Sea Harrier FRS.1
It’s lucky you are seeing this build because it went in the bin twice!
It is a Tamiya 1/48 rendition of the famous jump jet, and also my favourite aircraft of all time. I bought this at last years Northern model show for about a tenner, and thought I had come across a bargain.
However this kit is older than me. Not by much though, according to the scalemates database the first tool was in 1982. Maybe they’ve mistyped that though because it built more like 1882.
The first give away that it wasn’t the Tamiya that we know and love today was the thick plastic and the raised panel lines. You can’t complain for a tenner though, or so I thought. So I got some Eduard interior PE and thought that would probably bring the kit into the 21st century.
The first time it went in the bin, was after a couple of days of building up and sanding putty around the top engine cover panel, after leaving the engine unpainted as the detail level was basic. Words can’t describe how big the gaps were between the square central panel and the fuselage. It was a big panel as well, and to top it off, it sunk into the top of the jet so I had to build and build the layers of putty to get it level. It’s a miracle I manged to get it level, let alone smooth.
The second time it went in the bin was after it was all painted, decaled, weathered and varnished… and I realised the exhaust nozzles didn’t fit into the sides. My fault, I should have test fitted them. But they wouldn’t go in to the alcoves at all. It went straight in the bin and I ordered both the Kinetic FRS.1 and FA.2 from tinterweb to make myself feel better.
After I realised there was an aprox three week wait for orders from the chosen retailer, I fished it out the bin for the second time.
It took some major surgery on the side housings and a lot more sanding to eventually force the nozzles in. Not to mention a lot more masking, painting and so forth. In the end though, it doesn’t look too bad sat slightly behind the Tornado in the display case. The detail is basic, but from a distance it still looks like a Sea Harrier.
The Kinetic FRS.1 arrived in the post a couple of days ago. From examining the sprues, the molding is the best I’ve seen so far on an aircraft kit. There is a wider array of ordinance, and 50 different markings to choose from. Yes, 50!
Having said that though, it might be a nightmare to put together and end up in and out the bin a few times like this one. But hopefully not!
As always, thanks for looking.
And stay safe.
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