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Hasegawa's 1/48 AV-8B Harrier WIP:Completed!

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Hasegawa's 1/48 AV-8B Harrier WIP:Completed!
Posted by Keyda81 on Saturday, February 09, 2019 5:41 PM

I'm ashamed to admit I've attempted this kit several times and failed.  At least now I feel I have the skill set to conquer it.  I know the trouble areas with it at this point, and I'm pretty confident that I can tackle the problems.  I'm determined to have a Harrier in the collection, lol!

The kit.

Cockpit all finished up.

Getting to this point was a bit of a bugger.  I find this kit likes to fight me tooth and nail.  I had some sanding to do to get things to fit. 

It's not perfect, but I should be able to manage from this point on.  Some sanding and filling was needed, will probably need more.  I'll know once I get primer on it.  It at least looks like a Harrier.

Some of the fiddly bits glued, painted and ready for weathering.

Hopefully I can get a coat or primer on it tomorrow and see where I'm at.  I'm hopefull considering the last couple times I tried this kit I didn't even make it to primer.  I just couldn't get things to line up properly.  I've since gained some paitence, at least I'd like to think I have, lol. 

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Posted by gregbale on Saturday, February 09, 2019 5:53 PM

Looks great to this point!

What markings are you intending to use?

Greg

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Posted by rangerj on Saturday, February 09, 2019 7:10 PM

No surrender, no retreat. If you start it finish it no matter what. When you complete the "perfect" model it is time to quit. Food for thought. 

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Saturday, February 09, 2019 7:17 PM

Excellent details in the front office!

Chad

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Posted by sanderson_91 on Saturday, February 09, 2019 7:28 PM

Looking good!!  

 

 

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Posted by Edwin on Saturday, February 09, 2019 10:30 PM

I love Harriers! Don’t mind if I tag along to watch this build. 

It’s looking good so far Beer

Think this version of the Harrier does not have the wing tip wheels? Years ago when I did my AV-8A (with the wing tip wheels), couldn’t get the wheels at both sides to touch the ground Big Smile. One day I will build one again, and this time I will fix on the landing gear and wing tip wheels temporarily before aligning the wings to fuselage Geeked

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Posted by Shipwreck on Sunday, February 10, 2019 5:53 AM
Keyda, it looks like you are on top of this build. Let's see the finished product.

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Posted by Pawel on Sunday, February 10, 2019 7:19 AM

Hello!

So how come it "defeated" you the last times? Do you have any spare parts left over from the previous builds? That would help you a lot this time.

If I was to bet, I'd bet you will make it this time judging by your previous builds! Good luck with your Harrier and have a nice day

PaweĊ‚

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

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Posted by Keyda81 on Sunday, February 10, 2019 8:38 AM

Greg, Thanks!  Going with the "Ace of Spades" markings.

rangerj, Certainly not looking for the perfect build, just something that looks decent, lol.  My previous attempts were far from that, lol.

Thanks Mopar Madness!

Thanks sanderson!

Edwin, Thank you!  There is landing gear in the middle of the wings.  Hopefully I don't have any issues, find out when I get to that point, lol.

Shipwreck, Hopefully!  I am past the point I was with the previous attempts, so I'm on the right track anyway!

 

Pawel, I think it was a combination of some fit issues along with my glue it together and fix it later attitude.  That didn't work out to well, lol.  I do have all the previous attempts boxed up still.  I'll stick with this kit unless I lose or break something.  Thank you!

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Posted by rangerj on Sunday, February 10, 2019 1:21 PM

You are doing fine work Kayda. Keep building them and get better with each experience. AND, enjoy doing it. Your C-47 is a great build and the Harrier is looking good so far.

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Posted by mrmike on Sunday, February 10, 2019 4:04 PM

My hat's off to you Keyda. I've been wanting to build a Harrier for some time but was scared off the Hasegwa kits by others' experiences with fit issues. I really admire your resolve and the pace you set for yourself. Whiskey 7 turned out great, and I'm sure this one will as well.

Mike

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Posted by Keyda81 on Monday, February 11, 2019 3:55 PM

Thanks rangerj!

mrmike, I really thought it was just me, lol.  I guess not though.  It won't be perfect, but it will at least be completed this time around!  Thanks!  Mini Whiskey 7 is my best build.  I had a blast making it.  I realized my full potential with it.

Should have an update later on tonight.  I've been busy doing the putty/sand/prime/repeat routine, lol.

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Posted by DRUMS01 on Monday, February 11, 2019 4:33 PM

Keyda81,

Its looking good and I'm sure you cannot wait to get it primed. I also like the Harrier and built a 1/24 Airfix Harrier last year. I am watching with interest as I have this kit in my stash too. Good luck, but it looks like you don't need it.

Have fun...

Ben

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Posted by Keyda81 on Monday, February 11, 2019 8:03 PM

DRUMS01

Keyda81,

Its looking good and I'm sure you cannot wait to get it primed. I also like the Harrier and built a 1/24 Airfix Harrier last year. I am watching with interest as I have this kit in my stash too. Good luck, but it looks like you don't need it.

Have fun...

Ben

 

Sometimes I dread primer, it just brings out all the stuff I need to either add putty to, or sand, lol.  But the Harrier hasn't been to bad.  I've certainly come across worse.  Thanks!

All masked off, and ready for primer.

This is round 3 of primer.  Still a few more spots to work on, but I'm getting closer to paint.

Landing gear weathered, and some primer on the other fiddly bits.

Might be able to get paint on it tomorrow.  I don't have much else going on, plenty of time to work on it.

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 9:15 AM

Looking great!

I have a found place in my heart for that airplane. I attended a demonstration of the AV-8b on McDD ramp.  I am used to seeing helicopters hover.  But it was just weird to see a fixed wing aircraft, with no visible means of support, hover about forty feet in the air. It was like I was seeing trick photography.  It really impressed me.  The acceleration out of the hover was really impressive too.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by Keyda81 on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 10:56 AM

Don Stauffer

Looking great!

I have a found place in my heart for that airplane. I attended a demonstration of the AV-8b on McDD ramp.  I am used to seeing helicopters hover.  But it was just weird to see a fixed wing aircraft, with no visible means of support, hover about forty feet in the air. It was like I was seeing trick photography.  It really impressed me.  The acceleration out of the hover was really impressive too.

 

 

Thanks!  I know what you mean, I was totally amazed the first time I seen one in action.  It was back in 2015 at the local air show.  I got a few pics of it.  This was before I got my good camera, lol.

Hopefully I can get back to working on the Harrier this afternoon.  At the moment I'm keeping an eye on a new pet member of the family.  My Mom passed away a few weeks ago, and I've been trying to find a new home for her cat.  But after over two weeks of going to the house twice a day to feed him I felt bad for him being alone most of the time, and decided on a trial run with the rest of my zoo.  So that brings my total to 5 pets.  2 dogs, and 3 cats.  Hopefully everything works out. 

 

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Posted by Shipwreck on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 11:19 AM
Keyda, I am so sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. Moms and Dads do that to us. When I lost my mother, my cousin said, "we're next". She was right! The question is are we ready to receive God's grace, or have we rejected it.

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Posted by Tosh on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 2:08 PM

Please except my condolences.  Having to loose a loved one especially your mother is a hard thing to deal with.  I know!  

I built a 1/32 Sea Harrier and it came out just perfect!  It was a Trumpeter kit.  There were two threads going on at the same time.  Mines and I forgot whom the other member was, but I do know that he helped me with the build.  It ended up in the Digital Forum Show Case.  

It looks like your Harrier is coming along just fine.  Your skills have superseded since you’ve become an FSM Forum Member.  Good luck to you and I’ll be following along.

Your friend, Toshi

Reside in Streetsboro, Ohio

At work with my grandson Ezra, building a Trumpeter 1/32 TBF -1C Avenger

 

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Posted by Keyda81 on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 3:45 PM

Shipwreck, Thanks.  Yes they do, Dad less than a year and a half ago at age 62.  Mom was 61.  I at least have my Aunt(Mom's sister)and a bunch of other family to help me through it.

Tosh, Yes it is, extremely hard.  I'll make it through one day at a time.  Thank you.

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Posted by rangerj on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 4:27 PM

The Harrier is an impressive piece of kit. There is a British varient in private hands and doing the air show circuit. The pilot is a retired Marine Harrier pilot and does an impressive show. It is rewarding to have seen the efforts to acheive STOL and VTOL come to fruition after having seen the efforts such as the Ryan X-13 and the Hiller efforts at rotating the engine pods. And then finally the  sucess of the V-22 and the Harrier. Thank you also to Frank Whittle. Keep up the good work Kayda.

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Posted by UKguyInUSA on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 3:15 PM

Great work so far on a beautiful aircraft.

Good luck with the rest of the build.

 

Have fun!

Cheers Smile Yes Beer Beer

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Posted by Keyda81 on Thursday, February 14, 2019 7:57 AM

Thanks!  I'm hoping to get back to work on this today.  I have moved my Mom's cat Jax into the bedroom to try and make him more comfortable, so I didn't want to turn on the paint booth and scare the crap out of him with it.  I did some quiet things yesterday, like some more sanding.  I'm all ready for paint now.  He'll just have to hide under my bed while the booth is on.  He trusts me enough to come out when I call him now. 

 

 

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Posted by Shipwreck on Thursday, February 14, 2019 8:35 AM
And after the compressor is turned off, kitty comes out and takes revenge on your models!

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Revell 1/96 USS Constitution

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Posted by Edwin on Thursday, February 14, 2019 10:01 AM

Keyda81

Thanks!  I'm hoping to get back to work on this today.  I have moved my Mom's cat Jax into the bedroom to try and make him more comfortable, so I didn't want to turn on the paint booth and scare the crap out of him with it.  I did some quiet things yesterday, like some more sanding.  I'm all ready for paint now.  He'll just have to hide under my bed while the booth is on.  He trusts me enough to come out when I call him now. 

 

 

 

Got a feeling Jax is going to become a permanent member of your household Big Smile

Good luck with today’s priming! Hope it’s the last round Yes

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Posted by Keyda81 on Thursday, February 14, 2019 11:16 AM

Shipwreck, lol.  Good thing the only model in there is the current WIP! 

Jax is hiding under the bed.  I put a couple of baby gates, one on top of the other in my hallway so he can start venturing out of my bedroom without the rest of my zoo bothering him too much.  He scoped out the bathroom, and my daughters room while hissing and growling at my other 2 cats, lol.  He's fine though.

Edwin, More than likely he is here to stay.  I will try my best to get everyone aclimated to one another!

I got the bottom painted light ghost grey.  I tried to play around with it, and do sort of a black basing method, but not with straight black underneath.  I use a pretty dark grey primer, so I think it has some good tonal variation underneath.  Not sure it shows up to well in the pics though.

Should have the rest of the colors painted on later on this afternoon.

 

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Posted by falconmod on Thursday, February 14, 2019 12:06 PM

I was at a airshow at fleming field in St. Paul like 25 years ago where a harrier flew,  boy was it loud even from a 1/4 mile away!!!

John

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Posted by Keyda81 on Thursday, February 14, 2019 4:59 PM

They are pretty loud.  That's all you could hear when they were doing their demo with one back in 2015 at the local airshow.

I spent the entire afternoon messing with the paint job, lol.  I first went with the colors listed in the instructions, and let me tell you, they didn't look right at all.  So I went a different route, and picked what I thought looked right.  Also tried my hand at post shading a bit.  I've never tried it before.  I like the results.  Just need some more practice.  I might have over done the exhaust staining a bit, but then again I've seen the black pouring out of the jet when it's in a hover.

All glossed up and ready for decals.

I should be able to get to the decals tomorrow. 

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Posted by Shipwreck on Thursday, February 14, 2019 5:48 PM
I was in a rural area in northern England when I was buzzed by three low flying Harriers. It was deafening!

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Posted by MrStecks on Thursday, February 14, 2019 10:47 PM

Your Harrier is looking good Keyda.  I've never seen one of these in person (apart from static displays), but judging by what everyone is saying it sounds like a must-see (...and hear).

The loudest jets I ever heard was when my dad took me to see the Blue Angels, back when they were flying F4's.  My ears still hurt from that display!

Cheers,
Mark


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Posted by Don Stauffer on Friday, February 15, 2019 9:16 AM

MrStecks

Your Harrier is looking good Keyda.  I've never seen one of these in person (apart from static displays), but judging by what everyone is saying it sounds like a must-see (...and hear).

The loudest jets I ever heard was when my dad took me to see the Blue Angels, back when they were flying F4's.  My ears still hurt from that display!

Cheers,
Mark

 

Absolutely!  I used to work at MAC, and was constantly exposed to the sound of those things.  They were intrinsically noisy and their low climbout angle exposed folks on the ground to a lot of noise. Noise level changed markedly at STL when the F-15s started flying- very high climbout angle!  In addition to the Phantoms flown by MAC, the National Guard squadron at STL flew Phantoms.  I lived in Florissant, quite a few miles from airport, but you could easily identify a Phantom taking off from STL, over and above sound of commercial flights.

 

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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