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Yes, another one. I was fortunate enough to be able to buy the original of the Hasegawa artwork from Koike Shigeo and that has inspired me to build a kit in the same markings and pose, so here is the current state of play. I have 5 weeks to finish this one.

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I will add Eduard Brassin AIM-9Ls, decals from TwoBobs (so I don't have to use the ivory coloured Haseagwa ones), and some Aires and Blackbox bits from the spares box.
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Initial construction and mounted on a brass pole for in-flight pose. I've closed up the gear doors, modified the outrigger gear, added the gun pod and pylons ready for detailing and further mods.


Aires canopy frame fitted in place, some details taken from Black Box set and added to kit cockpit.


Lt Col "Rita" Hayworth is a Hasegawa Hornet pilot, with arms from a Hasegawa F-16 and head from a Tamiya F-16. Here I have test fitted him to the cockpit to ensure everything fits and lines up on the controls.I'll be further modifying "Rita" and adding more details.


Because the jet is in flight, I wanted to try and get an effect of moving compressor face down the intake. This is the result using a disk of clear styrene, spun in a Dremel and with silver and black misted on, then fitted to the intake face which I had earlier separated from the intake trunking.
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Test view down the intakes. Happy enough with the effect that it will look convincing enough when done.


More details added to "Rita", more detail added in the cockpit and an Aires instrument panel from the spares box. All just test fitted for now. Still more detail to add.


New Furball upper and lower etched c/f dispensers added. I have since removed them and re-attached them with a gap between them as per the real aircraft.



Getting there. Well past this stage now, so need some updated pics.


Created some masters for a new resin update set coming soon. First pulls of the castings have been added to the jet, and include the forward reaction nozzle to fill the hole left by Hasegawa, the intake temperature sensors, missing from the kit, a properly shaped and thinner upper comms antenna, and a fuel dump mast with hollowed end.






Last photo shows the RCS nozzle and intake sensor retrofitted to the last Harrier I finished.
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That looks like a great start. The compressor blurring looks awesome, great idea!
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Nice! Who is going to be putting out the update set?
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HI:

Great work going on in here. That compressor is genius! Whole thing is smokin!

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I tried building a legacy AV-8B in flight a few builds ago, ended in frustration for me with the tricky construction. Saved what I could and will attempt the same thing with a Night Attack and/or Radar Harrier. Guess I need to find a first generation kit again to attempt my DS1 bird again. Nice job and great in-flight compressor face.

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Such a simple idea with the compressor, but it adds a lot to the model. The rest is as we come to expect from you

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Love the compressor face idea. I'm putting that one in the old brain bucket for projects of mine. Cheers!
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Craig,
You're killing me with how fast you build...that would be so cool to have his original artwork, lucky man!

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Truth be told Jeff, this thread is an amalgamation of photos of a model started 2 years ago. Not that fast.

As for the artwork, it was a real score. Looking to add some more of his at some stage.
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Nice! Who is going to be putting out the update set?
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Cool. Thanks
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Making good progress on this now. Here are some quick and dirty pics from the phone camera.

Upper deck in place, added new vent as kit one too shallow and no opening, removed the grill and added some fine mesh, fitted the Master NATO refuelling probe, fitted the frog's eyes, and scribed the panel lines for better definition.


Started work on the missing detail in the cockpit. This is one area Aires screwed up on their 1/48 cockpit. It's a work of fiction, as opposed to the old Black Box cockpit which is spot on. Surprisingly, Aires got it right in their 1/32 AV-8B cockpit set. Intakes are painted and finished and so have added some foam inside to protect from sanding dust and overspray whne painting commences.


Revised layout of the Furball photo-etch upper chaff/flare dispensers, and initial work on a correct GPS antenna.
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Great work! The compressor blades look outstanding.
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That refueling probe is really cool, wish I remembered how to turn metal on a lathe...quite the build!

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Most of the main assembly work is done on the model now and it's down to adding small detail bits before I start some paint. In the meantime, I have assembled the drop tanks and tidied them up, and added all of the missing plumbing and wiring connectors as well as scribing a few missing panels.
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Now working on getting the rear bulkhead in the cockpit detailed. Once I've done that, I need to add 22 vortex generators to the top of the wings and I'll be able to start painting this model.

I've also added some detail around the sensor aperture in the nose FLIR fairing.

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That intake is awesome! Great idea. Your Harrier is coming along nicely.

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Does anyone have a good image of the rear bulkhead behind the pilot's seat, particularly the left side? I've found two poor quality images after extensive searches on the net, but not good enough to visualise the detail there. It's the last thing I have to finish before I start committing paint, and have a 2 week deadline so getting a little desperate.
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