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British Aerospace Sea Harrier - Early Tamiya 48th Scale

 
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2007 11:10 pm    Post subject: British Aerospace Sea Harrier - Early Tamiya 48th Scale Reply with quote


Origin: UK
Type: shipborne multi-role combat aircraft
Max Speed: 639 kt / 736 mph
Max Range: 1000 km / 620 miles
Dimensions: span 7.70 m / 25ft 3 in
length 14.17 m / 46 ft 6 in
height 3.71 m / 12 ft 2 in
Weight: empty 5,942 kg / 13,100 lb
maximum take-off 11,884 kg / 26,200 lb
Powerplant: one 9752-kg (21,500-lb) dry thrust Rolls Royce Pegasus Mk 106 vectored-thrust turbofan
Armament: two 30-mm Aden cannon, plus provision for 3629 kg (8,000 Ib) of stores carried on five pylons
and including four AIM-120 AMRAAM or two AMRAAM and four Sidewinder AAMs, two Harpoon or Sea Eagle anti-ship missiles
and a number of other advanced weapons to complement the types carried by the Sea Harrier FRS.Mk 1
Operators: India, United Kingdom
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This old kit is really showing its age, released in 1982, incidently the same year as the Falklands conflict, for which the Harrier was to achieve lasting glory. That makes it 25 years old this year. A good quality kit at the time, with recessed panel lines around the control surfaces. Still there is a lot of raised panel lines around the fuselage and wing area. Fit is quite good for the era, except around the hatch for the engine bay. Cockpit detail is sparce, but a decal with the instrumentation does help, I would recommend putting the pilot in, even though he is roughly molded, as it fill s the cockpit up and covers a lack of detail. Throw away the decals and get some decent replacements.
A lot of preparation work is required before building. Do a dry assembly, you will most likely have sand around these, as the process at the time left a lip of flash around the large seam areas. I rescribed a lot of the raised panel lines with a rescribbing tool, you may like to consider to do the same. Unfortunately some of the raised detail is almost impossible to rescribe, so I left it as is.
Use One Go to polish the Cockpit Canopy, it will come up nice. Also I suggest using Microscale Decal Solution to dip the decals in, as this will soften them to contour to the curves of the SHAR's intakes.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2007 11:14 pm    Post subject: Good Reference Photo Reply with quote


This looks very much the mark on which the kit is based
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2007 12:49 pm    Post subject: Build so far Reply with quote

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