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#1 Spencer Pollard

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Posted 28 June 2016 - 02:29 PM

Hey everyone!

I thought you'd like to see what I'm working on at the moment, a 1:24 Harrier T.4.

This is a conversion that I've wanted to complete for over 30 years and so now I've decided to have a go. In essence it's an almost complete reworking of the 40 year old Airfix Harrier GR.1 into the two seat T.4 and so I have to build a new nose, scratchbuild the cockpits and then build an entirely new tail section - as well as a complete redetail of the remaining airframe and features. I've given myself around 5 months to complete this model, so here's hoping I can!

Though I'd love to detail it all on here, there's just too much information and too many pictures, so if you'd like to keep up with what's likely to be a very involved conversion, please follow the link and you'll find plenty more information! I'll also keep dropping some teasers onto here as well..

 

https://thekitbox.wo...version-part-2/

 

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#2 Anthony in NZ

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Posted 28 June 2016 - 07:30 PM

Hey Spencer, LOVE to see you take on this conversion! What a fantastic start already.

I love trainers, I will really enjoy watching this beast come together, thanks for sharing!

Cheers
Anthony

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Posted 28 June 2016 - 08:30 PM

Agreed, Anthony. This will be an impressive and imposing beast when it's done. I know a guy who's done exactly this conversion a few years ago, and it's a head-turner. Thanks for posting, Spence!

 

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#4 Spencer Pollard

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Posted 06 July 2016 - 06:07 PM

Hey everyone! I've completed some more work on my 1:24 Harrier T.4 conversion, today seeing me spend over 6 hours creating the structure on which the cockpit with be created. I knew it would be frustrating, but it took longer than I thought, but at least it's done and I can now start work on the detailing! The pile of bits next to the nose gives you some idea of how many attempts I needed to get the parts the correct size and shape... :)
 

 

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#5 Out2gtcha

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Posted 06 July 2016 - 06:35 PM

Neat! Ive been LONG awaiting a T.10 T4 or even a TAV-8A 32nd conversion for the Trumpy Harrier kit.  This is going to be good! 

 

Looking forward to more progress



#6 LSP_Kevin

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Posted 07 July 2016 - 08:11 AM

Nice progress, Spence. You may make your deadline yet!

 

Kev



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Posted 07 July 2016 - 08:21 AM

Great subject and very interesting build! Can't wait to see more!
Cheers
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Posted 07 July 2016 - 12:43 PM

Phoooaar! Eh? Eh!!??  Phoooo-awr!!

 

Tim

 

PS I like Harriers.


My Father told me two things would happen as I got older.
I can't remember either of them....

 

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#9 Spencer Pollard

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Posted 09 July 2016 - 05:04 PM

Hey Everyone!

 

I've managed to grab a few hours on it today and almost completed the detailing of the starboard, front cockpit wall. This includes the remainder of the side console structure, wiring looms and pipework and the cover panels that I could see in the reference shots that David sent me.This will no doubt need a few more details here and there, but so far, so good. I've also blocked out some nonsense behind the instrument panel. Though much of this won't be seen and is in the main fiction, it's better than having a gaping hole back there. The rudder pedals need to be fabricated and they will conceal almost everything, so what is in there, should be enough! Next job - that rear bulkhead...

 

I hope you like it! :)

 

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Posted 09 July 2016 - 05:14 PM

Ace work Spence - you make it look soo easy!  :thumbsup:

 

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Posted 09 July 2016 - 05:24 PM

What’s not to like? Plenty to love here... beautifully busy  :popcorn:

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Posted 09 July 2016 - 06:54 PM

Very nicely done Spencer...it's remarkable what can be accomplished with scrap plastic and metal.

I'll be following this one!

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Posted 09 July 2016 - 11:26 PM

Impressive work, Spence! This is shaping up very nicely indeed.

 

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Posted 10 July 2016 - 07:07 AM

Hi Spencer,

 

the Harrier GR.3/T.4 are my all time favorite aircraft, and one day i will hope it will be available in 1/32.

 

But regarding your work : this is top work, very nice and crisp detailing, i like it allot. :thumbsup:  :thumbsup:

 

I'm curious about the rest of your work mate.

 

Greetz

 

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#15 Spencer Pollard

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Posted 12 July 2016 - 05:35 PM

Hey everyone! Well, the plan this week was to spend at least two days on the cockpit of the Harrier T.4 and try and get the starboard walls, instrument panels and half of each rear bulkhead complete, and that's pretty much what I've done. Though it's not absolutely perfect (I've had a nightmare trying to work out where some of the cabling goes!), I'm happy that the interior captures the look of the images that I have to work from and that the major items are in place and complete. One thing that I have learned though is that scratchbuilding is around 50% construction and then 50% ripping out what you have completed because you are not entirely happy with your work! Honestly, there is at least one other perfectly serviceable 1:24 T.4 cockpit in the bin...

I'll be posting a Youtube video and Blog update on this tomorrow, but in the meantime, I hope you like what I've done so far.

Have a nice evening! :)

 

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