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  1. patricksparks

    1:18 Hobbyboss AV-8B Harrier

    The forward fuselage has most of it's fasteners, still have to put some on the forward windscreen.
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    1:18 Hobbyboss AV-8B Harrier

    I think this kit was actually made from the same electronic file as the Trumpeter 1:32 Harrier, I read some build articles a while ago about the Trumpeter kit's downfalls and I've been finding the identical issues on this kit.
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    1:18 Hobbyboss AV-8B Harrier

    A little more photo recon revealed an access panel that shouldn't be.. so have to fill, too bad I didn't notice until after I opened all the fastener holes for photo-etched parts, well at least I didn't glue all those in .... this panel is only on the left side of the cockpit.
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    1:18 Hobbyboss AV-8B Harrier

    Ohhhh yeah....
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    1:18 Hobbyboss AV-8B Harrier

    Not a problem !!! Thank you for all the effort !!!
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    1:18 Hobbyboss AV-8B Harrier

    Spent a couple hours putting in some more screw heads..I must have some loose ones in my head.. I used slightly larger screw heads than what I guessed as to what they are on the real thing, I figured the heads are probably in the 5/8"-3/4" diameter range, the heads I used are about 1" in scale at first I thought they might look too big but when paint goes over them they look alot smaller than what the raw brass looks like.
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    1:18 Hobbyboss AV-8B Harrier

    AWESOME !!!!
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    1:18 Hobbyboss AV-8B Harrier

    Hope you are feeling well Harold !!!
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    HobbyBoss 1:32 Liberator GR Mk.VI - RAF Coastal Command

    I really like the way this kit looks , it is a great start.
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    1:18 Hobbyboss AV-8B Harrier

    Bouncing around a bit on the Harrier, worked on the nose today, there needed to be flanges added to the fairing in front of the windscreen, there will be fasteners added to it. The optical lens is a piece of blue mirrorized styene, punched out to fit the hole in the kit's part and I punched out a styrene washer to go around it. Also added a small piece of aluminum tube that I squeezed into an oval on the side of the radome, don't what it is but you can see it in photos of the real thing, it is only on the right side of the nose.
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    1:18 Hobbyboss AV-8B Harrier

    Here are the photo-etched parts that I am using, the Harrier uses mostly slotted screws on it's access panels but some are phillips heads, most notably the access panels on both sides of the cockpit. The fairing covers that I put on top of the wing appear in photos to have socket head(allen)screws as do the fairing in front of the forward rotating engine ducts, for these I'm using the washers from the Scale Motorsport set, I also used these washers for the bases of my switches on the instrument panel and side consoles.You have to study alot of photos to try and see what fasteners are where, and I have been using the .8 MM diameter screw heads from the sets and a .048" dia drill to get the heads to set flush, I hold the drill between two fingers and twist it back and forth twice, just enough to get the full diameter of the drill into the surface, time consuming but worth the look.
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    1:18 Hobbyboss AV-8B Harrier

    Photo etched parts, can't recall the brand right now, will try to let you know !
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    1:18 Hobbyboss AV-8B Harrier

    Felt like putting some more fasteners in today
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    1:18 Hobbyboss AV-8B Harrier

    Moving along, I started to work on some of the aerodynamics, a little hardware on the vertical stab(alot more of that everywhere) and back on the wings for awhile, alot of scrapping needed on the leading edges, Hobbyboss made them too flat but the good thing is that they molded everything with such heavy walls you don't have to back fill it !!! Also I modified the wing root/leading edge fillet, it is far too flat on the bottom and needs to have a continuos arc from the very front back to the leading edge of the wing, easy fix, I took the kit parts that go inside the fillets and thinned the front so it would fit farther up inside the fillet and removed the internal bosses except for the very back one and removed the internal step that the peice sets on except at the back where it meets the wing's leading edge, the fillet should be full thickness and then taper towards the front in an arc. Also added the black styrene that are covers over the fillet and engine covers joints.
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    1:18 Hobbyboss AV-8B Harrier

    Finally figured out the mystery instrument panel shroud, countless hours of photo interpertation....no kits have anything close to this thing... the new one is in the foreground the kit part that I tried to modify is at the rear. I still have to put the defogger tubes on the sides of it. \
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