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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 stand corrected. 1:24 would just be silly - although handy if you ever needed somewhere to stay and didn't have a tent.
  2. I think Ian at Heritage Aviation Models (aka Kits for Cash) did a 1:24 limited run a few years back.
  3. My theory is that the world will always want people who are able to create things - so perhaps keeping your hand in with a scaled up LM would a) be a good antidote to all the business setup headaches and b) look good on your CV!! (I can't vouch for this approach, alas. I walk past my part built 1:24 Harrier every day and think, "I wish I had time to get back to that..." - words I doubt anyone uttered in mission control when they were trying to rescue Apollo 13.)
  4. No doubt you are one of those people (like me) still sat in front of a screen working whilst your neighbours are entertaining the children in the garden... Otherwise, you'll be needing an excuse.
  5. One big model if the LM was docked. Must have been quite something.
  6. Did anyone ever model the crippled SM? I realise that there's not a great deal in the way of reference pictures (istr the crew snapped a few on separation) but it's a pretty dramatic subject. Kirk
  7. I'm reasonably sure that taking your Lotus out counts as essential travel under current regulations? Next time it needs said exercise, feel free to hop up the A417/419 and I'll happily provide ballast to help ensure your tyres wear evenly...
  8. 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 se
  9. 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.
  10. 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 ar
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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.
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