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woody37

Sword 1/48 Lightning T.5 XS452

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As a change from things with propellers on and 72 scale, I've just completed this in 48. It's been an enjoyable build (HERE) which apart from a bit of extra plumbing in the cockpit and some additional surface riveting, it's OOB including the decals. Painted mainly with Citadel Chainmail silver and Tamiya rubber black for the anti-glare areas. XS452 entered service in 1965 in the scheme it is modelled in here. It's career followed on with 11, 111 & 56Sqn before ending the first chapter in its life doing fast taxi runs having been delivered to and restored at Cranfield. 452 lived a charmed life compared to many as it was then purchased by Mike Beacheyhead and flown in Capetown with several other classic jets along side its sister XS451 which was tragically lost in 2009 resulting in the grounding of the fleet. XS452 took to the air again in 2014, although from what I can gather is currently up for sale again.

 

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Thanks for looking,

 

Neil

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I'll second that, More cold war jets please Neil!

That's well up to the standard we have come to expect, absolutely beautiful, the NMF is superb.

 

Cheers

 

John

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Really impressive Neil.  Another vote for continuation of the theme as well.  A nice Hunter would look good paired up with the T5 I think.

 

Chris.

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Thats a stunner Neil,........really superb and I like it a lot.

 

Cheers

              Tony

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I absolutely love that.   A great finish and I particularly like how you've highlighted the panel lines.  I have the 1/72 Sword kit so might invest in some Citadel Chainmail as it looks really affective. 

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Very, very nice, Neil.  As it happens, just after you started your build I succumbed and bough a T.4.  It was delivered late last week and has joined the stash. 

 

When (if?) SWMBO spots it I shall have to point her to this RFI and the In Progress threads and explain I've received tuition by a master!

 

Thanks for sharing.  A very happy Christmas to you, best wishes for 2017.

 

Jonny

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Difficult to tell which is the real thing and which is the model! Looks spot on to me, top quality work!

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What a beauty, Neil!

 

I love the twin stick Lightnings and this is a stunning rendition. Your NMF looks spot on too and very in-scale (not too shiny) and you've captured the used but not abused look to perfection. 

 

Tom

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Cheers guys. It's a nice kit, let's hope Airfix plan a 1/48 Hunter for 2017, that would go well next to it! Failing that, there's a Phantom in need of assembly!

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