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Piero last won the day on November 6 2018

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  1. Hi, the kit is not and easy kit... first it's big and heavy and when you are near the end of the build it's very difficult to handling withoute broke some small parts or got hand cramps . A lot or resin as to be removed and not all the parts are fitting well each others: I think this problem due the fact that not all the parts in a box came from the same master or casting process... who knows. The 3D resin parts are so strong... a good thing for the undercarriages but not for the parts that needs to be worked like sanding. Also, on the 3D resin parts the printing layers are very clear especially when they are painted and needs to be carefully removed. I had to rebuild some parts as the main undercarrige doors. But not least this is the only game in town to have an amazing Saab Viggen model in the big scale in your collection. CIAO! Piero
  2. Hello, this is my JA37 "Jakt" Viggen build using the Jetmads resin kit. All paints are acrylic Gunze and Tamiya references. This model represents a JA37 sn 37378 F4-38 in March 1999 with the rear fuselage scetion in natural metal. Enjoy the pictures. CIAO! Piero
  3. Hello my friends, due my forced break in model making, I have prepared a new background for the photos of my models. Since I had to dust off the showcase of the models, I took some photos of the completed models. I hope to be back soon to do some real modeling ... there are 3 models waiting for me at various stage. CIAO! Piero
  4. Hi, the Tamiya paint mix I've used for the rear fuselage is almost 50% XF-4 + 40% XF-57 + 10% XF-80. CIAO! Piero
  5. Hello, this is the first Harrier GR.5 to be completed and flown, the ZD318 alias DB1, as took the air for the first time on 30 April 1985 at BAe Dusnfold flown by the company’s Chief Test Pilot Mike Snelling. This was a Development Batch machine that was never handled to the RAF and remains to BAe for his entire life. Now he is preserved as a GR.7A in the Harrier Heritage Centre inside Royal Air Force Wittering. The colours denote the work-share between the main manufactures, Bae in the UK and McDonnell Douglas in USA. The following photos are posted for modelling discussion only. All the rights are by the authors. The model is the 1/32nd Trumpeter GR.7 kit converted/backdated to a GR.5. All the conversion parts are made from scratch by me: MIRLS bulged nose, instrument panel with the Moving Map Display, MB Mk.12 ejection seat, rear ventral chaff&flare dispenser box, wing pylons and ventral pylon. I’ve made the FOD air intakes too. I’ve also correct: all the undercarriage legs, the wings profile, the ventral strakes, all the ECM/RWR lumps and bulges, the four engine nozzles. Aires resin sets were used for the front undercarriage bay and the main cockpit tub, the IP cover and the canopy frame. Some PE parts came from the Eduard set, as for the hot-nozzles shield plates and minor details. All the fuselage, wings, tail planes panel lines were completely rescribed correct. All paints are from the acrylic range of Tamiya for airbrushing and Vallejo for bush use. As I said before, the colours denote the materials used in the construction of all the Harrier II: front fuselage and main wings are made with Carbon Fiber Composite, the rear fuselage section is made with metal alloys, other in aluminium, fiberglass, titanium, acrylic, steel and others. The few decals for the necessary safety/resque markings, the cold-nozzles angle calibration and the serial number/identification number are from various spare decal sheets. CIAO! Piero
  6. Hello, my RAF Harrier GR.5 "Cold Winter" is finished! More pics of the finished model will be posted soon on RFI forum's section. CIAO! Piero
  7. Hi, the AIM'9's rails are resin parts copied from a Cutting Edge detail set for the F/A-18 Hornet kit.
  8. Mammamia!!! Da paura!!! I'm impressed... Bravo! CIAO! Piero
  9. Hello, thank you for your compliments! I know that during the exercise in Norway in the 1990 the RAF GR.5s operated with only external fuel tanks and few times with a pair CBLS. But I want to represent my GR.5 with some of the stores used by the RAF attack jets of that time, imaging the Harrier back at Wittering AF base a few days after the exercise. So, a couple of MATRA rocket pods, a Phimat chaff launcher, a couple of BL755 CBUs in drill form, and to finish a pair of AIM-9 drills. This external load represents the variety and type of armaments that a GR.5 could carry in those days and... add a bit of color to the model itself. CIAO! Piero
  10. thank you! Yes, I'm really interested in the pics of snow Harrier! CIAO! Piero
  11. What a beauty this F-4D!!! What colours did use for the Euro 1 camo? CIAO! Piero
  12. Hello, works on this Harrier are going on... I hope to finish soon. The front cold nozzles are on: the kit parts has been heavily modified and detailed. All the wing pylons has been modified, detailed and resin casted: here the inner pylons already glued to the wings. Now the external fuel tanks. Kit parts are off... a couple of correct fuel tanks came from the old but nice Hasegawa's A-4 kit. These has been rescribed and detailed too, especially at the attachment points. Here the fuel tanks secured and glued to the inner pylons. CIAO! Piero
  13. now she is on her legs... Here you can see the dirt on the rear part of the fuselage due the jet exhaust coming from the hot nozzles. The undercarriages bay doors are also added as the front LID dam. CIAO! Piero
  14. Hello, some update here. First, the undercarriages. For me the kit parts are terrible, it needs a lot of hard work to remodel and detail. The asset on the grond is also wrongand needs to be adjusted. I've added resin wheels by AMS. I could do more but that's enough for me.
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