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shortCummins

1:48 Airfix English Electric Lightning F.1/F.1A

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Before the fuselage halves can be joined the intake and exhaust sub-assemblies need to be completed.

The Eduard photo etch contains replacements for the kit thrust petals which need to be folded to shape, the plastic part removed and the PE part used in its place.

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UMP/Stynylrez black primer was applied…

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…and the a coat of vallejo 77.723 exhaust manifold.

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These were then lightly dry-brushed with vallejo 77.717 dull aluminium.

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The air inlet compressor fan and turbines were given a coat of vallejo 77.717 dull aluminium or 77.723 exhaust manifold.

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The front wheel well and exhaust pipes were also painted.

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Both were treated with Tamiya black panel line.

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The exhaust sub-assembly completed.

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Dry-fitted

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I had intended to complete the radome/intake sub-assembly however, Airfix suggests that 20g of weight are needed to stop the model being a ‘tail-sitter’. I’ve searched high and low but I just can’t find my fishing “leads” so I’ve had to order some more.

 

 

Next I’ll be finishing the radome/intake sub-assembly and joining the fuselage halves.

 

until next time

as always, any suggestions, criticisms or comments will be gratefully received.

rgds

John(shortCummins)

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John, this is great work on my favouritist favourite of my favourite aircraft! I gawped in awe as the Lightnings took off from Leuchars and went vertical right above my house! As a 15-year-old, they made some huge impression!

 

I have a couple of these in the stash, and I think one may have just leapt to the top of the pile!

 

Look forward to seeing more progress,

 

Ray

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1 minute ago, Ray S said:

John, this is great work on my favouritist favourite of my favourite aircraft! I gawped in awe as the Lightnings took off from Leuchars and went vertical right above my house! As a 15-year-old, they made some huge impression!

 

I have a couple of these in the stash, and I think one may have just leapt to the top of the pile!

 

Look forward to seeing more progress,

 

Ray

thanks Ray

one of my abiding memories is attending an air-show, probably Farnborough but for some reason I think it could have been Biggin Hill, watching the Lightning streak just above the runway and then suddenly pivoting 90 degrees and going straight up like a rocket, quite a sight.

 

rgds

John(shortCummins)

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Once the fishing “lead” weights arrived I weighed 20g and filled the radome/air intake and sealed them in with white PVA glue.

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The radome was then fitted to the air intake and given a coat of UMP/Stynylrez black primer and then the radome was painted Tamiya XF-62 olive drab…

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…and intake section was given a coat of vallejo 77.717.

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Once the aluminium colour had fully cured the radome sub-assembly was fitted to the intake tube and the various sub-assemblies, cockpit, intake and jet exhausts were fitted to the fuselage…

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Instrument cowling and gun sight added had PE added…

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…which was given a coat of UMP/Stynylrez black primer and dry-brushed with Tamiya XF-24 dark grey and then lightly dry-brushed with vallejo 77.717.

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Gun site attached.

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Airfix supply the gun sight with solid plastic sights, this was removed and will be replaced with a small piece of astatate later in the build as I know I'd knock it off and feed the carpet monster with it if I fitted it now.

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The rear of the seat/canopy mechanism was added, note a cable is to be fitted between the canopy and deck later in the build.

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Next I’ll be making a start on the wings.

 

until next time

as always, any suggestions, criticisms or comments will be gratefully received.

rgds

John(shortCummins)

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Looking very good John, very good indeed.

 

Keep up the good work buddy.

 

Iain

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When the jets were out on the line there was only seven RBF flag (five on the pitot probe alone) the other two were The hook lock only on F6's (and F2a's) and one in the Stbd Wheel bay a long one hung down the D-door this was from the MASB key (Master Armaments Safety Break). the last thing removed before the jet taxi.

 

The Area next to the Reheat pipes were polished metal link the intake ring.  

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41 minutes ago, tweeky said:

When the jets were out on the line there was only seven RBF flag (five on the pitot probe alone) the other two were The hook lock only on F6's (and F2a's) and one in the Stbd Wheel bay a long one hung down the D-door this was from the MASB key (Master Armaments Safety Break). the last thing removed before the jet taxi.

 

The Area next to the Reheat pipes were polished metal link the intake ring.  

thanks tweeky, that's just the detail I needed, I'm not sure I'm going to use the RBF flags/ribbons as lesthegringo suggested that they are too long, scale 55", perhaps the MASB should be this length and the pitot probe shorter?

 

I had planned on making the reheat pipe "fixings" the same as the intake ring, it was easier to spray them all the same colour initially.

 

rgds

John(shortCummins)

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The Masb key flag was a couple of feet long tbh. Also the style you've chosen were few and far between we used to remove these and throw then we had the red with silver reflective diagonal stripes on them. 

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