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Airfix 1/72nd Sea Harrier FA.2 WiP

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Airfix 1/72nd Sea Harrier FA.2 WiP
Posted by Bish on Sunday, October 4, 2020 6:10 AM

I have never built a Harrier, but i have 5 1/72nd Airfix kits in the stash so figiured if i am doing one i might as well do 2 together. This is the Sea harrier FA.2.

I'll be adding an Eduard PE set and Quickboost resin exhausts.

I started out with geting the pit parts prepped and painted.

Not a lot of detail in the pit OOB, all the instruments are added with decals. After painting i just went straight to the PE.

Then the pit was fitted and the fuselage put together. No fit issues here.

You can see in the pic above that there a rim of plastic inside the intakes. I didn't know it at the time but this would be a problem. Its not suppossed to be there and will have to be removed. Its not flash as its thick plastic, and there is no indication on the instructions. As i went to fit the iner part of the intake attached to the fan i realised it neeed sanding back. I did this just enough for it to fit. But when i went to fit the outer part of the intake, i needed cutting all the way back. The left hand intake is fitted here, but not the right.

The wings did go on nicely, no issues there.

There was some filler needed around the intakes. tail is fitted just need to do some clean up of the filler.

More soon.

''I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so''

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Sunday, October 4, 2020 6:47 AM

Looking good.  Those new Airfix 1:72 kits are great, aren't they? 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by Bish on Sunday, October 4, 2020 6:48 AM

Thanks Don. Yes they are, a huge leap ahead from what i grew up with in the 80's.

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Posted by fotofrank on Sunday, October 4, 2020 8:06 AM

I'm going to go to school on your build here, Bish. I have the Airfix 1/48 Sea Harrier FRS Mk1. I'm sure there will be some transfer of knowledge from 1/72 to 1/48 that I can use.

The kit looks pretty good. Nice detail. I'll probably build it OOB to depict a Falklands Harrier.

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Posted by Bish on Sunday, October 4, 2020 8:57 AM

Thank frank. I have the 72nd FRS. 1 in the stash. I wil be hosting a falklands war GB next year if your interested, i plan on doing a GR.3 for that.

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Posted by tempestjohnny on Monday, October 5, 2020 9:39 AM

Bish

 I wil be hosting a falklands war GB next year if your interested, i plan on doing a GR.3 for that.

 

I'll break out my GR.3 for that too

 

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Posted by Bish on Monday, October 5, 2020 9:43 AM

Nice.

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Posted by Bish on Monday, October 12, 2020 4:17 PM

Construction of the Shar is complete so ashide from masking the canopy and intakes, its ready for primer. After some advice from a member on another forum, i realised i had used the wrong intakes. Airfix offers 2 options but doesn't explain which option should be used for in flight or on the ground. While i was able to remove the intakes, i could not take them apart. So i ordered the resin Pavla set which was swiftly fitted. The doors and hatches will be done off the kit.

And while its in the paint shop, i'l get to work on a tractor for the diorama.

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Posted by Chemteacher on Monday, October 12, 2020 5:30 PM
That’s looking really fine. Thanks for posting.

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Monday, October 12, 2020 11:29 PM

I have this kid in the stash. What is the difference between the in-flight versus the on-the-ground intakes? That little tractor will make the perfect complement to this beautiful bird.

Chad

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Posted by Bish on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 2:56 AM

Thanks guys.

Chad, its those square holes around the outside of the intakes. They have flaps on them which are not srung. So when on the ground and shut down, the upper ones are open while the lower ones shut. Once in flight, they all close from the airflow coming in through the intakes. Real G explained it in the VTOL GB.

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Posted by Tosh on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 9:44 AM

Very nice work Mr. Bish!  I like the way in which you made adjustments for the intake!

Your friend's, Toshi & Ezra

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Posted by BrandonK on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 10:19 AM

Nice work. I always liked the Harrier. This one looks really good. Too bad about the instructions. Perhaps you could let Airfix know of the issue so they can correct it for future kits.

BK

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Posted by Greg on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 10:52 AM

Only just realized you have two Harriers going on.

Both looking good, my friend. Yes

-Greg

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Posted by crown r n7 on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 11:32 AM

looking good..

 

Nick.

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Posted by Bish on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 1:04 PM

Thanks guys.

I am posting these builds on the Airfix website forum, not sure if that will have any impact.

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Posted by tempestjohnny on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 5:40 AM

I recently sent Airfix a question regarding if they were going to make an early version of the Mustang (no fillet for tail) in 72nd. No reply yet

To me since there are no good early version Mustangs without surgery in 72nd that if they did it would be a license to print money. I know I'd buy at least a dozen.

 

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Posted by lewbud on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 11:51 PM

That's looking good Bish.  Saw this on Aztec Models website.  There is a part one, but it's only available in 1/48.

https://aztecmodels.com/products/d-063-war-for-the-falklands-malvinas-2?variant=35133382688918

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Posted by Bish on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 4:31 AM

tempestjohnny

I recently sent Airfix a question regarding if they were going to make an early version of the Mustang (no fillet for tail) in 72nd. No reply yet

To me since there are no good early version Mustangs without surgery in 72nd that if they did it would be a license to print money. I know I'd buy at least a dozen.

 

Is not the Academy B kit an early one, or is it just not a good kit.

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Posted by Bish on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 4:32 AM

lewbud

That's looking good Bish.  Saw this on Aztec Models website.  There is a part one, but it's only available in 1/48.

https://aztecmodels.com/products/d-063-war-for-the-falklands-malvinas-2?variant=35133382688918

 

Thanks for that link. If i am seeing that rightm, it includes markings for one of the Phantoms based on Ascension during the war. I might have to be picking myself up another Airfix kit for that.

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Posted by falconmod on Thursday, October 22, 2020 12:24 PM

Bish

Thank frank. I have the 72nd FRS. 1 in the stash. I wil be hosting a falklands war GB next year if your interested, i plan on doing a GR.3 for that.

 

Do you have a sign up page for that GB yet?

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Posted by Bish on Thursday, October 22, 2020 1:37 PM

falconmod

 

 
Bish

Thank frank. I have the 72nd FRS. 1 in the stash. I wil be hosting a falklands war GB next year if your interested, i plan on doing a GR.3 for that.

 

 

 

Do you have a sign up page for that GB yet?

 

 

No, i won't be starting it until July so it can run to June 22 to mark the 40th anniversary.

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Posted by modelcrazy on Thursday, October 22, 2020 2:01 PM

Bish

 

 
falconmod

 

 
Bish

Thank frank. I have the 72nd FRS. 1 in the stash. I wil be hosting a falklands war GB next year if your interested, i plan on doing a GR.3 for that.

 

 

 

Do you have a sign up page for that GB yet?

 

 

 

 

No, i won't be starting it until July so it can run to June 22 to mark the 40th anniversary.

 

I've been looking on occasion for a 1/700 HMS Antelope or HMS Sheffield for this GB for the past couple of years and they seem to be on perpetual backorder, or too outrageously priced on eBay to bother.

I may have to look for a Super Etendard instead. Confused

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Posted by Bish on Thursday, October 22, 2020 2:29 PM

With any luck, Dragon might re-release them for the 40th.

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Posted by lewbud on Thursday, October 22, 2020 11:57 PM

Bish,

The Academy B/C is probably the best B/C kit in 1/72.  TJ is referring to an early D-5 model, which had a filletless tail and fabric elevator surfaces.  Obscureco makes a conversion for the -5 including the early style radios and batteries.  I think it would be possible to adapt the Academy tail to the Tamiya D and make a decent -5.  If you build that other scale, the new tool Airfix D is filletless tail and Eduard makes one as well. To further complicate things, there was a field modification for the B/C which added the fillet.  I've seen pics of the modification on USAF, RAF, and RAAF birds.

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Posted by Tosh on Friday, October 23, 2020 12:36 AM

This sir, is turning out to be a much antisapated build.  Great job and being that the Harrier is an awesome subject this is turning into a blast to view!  Ezra said he wants to make a Harrier as well, he watched True Lies movie.  

And at the end of the climatic battle, two Sea Harrier blast a bridge and land behind the Nuclear safety zone blast.  That's one movie maybe the only movie Ezra and I enjoy especially the end scene!

Your friend's, Toshi & Ezra

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Posted by Bish on Friday, October 23, 2020 2:40 PM

Thanks for that info lewbud.

''I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so''

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Posted by Bish on Friday, October 23, 2020 2:41 PM

Thanks Tosh. Ye, i remember seeing that movie years ago. Even Bond has never flown a harrier.

''I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so''

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