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...stuck to the model! I've cut these straight out of paper, then stuck them over a wet layer of Klear. Once in place i then brush more Klear over the top and periodically 'baste' the paper in more Klear until it's saturated.

That is one of the most wicked ideas for the panel lines I've ever heard. Brilliant!

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Thanks Tomek!

 

Next up is the intake ring. I've made this from two strips of Pepsi Max steel can material - the first strip is slightly curved and gives a conical shape when joined into a circle. The join will be covered by the pitot socket.

 

The other steel strip is a straight line and forms a tube when joined in a circle, this then fits inside the first ring to form the inside of the intake ring. A bit of CA holds them together and the finished intake ring is a push fit onto the beast's nose.

 

This does leave a slight ridge which doesn't exist on the real plane, but i think reflections off the very shiny surface will cover this up nicely!

 

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Here you can see the finished ring temporarily in place.

 

I've given this a coat of paint (ignore the colours in this photo, they don't really match real life!) using some masks made of normal paper. I stick these on by cutting out small squares from the paper then sticking masking tape over the hole, this does let the edges raise slightly and has given a very subtle feathered edge. The real thing has very crisp paint edges but in my opinion this equals toy when applied to a model :)

 

You can also see a paper template for the windscreen and a canopy frame made from thin styrene sheet. I might have a go at glazing this if i can find some clear plastic packaging with the right curve moulded in! (just to tide over until Iain's vac version is available ;) )

 

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Masking of the wing-walk lines - if i'd been more with-it i would have painted the area black first, then masked off the lines. Anyway, i did it the difficult way!

 

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Splash of Klear and the top is ready for decals. I've used the Hannants own brand ones which are very thin but a bit out of register (haven't seen that for a while). I've also got their stencil sheet which looks superb :)

 

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This whole thread is just so inspiring I'm at loss for words. And the Klear-soaked paper trick is just neat. I'm pretty convinced that can be used for regular plastic kits as well (Or kids toys, as you call them :rolleyes: )

 

Kyrre

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Your capacity to innoate and try new ideas seems endless, mate ! :bow:

 

Been following this build since the start (and don't know why I did not leave any comment so far: probably too gobsmacked to type :blink: ), and its a joy thourgh and through !

 

I always loved the Lightning, but could not get the resolve of spending what was asked for a not too accurate kit: your approach is probably the right one !

 

Keep going !:thumbsup:

 

Hubert.

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Mate, this is incredible stuff! I can't believe how fast you're putting this together - and from scratch! Amazing. Makes me feel incredibly feeble.

 

Kev

 

 

What Kevin said really.

This is mind blowing my friend!

Looks incredible !

 

Thanks guys! It's a bit rough up close, hence why there's no close-up pictures ;) I'm half way through applying the stencils now and they break up the surface finish a bit, disguising some rough areas!

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This whole thread is just so inspiring I'm at loss for words. And the Klear-soaked paper trick is just neat. I'm pretty convinced that can be used for regular plastic kits as well (Or kids toys, as you call them :rolleyes: )

 

Kyrre

 

 

Cheers Kyrre

 

The 'kids toy' comment refers to anything below 1:32 scale ;)

 

I think the paper would work on plastic kits too, once it's soaked up the Klear it can be sanded smooth and you don't get any paper texture. I used this method just because it's easier to cut the printed paper straight off the sheet

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Your capacity to innoate and try new ideas seems endless, mate ! :bow:

 

Been following this build since the start (and don't know why I did not leave any comment so far: probably too gobsmacked to type :blink: ), and its a joy thourgh and through !

 

I always loved the Lightning, but could not get the resolve of spending what was asked for a not too accurate kit: your approach is probably the right one !

 

Keep going !:thumbsup:

 

Hubert.

 

Thanks Hubert! I have to make up some shortcuts because i'm too impatient to do things properly!

 

Those Trumpeters are quite expensive but I am tempted by a Trumpeter F1 if I can find one cheap, maybe with all the panels open to show the insides? Hmmm

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I think the paper would work on plastic kits too, once it's soaked up the Klear it can be sanded smooth and you don't get any paper texture. I used this method just because it's easier to cut the printed paper straight off the sheet

 

F-16 strengthening plates comes to mind. The soaking and sanding thing isn't unlike how for instance Bakelite seats were made back in the old days, I have been told. Klear is just a clear acrylic agent, which will work as any other plastic if built up in sufficient layers.

 

Enought rambling. Keep doing your thing, please.

 

Kyrre

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