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  1. 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.
  2. Lightning F.2A Detail Set (491092 for Airfix) 1:48 Eduard Airfix’s much-loved kit has been released more than a few times over the years, the most recently being a few years back under the current management, and even as a large starter set, allowing the prices on eBay to drop back to more reasonable levels. This set is a general upgrade to the airframe, including the cockpit and exterior, plus wheel bays. Two frets are included, one nickel plated and pre-painted, the other in bare brass. A complete set of new layered instrument panels and side consoles are the primary parts on the painted set, with new rudder pedals; ejection seat details; coaming instrumentation and canopy internal structure also supplied. The nose gear bay receives additional parts; the main gear bays get a full roof skin that fits to the walls moulded into the lower wing; the main wheels are given new scissor-links and brake hoses, with multiple small parts dotted around the periphery of the bays. The nose wheel strut is linked to the aft bay door by two struts, and the other bay door is fitted out with hinges and a retraction arm to finish off. Review sample courtesy of
  3. As far as I know, the RAF never intended to use its Lightnings for ground attack missions. The underwing pylons were normally an exclusive feature of the multi-role export model, the F.53. For marketing purposes BAC used the F.53s with the registrations G-AXEE and G-AWON that were on display at Farnborough and Le Bourget trying to convince potential customers. There are plenty of photos of these aircraft, sometimes carrying a bewildering amount of MATRA and Microcell rockets in the fuselage, under and above the wings. Both aircraft were later delivered to Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. However, there are also photos of what seem to be standard F.6s on display at Air Shows with the underwing pylons of the multi role version. Such aircraft are XP697, XS903 and XS934. The last two even carried squadron markings of No. 5 and No. 11 Sqn, so it looks like BAC borrowed them from RAF squadron service for marketing. So I wonder whether every RAF F.6 could carry underwing pylons although they probably never did so in squadron service? Any thoughts?
  4. Returning with this Revell Lightning. I didn't really believe it to be of Frog origin, having built their Hasegawa based kit. Edited 25 Aug 2019 11:00 - I've just noticed the Frog code F266 on the sprues. What further confirmation is required. Scalemates say this Lightning is Frog, and I've just compared the parts on RayS' thread - match. For which I've got these decals, XtraDecal X011-72. for this Scottish Air Force Lightning This kit was from a colleague, he's just lost his father, for whom I had built some model Meteors, Harvards, and a Defiant. This kit and a Matchbox Two-seater were in his effects. I'm thinking of you John.
  5. Source: http://www.airfix.com/uk-en/news/workbench/victor-b-2-project-update-and-more/ V.P.
  6. Like just about every British modeller of a certain age, I'm a Lightning fan and built plenty of the 1/72 variety in my youth. The thought of a 1/48 model back then was a mouthwatering fantasy and so when Airfix launched their superlative model back in the 1990s, during my modelling wilderness years, I had to get one - ostensibly or my (then) young son. I'm not saying it's a long time ago but the price sticker said 'Beatties'! After existing in part-built hell for over a decade, I decided to start work on this back in April. The build is fairly unremarkable, although I added Eduard and Airwaves PE parts plus a replacement resin shock cone. I'm not convinced the latter really gave any improvement over the kit part. The major effort for me was to finish the model in (mostly) natural metal through the application of tinfoil using Micro Metal Foil Adhesive. One think I learned very early was that the instructions recommending that the adhesive should be added to the foil make life very difficult. It is much more effective to add the adhesive to the section of the model being covered. The decals are a mixture of Airfix, Model Alliance and home-printed for the serials. I went for a development batch aircraft with the Air Fighting Development Squadron, partially because I wanted to model a very early airframe (note it's a P.1B, not a Lightning) but also in part because in my very early career I worked with a colleague who flew Lightnings at the AFDS. The model is a bit like me: looks good at a distance but close-up there's quite a few snags. 🙂 I'm pleased with it but it's nowhere near exhibition standard. Kind regards, Neil
  7. Canberra PR.9/B(I)8 Canopy (HMR48030 for Airfix) 1:48 Hypersonic Models The Airfix Canberra has been out for a loooong time, so there's more than a few out there by now, and what you might not have noticed is that the canopy's profile from the front is U-shaped on the fighter-style installation, when it should be C-shaped to afford the pilot a better view of his surroundings without bumping his helmet against the Perspex. Along come Hypersonic Models with a fix for you on the basis "better late than never", but in fairness to Jeffrey, he hasn't been twiddling his thumbs since 2008, so put the pitchforks back. Arriving in a clear clamshell box with ziplok bags protecting all the small parts, the set includes two cast clear resin parts, six grey resin parts on two casting blocks, and a small winding of malleable black wire. The instruction sheets are colour printed on A5, and take up three sides of two sheets, as there's a fair amount to do. The first steps are to remove the clear resin from the casting blocks with razor saw, then polish the cut line back to smoothness. The parts are nice and clear, which can be further improved on by polishing and/or dipping in Klear/Future. With these parts off, the fixed rear section of the canopy fairing is removed from the kit insert and sanded smooth, then replaced by the new resin part, which has the curve moulded-in, and is sat on a very small T-shaped gate on its casting block to allow the modeller to preserve its curve. The opening part of the canopy is prepared with two openers at the front, a horse-shoe stiffener part-way back, and a bulkhead at the rear, with scrap diagrams showing their orientation from the sides. The de-misting tubes are replicated by lengths of wire running along the side frames and disappearing behind the ejection seat, and this is repeated in the windscreen, which is shown from two angles to help you arrange them correctly. If you are closing the canopy, remove the four studs on the canopy's contact patch, and don't install the resign rear-view mirror and compass parts that you'll find at the top of the windscreen roll-over hoop. A final diagram shows the correct off-centre position of the canopy from the front, which opens up with a port-side lean due to the hinge location and the fact the canopy is off-centre on the fuselage. Conclusion A superb bit of extra detail for your PR.9 or B.(I)8 kit from Airfix, and well-worth adding to your stash if you haven't built yours yet. The casting blocks are sensibly placed and shouldn't require much in the way of clean-up, and the inclusion of the wire to form a complete package is always good to see. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  8. 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..
  9. Ex Royal Saudi Air Force T.55 55-713 at The Midland Air Museum, pics thanks to Alan.
  10. English Electric Canberra PR.3 WF922 at Midland Air Museum, pics mine.
  11. BAC Lightning F2A/F6 Electronics Bays (4351 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
  12. 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.
  13. English Electric Canberra B.2/T.17 - WH740 at East Midlands Airports Aeropark.
  14. 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
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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
  18. English Electric Canberra PR.7 WH791 at Newark Air Museum, pics mine.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. Airbase Coventry, Canberra B.2/6 WK163/ G-BVWC, pics thanks to Rich Ellis.
  23. 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
  24. English Electric Lightning F.6 XR728. Preserved in Taxiable condition by Lightning Preservation Group, Bruntingthorpe, Leicestershire. Pics from Martin Laurance Pics mine.
  25. English Electric Lightning F.6 XS904. Preserved in Taxiable condition by Lightning Preservation Group, Bruntingthorpe, Leicestershire. Pics from Martin Laurance
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