1/48 TAV-8S Matador (Harrier)
This is the new Kinetic kit built up as a Spanish Navy example. It’s a really nice model of an interesting subject. First off, the fit of the kit is superb with two exceptions. I used no putty or superglue as filler anywhere, only a tad of Mr. Surfacer in spots. The wing to fuselage joint and the exterior parts of the intake are almost seamless. The intake shroud and fan face are nicely molded but Kinetic suggests an unusual assembly sequence that I believe can be improved on . I detailed that in the build sequence that I posted during construction. The other issue is the canopy. It doesn’t fit well in the closed position. Either the forward fuselage is too wide or the canopy parts are too narrow. I elected to install them in the open position which went smoother then I anticipated. I finished the model with Tamiya, Humbrol, and Modelmaster paints and added zero aftermarket to it. This kit is great value for money and comes with a complete decal sheet for 10 diffferent British, US, Spanish, and Thai aircraft. It also includes an enormous array of weapons, most of which aren’t used on this variant. This provides clues that RAF Gr.1/3 models are probably in the pipeline. This was a great project that I highly recommend.
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