Peterpools Posted July 25, 2018 Share Posted July 25, 2018 Eduard 1/48 Harrier GR.7/9 Limited Edition Harrier GR.7 ZD 464/54, 20 (R) Squadron RAF RAF Wittering Air base, 2002 For the most part I'm a large scale builder but starting working in 48th scale as a change of pace for a variety of reasons: subject, time and space. So before tackling my next 32nd scale subject, I've wanted to add Harrier to the collection and with the Eduard kit in the stash, it was a no brainer. I normally start build threads with the customary photos and what ever AM will be added. For the Harrier, I just dove in and didn't take any photographs until the fuselage was assembled, as I wasn't really sure I was actually going to do a build thread. My apologies for being so indecisive. The value of the Eduard Edition as compared the Hasegawa kit, which is the backbone of this edition is all the PE, some resin and beautiful Cartograf decals included to bring the kit closer to today's kits. When it comes to the actual plastic: Hasegawa's is my favorite! Please excuse the photography as I'm not use to photographing kits smaller then 32nd scale. . As per the instructions, all the raised details for the front office were removed and everything was replaced with Eduard's color PE. The IP was done with Micro Krystal Kleer instead of CCA as the rest of the office PE. The ejection seat is the resin replaced version, with some PE for the belts and placard: quite nice indeed. The seat was dry brushed with Apple Barrel Dove Gray Acrylic paint I've had for close to 30 years and does the job so very well. Assembly to this point has been straight forward with the fit pretty good with only a bit of sanding and filler needed. Being a newbie to the Harrier, some of the part placement was a bit strange and a lot of external PE will be added just before priming, as I know I'll knock off most of it if added sooner. The giant air intake and compressor fan was a very delicate fit and took a few tries to get it right and required removing the 'glued in fan assembly ducting' twice a tricky bit of work. Paints used to this point: The front Office: Mr Color Flat Black Ejection seat and cushions: hand mixed Model Air colors to period photos Intake ducting and compressor blade: Primer: AK Gray Primer and Micro Filler Primer Mr Color Gloss White The intake gloss white is perfectly smooth with no need for any clear gloss or polishing. The main fuselage was a strange assembly and needed a bit of tweaking. The tail assembly was also a lot of small parts, allowing for different Harrier versions to be offered and needed some sanding to get the fit right. At this point, I replaced all the panel lines that were lost sanding the seams smooth. The upper wing and LEX is just resting in place and needs to be tweaked a bit. The entire front portion of the harrier is also just resting in places for the photos and then I'll do the final glue ups tomorrow. Next up: Adding the wings, tail planes and starting the gear. Thanks for checking in Peter 5 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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