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  1. Airfix 1:72 Lightning F6

    John - can't be helped, modelling is fun. Apparently! Steve - thanks for the tip. My next step is to get her on her own legs so we'll see then if I put enough weight in the nose...
  2. Airfix 1:72 Lightning F6

    Using Mr Hobby acrylics and Ammo gloss varnish. No big deal, wouldn't be a model of mine if there wasn't some patching up to do!
  3. Airfix 1:72 Lightning F6

    So, I'm about halfway through the decalling process now - there are a lot of them! Hopefully this photo shows the shaded underside better than the previous ones I'd managed. I'll have to do a bit of respraying because Mr Mark Softer ate through the paint! Matt
  4. Airfix 1:72 Lightning F6

    Some post Christmas progress. Painting has been subtly shaded and a gloss coat applied. Decals are OOB Airfix ones - these conform beautifully with a bit of Mr Mark Softer. Matt
  5. Airfix Phantom @ MJW Models

    Hmmm tempting...!
  6. I'm building the Airfix 1:72 version of the Lightning at the moment and it has all the same fit issues, especially around the cockpit. You're doing a great job with it!
  7. Airfix 1:72 Lightning F6

    Bit of progress on the underside. Although I'm relatively pleased with the shaded effect, I think this looks much too dark for RAF medium sea grey. Matt
  8. Airfix 1:72 Lightning F6

    To be honest, I've not read too much of it yet due to lack of time but I don't think you'll be disappointed if Father Christmas delivers!
  9. Airfix 1:72 Lightning F6

    After a lot of filling and sanding, I'm about ready to start painting. First job was to mask off the cockpit aperture - I truly hate doing this: With priming I'm going for a mid way point between panel line shading and black basing. I've tried both - this way hopefully I'll get some of the contrast but with less airbrush effort! I've used Stynylrez for the first time here. Matt
  10. Airfix 1:72 Lightning F6

    Well it's starting to look like a Lightning. Unfortunately almost every piece fitted poorly. I've made a start at filling some of the gaps but there's more work to do. Matt
  11. Airfix 1:72 Lightning F6

    Thanks for the comment. The completed instrument panel also required sanding down to fit in the fuselage. And the front still doesn't close properly! Matt
  12. Airfix 1:72 Lightning F6

    Finally got some paint in the cockpit and applied a wash and some light drybrushing. Of course, when I dryfitted everything, the fuselage sides fitted well. Now I've actually glued the intake and cockpit in, the fit is terrible!
  13. Airfix 1:72 Lightning F6

    That's the approach I took...plus brute force!
  14. Airfix 1:72 Lightning F6

    Too late - I've already glued the intake into one of the fuselage sides. C.U.R.D - good acronym!
  15. Airfix 1:72 Lightning F6

    Although the repairs I've made to the internal bits are reasonable, I think I'm going to use the intake ring cover to hide everything. I didn't really want to use this but needs must. On a positive note, it does mean I can fill the intake up with more lead shot! Matt