...from 1989, Monogram McDonnell-Douglas AV-8B Harrier II
The F-102 is my most recent finished model and when it went to the airport, it was accompanied by another photo-virgin, this AV-8B Harrier II. Done in Marine markings, she was built during the spring of 1989. It was the fourth model I completed after returning to the hobby. By that point, I had learned that a gloss finish was required for decals, and a flat for a final coat. At the time, I had an hour off for lunch each day and one day after wolfing down a sandwich, I proceeded to finish-coat the model. I was using Testors Glosscoat and Dullcoat lacquers back then, in the little spray cans. In my hurry to finish the model, I laid on the Dullcoat much too heavily and it melted small divots into the enamel paint. Arggghhhh! And then there was nothing I could do about it then. ?
Over the many years since, I had never taken a single image of the Harrier. I remember modifying the rear exhaust nozzles so that they could be rotated down just like the two front nozzles. The rear main landing gear, when installed per directions, results in not touching the ground by a slight amount. That point, along with the botched paint job, kept her away from a camera lens all this time. As far those LG, we'll just say the pilot is preparing to take off. ?
Now however, I find that its not that bad, and I wanted to see how it would look at the airport. Hence these pics! ?
Thanks for stopping in and taking a look at my work from back in 1989! Hey, didya spot the upside-down star? ?
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