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1/72 Harrier GR3 in a Winter Coat - Part 3...Paint on!

November 23 2011 at 8:01 PM

Dermot  (Login DermotMo)
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Hey everyone,

As our winter begins to turn cold, thought I would give a quick update on the Airfix Harrier that I'm building when the P-38 gets the better of me (more on that one soon!)

Glued the enging intakes on each side, having drilled out the top 4 doors (as they hang open with gravity) and filled the others. Also some filler on the top of the fuselage and on the wing roots (still trying to master that skill)

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A quick shot of Halfords Grey automotive plastic primer - I love this stuff; it dries quick and the finish is really nice (even if my build isn't)

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Then some dark green camo - this got overpainted with white for the Artic deployment which tended to wear off so not too worried about the finish at this stage

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Thought I would give "salt weathering" a go on this one. Read up on it and watched some online videos and seemed straightforward enough. That's just table salt sprinkled on some areas pre-brushed with water.

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Then a rattle can top coat of white. After trying the Humbrol Matt White previously on the War at Night Mosquito build (which was a disaster), I asked some guys in the club and a couple recommend Halfords plastic primer in White. I know, I know, it's primer and not meant to be the final coat but it went on waay better than the Humbrol and it's going to be grungy anyway...

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I must have missed a step on this weathering as trying to get the salt off was an absolute pain in the jump jets. It probably didn't help that i didn't have a stiff enough brush to remove it. Lesson learned for sure and I guess it turned out ok.

And finally the other camo colour of Dark Grey (Airfix instructions said Medium but that looked too light). This one is Gunship Grey from the Revell Aqua Colour range

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Final step will be paint touch-ups, Future, decals, weathering and weapons.

Thanks as always, for reading and enjoy your modelling!

Best wishes,


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Jim Watts
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Looking great Dermot.. fun stuff n/t

November 24 2011, 12:45 AM 

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James Ebert ''Randy''
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Kosher, sea or basic table salt? I like the look. Going nicely

November 24 2011, 1:02 AM 

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(Login steve839)
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Looks good but

November 24 2011, 8:04 AM 

Why have you painted it twice?

The White ARTF white was just painted over the green, the base grey remained the same!

Still looks nice though.


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Victor Scheuerman
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Nice Dermot

November 24 2011, 6:57 PM 

I have always liked that scheme.

Cheers, Vic

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Allan Buttrick
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Nice stuff Derm...............

November 25 2011, 8:07 PM 

Interesting scheme for that one, well done


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William De Coster
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Good trick Dermot

November 29 2011, 6:08 PM 

If I ever get round to building a Harrier, I would love to do one in such a winter scheme too

Great work !

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