One of the "new generation" Kinetic kits. An exceptionally well engineered rendition of the FRS 1. By far the best Harrier kit available on the market today.
From the review by Brett Green from www.hyperscale.com the following summary:
This is another really nice modern subject from Kinetic. It simply blows away the hybrid 1/48 scale Airfix Sea Harrier FA2 from 1997.
Kinetic's all-new 1/48 scale SHAR is well detailed, offers many useful options and alternative position parts, and provides a wealth of ordnance. Engineering appears straightforward and it should not be a difficult build.
I look forward to starting mine!
You can see the full review here -
There is a detailed video review by Phil Flory here:
Variants are as follows:
Harrier T.2 - Lengthened two-seat training version for the RAF, powered by Pegasus Mk 101 engine. Development Builds XW174-XW175 and first batch XW264-XW272 fitted with the short fin. XW925-XW927, XW933-XW934 had the tall fin which had been trialled on XW175. All had the pointed tail-sting.
Harrier T.2A - Upgraded T.2, powered by a Pegasus Mk 102. No external airframe changes.
Harrier T.4 -Two-seat training version for the Royal Air Force, equivalent to the GR.3, with Pegasus Mk 103 engine. Serials: XW175, XW265-XW272, XW925-XW927, XW933-XW934 upgraded T.2As; fourteen new builds XZ145-XZ147 (tall fin), XZ445, ZB600-ZB603, ZD990-ZD993. Laser seeker nose and radar warning receivers on fin and the tail-sting fitted to non-T.4A airframes.
Harrier T.4A - T.4 without laser seeker nose or radar warning receiver tail-sting but with the (empty) fairing on the fin. Being lighter these were used for flying training only. Serials: XW175, XW265-XW266, XW268, XZ147, XZ445, ZD990.
Harrier T.4N - Two-seat training version for the Royal Navy, with avionics (excluding radar) based on Sea Harrier FRS.1, active RWR on the fin and in the tail-sting. Serials: XW266-XW268, XW927, ZB601, ZB603, ZD992 upgraded from T.4/ T.4A. ZB604-ZB606 were new build T.4Ns.
Harrier T.4(I) - Conversion of ex-RAF T.4 airframes by BAE Systems, for the Indian Navy. Attrition replacements for India's Harrier T.60. Delivered from May 2003; included IN655 with a laser nose.
Harrier T.8 - Naval trainer modified fitted with Sea Harrier F(A).2 avionics plus the Doppler panel bulge ahead of the front undercarriage bay. Upgraded airframes: ZB603-ZB605, ZD990-ZD993.
Harrier T.52 - Two-seat company demonstrator of an export variant of the T.2, originally Pegasus 102 powered but uprated to Pegasus 103 following an accident in 1971, one built first flown 15 September 1971; registered G-VTOL. As a non-military airframe it had civilian avionics fitted, hence the extra aerials on the upper fuselage.
Harrier T.60 - Export version of the T4N two-seat training version for the Indian Navy. Serials: IN651-IN654.
TAV-8A Harrier - Two-seater training version for the USMC, powered by a Pegasus Mk 103. Company designation Harrier Mk 54. Eight built. Serials: 159378-159385.
TAV-8S Matador - Export version of the TAV-8A Harrier for the Spanish Navy. Later sold to the Royal Thai Navy. Spanish Navy designation VAE-1 Matador. Company designation Harrier Mk 54. Serials: 159563-159364.
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