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    PhilB got a reaction from Grant_T in How easy is the 24 th Airfix Harrier ?   
    I built the SHAR a long time back.
    It will build up out of the box ok but you can get carried away with detailing and sanding back of a lot of over-raised rivets !
    Didn't have a build thread but RFI thread here:
    https://forum.largescaleplanes.com/index.php?/topic/28588-124-airfix-sea-harrier-frs1/
     

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    PhilB got a reaction from Piero in How easy is the 24 th Airfix Harrier ?   
    I built the SHAR a long time back.
    It will build up out of the box ok but you can get carried away with detailing and sanding back of a lot of over-raised rivets !
    Didn't have a build thread but RFI thread here:
    https://forum.largescaleplanes.com/index.php?/topic/28588-124-airfix-sea-harrier-frs1/
     

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    PhilB got a reaction from RadBaron in How easy is the 24 th Airfix Harrier ?   
    I built the SHAR a long time back.
    It will build up out of the box ok but you can get carried away with detailing and sanding back of a lot of over-raised rivets !
    Didn't have a build thread but RFI thread here:
    https://forum.largescaleplanes.com/index.php?/topic/28588-124-airfix-sea-harrier-frs1/
     

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    PhilB reacted to Grant_T in How easy is the 24 th Airfix Harrier ?   
    I built this kit five or six years ago and just remember having a lot of fun with it. I made absolutely no attempt to update or detail it, but I'm sure you could (especially the intake doors as noted above). I also remember that it was a pretty impressive size when finished. I'd build another one right now I I could find the kit. Maybe Airfix will rebox it like they have recently with the Hurricane, 109 and Spitfire?
     

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    PhilB reacted to Stevepd in How easy is the 24 th Airfix Harrier ?   
    I’ve done the Sea Harrier a good few years ago. I wanted to make a good one and so piled everything at it. The kit itself is a product of the design of its time. However modelling can bring some good results, but you have to put time and effort in. You can obviously choose to build it out of the box, but I’d bet you’d want to make a better presentation if you see into the future.
     
    Occasionally I look out for a GR.1 or 3 kit, but silly asking prices dictate that I’ll hold off, plus I don’t think they actually sell.
     
    Good luck and what’s your thoughts......?
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    PhilB got a reaction from red Dog in How easy is the 24 th Airfix Harrier ?   
    I built the SHAR a long time back.
    It will build up out of the box ok but you can get carried away with detailing and sanding back of a lot of over-raised rivets !
    Didn't have a build thread but RFI thread here:
    https://forum.largescaleplanes.com/index.php?/topic/28588-124-airfix-sea-harrier-frs1/
     

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    PhilB reacted to LSP_Ray in How easy is the 24 th Airfix Harrier ?   
    Don't let them scare you, Erwin. You have built most of the other Airfix 1/24th scale kits, the Harrier is not much different. It was 3rd in the series, and it shows about the same quality of detail of their first two kits: the Spitfire and Bf109, I believe? It is not as nice as the Stuka. Not much aftermarket you are going to find on it, but I believe you mostly build OOB so that shouldn't be a problem. The quality of the mouldings depend on if you have an early or later boxing - my later boxing (GR3 kit) has a bit of flash.
    There is a review on Cybermodeler, too, if you want a read.
    I'd just have fun with it. I hope to do a Falklands bird when I do mine, though I haven't decided on SHAR or GR.3 yet...
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    PhilB got a reaction from nmayhew in Spitfire VB Trop Hobbyboss   
    That is a great Job and a bit personal for me.
    A 249 Squadron Spit from my Father's squadron whilst he was on Malta (1941-3).
    He was the Engineering Officer on 249 so one of "his" aircraft.
    I remember the stories of Buck McNair, Johnny Plagis and "Screwball" Beurling (He wasn't called "Buzz" on the Squadron despite what you might read)
    One thing I do remember about his memories was that on Malta, supplies were so short they painted them with anything they had.
    So codes etc could be white, yellow. sky or whatever was available at the time.
    Good to have the photo as well as most Malta Spits had an additional blanked off cannon port on each wing  as when they flew them in a lot had four cannons but on going into service two were removed for spares and the port blanked off with a rounded cover.
    Nice easy way to get spare cannons to the island!
    There was no set pattern either so some could have the inner fairing blanked and the others had the outer.
     
    Nice build and thanks for sharing.

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    PhilB got a reaction from Uncarina in Beechcraft Starship   
    Found a good pilot's walkaround of the Avanti II.
    Very fast, low operating costs but very expensive to buy.
    But Piaggio was rescued by Ferrari so not surprising.

     
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    PhilB got a reaction from Derek B in Flying S Models 1/32 Fairey Gannet   
    Function before form and so ugly it's brilliant.
    Used to see these over my house when I was a kid.
    Nothing else sounds quite like it.
    Plenty of foreign schemes too.

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    PhilB got a reaction from Royboy in Flying S Models 1/32 Fairey Gannet   
    Function before form and so ugly it's brilliant.
    Used to see these over my house when I was a kid.
    Nothing else sounds quite like it.
    Plenty of foreign schemes too.

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    PhilB got a reaction from Out2gtcha in Beechcraft Starship   
    Found a good pilot's walkaround of the Avanti II.
    Very fast, low operating costs but very expensive to buy.
    But Piaggio was rescued by Ferrari so not surprising.

     
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    PhilB got a reaction from mpk in Flying S Models 1/32 Fairey Gannet   
    Function before form and so ugly it's brilliant.
    Used to see these over my house when I was a kid.
    Nothing else sounds quite like it.
    Plenty of foreign schemes too.

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    PhilB got a reaction from turboprop4 in Flying S Models 1/32 Fairey Gannet   
    Function before form and so ugly it's brilliant.
    Used to see these over my house when I was a kid.
    Nothing else sounds quite like it.
    Plenty of foreign schemes too.

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    PhilB got a reaction from Kagemusha in Flying S Models 1/32 Fairey Gannet   
    Function before form and so ugly it's brilliant.
    Used to see these over my house when I was a kid.
    Nothing else sounds quite like it.
    Plenty of foreign schemes too.

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    PhilB reacted to LSP_Matt in Beechcraft Starship   
    They have a great collection.

    I'd have to check my stash of old photos but I think I have one of that Starship at a Mangalore airshow. In the mid 90's I think. They even had a MiG21 at that airshow.
     
    Cheers Matty
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    PhilB reacted to Rick Griewski in Flying S Models 1/32 Fairey Gannet   
    What can you not love about two 4-blade contra rotating props painted like a bumblebee attached to a prehistoric and pregnant guppy?!  My money is waiting. 
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    PhilB reacted to Jack in Flying S Models 1/32 Fairey Gannet   
    Yesssss, bring it on........this is the one displayed at the Hermeskeil museum in Germany, great looking "indeed-ugly" weird looking airplane......
     

     

     
    Jack
     
     
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    PhilB reacted to Iain in Flying S Models 1/32 Fairey Gannet   
    Oooooh - we wants it, we needs it. Must have the precious...
     
    That could be a thing of great beauty - to some of us, anyway...
     
    Icelandic Fine Art?
     
    I thought they were closing their doors for the time being?
     
    Iain
     
     
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    PhilB reacted to Scotsman in Flying S Models 1/32 Fairey Gannet   
    You've been speaking to my wife again!
     
    Seriously , the Gannet is so perfectly British .. how could not love it 
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    PhilB reacted to LSP_Kevin in Flying S Models 1/32 Fairey Gannet   
    Just caught this on Chad Summers' Flying S Models YouTube channel:
     
     
    Kev
     
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    PhilB got a reaction from MikeMaben in Malta Spitfire Mk V   
    No, there is evidence from people who were there at the time.
    Accounts from ground crew and others.
    Research from historians like Brian Cull and Brian Cauchi who have spent years on this subject.
    I'd dig up my father so you could argue with him but I'm afraid he was cremated.

     
    You might want to look at this documentary about returning a Hurricane and Spitfire to Malta for the anniversary a few years ago.
    The blue paint is mentioned at around 21 minutes in and why they went to the trouble to fully repaint the Spit.
     
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    PhilB got a reaction from Out2gtcha in Beechcraft Starship   
    I was out on the airfield at Heathrow one day and an Avanti landed and taxied right past me.
    Looked like something from way in the future and I fell in love instantly.
    Never saw a Starship which was a shame as I find the designs of both these aircraft pretty amazing.

     
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    PhilB got a reaction from Jack in Beechcraft Starship   
    I was out on the airfield at Heathrow one day and an Avanti landed and taxied right past me.
    Looked like something from way in the future and I fell in love instantly.
    Never saw a Starship which was a shame as I find the designs of both these aircraft pretty amazing.

     
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    PhilB reacted to Out2gtcha in Beechcraft Starship   
    Neat!  I love the SS. On our tour of PIMA back during the 2018 US IPMS Nats, I discovered they had one there too, and took all sorts of close ups of it, as it was 110f out, but still got to get super close to it......just couldn't touch it or get burnt!
     
     

     

     

     

     
     

     
     
     
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