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Good evening mates,

 

I'll join this GB with Airfix Sea Harrier

 

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Of course, this option of markings will be used

 

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Here are the sprues - still sealed in original bag

 

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And I will use this package of aftermarket - don't know actually whether this Pavla set is made for this Airfix kit, or older one, but I'll manage somehow to use these parts - they really seem to improve the look of the pilot's "office"....

 

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Cheers, and see you soon in progress stage...

Srđan

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You've got the perfect match there Srđan as the Pavla set is designed to fit that kit. How well it fits I don't know but sure your skill set will make it so :) 

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Sorry for this such a late update - I've been busy preparing for now finished Mosonshow held in Mosonmagyarovar some 10 days ago, so my modelling mojo suffered a bit.

Now I'm coming back, although slowly, so here are first visible steps on my Shar.

 

Fuselage halves were modified in cockpit area in order to accomodate Pavla resin cockpit - I'm actually surprised that cockpit fits reasonably well, some sanding here and there and it will be ok.

I've sprayed some cockpit and engine parts with grey and black Surfacer, so next photo update should represent finished cockpit.

 

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Front wheel well had an awfull ejection pinmark, so I had to remove it, and to reconstruct that "pipe" structure using stretched sprue (dark grey cross in the middle)

 

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I was preparing mentally for fixing exhaust nozzles as they were made from two halves, making very visible seam requiring some styrene sheets to cover it... but... fortunatelly I found this Aires aftermarket on Mosonshow, so with no hesitance bought it! :D 

 

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Difference is very noticable!

 

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I'll spend following period of time to paint cockpit details, so I'll make new photo update then....

 

Regards,

S.

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Cockpit is finally finished - painted, detailed and wash applied.

 

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And this is how should fit into fuselage - some tweaking will be required, but I expect no major problems...

 

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Cheers,

S.

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There has been some progress since last update.

I've assembled engine intake with fan blades...

 

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...and soon after that the rest of the interior parts were assembled with fuselage halves and wings, and all the seams sanded where required.

 

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Pavla cockpit fitted reasonably well in the end.. not perfect but I am satisfied.

 

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Few more parts are left to assemble, and hopefully painting stage will come soon.

 

Cheers,

S.

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Radome, intakes and horizontal stabilizers are now glued, and all panel lines repaired, and re-engraved.

I have to remake HUD as I broke that part during assembling of other parts 😕

 

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Cheers,

S.

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Looking good S. :popcorn: 

 

Following along as I hope to join you with the Airfix SHAR, (must get on with my GR.3)

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Thanks for the support mates!

 

I've done with few more details - Aden cannons were added and I've drilled barel holes, and pylons were attached to the wings.

 

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Canopy and windshield are masked with Tamiya tape, and ready for installment, but I have to modify instrument panel cover as windshield can't fit at the moment, so some sanding is on the schedule for tomorrow.

Also, I have to make HUD holders as I broke them while manipulating the kit during sanding phase... :( 

 

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Hopefully soon we're in primer stage!

 

Cheers,

S.

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Primer is on!

 

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I've drilled out a bit more those holes on Aden cannons, they look more realistic now...

 

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Next phase is preshading, and very soon we begin with painting of cammo!

 

Cheers,

S.

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Today I've finished with preshading - Mr. Surfacer 1500 Black.

I've decided to use it also for radome....

 

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Cheers,

S.

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Camouflage is done - Gunze H333 Extra Dark Seagrey, lightened with few drops of white to give it a bit weathered look.

 

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Exhaust nozzles were painted with Gunze Stainless metalizer, and they definitely look way too better than those from kit!

 

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Next layer will be gloss coat as a base for decals...

 

Cheers,

S.

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