Sea Harrier FRS.1

This is Kinetic’s 1/48 Sea Harrier FRS.1. I’ll be building it as XZ451 which Nigel “Sharkey” Ward used to shoot down the Pucara represented by the model I built last year. Ward is a very interesting character, and if you have any interest in jet combat his account of his involvement in the Falklands / Malvinas conflict should be at the top of your reading list. He’s outspoken, opinionated and pulls no punches. (I’d read a later edition with introductions that give important context to some of opinions and seemingly arrogant self belief.)

Sea Harrier is perhaps my favourite combat aircraft, ever since I was a boy glued to the reports trickling back from the South Atlantic in 1982 – the first war I was old enough to understand, and the first with such immediacy of coverage on TV news (including the occasional ‘live’ satellite link! How things have progressed.) It’s a remarkably capable aircraft, perhaps unequalled in close in combat (in the ’80s at least), and its achievements against overwhelming numbers speak volumes.