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  1. This is a build for which I am taking notes! I had the kit, but sold it and have regretted it since. I'll buy another one day and will follow your lead! Have fun with it! Nic
  2. I did get a little more done on the Harrier, mainly on the landing gear - adding some wire, removing the moulded on tie-downs and replacing them - and started painting the cockpit, I'll make some photos soon and post them. I have to say that I got a little bit side-tracked, because I started building a 1/32 Sea Vixen, based on Tigger's vacuform kit. As you can imagine, there is a massive amount of work to be done on that one, but so far, I've only been cutting up the plastic. The plan is to show it with wings folded, port engine bay open and engine next top the aircraft. Scratch-builder's heaven! Fortunately the plastic is thick enough to work on it. So, that'll be next. This weekend, I hope to work on the Harrier's avionics bay. I'll show the progress on it soon! Nic
  3. Quick update on the upcoming MiG-31 book. Good news: because we have so much interesting material on the jet, we decided to add 8 more pages to this book. And even better news: it doesn't change the price: it remains 22 euro. For those interested, we've got a few other Russian jets in preparation! Nic
  4. The HMH Book (Duke Hawkins) will be released on March 27 ! It'll go to the printers in 3 weeks! And if some of you are interested, we're starting a new series in April on aircraft carriers, with the first one on the Juan Carlos I of the Spanish Navy. A lot of action photos and more details of the Harrier in that one. We hope to release two new books in this series each year! There's a shipment of books on its way to the US (at last!!) that should get distributed to shops before the summer. Nic
  5. The first two books for 2020 in the Duke Hawkins series will be released in a few weeks and if it is okay, I'd like to post a few images of these here. The first is ref DH-011 and is a 140 page book on the Harrier II. It will show both the RAF/RN version - GR.7 and GR.9 and T.12 - and the American versions - Night Attack and radar-equipped Harrier II Plus - in use with the USMC and the Spanish and Italian Navy. Here's the cover: It includes every detail of the aircraft, as well as a lot of action. We actually went to the Spanish Aircraft Carrier Juan Carlos I for 4 days and got loads of action and detail there. Here's a view of two pages on the cockpit of the backseat of a T.12: The second new book (DH-012) is something really special: a 108 page book on the MiG-31 Foxhound. Earlier, the book on the MiG-29 proved to be very popular, so we tried to get more Russian built jets. The MiG-31 is a huge aircraft and we were very lucky to get this close to the jet. This is the cover: Fuselage, wings, landing gear, landing gear bay, engines, different types of cockpit, weapons, maintenance and a lot of great action, including some great air-to-air photographs! Here are a few samples: I hope it's okay to post this here. Thanks for watching! Nic
  6. Little update this time, but still having fun with the EAV-8B Matador ! So, I've started adding the detail to the area under the canopy again - it broke off when I dropped it a few weeks ago - so, here's the start of it. Another point that I'm giving a little detail, is the air intake. When the top doors open, you see some detail on the inside, mostly rivets, so I added some for the top auxiliary doors (the lower ones will be closed, so they don't need them. The inner part of the engine bay, where the LEX joins the fuselage, has been detailed too. First, a very thin piece of plasticard with holes punched in at the right spot glued to the LEX side. After that, I sanded it flush and added a few details to it (which I realise now looking at the photo, you can hardly see...) The connecting box with all the tubing on the port side has been added now. Loads of parts there, but by doing so, the engine bay is almost done. Still have the front part to do, though! Aft fuselage: I've cut out the bad exhaust and inserted a tube that I've sanded flush to the fuselage. Some putty to make sure it is completely flush, but I'm not completely satisfied with the result. I'll have to work on it a little more. At the end of the fuselage, I've opened up one of the exhausts. Next time, I'll have the grills installed. Now it's on to painting the cockpit. When that's done, I'll post some photos of it! Hope you like the progress, little as it is. Nic
  7. Have been busy with some of the smaller stuff on the kit. Necessary to get the kit a little better, but quite time consuming. First, correct a mistake made in the kit. On the port side of the upper fuselage, the in-flight refuelling probe is located. To make sure that you know where to glue it, Trumpeter provides some panel lines to guide you. The problem is, they put these lines on both sides! Oops. So, on the starboard side, the lines have to be filled with putty. I've also finished the trailing edge flaps, engraved and riveted them. The nozzles of the kit need some attention. The halves and the vanes inside need to be cleaned-up and some details needs to be added. Some putty is required here to get everything smooth. For the Spanish Harriers, these nozzles have to be painted in the fuselage colour. Some more work on the cockpit: the seat with the two rings in front (one ejection ring and a smaller green one next to it) and the leg straps and the instrument cover with the HUD, additional instruments and documents clip to the side. The canopy framing; since the last post, I dropped it - smart, I know - and the wiring on top of it cracked off. I'll have to redo all of that. I scratched the aft part of the canopy frame because this is all missing in the kit. You won't be able to see much of it, but just enough to see that it's more like the real jet. Here's the status of the cockpit. The fuselage halves aren't glued yet. Still need to add some more details, but painting the cockpit is getting closer! Final photo for now: the starboard side of the upper wing interior is almost done. The part with the yellow and metal tubing is just 5 mm long and holds just over 30 parts. On the port side, this has to be added as well. Well, that's it for the update! Hope to be back soon! Nic
  8. Hi Michael, The jet is called the "Dark Falcon", but the pilot's Call Sign is "Vador". He got this because his family name is Darte. He's a highly experienced pilot with 3.200 hours on the F-16. He is from 2 Wing, based at Florennes AB in Belgium. Hey Fred, I understand, but because there are gradients on the stripes on the wings, the decals in the other scales were done that way. I've seen some finished kits in 1/48 and they look really good, mostly because of the great quality of the Syhart Decals. Nic
  9. The Belgian Air Force F-16 Demo Team is preparing for its 3rd and final season and in a few weeks, we'll start painting the new design of the vertical tail, which changes every year. Over the last two years, we've had some modellers asking if we could offer decals in 1/32, but so far, only 1/72 and 1/48 are available. When speaking to Syhart Decals, who designed the decals, he told us it was possible to offer 1/32 decals if he had a minimum order of 100 sets. A modelshop in Belgium has agreed to take 50 sets, so we need about 50 more ordered. So, here my question: are any of you possibly interested in a set of these decals? Here's the aircraft we're talking about: I'm not quite sure what the price of the set will be (probably somewhere around 30 euro), but it includes 4 sheets, covering everything from wings to tail. The top of the kit just needs to be painted black. Also included is a set of 9 masks for the belly of the jet. Because only 100 will be produced, we'll include a photo of the Dark Falcon, signed by the pilot. I'm crossing my fingers now! Nic
  10. Thank you for the feedback! Like I said, it is a fun project, which is helping me getting my modelling mojo back! I don't think I'm going to work on the wing kink, Blackberry. I've seen what you talk about and to be honest, this is something I can hardly see on the real aircraft. Cutting the wings, placing a spar and doing surgery on the lower wing will probably stall my build. I'm afraid that in the model, you can exaggerate the effect very easy, so I haven't got it planned. At the moment, I'm scratching the centreline pylon. There's one in the kit, but it is completely wrong. Bit funny actually, I'll post a photo of it when it's done. True Stokey Pete, and I don't know why that is. Sure, there is some work to correct minor issues, but I haven't had a kit for which I haven't. I'm building an F-16 MLU from Tamiya's Thunderbirds kit and I've spent loads more time correcting, converting and detailing that one! I guess if you want to build a kit the best you can, you just take the time to do research and detail it. What I like about this Trumpeter Harrier kit, is that it is an easy kit to build; the fit is just great. I'd really recommend this kit. Nic
  11. Hi Richard, The pilot can cool the engine with water during take off or landing, allowing the turbine speed to get higher and get more thrust. There is a reservoir of +/- 250 liters that is usually filled with distilled water. It is quite consuming to cool the engine this way though, at a rate of 4 liters per second, the pilot only has about 1 minute of cooling available. Nic
  12. I've continued a little on the kit - it's fun adding detail. This jet isn't really big and with the engine bay open, you have a compact kit loaded with detail, from the nose to the cockpit, engine and avionics bay and ground power connection. Really cool. Here's where I am with the engine bay: So the two round things to the aft of the bay are where the air intakes on top of the fuselage connect. More in the middle and diagonally placed, are the air exhausts. Of these air exhausts, only one is in the kit and it is way too small, so it had to be scratched. You can't see it in the photo, but I've also built some detail in the interior of them. On the starboard side, next to the round intake connection, an electrical wire box is located. That part alone holds about 40 tiny parts. You can't see it very well in the photo, but it's there. I have to build another one of these on the port side too, but I haven't started it yet. It took me about 4 hours to build just one... I think I'm almost halfway through detailing the engine bay. Painting it will be a big challenge, there are so many different colours in this area! Looking at some good close-ups of the area behind the seat, I noticed quite a bit of tubes, so out came some super glue and more metal wires. It looks very much like in the photos of the real EAV-8B, I'm happy about that. I also added some detail to the instrument cover and the leg straps on the seat. I'll show it when the seat is painted. I also wanted to add another point of interest by showing the extended in-flight refuelling probe. The kit provides just two parts for the closed probe. I cut the front part and extended the probe, so now I have to detail the middle section and the support strut. For this, I have to wait until the air intake is done, though... Another part that I cut open and detailed, is the large pylon, located nearest the fuselage. In the middle of it, an access panel is located. It holds 4 connection points, 2 tubes and some instruction plates. I spent a night building the interior and although you probably won't see it if you don't get really close to the kit, it's just one of those little extras that I like to add. So, here's another dry-fit photo of where I am at the moment: I've continued detailing the radar, started detailing the interior of the radome - I'd like a few more photos of that part, but not so easy to get - added detail to the cockpit, seat, area behind the seat and the canopy framing. Loads of almost invisible details there, not sure if it was worth the time, but I guess we'll see later. Then the engine bay, in-flight refuelling probe, the small hydraulic system's ground test panel, the hydraulic panel in between the nozzles, the avionics bay and the ground power panel. Ow, and I started detailing the nose landing gear. I hope to have the kit done by November. Not sure if I'll make it, but that's fine. Thanks for taking the time to follow, if you have any suggestions or photos of other parts that can be opened, please do! Nic
  13. Took the time this weekend to make a little progress on the EAV-8B. Still in the cutting-up and scratch building progress, but that's what I like best! This photo shows the state of the engine bay. Some additional detail was added, but still far from finished. Next will be adding more tubes, rivets and the two heat exhausts that will be prominent near the aft part of the bay. The bay will be highly visual when the kit is done, so this really has to be good. Fortunately, I've got loads of photos to work from. For the cockpit, I bought a resin replacement and it fits relatively well. I cut open the part behind the seat to add detail, even though you probably won't be able to see a lot of it... I'll add some detail to the cockpit as well, but that's for later. In the air intake, 4 very visual ejector pin marks have been filled with putty. If there is one thing I don't like to do, it is sanding... But this was really necessary. Here's the seat; there's so much tiny detail to add to it that my eyes started to hurt... But I'm sure that it'll be very cool when it'll be painted. I did some more surgery on the fuselage of the Harrier II, with in front of the forward nozzle the hydraulic system's ground test and in between a larger panel which enables checks on the hydraulics and the fuel boost pump. Further aft on the fuselage, the avionics bay is located (I already opened that earlier), but more aft is the ground electricity supply point. I've opened up that part too... Here are two photos of the wings of the Harrier II. I made a hole on top of the wing where the water tank filler cap is located; another small detail that is added. The rivets are added, but the upper and lower parts aren't glued yet. Still, It looks like some putty will be needed for the leading edge of the wings... Finally, I drilled a hole in the landing gear, where the tow-bar goes. It still needs more detail though. Well, now it is back to working at the books for me. We've got 3 books coming by the end of March, so there's a lot of work there. This Harrier is proving to be a lot of fun and it allows to put a lot of detail in a relatively small model, especially compared to jets like the Phantom, Eagle or Tomcat. Next step will be to finish the engine bay, paint the cockpit, do the avionics bay and rivet the aft fuselage. I've started detailing the radar with the parts I got from Frederick, so that'll work out great too. See ya! Nic
  14. I'd like to donate a copy of our Hornet book. 140 pages of action and details! First edition, printed in September 2019. And I'll send it all over the world or the moon. Nic
  15. I'll make some photos after the weekend! I hope to find the air intakes that go on top of the fuselage at the show in Telford! I've been working on the ejection seat and some more detailing of the engine, but haven't got the time yet to make photos. Thanks to Stubske for the hornet's radar! Those parts will surely help ! Nic
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