Airfix 1/24 Harrier GR3 [Part 3]

This 3rd part will move onto the work sequence at the cockpit and air intakes.

COCKPIT TUB

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The canopy rail are to be upgraded with the PE parts and some care will be needed to remove the tabs from the clear parts. The rail area to be removed in indicated by the red arrow.

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To cut the rail, I used the side cutter and sanded them down to receive the PE parts. A bit of dryfitting is required as the fit of the PE will not be accurate if you follow Flightpath's instruction.

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I had to put in a filler pla card piece to sit the canopy locking mechanisms as it did not seem to sit correctly glued directly to the fuselage walls

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Some of the butchering of Flightpath's parts can be seen in these 2 shots. Additional wires and replacement parts were used ( Some guitar strings and insulated wires ). For the wire fasteners to the wall, most of them were half sliced insulated tape CA onto brass wires.

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The back of the seat was superdetailed with bits of wire, pla cards and parts from the tool box. I was not too convinced with the PE parts for the feet rudder controls and had them cut and modified from leftover Eduard PE frets.

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AIR INTAKES

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The modification of the air intake is absolutely essential to show a Harrier at rest. Flightpath would have you cut most of the slots but I opt to only cut slightly more than half the numbers in line with references. The bending of the PE parts to simulate the moving panel and one of the side walls was also abandoned as it did not sit well with the kit part. The flaps were measured and cut from 1.5m styrene and filed rounded at the join areas. The side intakes opening were drilled, cut and filed to get the almost rectangular slots. After that, bits and pieces of thin placard was slot in to make the other side walls.

On the interior, a collar will be required to get the semi circle to align properly to join the engine while a new panel will need to be scratchbuilt to hide the bits and pieces showing from the side air intakes.

One of the most frustating part with the kit is the connection of the engine with the fuselage intakes. More will be explained in a later part.

Part 2 is linked here while part 4 is linked here