1/72 scale model of Hawker P1127 by Airfix
review / modelling report
The Hawker P1127 was the ancestor of the later successful Harrier, the first vertical and/or short take-off and landing (V/STOL) jet fighter-bomber. The first prototype P.1127, serial XP831, was delivered in July 1960. The first tethered flight took place at Dunsfold Aerodrome on the 21 October 1960 and free flight hover was achieved on 19 November, after which the first publicity photos were released. Several test planes were used in the development of which several crashed. Bill Bedford ejected from the second P1127 prototype ( XP836 ) near Yeovilton December 1961 with a Martin Baker ejection seat.
P1127 was followed by the Kestrel in 1963-1964, the concept further being
developed, resulting in the later Hawker Siddeley Harrier)
|With my good old friend Bas (in 1995
, what seems decades ago) I made an extensive article for the Dutch www.ipms.nl
about the Harriers and AV-8. Check out the article that is now a "special"
on the IPMS NL website at: http://www.ipms.nl/artikelen/specials/harrier.html
Although in Dutch, the article presents many drawings and a lot of models made by Bas. And my friend Bas still had a couple of old Airfix kits, so I got a P1127 kit from him to build. The box is seen here:
(The kit includes parts for the round nose of the later Kestrel and a rounded tailend. Please note that the later "Kestrel" Harrier can not be made of this kit as the fuselage is much fatter, more like a first Harrier GR.1).
The parts... There are a lot of shrink
marks and scratches on some parts to be cleaned up.
The canopy is far too wide, it needs replacement.
The fit of the fuselage halves was not very good, particularly at the lower side filler was needed. This is caused by the very worn mould. Also the nose cone needed filler and a lot of sanding to get a smooth look. But the results are worth it and is quite quickly accomplished on this small model.
The rear jet exhaust part 23 for the P1127 was replaced by an open piece of a straw of right diameter.
The model now got a base coat of grey
with the airbrush. Some flaws were seen, and some filler and sanding needed
After sanding, another base grey primer coat was airbrushed on. Next, the model got a coat of aluminium. I decided not to do a fully shiny coat, but a normal aluminium coat using ALCLAD II aluminium no. ALC101
Time now for the markings, which are
simple and basic. First, the model got far better roundels for the period
using Xtradecal set. The serials could be replaced with, a co-incidence,
decals spares the spare decal box (probably of a Jaguar?).
The undercarriage, outrigger wheels
and nose wheel strut and wheel were added. The nose wheel doors were made
from plastic card and painted as well.
The forward "cold air" swivelling nozzles were painted gunmetal, the rear "hot air" nozzles burned metal.
The cockpit was not painted overall black although I am unsure about the interior colour, I kept it plain metal with black details. The ejector seat came also from the spares box and painted with add straps from tape an cut decal lines. Some instrument decals came from the decals spares box.
The canopy is far too wide. I found a spare rear canopy in my spares box of an old Italeri 1/72 Harrier. But I found no windscreen but discovered that a Skyhawk windshield can be used found in the spares box. The windschield was set into position, closing tiny gaps with white glue. The rear canopy was set open and the rear open lower area blanked off with a thin sheet of aluminium.
A nice little gem in the 1/72 British
prototype model collection!
- old nostalgic Profile 198
- Harrier in action, no. 58, Squadron
Signal publications, USA
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