1/48 Harrier GR.3 (from Monogram and Airfix kits)
The recent beautiful 1/24 Harrier builds made me dig back and think I should post my own Harrier build of a few years ago. I built this for a friend's father who flew them with the RAF (among his many other duties). I wrote this up for Modeling Madness some time ago, so the 'rest of the story' can be found here:
One thing lacking in that write-up was how I got it to the recipient. I'm in the US, and he is in the UK. So some super-special, deluxe packaging was created :). I built a frame out of foam board, assembled with a hot glue gun, and trapped the Harrier in this frame. Then placed foam rubber inside a plastic bin, put the assembled foam board/model inside of this, then more foam, and taped shut. This went inside a large cardboard box with those foam peanuts. Shipped off to the UK via USPS and it arrived without any damage at all! I don't know if I am more proud of the build or of the packing job! Anyway, it was a fun build and really enjoyed building it for someone special.