II was a planned upgrade to adress some range problems and augment the weaponsload that could be carried.

One of the upgrades was for the engine, but due to a bigger size, it couldn't be mounted in the original airframe, which would raise the costs (that already exceeded the planned costs) so the British left the joint program with the US. Albeit later on a new, enlarged, wing was ounted on the original airframe and bigger lerx'es.


These basemodels were called Gr.5, succeeded by the GR.7 (new avionics, FLIR, day/night capacity, MFD and new navigational map), GR.7A (more power) and GR.9 (more modern munition could be carried)


The kit:


the parts:




A PE-set with cockpit details and antenna's




I've started with thinnng certain edges:


Just some scraping with a tip of a knife. If no good, these can be completely replaced with PE.
The same for the steerable exhausts:




The wings needs an extra panel to add (to preven shrinkmarks), but this results in a large seam. I've filled it with glue and plastic shaving dust



After that I've started with the cockpit:

Sideconsoles are painted paper approx1mm x 1,5 ongeveer, looks messy (it is too, but I've used CA, so it is fixed...),


And next the instrument panel:




For size comparison




and installed



To be continued


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Time for an experiment...  


Some pictures show the airbrake drooped down, so I've started cutting/chiseling the area out:



Then traced the contours with a paper and pencil. The darker line is where to cut

Next up is bending and cutting to fit the opening.


and some dryfitting and sanding later...


and on the model:


I'm happy with how that turned out...

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Some more progress:


Added some missing antennas:


on the left side (As far as I can find, these are only on this side, not both sides?)



and the vane below the tail:



Also tried to deepen the hollow for the airbrake, but the plastic was to thin (or my opening too deep...) 


So removed the inside completely and added some backing plate, and some inside reinforcements.




This unfortunately didn't work out without making a hole on the other side to push it down


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My monologue continous
Second missile is also a fact, the first ons us "easy", to get the second one equal... not so...difference is a half a mm




The Retrokit intakes are installed for the parked position.... bit of a fit problem:




So added some material to sand away:


Next up the refueling probe, as per kit:


So cut away at an angle and scraped round:


And the other half installed, due to the slanted cut you have some raised  borders, which is good...


To be continued....

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Been looking for a config for the weaponry, but choice is very limited. With the guns mounted instead of the strikes it seems only LAU-5002 or LAU-5003 launchers for unguided missiles are legit. 

These mostly had a streamlined cover at the front, which makes it more easy.

So looking for dimensions and converted these to scale:



Next up a piece of sprue of almost the right diameter, and using a drill (Sorry, no lathe, SWMBO would kick me out indefinitely unfortunately), sanding sticks and other ad hoc material to shape it:




Next up the shape at ghe front and the back. The paper is to prevent the clamps making damage to the part



Haven't forgotten to drill out the back, but no pics..


Engravings have been changed to more equal spacing...

The canopy was ordered in a vacuum version from Brengun, but it arrived dented... leaving white markings at the outside surfaces... 

So only option is to bin it...


We'll see how to cope with that

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The canopy was intended to be replaced by a vacform from brengun, but this one arrived dented (with white markings.. so unusable)

kit cockpit:




Wooden mold:


Just sanded to shape and made as smooth as possible.

Next up some clear packaging (Revell kit + paint to the rescue)


Next up, heating and pulling it over the mold.

and dryfit:


almost there...

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  • 5 weeks later...

Finally a satisfying canopy... attempt 5 or 6, with the "prominent" recesses at the rear: Should remove the vents on top as these are a whole lot smaller, or there are two different versions...







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