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Unread January 18th, 2018, 01:54 PM
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Default New Year, New Build: Hasegawa 1/48 TAV-8B Harrier conversion

There is a 50th Anniversary of the Harrier build on Facebook, which I couldn't resist, so decied to start a new Harrier project. I will be turning the Hasegawa GR.9 into a TAV-8B. I'll be building it in-flight again, using what I learned from the last Harrier build. Final scheme will be this one, which is the only time a TAV-8B Harrier has worn USMC gun squadron marings:



Kit I'm using is this one:


Conversion will use the Heritage Avaition Harrier T.10/12 forward fuselage, the Phase Hangar Resin Harrier update set and lots of scratch-building and modifications.

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Some progress. The build dates are 28 Dec 2017 - 31 Mar 2018. I do need to get cracking as I only started on 6 Jan. Here is progress to date.

Resin nose conversion fitted. Lots of work to do on this, but basic assembly underway and starting to look like a Harrier.


Resin has bad shrinkage. This will be a nasty step to fix, and there is no panel line there on the real jet.


Fuselage and wings assembled. Closed up the speedbrake and gear bay, filled the chaff/flare dispenser opening, added some Evergreen square stock for the stand mount (this one will be flying straight and level), and started adding the strakes.


Other side of the mount. I removed the bays for the speedbrake, gear bay and LIDS dam to make fitting kit parts in closed position easier.
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Unread January 18th, 2018, 01:59 PM
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Cockpit work - kit seats assembled and two pilots’ bodies from Tamiya F-16 glued in place ready to become naval aviators. Aux doors fitted to intakes and seams and sink marks cleaned up ready to fit. Two Aires Day Harrier instrument panels ready for fitment. Rear panel modified and awaiting detailing.


Eduard Brassin Zuni rocket pods assembled and test fitted to pylons. Started modifying the rocket heads. Fan face removed from intake, ready to start simulating spinning blades.


Tail vents filled and redrilled correctly. Hasegawa have them facing the wrong way. Scribed missing panel (just seen under leading edge of the tailplane). Tailplanes fitted.


Same for other side. Also filled the forward lower vent which is not present on the TAV-8B.


Intakes fitted after removing engine fan face so I can simulate in flight operation with spinning fan. Small wedge of white styrene added to lower intake bell to fill cut outs in Hasegawa piece. Upper wing has also been fitted.

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Unread January 18th, 2018, 02:16 PM
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Working on positioning of crew and Aires instrument panels in the cockpit and have added the pilots' heads as well. Finetuning the LERX fit. Started blending the intake into the rear of the forward fuselage with Tamiya grey putty. The LERX will not be fitted until after the intake and engine fan are finished.
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Very cool build Craig! Did you post pics of your last Harrier build, or is my old age catching up to me again and I forgot....I have the same project in 72nd...ugh.

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Unread January 18th, 2018, 05:13 PM
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Only the one finished photo in the build thread. I have not had a chance to get the camera and lighting set up to get proper pics, but I really should get around to it. Thanks for the reminder.
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Very ambitious (and awesome) conversion, Craig! I'll be be watching with interest.

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enjoying this one!
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Very nice!

Any issue with the quality of the conversion?

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Quite a bit. The resin has shrunk noticeably in some areas and is fighting me to get it blended into the kit parts.

I am having to do quite a bit of work in the cockpits to make them suitable for a TAV-8B as opposed to a T.10/12.

I was not happy with the resin tailfin, so have ended up scratchbuilding a new one from the kit tail fin plus a second from the spares box, plastic sheet and putty. I just have to add some rivets to match the kit tail and then I can fit it to the kit.

My current task is to ensure the intakes are as clean and seamless as I can, then get the engine fan done so I can close up the fuselage and start on the painting.

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Unread January 24th, 2018, 01:58 PM
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Thanks Craig,

Wow not an easy one!

By the way, you are mentioning a Phase Hangar Resin set but I can't find it on their website. Is it available?

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Unread January 24th, 2018, 02:09 PM
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Not available yet. Itís a set I mastered for them but itís waiting on 2 final parts which are nearly complete. It is a general update/correction set for the Hasegawa Harriers and should be available once I pull finger 😁
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Unread January 24th, 2018, 02:28 PM
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Ok. Hope to purchase it very soon
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Unread January 25th, 2018, 02:59 PM
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Amazing how finding that perfect air-to-air shot can give you a boost in motivation. This is one of the best shots I've seen of a TAV-8B in flight, and a rocket armed one to boot. I'm liking the two different sets of warheads between the two pods.



Also, it would appear that pods were not necessarily fully loaded for every mission. Thinking of leaving out a round and drilling the tube.

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Unread January 25th, 2018, 05:14 PM
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As soon as you're done, Kinetic will come out with the US version...nice pics you dug up

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Unread January 25th, 2018, 05:24 PM
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Hope so, I want to build a few more yet that don't take this much work every time
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