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1/48 Tamiya Royal Navy Sea Harrier FRS.1

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    June 2014
1/48 Tamiya Royal Navy Sea Harrier FRS.1
Posted by BrandonK on Monday, February 21, 2022 10:24 AM

I built this kit for Bish's Falklands GB. I really enjoyed the GB, as I always do with those he runs, but this kit is not good.

For anyone wondering what is Tamiya's worst kit, this would be it. The only quality it has is the fit is not too bad. The detail is very poor with raised panel lines that simply fade to nothingness for no reason. The pit is a seat and a decal, nothing more in there. I put the pilot in just to fill it out. He too, was not much more than a blob. I looked at the old Monogram kit and it is far better, and that's saying something. 

If you are looking at this kit, don't. Get anyone else's kit, it will be far better. Too bad that there is NO aftermarket for it.

I attempted to improve the kit some, but refused to spend any money on it. I fully rescribed it, which really helped and tried to put on a decent enough paint job. It came out better than I had invisioned, but it's not my best work or effort. I kinda stopped caring about it 15 min after starting it. 

Anyway, here it is. Keep your distance and don't look too long, it has plently of flaws.

BK

On the bench:

Tamiya 1/35 M4A3E8 "Fury" with crew,

1/32 Kittyhawk Kingfisher,

1/35 Meng Panther Ausf A Early,

1/48 Pro Modeller P-51C "Boise Bee"

2022 Completed:

1/25 Revell 29 Highboy

1/48 Tamiya Sea Harrier

1/25 Revell 70 Boss 429 Mustang

1/48 Hasegawa D3A1 Type 99 Val

  • Member since
    March 2003
  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Monday, February 21, 2022 10:32 AM

Looks good from here,we can really use a new tooled Sea Harrier,what's really out there,Kinetic,Hasegawa,not sure.

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    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Monday, February 21, 2022 10:49 AM

Looks great Brandon.  I've yet to do a Harrier.  Thanks for the tip as a lean towards Tamiya kits. 

Thanks,

John

  • Member since
    June 2014
Posted by BrandonK on Wednesday, February 23, 2022 10:27 AM

Tojo72

Looks good from here,we can really use a new tooled Sea Harrier,what's really out there,Kinetic,Hasegawa,not sure.

 

Thank you, Sir. Monogram, Kinetic, Hasegawa all look good compared to this. Tamiya needs to replace this one.

BK

On the bench:

Tamiya 1/35 M4A3E8 "Fury" with crew,

1/32 Kittyhawk Kingfisher,

1/35 Meng Panther Ausf A Early,

1/48 Pro Modeller P-51C "Boise Bee"

2022 Completed:

1/25 Revell 29 Highboy

1/48 Tamiya Sea Harrier

1/25 Revell 70 Boss 429 Mustang

1/48 Hasegawa D3A1 Type 99 Val

  • Member since
    June 2014
Posted by BrandonK on Wednesday, February 23, 2022 10:28 AM

keavdog

Looks great Brandon.  I've yet to do a Harrier.  Thanks for the tip as a lean towards Tamiya kits. 

 

Ya, avoid the Tamiya kit. The Hasegawa and Kinetic kits looks nice, not sure how they build and they have AM available. Thanks for the kind words.

BK

On the bench:

Tamiya 1/35 M4A3E8 "Fury" with crew,

1/32 Kittyhawk Kingfisher,

1/35 Meng Panther Ausf A Early,

1/48 Pro Modeller P-51C "Boise Bee"

2022 Completed:

1/25 Revell 29 Highboy

1/48 Tamiya Sea Harrier

1/25 Revell 70 Boss 429 Mustang

1/48 Hasegawa D3A1 Type 99 Val

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