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    Harriers, Sea Harriers, more Harriers, Concorde, Gloucestershire/Bristol aerospace industry, flying, aviation comms, F1. 911s. Architecture (building and IT).

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  1. I looked at all your reference photos and wondered when you were going to post some pictures of the model. It never happened, so I took another look. Nope, no evidence of a model there at all. The least you could do is photoshop a picture of a finger or paint pot so we could pretend it's a model. I mean, come on; Seriously? If that's a model, you're not mortal and Iron Man exists. Wow. Wow. I'm going to have to lie down. Then maybe I'll have a look at your website for evidence of the existence of superheroes. Wow. Update: OK, it's a model. I've seen the components coming together on your website, but I'm still in shock. Maybe it's Ant Man that's real.
  2. Looking great Patrick. Iirc, that front vent is quite sharped edged and flat sided so a couple of stokes of the file might be a good idea. I think there are notes on this in the Harrier SIG's excellent build documents. I don't recall exactly where its connected to - only that it comes into play when the water injection is on (at which point soot gets dislodged from the hot section and the exhaust from the rear nozzles goes smokey) so look for videos of Harriers hovering and you should see it venting in case you want a bit of realistic weathering guidance.
  3. Nice opening of that NACA duct Patrick. Iirc, that one provides cooling for the forward section of the engine bay (forward of the fire bulkhead that separates the hot section of the engine from the fan stages and forward nozzles). You may want to check the shape of the flange on the forward nozzle fairings; from memory they are not rounded as depicted by Hobbyboss but have straight edged facets. The flanges themselves look a little overscale too. Are you planning on adding the closing diaphragms at the aft end of the nozzle fairings? They are found ahead of both sets of nozzles. If you are and can't find references, let me know as I'm sure I have something. Keep up the great work - this is going to be a very good model from a kit that isn't making it easy. I'm wondering that perhaps if I could persuade Mrs Kirk that it was an ornate wine bottle holder with integral temperature regulation fan then maybe I could sneak one in the house. Kirk
  4. Nice work (again) Patrick. Iirc, the vents are from the system that cools the avionics racks, the inlet for which is at the base of the vertical stabiliser. There's some kind of heat exchanger which connects to the equipment racks themselves. I expect the B+ has got additional gubbins (highly technical term) in there relating to the radar systems (this is why they have the additional hooded vents on the forward end of the cockpit area) and I expect this explains the additional cooling requirement and thus additional outlet at the rear ahead of the ground power receptacle door (which incidentally I just noticed is missing from the kit. Forward hinge edge of this is in the lower right quadrant of your leftmost red circle in the 1st picture). I think the angle of the outlets to the skin is quite shallow but yours are certainly close enough for government work. Thanks for sharing on the filler too. Kirk
  5. There's not that much that is materially different. Sure you need to come up with a new nose cone, all the Zeus system lumps and bumps plus the small matter of a Martin-Baker Mk.12 seat. There are not that many out there who can recognise the different radio controller & standby attitude indicator fit on the US aircraft or the different positioning of a couple of the buttons on the grip.* Hell, send me the big Hobbyboss kit of parts and I'll make you a nose cone to get you started!** Kirk * There are a few other odds & sods of cockpit differences and a few bits and pieces on the airframe. ** I might forget to send your kit back though. It will have a good new home.
  6. Beautiful execution as always Patrick. Not sure what Hobbyboss were modelling their main casting on though. Keep up the good work - it's very enjoyable to watch this huge monster develop.
  7. Very nice but not quite the section I was talking about. Effectively the Harrier has 2 concentric bell-mouths: the one you have remade (on to which the auxiliary doors open) and the main one forward of it. The forward one is complex in that the outboard sides of it are supported by the webs between the AI doors. However, it joins the cockpit sides (the inboard part of the intake) at the top and bottom of the opening and where it does so, the edge angles aft towards the fan. Most models just have an edge that is perpendicular to the aircraft centre line, leaving a very odd wedge shaped gap where the tapering cockpit meets it. Vitaliy did an outstanding job on his 1:48 GR9 which I think is linked above somewhere. If you only deal with one edge, do the bottom one as this is the one that shows when you look down the intake. Let me know if all the words make no sense. I really should do a sketch at some point...
  8. This is quite correct. The doors are on simple hinges and move under gravity and/or air pressure. If you see a Harrier pilot doing walkaround checks, they tend to stick a hand in to check that the doors are moving freely. (Likewise, they push in the doors in the inner intake aft of the seat bulkhead to check the springs are intact). Your attention to detail is transforming this kit Patrick. PS/ Are you intending to do anything on the top and bottom of the intake bell-mouth? This is an area in which all kits are light on detail but is quite noticeable to anyone looking down the intake.
  9. Mark, On primeportal there are some pretty detailed Harrier walk around pics. Compare the shape of the deck area aft of the parachute box. Take a look at the cockpit opening shape. Compare the nose profile (plenty of B+ pics on the web). Intake shape. Don't even get me started on the engine... But before getting into a frame by frame comparison, are you planning printed/resin corrections for a build of just weighing up whether or not to purchase? "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder", they say - and as is being demonstrated, many improvements can be made - or you can just build out of the box if that floats your boat. When it starts looking like a Harrier depends on how critical you want to be. Kirk
  10. With that intro, I just had to become the first lurker follower on the thread!
  11. Are you going to depict "cold and dark" or all lit up Patrick? The MPCD displays show different things depending on a number of factors including aircraft state as do the various warning lights. I may be able to expand further if you intend to show the aircraft powered up. Some functions are also possible under battery or ground power.
  12. Pat - I just realised that you added the cables to the seat. Wow! You do know there are cables that attach the canopy to its balance springs? You can just see some of the guide rollers in those pics of the bleed air ducts you posted... Kirk (Apologies: I have a very bad habit of encouraging you master scratch builders to add just one more bit of detail. )
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