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Lightning * * DONE * * 4 months 6 days ago #1

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It's begun:



Start-up pic, of course I forgot to put a date on it... y'all are going to have to trust me :bat




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Decals - these are all Aeroclub sheets, a small cottage industry virtually unknown outside the UK. Not even sure that they are still in business.




Extras - the nose-ring and radar pod are solid 'white metal' (lead) castings again by Aeroclub.




The plastic - yes it is two-tone - a legacy of buying from an eBay trader many, many years ago ! :oldguy

Stay tuned everyone, this is going to be a lightning-fast build (see what I did there ?), it'll be ready for paint very soon indeed, even with all those extra bits'n bobs. Have a great weekend everyone.

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Nice choice. :)
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Yup, I'll be following along.
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Lightning 3 months 3 weeks ago #4

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OOOOH you're going for the old tool kit, good on you mate !!! kia kaha.

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Flying_Kiwi wrote: OOOOH you're going for the old tool kit, good on you mate !!! kia kaha.


Being 1/48, it is the only tool kit.

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Love all Lightnings, so this will be one to follow!

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Great choice Ian. I'll be interested to see what you can do with this one given your rich streak of form lately.

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Lightning 3 months 3 weeks ago #8

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Thanks all, just going through a busy patch in the real world just now so no modelling for me.

Looking forward to getting stuck in to it too, but bills need to be paid, eh ?




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Phil wrote:

Flying_Kiwi wrote: OOOOH you're going for the old tool kit, good on you mate !!! kia kaha.


Being 1/48, it is the only tool kit.


DOH i've fallen for the whole new box new decals ruse!!!!!!!!!!!

You are 100% right i have the 2015 release...which is the same plastic according to scalemates,...well looks like Ian and i will face the same things!!!

www.scalemates.com/kits/959462-airfix-a0...c-lightning-f-1-f-1a

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Yeah I bought one a couple of years back for about $60 at Model-X Auckland, the local Toyworld/Paperplus stand was knocking them out half price.
I thought they were new as well, but mainly because Mig J and a bunch of others were doing the charity build where they passed it to different modellers around the word to build differing stages and paint.

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Lightning 3 months 3 weeks ago #11

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It's still supposed to be one of the better Airfix kits though isn't it?

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It really is - builds very well with no vices or 'issues' that can't be sorted out with a little 'modelling skills'. I was (sort of) involved in the research for the F6 version, not in a major way, just in the interpretation of the camouflage colours and patterns for Trevor Snowden and his team.


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Lightning 3 months 2 weeks ago #13

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grover wrote: It's still supposed to be one of the better Airfix kits though isn't it?


It is supposed to be one of the best of airfix's older era kits, along with the Seafire they released around the same time in the mid 90s.

If I recall, airfix got into financial trouble for a few years after this, was reborn under hornby and then started releasing new tools in the mid 2000s, which initially were a bit hit and miss, but by the early 2010s were top notch again (as long as you don't mind 'well defined' panel lines).

I have on in the stash I must build one day.
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Lightning 3 months 2 weeks ago #14

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Progress:





Fuselage done, no problem getting the 'bits' between the halves. but because it's going to be finished as a virtually factory-fresh unpainted machine, then the surfaces have to be like glass before I think of priming it. As you can see I've hit the fin with a couple of thin coats of TS-16 yellow: I'll gently sand them tomorrow and spray a coat of (deeper) Chromate Yellow as this one is a little 'anemic'. It isn't glued in yet, just pushed in to place for the pic.




Not done much in the pit as you cannot see a thing with the lid closed. Just a Quickboost resin seat which looks like a dog's dinner in the pic, but is actually very accurately detailed.

Hopefully the wings will be on tomorrow morning, and I may even get prime it tomorrow afternoon. As ever all comments, questions and criticism welcomed.

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Nice work Ian. I've built a couple of these over the years . They can be a bit of a challenge , especially getting the wings on the right angle.

How did you find the QB seat? Mine was far to wide to fit in the cockpit tub.. I ended up throwing it away, which was a pity because it's nicely detailed as you say
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Fit like a glove, Calum, no issues whatsoever - and I was expecting at the very least that it would be too tall. Strange you had probs, maybe your one was an earlier version of their MB2A ?


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Looks to be good detailing. It’s a shame it’s mostly hidden.
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Nice work, you've really done well with the fit.
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Fin now painted Tamiya TS-47 Chromate Yellow and I'm a LOT happier with the tone. Wings on and filled / sanded; in fact all the construction is done now (out of shot the missiles are done too). All filled / sanded and plastic polished with Micro pads & cloths...






...if you have a touch-screen computer you can feel the plastic, it's like glass isn't it ?

AFN, have a great weekend everyone.



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I agree about the yellow, it just looks right.
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lol Ian, yes smooth as :D Really nice work so far
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Lightning 3 months 1 week ago #22

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Very nice work Ian. Looking forward to the completed pics.
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Painting will be a step-by-step process for this one. First step was to prime it, then polish that to a glass-like finish, next I sprayed Tamiya gloss black along the spine & fin.






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Is the yellow tail fin still under that or will it reappear?

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Bishop wrote: Is the yellow tail fin still under that or will it reappear?


Yep... still there, the fin will hopefully look like this when it's done:






Slightly different to my avatar (from an F.1A). Yes there are decals, but I thought there's a good chance that they may be too thin and lose some of their impact, and also because I'm a little bit of a modelling masochist I decided to paint & mask the fin stripe. All will be revealed when all the 'metalwork' is done after the weekend.

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Oh wow, looking forward to the big reveal then.
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My mix of 3 parts Dark Aluminium & 2 parts Aluminium (both AK Xtreme Metals). Sprayed in two medium coats at low (12psi) pressure. Left to dry / cure for 24 hours then masked ready for [straight] Aluminium.










After the straight Aluminium, I'll reverse mask a handful of panels and spray them with Stainless Steel and that will be all the main 'metalwork' done.

More next week as I'm on duty both Sat & Sun. Have a great weekend everyone. :rockon



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I've always liked 111 Sqn's attractive markings so I'm looking forward to seeing the finished model Ian. The aluminium finish looks really good and some subtle washes in some of the panel lines should break up the overall aluminum finish. With the different metallic-shaded panels this model should look the cats whiskers when decalled and finished.
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Saturday afternoon and mein Frau und die kleine Schturmtroopen are out on some sort of adventure, result, I've got the place to myself...








Virtually no touch-ups needed and just the nose ring and anti-glare panel to paint. Not sure that I could be any happier with how it looks !

Comments, crits and questions welcomed as usual. AFN


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Gee that looks good mate. The masking really worked. The metallic skin is very convincing

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