January 17th 2016 will mark 25 years since the US-led Coalition began airstrikes in a prelude to boots on the ground to force the withdrawal of Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi forces from Kuwait. To mark the 25th Anniversary, we will be commencing a Kiwimodeller Group Build, beginning January 17th 2016, and finishing on the 15th of July 2016.
The build is open to any scale and any subject that played a role in Operation Desert Storm. This includes Iraqi forces. The model must be built in its entirety within the specified build dates and the build should be accompanied by a thread in the group build forum documenting regular progress. Post shots of your sprues at the beginning of your thread.
By the end of the GB (and no later than 24 hours after the completion date) participants should post five pictures of the completed build in the GB completed builds thread. There is no entry fee for the GB, but a donation for the upkeep of Kiwimodeller is welcome The winner of the group build will be decided by popular vote.
Voting will run for the week following the 15th of July, ending Midday the 22nd of July. A deadlock will be decided by a separate run-off vote.
Getting a little ambitious, but can't really do the Desert Storm thing without an AV-8B, so from the stash I have pulled the Desert Storm boxing of the Hasegawa Harrier and will be adding the following to the build:
Aires cockpit set
Aires exhaust nozzles
Eduard Brassin Mk.20 Rockeyes
Last night's progress. Added the lower wings and the decking behind the cockpit. This is my standard method of assembly for the Hasegawa AV-8B family to ensure ease of construction.
Added the lower fuselage insert. Because the gun pods will be fitted, I removed the raised bump on part B4 as per step 2, and fitted parts C4 and C6 into the LIDS bay, but did not open any of the holes as indicated in step 2. The upper two holes should not be opened on this kit (an error in the instructions) as these are for the upper chaff/flare dispensers which were not fitted to the early Harriers such as the ones used in ODS