Hawker Sea Harrier

The Hawker Siddeley Harrier astounded the world with its unique ability to take-off and land vertically utilizing vectored thrust from its powerful 8000kg thrust engine. First tested in concept in 1960, the aircraft went through many periods of testing and modification prior to acceptance by the Royal Air Force and other nations in 1974. The production Harriers utilized either a Pegasus 6 or 11 engine of 8000 or 9750kg thrust and it was only natural that the Royal Navy should find application for this type of aircraft with their fleet air arm. Various political and financial considerations delayed the order for the "Navalized" Harrier until May 1975, when the Admiralty ordered an initial 24 aircraft plus one T.Mk.4's in 1980.

Tamiya Hawker Sea Harrier Plastic Model Airplane Kit 1/48 Scale #61026
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Tamiya Item # tam61026
Specifications :
  • Scale: 1/48
  • Wingspan: 6-1/4" (16cm)
  • Fuselage Length: 12" (30.2cm)
  • Tamiya Product Number: 61026
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wdhinds1968 (Oliver Springs Tn)
Good kit.good price.very sturdy.engine nozzle thrusters turn .OTHER options also.Highly accurate

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  • Appx. 80 parts in light grey and clear with delicate raised panel lines.
  • Complete Pegasus 11 engine with removable engine access panel, detailed intakes, and swivelling engine nozzles.
  • Ordnance options include: bombs and Sidewinder missiles.
  • 4 swivelling engine nozzles for thrust vectoring, Ferranti Blue Fox radar, raised cockpit compared to RAF Harriers.


  • Scale: 1/48
  • Wingspan: 6-1/4" (16cm)
  • Fuselage Length: 12" (30.2cm)
  • Tamiya Product Number: 61026


1/48 Hawker Sea Harrier plastic model kit

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"Tamiya 1/48 Harrier FRS.1"
This is a generally good kit, with fit issues around wing roots. The fit of this kit is overall pretty good. The kit is a representation of the first Harriers to go into service, FRS.1 standing for Fighter/Reconnaissance/Strike Mark 1.

"As Tamiya kits go..."
As Tamiya kits go, this is below average. Raised panel lines, fit issues around the wing roots and engine access hatch. The cockpit detail is practically none existent. There are some recessed details that are VERY faint...mostly around the intakes. The exhausts don't rotate like they're suppose to. Do I recommend this kit? Sure, why not! However, there are better kits out there than this one.

"Good quality, but shows its age"
This is definitely a good kit, but it is starting to show its age in some ways. It primarily has raised panel lines, which more modern Tamiya kits don't have. The lack of molded cockpit detail is annoying, but the decal instrument panel is good enough. The pilot figure is definitely not usable, it's more an amorphous blob than anything else, but that doesn't matter to me since normally I don't put in pilot figures. The fit issues are no worse than any other jet kit. It's definitely the best 1/48 aircraft kit in it's price range, but I wouldn't necessarily recommend it to beginners due to the Kit's age.


  • Decal Options:
  • 1: A/C No. XZ451, 899 Sqdn, Fleet Air Arm, RNAS Yeovilton.
  • 2: A/C No. XZ458, 800 Sqdn, FAA, HMS Hermes.
  • 3: A/C No. XZ493, 801 Sqdn, FAA, HMS Invincible.

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