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Revell 1/144 Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR3

Posted: Thu Aug 27, 2015 20:39
by MerlinJones
Actually, for us Brits, this should read as a GR1. Apparently, the Americans did receive GR1's, upgraded to GR3 status, but without the 'dolphin' nose.

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This is a definite advance on their old Spitfire and looks as if someone actually thought it worth their while to create a proper 1/144 kit.
Granted, it's a long way off todays styrene jewels, but it looks like a proper Harrier....-ish.

This time, I've discarded the supplied seat and will install and Aeroclub seat/pilot combination. That said, I had to reduce the pilot to an upper torso and remove most of the bottom of the seat, in order for the canopy to fit.

Fuselage halves went together nicely....so nicely in fact, that I forgot to unstall the piece with the big fan blades on it. However, after more dry-fitting, I realised that I would not have been able to see it anyway!

Re: Revell 1/144 Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR3

Posted: Thu Aug 27, 2015 20:39
by MerlinJones
Having made the fuselage completely, I've also made the wing assembly and it's tooled up for bear!
Two large bombs and four SNEB rocket pods to go.

Painting instructions are pathetic, to be honest. A line pointing to the undersides; Light Grey.
Another pointing at the upper surfaces; Dark Grey
And another; Dark Green.

Methinks this kit wasn't meant to be painted.

Hey ho...how to appreciate modern 1/144's!

Used my Airfix GR1 as a paint guide and painted the l'il critter. It's now tooled up for Bear and Kleared.

Pilot in place and canopy glued in with PVA.

I then got lost within that niggly fiffy-faffy touch-up stage.
You know the one? Where you touch up one colour and poil the adjacent, so you touch up that....and spoil the first, so you touch up that...then you knock the pitot off, pick up the model and realise you've got gloss red and green from the nav lights on your fingers and, guess what? It's touch up time again!

Having properly painted the fuselage, (easier to get at, with the wing absent), the wing was added and took some considerable sanding to get to blend it. If this wasa bigger kit, when panel lines are more important, I would've had to do some re-scribing. As it is...

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Re: Revell 1/144 Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR3

Posted: Thu Aug 27, 2015 20:40
by MerlinJones
Unfortunately, there was still that canopy issue!

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