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  1. Cracking job, Heather! And nice save on the decal too! Don't your Belgian planes look smart sat next to each other!
  2. Super work, Heather! Another splendid addition to your collection!
  3. Just spent a couple hours reading through this topic and I'm absolutely blown away by the effort that's gone into this model! Your Shackleton is already a mighty impressive beast, and she'll only become even more so as she nears completion! Keep up the outstanding work!
  4. Absolutely remarkable work! The effort and patience that's gone into this is truly inspiring!
  5. Just spent a few hours reading through this thread, and I am in complete awe at the skill, time, and effort that has gone into this build! Truly impressive stuff! Bravo!
  6. Thank you all - your kind words are very much appreciated!!
  7. Life has a nasty habit of throwing a lot of difficult things at you all at once when you least expect it. I've been through a lot since I last updated this thread, but after many trials and tribulations I'm finally able to work on the Lightning again! To start, I fixed some lead shot weights in the nose with putty filler, however I was a bit over-enthusiastic and did too much at once. The melting effect of the filler combined with the weight of the lead caused the nose to sag and buckle on top. Now, as everyone knows, two wrongs make a right, and you should always fight fire with fire! So, I applied more filler over the buckles, sanded it down, and now it looks acceptable again. In the future, I shall have to be more patient and apply the filler in layers, waiting for each to set before applying the next. After several failed attempts to close the gap in the belly, including inserting a plastic shim, I came to the conclusion that the mating surfaces were just too thin to hold a secure join. To solve this once and for all, I glued a thin strip of plastic over the join, and put filler around the edges to get a smooth transition. At the same time, I closed the hole in the nose with yet more plasticard and filler. All the discoloration looks awful, but after sanding with increasingly fine grades of sandpaper, and a final polish with a low-cost microfibre cloth (kitchen roll ) it feels as smooth as the proverbial infant’s posterior! So once it’s got a coat of primer on it, it should look quite smart. Finally, I decided to attack the starboard aileron. I’m not sure if it was past-me’s over-aggressive sanding, or whether it was like that to begin with, but the inside edge of the aileron was noticeably too rounded compared to the port wing (at least, to my eye, anyway). So, I cut the offending corner off, replaced it with plasticard, then filled and sanded to my satisfaction. Don’t worry, I’m not in danger of finishing it any time soon, but by Jove, with the wings dry-fitted it really is starting to look like a Lightning!
  8. I'm rather late to the party, but this is an absolutely superb build! Truly inspirational stuff! Chris
  9. Wonderful work, Heather! And a speedy build too! Absolutely lovely!
  10. Thanks, Neil! I think I'll be able to find some plastic rod, but that's a very kind offer, and I really appreciate your support!
  11. It's one step forwards, two steps back with the Lightning at the moment... The good news is, I found an empty pen that was the perfect diameter to create new tailpipes from! They're just dry-fitted at the moment - I figure it'll be easier to paint them first, then glue them in place, rather than faffing about trying to mask them. The not-so-good news is the ancient blue-tack I'd used to secure the nose weight in had expired, and so it was rattling around inside the front of the plane. Normally that wouldn't be more than a minor annoyance when picking up the model... however teenage-me, having yet to discover sheet styrene is a Thing You Can Buy, had made the cockpit floor out of paper-card. Which the steel nut I'd used for weight promptly battered to bits. Because the remains wouldn't fit out the top of the cockpit, I had to cut a hole underneath to extract them. I know. It pains me too. Additional annoyance is caused by the bottom of the fuselage splitting whenever I try to do anything to it. In future models, I shall definitely add some structure inside to prevent the fuselage halves from doing that! As for right now, the plan of action is to make a new cockpit floor (from proper plastic this time), affix a better nose weight in a more secure way (lead shot and putty filler?), and since I've cut out the hole, I may as well make a nose wheel well to go in it! I'm probably making this a lot harder for myself than it needs to be, but I'm learning a lot from this kit, so I'll keep going!
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