Revell's 1/72 scale
by Mike Williams
1/72 scale Harrier GR.7
is available online from Squadron
This is the Revell offering of the RAF’s Harrier GR.7 in 1/72 scale.
This is , I believe, a retooled version of their AV-8B.
In the Box
Revell's 1/72 scale Harrier GR.7 contains eight light grey sprues with
fine recessed detailing and panel lines. One separately bagged clear
sprue, a little bag containing four poly caps, and an excellent decal
sheet that is printed in perfect register with markings for two
machines, both RAF. One is the 2001 No.20 squadron airshow display
aircraft with a light blue tail with an eagle motif , the other is No.4
squadron machine based in Laarbruch in Germany.
The cockpit is a simple affair with a tub and seat with separate control
column and instrument panel. All instruments were supplied as decals,
they weren’t too bad but I had to cut the instrument panel decal into
three parts to get it to fit properly, luckily I pre-empted this
The seat is probably best replaced with a resin item to greatly improve
the cockpit, or in fact get a whole new resin cockpit if only someone
made one!. I simply added seat straps from painted foil.
Construction is swift, adding the nose cone , intakes with correctly
moulded open auxiliary intake doors, wings and rear horizontal
stabilisers. I left off the jet nozzles so they could be painted with
Humbrol Metalcote Polished Steel. Then the various lumps and bumps and
antennae are added , including the In flight refuelling (IFR) probe and
undercarriage, which is very nicely done. The main construction was done
with only a trace of filler needed to blend in the leading edge route
extensions (LERX) and the main wings.
Under wing stores included in the kit are minimal, there was the option
of two Aden gun pods or lift improvement devices (LIDS) for the fuselage
and a centreline pylon. Each wing had four pylons supplied but only two
drop tanks and two AIM-9L sidewinders are in the kit, so I raided my
trusty old Airfix weapons set for a pair of Paveway CPU-123/B LGB’s on
two of the pylons and left the two others empty. The sidewinders needed
careful removal from the sprue gates that they are moulded to as I bent
one of the missile fins when doing this.
The dreaded mould seam right down the middle of the canopy parts really
shows up on such a big ,bubble type canopy. This was duly removed with a
new scalpel blade then polished up and a couple of dips in Klear
restored the clarity.
Painting and decaling were a breeze, easy paint schemes for both
aircraft , RAF Dark Sea Grey upper surfaces and RAF Dark Camouflage Grey
for lower surfaces. I used Xtracrylix paints for the painting overall
with various Humbrol enamels for the details like cockpit and
undercarriage. The decals went on well and reacted well to Micro Set and
Sol solutions. A final blast of Humbrol Matt Cote, unmask the canopy and
she was done.
Well, that's my Harrier GR.7. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed
building it. It only took my 5 days to build it too.
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2005 by Mike Williams
Page Created 26 September, 2005
Last Updated 26 September, 2005
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