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||One 22cm x 16cm decal sheet;
12 pages of instructions.
Pacific Coast Models
||Huge selection (41
featured subjects); good range of Harrier variants; beautifully printed
and perfectly in register; glossy finish; some stencils and national markings included.
||National markings not
included for US, Spanish or toned-down British Naval options; some
questionable colour callouts; only two AV-8B options; half-hearted
instructions - have a good reference handy!
|| Recommended for
anyone building a Harrier or SHAR
Reviewed by Brett Green
Sky Models Decals' latest release is a 1/48 scale sheet for Harrier, Sea
Harriers and AV-8Bs.
Sky Models seem determined to squeeze the maximum number of
modelling subjects onto a single decal sheet. This is achieved with absolutely
no compromise in production quality. These decals are beautifully printed by
Cartograf of Italy.
41 choices can be found on this decal sheet.
If that does not sound like
enough choice, other options will be possible by mixing and matching decals. The
emphasis is decidedly British. Variants covered include British GR.1, GR.3,
GR.5, GR.7. FRS.1, FA.2, T.4, T.4N and T.10; two US Marines' AV-8Bs and a Spanish
Colour schemes are quite varied. These range from overall grey or green, to
combinations of grey and green, plus a number of Arctic options with large areas
of white overspray.
A selection of roundels and fin flashes are supplied in British red and blue.
Surprisingly, however, national markings are not included for the Spanish or
American aircraft. Even more surprising, the instructions suggest that the
"toned down" markings for recent SHARs should be achieved by
overspraying the high-viz decals with Barley Grey! I do not recommend this
course - take a trip to the spares box instead.
Instructions are provided over twelve pages. In common with Sky Models
earlier releases, the artwork and placement instructions are half-hearted.
This is partially compensated by clearly marked decal numbers that
correspond to the number on the decal sheet. Some of the colour calls are
questionable, such as the suggestion of Barley Grey for the FA.2 Harriers.
Other references suggest that these aircraft should be finished in either
Medium Sea Grey or Extra Dark Sea Grey. A good reference will be advisable
to check the details of specific subject aircraft. The instructions also
include a helpful table listing general colour descriptions and their
associated FS numbers and model paint counterparts. The list does not
offer suggestions for the last two colours - Camouflage Grey and Gris
You will be able to build most of the exotic subjects on the Sky Models
Harrier sheet. AMRAAM Line has released a series of 1/48 scale resin
conversions and ordnance for the Harrier GR.5, GR.7, AV-8b+ and Night
Attack Harrier (click here
to see these conversions on AMRAAM line's website) and Heritage
Aviation has a detail set for the Airfix Harrier/Sea Harrier kits (click
hear to see the review).
With these new accessories and conversions now available for the 1/48 scale Harrier, and
with the recent re-release of the Monogram AV-8B kit, there has
never been a better time to build a Harrier. Now, with the release of Sky
Models decal sheet, there has never been more choice!
Combined with a good reference, this decal sheet will be a wonderful
way to customise your Harrier.
Thanks to Pacific Coast
Models for the review sample.
Sky Models Decals are available
from Pacific Coast Models Website
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This Page Created on 27 November, 2001
Last updated 22 July, 2003
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