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Re: Airfix 1/24 Harrier

Postby baby_astons » Wed Sep 28, 2016 11:52 am

ooohhhhhhh, I will watch closely - who's doing the brassy bits, the harrier is my only kit with only the pitot tube and no other add ons - so I should spend some cash to get some new parts...
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Re: Airfix 1/24 Harrier

Postby Gundog » Wed Sep 28, 2016 6:09 pm

Mustang wrote:Well this hasn't gone well so far.

I stated on the cockpit brass section for the floor and side walls, bent them as per instructions and then dropped it. The worst part I then put my size 10 on it well you can guess what that looked like.

So after me trying to straighten it out the folds all snapped, so what to do. I thought I'll place the brass parts inside the plastic section of the kit and build that up, so trimmed the floor to fit and put the side parts in only then to realise at that point that the seat now won't fit.

Next idea cut the plastic part into three sections floor and two side walls and rebuild it up from there, I started to work this out but trying to hold these pieces inside the cockpit area is a nightmare as the fuselage is so big.

So last night I ordered the replacment cockpit from Heritage, I don't like the main cockpit that they do but the side walls for the fuselage, rear bulkhead, hud unit, feet controls and possible the seat I can use, the side walls will help me in working out the correct placement for the destroyed cockpit I have. I'll hopefully still use the brass cockpit if not then the resin one will have to do.


Unlucky start mate. I had a similar start to my Airfix 1/48 Lightning with a Flightpath upgrade set. The sets are really nice, but for some things (in my case, the cockpit tub) you have to be an Origami Master to get all the folds right! Get it wrong first time and it'll almost certainly break second time, which then means you have to be a bit of an artist with solder and :superlglue: to rescue it. It's now languishing in the "I'll get around to it - one day" stack. :oops:

I'll be watching with interest. I have the GR3 (same kit slightly modified) in my stash. I haven't even opened the box yet, but I'm told that for its age, it's a pretty good kit. A cut above the Me109 and Hurricane, which are a similar vintage. I did read somewhere that it even has recessed panel lines, one of the first to have them. Is that right?

Good luck with the rescue and the rest of the build.
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Re: Airfix 1/24 Harrier

Postby Mustang » Wed Sep 28, 2016 8:12 pm

baby_astons wrote:ooohhhhhhh, I will watch closely - who's doing the brassy bits, the harrier is my only kit with only the pitot tube and no other add ons - so I should spend some cash to get some new parts...


Hi ba

Flightpath for the brass bits
https://www.djparkins.com/home.php?cat=255

He also sold me the replacment nose piece for the GR3, but that was the last one

Resin parts
http://www.kitsforcash.com/124-conversions-10-c.asp
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Re: Airfix 1/24 Harrier

Postby Mustang » Wed Sep 28, 2016 8:24 pm

Hi Gundog, shame about your Lightning.

I agree about the brass bits it's confusing trying to workout the bends, the instructions are not that great there's a lot to read but hardly any pictures to show how the parts should look when finished and even some of the drawing don't help.

I've redone the floor by adding plasicard under the kit floor and then building up the sides with different grades, I've now made it so the floor fit from side to side instead of having a big gap either side.

Just waiting for the new cockpit bits so I can carry on with working out the cockpit, but I'm 90% sure I can rebuild it.

As to the panel lines yes these are all ingraved as are the rivets. But I've been reading that the rivets are wrong and I've seen that a lot of other builders have filled all the rivets in.
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Re: Airfix 1/24 Harrier

Postby Gundog » Thu Sep 29, 2016 8:58 am

pay no attention to the rivet counters! :laughing-rolling:
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Re: Airfix 1/24 Harrier

Postby snapdragon » Thu Sep 29, 2016 11:51 pm

There's rivets alright just flush ones

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Re: Airfix 1/24 Harrier

Postby Mustang » Sun Oct 02, 2016 5:34 pm

So this was the kit cockpit.
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As I broke the brass version into bits, I used the kit parts to help rebuild it.
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I ordered the resin cockpit to help rebuild, some of the kit parts next to the new parts.
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Re: Airfix 1/24 Harrier

Postby Mustang » Sun Oct 02, 2016 5:40 pm

I desided to use the resin seat, the kit one looked way to big and the brass one well that's a nightmare to try and build. So I'm using bits from all of them.

Side view before I removed and added parts.
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Parts added
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Re: Airfix 1/24 Harrier

Postby Mustang » Sun Oct 02, 2016 5:45 pm

Cockpit rebuilt using all three kit, resin and brass.
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Just some areas to clean up and then paint all the bits.
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Re: Airfix 1/24 Harrier

Postby steve131 » Sun Oct 02, 2016 7:19 pm

:clap: lovely work great idea to use all three seats 8-)
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Re: Airfix 1/24 Harrier

Postby Morris » Sun Oct 02, 2016 9:00 pm

:o :o this is awesome - great stuff on the recovery. Can't wait to see paint... :clap: :clap:
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Re: Airfix 1/24 Harrier

Postby snapdragon » Sun Oct 02, 2016 9:50 pm

That's great. Well done on the recovery
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Re: Airfix 1/24 Harrier

Postby chill » Sun Oct 02, 2016 10:39 pm

Fantastic job
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Re: Airfix 1/24 Harrier

Postby baby_astons » Sun Oct 02, 2016 11:10 pm

simply astounding - great mish-mash of parts!!!
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Re: Airfix 1/24 Harrier

Postby Mustang » Sun Oct 02, 2016 11:16 pm

Thanks everyone for the nice comments.

I've got ideas for the following,

Complete rear canopy section as it's missing the MDC control unit at rear
Possible install the MDC
Scratch build the front and rear wheel wells
Improve the airbrake
Open the four engine doors so you can see the engine
Possible open up one of the avionics panels

I want the aircraft to look like it's getting maintainance work done to it.
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Re: Airfix 1/24 Harrier

Postby Mark » Mon Oct 03, 2016 3:52 pm

Great recovery Mustang !!

Love your ideas for the model. It should be a cracking build.
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Re: Airfix 1/24 Harrier

Postby Mustang » Wed Oct 05, 2016 9:05 pm

Cheers Mark.

Next upgrade canopy, the brass parts are way to big and thats the same for all the brass parts in the flightpath set :angry-banghead: when I placed the front canopy brass section over the Perspex part the centre down frames where to wide apart and left about 1mm of the perspex raised part still showing. So I cut the grass section into parts and rebuilt it.

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Had to remove the bulbuls part to get a better fit.
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Shield part just placed on top
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This for some strange reason is not in the kit, it's the rear wall section at the back of the canopy. With out this section the cockpit would still be open when closed and would not create an airtight seal if on the real aircraft.
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I've also redone the hud canopy section, added two parts to the side and removed the brass section as its not on the version I'm doing.
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Re: Airfix 1/24 Harrier

Postby Mustang » Wed Oct 05, 2016 9:09 pm

I'm sure I said this wasn't going to be a in depth diary, but there's so much that needs adding or redoing :oops:

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Re: Airfix 1/24 Harrier

Postby Mustang » Wed Oct 05, 2016 9:15 pm

Front undercarriage section, as I've added the resin part to the cockpit the doors don't close right as the forward hing pin hits the rear of the back of the cockpit. Plus I'll be adding another wall here to do the wheel well.
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The other issue is the front hing is in the wrong place.

This is the hing on the left.
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Re: Airfix 1/24 Harrier

Postby steve131 » Wed Oct 05, 2016 9:23 pm

Excellent progress :clap:
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