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Monogram 1/48 AV-8A Hawker Harrier - WIP

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Monogram 1/48 AV-8A Hawker Harrier - WIP
Posted by stikpusher on Thursday, April 29, 2021 5:27 PM

This is Monogram’s 1979 issue 1/48 AV-8A/GR.1 Harrier kit. Of the Harriers in 1/48 available at that time (Tamiya & Airfix), this was the best kit out there of the subject. It’s only shortfall compared to the other two is in ordnance included. This kit has been in my stash for nearly 40 years, being one of my “original stash kits”. So it is time to change that.

 

 

I’ll be using this decal set for markings options

 

 

The cockpit has very fine raised details, and is pretty decent, considering it’s age. Back from when Monogram was setting the standard in 1/48 detail.

 

 

So far I have added the base colors using Humbrol enamels (go figure). Being that these were built in the UK, they were originally produced with BSC colors, which only changed when they were overhauled later in their service lives.

 

 

 

Aside from decals and ordnance, this will be an OOB build. The kit does not appear to need any major additions or replacement of details.

 

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Posted by Aggieman on Thursday, April 29, 2021 6:07 PM

Well those markings don't allow for a pilot of Austrian origin, with a teenaged girl clinging to the windscreen and a terrorist hanging from one of the missiles.  Big Smile

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Posted by stikpusher on Thursday, April 29, 2021 8:30 PM

Aggieman

Well those markings don't allow for a pilot of Austrian origin, with a teenaged girl clinging to the windscreen and a terrorist hanging from one of the missiles.  Big Smile

 

No they sure don't... a bit older than those days Wink

 

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Friday, April 30, 2021 2:11 AM

It's a good kit, I remember building one way back in the day. I found a special boxed version at a Michael's store in the clearance aisle. It included a book and a resin nose. It's by Revell, but I think it's the same base kit.

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Posted by mustang1989 on Friday, April 30, 2021 6:08 AM

This should be good. 

                   

 

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Posted by stikpusher on Friday, April 30, 2021 1:05 PM

Thanks Joe. I hope that you enjoy the show.

 

Rob Gronovius
I found a special boxed version at a Michael's store in the clearance aisle. It included a book and a resin nose. It's by Revell, but I think it's the same base kit.

That was based off of their AV-8B Harrier, and it had the resin nose for the Night Attack version, with the FLIR camera. You got a great score on that clearance find at Michael's. I built their basic AV-8B many years ago. That's a newer better detailed kit. 

 

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Posted by Hutch6390 on Friday, April 30, 2021 2:37 PM

That looks like a pretty smart kit, I'm quite impressed with the level of cockpit detail.

Vell, Zaphod's just zis guy, you know?

   

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Posted by stikpusher on Friday, April 30, 2021 3:27 PM

Hutch, it is indeed a nice kit. Until the new Harrier kits in 1/48 came out recently, this was the best kit in town for an early Harrier in the scale. 

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

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Posted by Tomcat on Friday, April 30, 2021 4:49 PM

Stik, I have that same kit, and for probably as long, so I'll be watching this build with interest.  Fine job so far.

Mark aka Tomcat

On the workbench: Monogram 1/24 '69 Pontiac GTO and a Monogram 1/67 (box scale) B-26 Invader

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Posted by stikpusher on Friday, April 30, 2021 8:37 PM

Thanks Mark. I hope that you enjoy the show.

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Friday, April 30, 2021 10:33 PM

Any chance we'll be seeing that snow camo?!  They really did set the bar in the 80's with their 1/48 aircraft. 

Chad

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Posted by stikpusher on Monday, May 3, 2021 11:44 AM

Mopar Madness

Any chance we'll be seeing that snow camo?!  They really did set the bar in the 80's with their 1/48 aircraft. 

 

Hello Chad. Nope, sorry, this one won't be in snow camo. I'm really leaning towards the 70's RAF colors and full color markings on this one. 
And yes, the 80's Monogram 1/48 kits were the king of the hill at that time. Those kits still hold up well today. 

 

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U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

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Posted by oortiz10 on Monday, May 3, 2021 8:02 PM

stik,

I have the same kit and same sheet. I'm watchin'...

-O

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Posted by stikpusher on Monday, May 3, 2021 9:51 PM

Omar, very cool that you're gonna watch this! I love your work!

 

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U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

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Posted by GMorrison on Monday, May 3, 2021 10:25 PM

WQell, this is something new. Nice subject and kit, look forward to the build.

 

Bill

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Posted by stikpusher on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 1:11 PM

GMorrison

WQell, this is something new. Nice subject and kit, look forward to the build.

 

Bill

 

Yeah, something old and new at the same time. Thanks for looking in and I hope that you enjoy this project.

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

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Posted by stikpusher on Saturday, May 8, 2021 7:24 PM

I’ve got an oil wash done in the cockpit and have started on more detail painting...

 

 

I have some instrument decals on the way for the IP.

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Saturday, May 8, 2021 11:06 PM

Still looking good. My last Harrier was the old 1/16th scale AV-8A kit by Airfix that I got from MPC for mailing in "Golden Wings" or "Golden Stripes" or Golden Wheels" from the box sides of various MPC model kits.

It was huge and ill fitting, but it was free (I guess I may have paid shipping). I know buying those Return of the Jedi Star Wars kits on clearance in 1984 helped greatly in achieving that promotion.

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Posted by wpwar11 on Saturday, May 8, 2021 11:09 PM

Oh hell yeah I'll be watching this.  Cockpit details are pretty good.   If I didnt already know I wouldn't have guessed the kit is 40+ years old.

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Posted by Eaglecash867 on Sunday, May 9, 2021 7:09 AM

wpwar11
Cockpit details are pretty good.

Yup.  I remember learning that about the two main model brands back then...that if you bought a Monogram instead of a Revell, chances were that you were going to be much happier with the cockpit detail.  It'll be cool to watch this build.  There were a lot of those old Monogram kits that were great quality, even by today's standards.

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Sunday, May 9, 2021 7:23 AM

Years Ago;

     It was an Airshow at Little Rock Air Force base. They had the British there with a wing of the Early Harriers. The grand Prize was this. During the show, The ground crews would collect tickets .The one chosen LAST got a ride in a two place version of the early Harrier while it danced to the Blue Danube waltz!

      That was my lucky day. My Son and I had turned to go when they announced my number. I was the last! You had to be eighteen to accept the prize. Nuff Said! I went straight to Jacks Hobby Shop and bought two, One for me and one for my son.

 I think our dancing Altitude was about 150 feet from the bottom of the landing gear to the Ground. But, what an experience. Oh, that Rolls-Royce NE-NE engine was deafening in the cockpit!

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Posted by DRUMS01 on Sunday, May 9, 2021 4:36 PM

Nice work so far Stik. like the others I've had and built this kit many, many moons ago. As I remember, you are spot on with the ordanance comment, but otherwise it was an enjoyable build. Do you have other ordanance spares to spruce it up?

Being a fan of the Harrier, I also have the kit in 1/144 Dragon "GR5", 1/72 Hasegawa "A", 1/48 Monogram "A", 1/40 (die-cast toy), 1/32 Revell "A", 1/24 Airfix "A" or "GR1" , and 1/18 HobbyBoss AV8B Harrier II.

Good luck, enjoy the build, we will enjoy watching it go together.

Ben

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Posted by stikpusher on Sunday, May 9, 2021 7:15 PM

Rob, I always wanted one of those huge Harrier kits. When I was overseas I tried to get ahold of one to build while I was there because I knew it would stay there and I didn't have to worry about display space. But they were stupid expensive with shipping to an APO address. I still would not mind getting one someday.

WP, for its vintage, it's a damn good kit. And Monogram has only reissued it once or twice, so the molds should still be pretty good, if it's ever reissued.

Eagle, I know what you mean. If you compare the Monogram and Revell F-16, F-14, F-15, F-18, or A-10 issued around the same time, pre merger, the Monogram kits were way superior. Their Century Series kits still rock!

Tanker, you were one lucky dog to win that ride! I can only imagine the noise of that engine up close. Seeing the every year at El Toro was always a treat, from the A to the B. I'm looking forward to seeing a F-35B in person doing V/STOL someday.

Thanks Ben. Yeah, for ordnance I'm gonna use a pair of resin tanks from a Missing Links GR.3 conversion kit for the inboard pylons and some Rockeyes for outboard. I have plenty of other options in my spares if I change my mind.

 

 

 

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Sunday, May 9, 2021 7:54 PM

stikpusher

Eagle, I know what you mean. If you compare the Monogram and Revell F-16, F-14, F-15, F-18, or A-10 issued around the same time, pre merger, the Monogram kits were way superior. Their Century Series kits still rock!

Ok, I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought this. If I bought a Revell kit and a Monogram kit of the same/similar subject, I always thought the Monogram kit was superior regardless of whether it was a car or plane.

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Posted by Eaglecash867 on Sunday, May 9, 2021 8:57 PM

stikpusher
Eagle, I know what you mean. If you compare the Monogram and Revell F-16, F-14, F-15, F-18, or A-10 issued around the same time, pre merger, the Monogram kits were way superior. Their Century Series kits still rock!

Stik, yup.  I had built both the Revell and the Monogram A-10s when I was a kid and there was no comparison in the quality and level of detail.  My second model after my 25 year hiatus from modeling was Monogram's Blue Thunder (I had also built that one when I was a kid), which I scored off of Ebay.  That was one of the coolest builds I think I have ever done.  All kinds of detail on every part of it, along with the movable gun and turning rotor.  I agree on the Century Series kits too.  Got an F-105G in 1/48 a couple of years ago, so it has the Revell brand on it, but I remember who actually made it back in the day.  Also kind of liking the old, original, Monogram B-36 I just added to the stash from another Ebay search.  The Monogram SR-71 was also second-to-none for detail in that scale (1/72).  The offerings from other manufacturers didn't even come close.

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Posted by Chemteacher on Sunday, May 9, 2021 10:35 PM
She’s looking great already. I remember this kit when I was a young teen. I don’t know how many times I checked it out and almost bought it. Glad to hear it is still a great kit.

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Monday, May 10, 2021 1:07 PM

Kind of off topic but have you worked on their 1/48 F-14?  Im thinking about getting the Revell re-issue of the F-14D Super Tomcat.  Raised panel lines and all.  I fell in love with the picture on the box years back with the plane sitting on the tarmac and the ominous storm clouds behind it.  

Chad

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At the plate: 1/48 Airfix Bf109 & 1/35 Tamiya Famo

On deck: Who knows!

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Posted by stikpusher on Monday, May 10, 2021 1:49 PM

Mopar Madness

Kind of off topic but have you worked on their 1/48 F-14?  Im thinking about getting the Revell re-issue of the F-14D Super Tomcat.  Raised panel lines and all.  I fell in love with the picture on the box years back with the plane sitting on the tarmac and the ominous storm clouds behind it.  

 

No I have not. I have only built the older Testors/Fujimi F-14 in 1/48. Although I do have a couple of 1/48 Monogram Tomcats in my stash: an A and a D to build one day. 

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

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Posted by Real G on Monday, May 10, 2021 1:56 PM

Stik,

That's one Monogram kit I failed to get when they were new.  Always loved the Harrier.  Imagine, it took 40 years to get a new 1/48 kit of the first-gen "Jump Jet".  I built the Tamiya kit back in the day, in RAF colors.  Ever since the Falklands conflict, I have wanted a good RAF GR.Mk3.  I have the monster 1/24 Airfix kit in the stash, but it's pretty unsophisticated.

Anyway, I look forward to seeing your build!

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Monday, May 10, 2021 2:33 PM

Well;

     To tell you the truth Stik. Even with a helmet on and something covering my ears I thought I was IN that Ne-Ne engine, Not in front of it! It was like putting your ears to a Kirby Vacuum Cleaner on high!

 I may have commited Ear Canal  Hair Murder that day, But I would do it in an F-35 in a split second( if my old bones would allow it!) To bad they would NOT allow cameras in the A/C. Kin youse imagine the awesome photos I woulda Had? 

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