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  1. Having followed the gestation of this much awaited kit, I received my order last week. Upon opening the box I was pleasantly surprised at the quality and detail staring back at me. I have been eagerly awaiting an accurate replacement for the old Airfix kit for quite some time so as to fill a large gap in my 1/72 RAAF collection. The five grey and one clear sprues are crisply moulded with finely engraved panel lines consistent with any of the major manufacturers. IMG_0199 The clear part that represents the canopy and navigator windows is moulded as single part that forms a section of upper section of the aircraft - Smart! It allows for easier attachment and clean up and less chance of messing up the canopy which is such a prominent feature on the Canberra. IMG_0188 IMG_0187 The instructions are clear and the decals look very nice and are in register. While I won't use the RAF version supplied in the kit the stencils will come in handy for my RAAF examples. Construction Part 1 Having surveyed the instructions several times it was time to remove the fuselage, cockpit, nose section and canopy. A little tidy up of each and some tape to check the fit and all looked very good, very good indeed. IMG_0189 IMG_0190 Things lined up rather well especially the cockpit bulkhead to fuselage and clear plastic parts. I added the nose which for my example that will be a T4/Mk21 that does not need the clear section. To make the B2 there is a different nose section that allows for the fitment of the clear nose. Note the clear nose does not come with the T4 boxing. The shape looks accurate to my references and way ahead of any equivalent Canberra kit that I am familiar with. There is some nicely moulded cockpit detail on the inside of the fuselage halves, along with the parts that make up the cockpit and navigators compartment. These should come up nicely once painted and detailed. Sadly not much will be seen through the canopy. IMG_0185 IMG_0174 With that done I set these parts aside while I tried the wings and horizontal stabilizers. All good there by the looks of it. The wing to fuselage join is a little different to most kits. Rather than a tongue and groove approach it butt joins to a lip on the fuselage. A test fit of that and it looked good too. So it was time to break out the glue and get started. I departed slightly from the instructions opting to get the wings well underway before detailing the cockpit and closing up the fuselage. The main undercarriage bays go together with 6 parts that fit neatly. Too easy. They are nicely detailed and lend themselves to much more if you wanted to go further. These were then added to a recess on the inside of the underside half of each wing before gluing the top and bottom wing surfaces together. A nice and accurate fit with a minimal amount of clean up required. IMG_0172 IMG_0175 I tested the wings again to the fuselage for fit and it looks like it will be a nice and close and with a bit of luck either no or just a limited amount of filler. Next was the intakes. Each intake is comprised of two sides, a ring and intake bullet moulded together with compressor blades. These go together easily with a minimum of clean up required. These were then put into position. This required a little fettling to eliminate the need for filler. About 5 minutes each and I was done. Much easier than my recent MPM Meteor Mk8! IMG_0182 IMG_0183 The exhausts which come in two major parts/assemblies require a little trimming of the cavity they fit in at the rear of the wing. A little fettling here goes a long way for snug fit. A little filler was required to get the right result. IMG_0181 The kit doesn't come with wing tip lights so I've elected to cut these out and will add some clear sprue and I'll fashion my own. IMG_0184 So far I am liking this kit - a lot. More to come... AGW..
  2. English Electric Canberra PR.3 WF922 at Midland Air Museum, pics mine.
  3. BAC Lightning F2A/F6 Electronics Bays (for Airfix/Eduard) 1:48 CMK from Special Hobby The Cold War Warrior English Electric Lightning was rammed full of engines stacked one on top of the other to achieve those legendary point-to-point speeds and time to altitude figures, so avionics had to be squeezed in where it would fit. The Lightning's spine was therefore full of greeblies, as were the sides of the fuselage wherever a little space could be found and utilised, with maintenance notoriously tricky. As usual with CMK's resin sets, they arrive in the familiar clear vacformed box, with the resin parts safely inside, and the instructions sandwiched between the header card at the rear. There are twenty seven resin parts inside, with the first step being the removal of the panels that are supplied, namely the aft section of the spine, plus two small panels on the port side, one under the rear of the cockpit aperture, the other below the airbrake. The smaller panels are box boxed in behind with a shell, into which some small detail parts are added, and around the edge, fine resin edges are supplied, with a few spares in case you break or lose some. The spine insert fits into the open top of the fuselage, and is supplied with a nicely moulded spine cowling to pose open. The smaller boxes also have their panels included for placement nearby, to complete the scene. Ground crew were often seen fishing around inside a Lightning, and still are if you visit the Thunder and Lightnings days are Bruntingthorpe. Review sample courtesy of
  4. English Electric Lightning F.53 53-671. Aircraft was purchased back by BAe from Saudi Arabia. Now at Gatwick Aviation Museum. This aircraft is fully live and does engine runs. Pics mine.
  5. Good morning! I picked up this kit from Bruntingthorpe on Sunday along with a 1:48 Airfix Lightning. I will be quite honest- this kit is a mixed blessing: Pros: -Great surface detail -Resin exhaust cans and seats -An Eduard photoetch fret included (this contains the instrument panel, belts and various aerials -A large decal sheet (which was barely used, decals sourced from the spares box for my alternative scheme) -Relatively straightforward to build and paint -Positionable flaps Cons: -Almost nothing in the way of guides to tell you where you should place the various parts (cockpit tub, intake cone and nose gear bay) -Nothing in the way of guide pins for the rudder and elevators -Main wheels with no hole through them (a hole had to be drilled to fit the axle through) -A myriad of ejection pins inside the fuselage, specifically of concern were those in the intake area -Wing-fuselage locating pins did not fit at all and these were subsequently filed down -No option to have open airbrakes!!! What I've done: Well, with a bit of fiddling around I apparently managed to get the intake cone, etc and the cockpit to line up correctly in the fuselage- once that was done I closed it up, added the various surfaces and painted her in Alclad. It's my first time with Alclad! I put down a coat of black Vallejo paint followed by a coat of Alclad gloss coat. I then sprayed on the Alclad, building it up to what it currently is. I didn't need to re-paint the black rudder because that was masked over before I sprayed the Alclad. I then masked and painted the yellow stripes on the wings and rear fuselage, added the IFR probe, small intakes and attached the PE aerials. Kit: Sword Lightning t5 1:72 Paints used: Vallejo model air: black, gold yellow. Alclad II Aluminium Note: Decals used and colour schemes are based off reference pictures but are to some extent fictional Thanks for having a look! Many thanks, Sam
  6. Source: http://www.airfix.com/uk-en/news/workbench/victor-b-2-project-update-and-more/ V.P.
  7. After a winter break moving the house around I've completed my second build since coming back to modelling. A lot of lessons learned on this one !!!!! Had several stickers fold over on me and split / break but i've finally finished this after months of trying to find the time.
  8. Hi all, After some good feedback on my first build since a child I'm starting work on my second model and thought I'd post the progress here as I can see a few challenges ahead. Moved from a skill 1 to a skill 2 so expecting some new things will be learned along the way. Already looking forward to starting more builds after this one Bitten by the bug once again Anyhow .... on with the show. Quick parts review and obligatory red wine Quite a few bits need cleaning up, so this will be a good excercise in preparation. I will be taking my time on these bits so I don't overdo it. I attempted to weather the cockpit floor and this is the result ... not bad for a first foray into the "weathered" look. The picture of the tidied up floor is blurred so this is the "almost" finished floor. And here's the cockpit / engine assemby ready to go into the fuselage So far it's been pretty smooth sailing ... if there's anything you chaps can see that's glaringly obviously wrong please let me know. I'm open to critisism / suggestions while I work on this second build. Thanks for looking
  9. English Electric Canberra PR.7 WH791 at Newark Air Museum, pics mine.
  10. English Electric Canberra - T.19 WH904. This aircraft was built as a B.2 and then converted to a T.11 to train Javelin Radar operators (hence the nose), it was later re-designated T.19 Pictures mine taken at Newark Air Museum.
  11. English Electric Lightning F.53. The F.53 is an export version of the F.6 with pylons for bombs or unguided rocket pods. 53-686 was an ex Royal Saudi Araibian Air Force aircraft, brought back to the UK when BAe purchased them back as part of the Tornado Deal. Now at The Norwich City Aviation Museum, pics mine. This aircraft wears its RSAF markings on one side, and the markings it was displayed in, during 1968 as G-AWON when on display at Farnborough.
  12. English Electric Canberra T.4. Delivered in 1954 one of a batch of 12 T.4s built. On display at the Norfolk & Suffolk Aviation Museum, Flixton. Pics mine.
  13. Airbase Coventry, Canberra B.2/6 WK163/ G-BVWC, pics thanks to Rich Ellis.
  14. TT.18 WJ574. Originally built as a B.2 by Handley Page, Radlett, in 1953, converted to TT.18 by BAC and used by FRADU. sold to the US. Lay abandoned at Melbourne Florida for years, now being restored at The Valiant Air Command in Titusville Florida where Mike took these pictures.
  15. English Electric Lightning F.6 XR728. Preserved in Taxiable condition by Lightning Preservation Group, Bruntingthorpe, Leicestershire. Pics from Martin Laurance Pics mine.
  16. English Electric Lightning F.6 XS904. Preserved in Taxiable condition by Lightning Preservation Group, Bruntingthorpe, Leicestershire. Pics from Martin Laurance
  17. Hello All, As in the title I am still not too sure what to make for this one as I have a few options. I will list them below and see what everyone thinks. I love the paint work some of the RSAF's aircraft have, I will try to replicate it to the best of my abilities in 1/144! Yay! Onto the first candiate. The first one, and the one I am leaning the most to is the Hawk. Not the display team The Saudi Hawks (Wiki link) but an actual training aircraft. Altho the Saudi Hawks is also an option, the bottom one is an Hawk from Oman. I am also going to build that one at the same time... possibly. I will be using the Retrowings/OZ Models 1/144 kit. Got this kit a little while ago, been looking forward to building it. This is my second option, but I will be going it the camo scheme, NMF doesn't appeal to me for some reason. I just noticed that there is a MiG-21 in the top of the picture... Go have him Lightning! I got this kit as part of a "job lot" on ebay with 5 other models. I put a £20 in max bid for the lot and won. So I got this classic for £3.30-ish and it was still sealed! How cool is that?! The other options I haven't shown because either I dont have the kit yet, or could find the kit. My other options are a Tornado GR.1/4 OR F.3. Then I could always do an E-3A, but the decals would be bothersome. Then I noticed literally 5 minutes ago that I could do a Hawker Hunter, which I have lots of PE/Resin for... all in 1/144 too! I just got to find the kit first.. :/ Thus far I am leaning towards the Hawk... not decided. I will decide next year Kind Regards, Dazz
  18. LukGraph is to release a 1/72 English Electric Cork Mk.III experimental flying boat resin kit - ref.02 Source: http://www.lukgraph.pl/products.html V.P.
  19. Well having pondered long and hard over which kit from the three that I have available for this GB, in the end I have gone for this one. I haven't put a Sword kit together before but, from what I can gather from builds on here, whilst they require a bit more work they go together well. So for this one I am going to build it out of the box (no wise cracks from the back about not being able to build in the box) and we will see how things progress. Roll on next weekend, can't wait. The obligatory box shot. I'll use this as a reference but I expect there will be a wealth of other info from fellow builders that I will be able to use too. And who knows, if things are going really well I may also get the chance to do one of these two. using these for the Airfix kit Although I must admit to having made a start on the Pavla seat for the Airfix kit, but I think that it just about falls within the 25% rule. I made the following grab handle for the top of the seat.
  20. PR.9 XH131 Pics by Richard E. This aircraft was brought by The Ulster Aviation Society and taken back home to Northern Ireland for display as part of its collection at Long Kesh.
  21. New Sword Lightning Kits Now Available!

    The brand new Sword 1/72 English Electric/BAC Lightning kits are now in stock. Sword have released the lightning in both the T.Mk.4 and T.Mk.5 versions. 1/72 English Electric/BAC Lightning T.Mk.4 1/72 English Electric/BAC Lightning T.Mk.5
  22. After the F.2A variant, Airfix is to release in 2014 a new tool 1/72nd E.E. Lightning F.Mk.6 kit - ref. A05042 Source: http://www.airfix.com/shop/new-for-2014/172-scale-military-aircraft/a05042-english-electric-lightning-f6-172/ V.P.
  23. Another work of mine, the latest by the way. This little kit was a gift for my 18th brithday, 1 year ago. At this time I just started with airbrushing so it is not at my current standart. I put it aside 1 year ago because I've lost a important part (wheel) and I lost the motivation. But this year a good friend of mine made a resin mould of the lost wheel and now I had two again and could finish the kit. This is not my favourite kit but a good indicator for me. I could have done more but I just wanted to finish this kit. The F-106, my 2nd airbrush painted kit MiG 17 from KP, my first serious kit 2 years ago. And in comparance with my latest kit the Spitfire. Here you can see the problems at the air intake I hope you like this little "relic" of mine, because I'm quite happy with it. cookie
  24. Lightning F.2A XN776, in markings of 92 Squadron F.2A at the National Museum of Flight at East Fortune, pic thanks to Nigel Heath.
  25. English Electric Canberra B.2/T.17 - WH740 at East Midlands Airports Aeropark.
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