Superscale MS481248:AV-8B Harrier Plus

Units: VMA-214 and VMA-211




Scott Van Aken

Next up is this sheet for some CO's birds with Harrier II Plus squadrons. These are both painted in the simplified scheme of FS 36118 uppers and FS 35237 undersides, making for a rather dark aircraft. The sheet provides enough insignia, data markings and slime lights to build both markings options. Also part of the sheet are chaff/flare dispenser openings and the canopy heater wires (or is that MDC?).

The VMA-214 aircraft has a black fin, canopy surround, and fuel tanks

Scarlet is the color for the VMA-211 aircraft. This includes a small section of the aft ventral stabilizer. It also has scarlet nose and flap numbers.

For a kit, the Hasegawa version is the one for which these markings are fitted. The instructions include a superb data placement guide so you can get the myriad of stencils properly located.  Cartograf is now Superscale's default printer and the sheet is superbly done. 

January 2011

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