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Back in the days before the internet , when we had to look at books for refferences , after market was virtually nil , an amazing man produced a quite limited kit of the Lightning in 1/32 scale. OK Yes it was Vacform , but it was superb. I was a teenager and was looking through scale aircraft modelling magazine and saw an ad for said kit. I had to have one. My Dad drove me from Essex to Maidenhead to get one from the Man himself , Frank Brown. He was a very friendly man. He showed me some built up ones and also the most gobsmackingly good solid resin fuselage with white metal inserts. I believe it was a master for the kit. No idea what resin it was but it was glass smooth and dark blue.Fantastic. The kit was built and displayed in my room before finally getting destroyed years later somehow. I have built a few over the years , i even started one using the Aires bits for the Trumpeter kit , but sold it on to a friend before finishing it. I now want to build another one. One came up on the web for a good price and it arrived today. All is good and the kit it as beautiful as the first time i saw it. Unfortunately the canopy is very yellow. Not to worry i will attempt to make a vac form machine and make a new one. I will post photos of the kit this evening.
In 1947, civil war looked imminent in Paraguay. President Higinio Morinigo sensed rebellion in the air and thus decided to bolster his air arm, as this consisted mostly of WW2 unarmed training aircraft. Open Civil War broke out on March 7th 1947, by this time a dozen surplus P-38J's with mercenary pilots and ground crew recruited in the US were on their way. Most of the former Paraguayan air force sided with the Communist rebels, but the hastily repainted P-38's served pro government forces well, shooting down most of the rebellions aircraft, while carrying out bombing and strafing runs on insurgent positions. By August 20th the rebellion had been violently put down. This kit is the old 1970's Revell mold. It's not a great model, I started it as just something to tinker on between projects and it had been sitting 95% complete for the last month. I did plan on doing a Cuban machine, but I decided against using a nice decal sheet on what is a pretty poor model. Thus, I invented this little story. The P-38 did not see action in the Paraguayan Civil War.
Hello folks, I start a new project. This is the bad (very bad) Trumpeter Lightning F.6. I know, this kit has a lot of mistakes from Trumpeter. But I really like this Big, Monster Britain Jet !!! I will add a Aires cockpit and exhaust. The decal sheet is from Xtradecal. Ok, maestro :
In my American mind I cannot for the life of me understand AIRFIX and 32nd Scale..?????????? There has to be a way to get the AIRFIX "Powers-that Be" to "See the LIGHT" !!!!!!!!!!!! Take the 48th , Lightning F.1 and F.6, Sea Vixen, Javelin, Canberra collection, make them 32nd Scale These kits are well engineered and fit very well...............Scale UP the moulds? I understand there is an investment to scale up the moulds, but you have the perfect patterns in 3D and steel I know these kits would SELL, the Lightning kit is a real easy build and I fell in LOVE with both the Airplane and the kit. Sea-Vixen......KILLER 32nd Scale Javelin.....Interesting silhouette RELEASE THE CANBERRA !!!!! 32nd Hey! AIRFIX! 32nd Scale!! WANTED EE F.1-F.3 Lightning BAC F.2A-F.6 Lightning Dh Sea Vixen Gl Javelin EE/ BAC/Martin CANBERRA Collection Inquiring Minds Want to Know? Jack