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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Specifications :
  • Scale: 1/48
  • Wingspan: 6-1/4" (16cm)
  • Fuselage Length: 12" (30.2cm)
  • Tamiya Product Number: 61026
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"The mold for this model is long in the tooth"
This is an old mold, and it shows. My example was covered completely in flash, so clean up is tedious -- and necessary! It is a raised panel line kit, which is not an immediate negative for me as the price is exceptional. But Tamiya has come a long, long way in the likely 40 years since the molds were cut for this plane, and it's not a fall-together kit, nor is it overly detailed. With a lot of clean up and careful work, an acceptable shelf sitting model may be achieved.

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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.

"A good Value Kit, but there are flaws."
Martin L (Manchester, NH)
This is my 6th Airplane build since restarting modeling after over 30 years. I'd heard great hype about Tamiya kits being very accurate, nicely detailed and that they go together well, and so was excited to find one with an unusually low price. The low price has its reasons; the parts come from a mold manufactured in 1982 (32 years old), there were a lot of parts that required sanding / trimming of flash before fitting and painting. The Engine cover panel when placed into location is sloppy leaving a gap all around. The option is there to leave this loose to remove and display the Rolls Royce Pegasus engine, but unless you're going to add extra details to enhance it, save yourself the trouble of painting it and secure the engine cover panel. But, you will need to fill the gaps before painting. The cockpit interior is minimal- a very basic tub with a seat, a joy-stick, a pilot and a instrument panel indicated by a decal. It doesn't include side wall details, or console switches and handles. Again, you could enhance the interior with an after-market resin and etched brass kit. The fit of the wings to the fuselage could be set at a slightly shallower angle compared to the actual plane. The reason I say this, is when you assemble all the wheels, including the two wing tip stabilizer wheels, you'll find that the wing tip wheels are off the ground and so the plane will tip to one side and rest on one of them. A simple fix for this, and one that I employed, was to sand around 1/16th of an inch off the bottom of the fuselage wheels which then lowered the plane and the wing tip wheels sat nicely on the ground. When fitting the front cockpit window, the profile of mine was wider than the profile of the fuselage and therefore, it overhung on both sides. I tried to flex the sides in and hold them in place until the glue bond retained the position. But, whilst doing that, stress crazing appeared and so I stopped. When it comes to decaling, these are thicker and glossier than the more recent decals and therefore, if you want them to look painted on, ensure a good coat of gloss varnish followed by 2 good finishing coats. A few of the decals also cracked during application and discovered that they were reacting to the decal application solution. To overcome that, I simply diluted the solution with water. The Air-Intake nozzles are smooth and do not have molded in air flaps that go around the periphery of them. These are features that stand out on a Harrier during its resting position as they drop inwards leaving open windows. Again, this would require either surgery to the existing nozzles to replicate them, or the purchase of after-market resin air intake nozzles. A simpler remedy might be to create a stencil and paint these windows onto the plane? When fitting the Air Intake Nozzles to the fuselage you'll find that their profile doesn't match with the fuselage and require filling and sanding. The plane does come with 3 options of weapons load, I went for four 1,000lb bombs, two on each wing, couple with AIM 9L Sidewinder missiles. The two Aden guns are common to all options. Overall; for the low price, you can't grumble at what you're getting in the kit. I did enjoy building it, despite the nuances, and it does look good when made. My model was built straight from the box with no added extras. Beginner modelers will need patience, but they will be satisfied for being patient. Seasoned modelers will no doubt use the money saved on this low priced kit to purchase the enhancements that are available for it.

"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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