1:72 Italeri Harrier GR3 (Updated 29th March 2013)

I started this build before starting this section so it isn’t a ‘from the box’ report, but today I got the chance to apply some of the decals for XZ988 based in HMS Hermes during the 1982 Falklands conflict. The kit itself has been a great nostalgia trip in the fact that modelling a 1st generation Harrier has let me re-live all those days when I used to make the Airfix and Matchbox Harriers with the same looks and dimensions. It needed some work around the intakes and laser nose joins (as most GR3 kits probably do), but the look and feel of the overall result are ‘right’.

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25th March 2013

At last, I’ve found time to continue!!!!

All decals are now on so once the Decalfix has worked its magic all extra breakable parts such as wheels will be going on now, together with jet exhausts, air brake, and weapons.

Port side with Squadron number added

Port side with Squadron number added

Topside

Topside

starboard side

starboard side

Underside

Underside

26th March 2013

XZ988 is on her wheels!! Wheels addeed today as well as exhusts, front canopy section, air brake, and a few extra breakable bits. Looking to add matt varnish tomorrow, weather, add the main canopy leaving RBF tags and various covers.

Port side this evening

Port side this evening

Port 3 quarter view

Port 3 quarter view

Topside today

Topside today

Underside today

Underside today

Starboard today

Starboard today

29th March 2013

All decals, canopy, and ‘fiddly’ bits complete, ready for a coat of varnish today, then all that remains are intake covers, RBF tags and various other covers (sidewinders Etc). The next update after today ‘should’ be in the completed section!!!

Topside in the sun

Topside in the sun

Underside 29/03

Underside 29/03

Port side 29/03

Port side 29/03

In the Sun

In the Sun

First posed shot

First posed shot

Model completed, now on the completed page here