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This my next project which will hopefully fly together if you pardon the pun, Airfix's 1/72 BAe Harrier GR9A.  I will being doing it wheels up with a full weapons load so lets see how I get on.

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The gift set paints will not be used nor the glue but the brush will.  You get a lot of plastic with no flash but the join between the parts to the sprue is quite thick so I normally use a razor saw to remove small parts to prevent damage.  The clear parts are no different with thick joints plus there is a centre seam along the centre of the rear canopy which will need sorting out.

As with most kits the instructions start with the construction of the cockpit but because this is going to be an in-flight display I decided to start with the main fuselage to decide where I am going to attach the stand.  Normally I would drill a hole in the kit where Airfix would mount their own stand but it always a good idea to check where the centre line stores locations are going to be, just to check they can be attached without any problems to them or the stand.  On this one I will drill the hole for the stand just forward of Airfix's intended mount as to keep the detail of the rear undercarriage doors.  The rear fuselage was stuck together without any problems and I glued small bits of plasticard on the inside of the jet nozzle housings to fill in the gaps.

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Then I drilled the hole to take the machine screw for the stand and I used a 2 part epoxy to give it a strong joint.

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While that was going off I turned my attention to the cockpit.  The details on the parts is a big improvement to Airfix's old kits but the pilot isn't so I will use on of Revell's pilots from their NATO Pilot set.

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The Revell pilot requires a touch of surgery on his legs that needed cuts at the back of the knees to enable them to be bent in more to fit under the instrument panel and his backside required filing so he touched the back of the seat.  The head is from a different torso so I attached by drilling holes and pining it with copper wire which enables you to move the head to different positions.  This is a handy tip if you have two crew as they look more interesting if they are in different positions and it easy to do.

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I wanted the pilot to look up and slightly to the right as I hopefully will the aircraft banking to the right on the stand and he should be looking at you from the stand.

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Back to the fuselage and the wings are on and one or two other things.

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You can buy after-market jet nozzles but I decided to stick with the kit ones.

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I also assembled the under-wing stores.

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Some of the seams of the rocket pods and the GBU's were a bit awkward to get to so I covered the with plastic disc's using my old punch set. 

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Now back to the cockpit to add a touch of paint and I test fitted to see how its looks.

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The Harrier cockpit is a little busy but all I used to paint the dials, switches, etc, was a cut down cocktail stick just dipped in the paint.

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I also added the fan and a touch of weathering.

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Now I have posted this I am off to my shed to do a bit more before the wife gives me a job.

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Great job converting that pilot, love your attention to details like turning the pilots head into the bank!

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SUBSCRIBED! you are off to a vaulting start Ian--no dust on your bench--except what should be there of course.
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Nice job , i will follow this Wip
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Thanks chaps.  I primed the jet nozzles to see if I managed to get read of the seam lines on the blades which don't look too bad.

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Then I decided to at a bit of weathering in the cockpit to tone it down a touch.

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I have attached the control stick which I have just painted black and added two red dots ti illustrate buttons.  I didn't add any more detail to the stick as you won't see it due to the pilot and I have included a Tamiya glue bottle in the photo's to give you a better idea of scale.

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For the pilot I used Tamiya XF1 Black as primer, for the main coats I used Vallejo Model Color and Citadel paints.

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I also used Citadel washes on the uniform to add a bit of depth, if you know what I mean.

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When I was happy I glued the pilot and cockpit halves together and added the nose sensors.

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And then the nose assembly was glued to the main fuselage.  I thought I would have trouble lining the nose up with the rest of the fuselage but it was a good fit and lined up perfectly without any help from me.  I love this kit!

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On the shroud there was a recess below the HUD which I decided to cover as I am going to add a glass for the HUD so I just used a small piece of plasticard.

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Next was the air intakes.  These did need a touch of filling but not much and I also filled and rubbed down the intake vents so they were flush with the fuselage body.  Once the filler was cured and rock hard I lightly ran a scriber over these just to re-cut them a bit sharper.

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The front undercarriage door opening required sanding to square off the edges and the doors were attached.

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great progress! as good as this all looks that close up, normal viewing distance will be totally outstanding. nice WIP thread.
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Thanks Ted.  The rear canopy has a seam line going down the centre which had to be removed and polished which was no problem but what I didn't like was the distortion at the sides of the front canopy if viewed from above so I decided to replace the canopy with a vacuform one.  I have done this before so sorry about repeating myself, but usually with older kits but I thought would give this was ago to see how it looks and this is what I have done.

First I am going to make a silicone mould of the original and to do this I made an enclosure to contain the liquid silicone mix out of Lego.  You could use plasticard but my kids have grown out of Lego so I have got a bit knocking about.  The size of the enclosure depends on the part so long as the original part or pattern is completely covered and a bit extra.

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Then using Plasticine, I made the base by rolling out the Plasticine with a craft knife handle (blade removed) and I used ice lolly sticks as a thickness guide.

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I cut the Plasticine to size using the Lego enclosure as a guide and placed it in.  I have it all mounted on a flat Lego base piece.

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Using Plasticine again I filled the inside of the canopy for added strength but keeping the shape.

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Then I just placed the part on the Plasticine.

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Then I made up the silicone mixture as per the instructions which is basically a 1:10 ratio.

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I made the mistake of using a glass beaker because it had a spout but it a pain to clean.  Anyway I slowly poured the silicone into the mound from one corner until it covers the part.  Then I left it over night to cure.  

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Because the canopy parts are 1/72 I decided to make a few that I might need in future builds for older kits.  With the silicone fully cured its time to break the Lego open.

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Now I just removed the Plasticine.

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Now this is the easy and best part.  You just pop the kit part out.

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I use a small pair of scissors to cut away any excess silicone.  I use Crystacal R plaster to make the plug and I again pour it in the silicone mould very slowly to prevent bubbles.  Once the plaster has gone off and hard I just popped them out and I the stick them on scrap bits of wood to raise them off the base of my vacuformer.  I had three attempts to make the Harrier plugs but the others were spot on first time, just my luck.

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Now I am ready for the vacuformer.  I cut a piece of PEG plastic to size to fit the former and I placed three plugs on the former and I let it do its stuff.
 
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Here are the plugs with the new canopies already formed.

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It is a bit awkward sometimes to remove the plugs but if you damage a plug you just make another.

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To remove the excess plastic around the canopy I use a fine skinny stick and sand at right angles to the canopy.

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The secret is to take your time and don't pull the plastic off when it gets thin and starts to fall off but cut it off.  Here is a comparison between the kit canopies and the vacuformed ones.

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As it happened I stood on the front kit canopy (left) but now I have the mould I can just form another one.

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Then I test fitted as normal.  The canopies are slightly over sized from the original but that is just the thickness of the PEG plastic but they are pretty flexible compared to the kit canopy.

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Before I attached the canopy I also added the head up display made from a blister pack off a memory card.

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All I did was to cut a rectangle from the plastic.  I use the plastic from packing because it is cheap and clearer than clear sprue plastic.

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I then attached the HUD with Roket Card Glue.

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Now I glued the front canopy in place using thin CA glue.  The canopy was held in place with Tamiya Tape.

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thanks for all the detail that you share in your WIP thread. awesome results!
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Cheers Ted, with the front part of the canopy attached I then moved on to the rear canopy.  I lined the canopies up as best I could and again I used Tamiya tape to hold the rear canopy in place then I added spots of thin CA glue to hold the canopy in place.  When they had cured I then added more CA glue until the canopy was firmly fixed.  The problem with using vacuform canopies is that they are slightly over sized but they are more flexible so they can be manipulated into position.  As you can see from the photos there is a gap between the rear and front canopies on each side of the canopy which believe it or not isn't too much of a problem due the thickness of the plastic.

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To fill the gaps I first used thin CA glue and ran it down the gap with just enough glue to fill the large part of the gaps.  Once that has cured then I use watered down PVA glue to fill the smaller gaps.

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Once I was happy with the gaps I started masking the canopy, first using tape.

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Then the liquid masking fluid.

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Which I also used on the upper nav light.

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I then added the refuelling probe, pylons, wheels, etc.

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I then moved on to putting a primer coat on the Harrier but first I used and bit of packing foam to mask off the turbofan.

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That done I gave everything a coat of primer.  I then sprayed the sidewinders yellow and brown for the colour bandings as the kit doesn't come with any weapons decals and I wanted to spray them anyway.

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When that was dry, using thin masking tape I masked the sidewinders.

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That done I moved back to the Harrier and I masked off inside the jet air intakes and then I sprayed on the base coat.  When that had dried I removed the masks.

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I also sprayed the rest of the under-wing stores including the missiles.  The jet nozzles I hand painted them using Vallejo's Metalizer and glued them in place.

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Then I painted one or two other things.

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I also removed the foam masks from the air intakes.

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That done I gave everything a few coats of Tamiya Clear X22.

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Including the missiles.

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Now for the decaling which was straight forward.  This kit does come with many decals but I managed to get a stencil set off another kit from one of the lads off the forums.

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I used Micro Sol to settle the decals down and gave it another coat of X22 clear.  I left it over night to fully dry and then I made my wash from thinned down oil paint applied it to the model.  I removed any excess with a cotton bud in the direction of flight.  I also attached the stores.

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That is great work with the vacuform canopies. No fear that the CA glue all around the canopy will result in the fumes dulling the canopy? evidently not since they look fine. At 1/72 and the macro pics you post, "normal" viewing distance must really be stunning.
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Thanks again Ted.  The CA glue I am using is the odourless variety and doesn't fog apparently.  Also the PET plastic I use for the canopy isn't attacked by the fumes off the CA glue anyway so I don't have a problem with fogging or dulling of the canopy.

There was one piece left to do add and that was the yaw vane.

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I looked at the part and thought that this was a part that was going to want to snap off so I bent a pin and using CA glue I stuck on a small scrap piece if brass.

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The yellow base is the plastic lid off a Frog Tape box.  The good thing about the lid is that the CA glue will not stick to it.  Anyway once the glue has cured I attached to the Harrier with again CA glue.

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With that attached I painted it grey.  I then thinned down some matt Tamiya black and sprayed some exhaust smoke.  Then I gave the Harrier a coat of matt varnish to tone everything down.  Once dry I removed the masks and the Harrier is finished apart from making the stand.

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Ian, very much looking the part.Great work to add all the details to this kit. you are a magician!
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Thanks Ted. I am in the process of making the stand but I though I would post a few more "in flight" photo's that you might like. To take them I held the Harrier up to the sky with one hand and had the camera in the other. Then I just edited out the bolt using a photo editor.


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I know its hard to believe but yes that is blue sky in the North East of England and its not even winter!

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Cool! nice pictures and editing!
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Thanks again Ted and I am happy to say its finished.

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