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1/32 Trumpeter EE Lightning F.Mk.6 XS904


Derek B

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20 minutes ago, Victor K2 said:

Outstanding work as always Derek. I still have the !/48 I.D. vacform kit I bought off you back in 84/85 with all your notes regarding that kits corrections, namely the too thin cross section amongst  others (it is still in the loft as bought from you all those years ago) Airfix made my mind up to leave it until my skills improved enough to do it justice. I am still not up to the standard of your good self and I doubt I ever will. However, if I can come close to be half as good, I can hang up my modelling tools and be a very happy modeller. My Trumpeter Lightning is waiting for any upgrades that you and  Iain  manage to produce so that I can at least construct a model that will look as good as it deserves.

As always

Bob

 

Thank you for the very nice words (and memories) Bob - how time flies! Your modelling skills have improved beyond recognition over the years, so I think that you have done yourself a disservice there.

 

Although I shall attempt to correct most of the major kit faults during this build (thereby at least showing my methods of correction), I will not rectify everything wrong with the kit (specifically the canopy shape and position). 

 

Cheers

 

Derek

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13 hours ago, MARU5137 said:

Derek,

Immaculate  work on the Baker seats et al...

EXQUISITE  detailing .

:wow:

:bow:

 

 

Thank you Maru :) 

 

Not sure if I really deserve it considering the calibre of other modellers on this site...I hope that it turns out OK in the end and that the person I am making it for likes it?

 

Many thanks

 

Derek

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In between working on the ejection seat and coaming painting, I am busy tinkering with other parts of the kit. I have started to correct the intake ring to trunk gap issue.

 

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I cut the radar cone blanking area on the support in case I needed to add nose weight later.

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Grey and black now on the ejection seat.

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Derek

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Quick ask for help here...can anyone spare (or copy) the Echelon 1/32 vacform EE lightning F.6 instruction and scale drawings/plans for me please? I need then to double check some accuracy issues and am also hoping that they will include a full scale 'true plan' of the ventral fin shapes?

 

Many thanks

 

Derek

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3 hours ago, Rockie Yarwood said:

Hi Derek, have you seen this article?

 

https://designer.home.xs4all.nl/models/lightning/lightning.htm

 

Cheers,  Rockie

Thanks Rockie, that is extremely aptly what I am looking for, but unfortunately, I do not have a photocopier and it would need to be 1/32 size or exactly 100% drawing size.

 

Many thanks 

 

Derek

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A little more progression...

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I am also tinkering around with other kit parts as well in between working the cockpit parts. I am looking at the external vents and intakes, which are attached separately. These all require re-shaping, refining and 'fettling' in order to fit the kit correctly - here is an example of before and after:

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Derek

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On 5/18/2022 at 6:59 PM, Derek B said:

Quick ask for help here...can anyone spare (or copy) the Echelon 1/32 vacform EE lightning F.6 instruction and scale drawings/plans for me please? I need then to double check some accuracy issues and am also hoping that they will include a full scale 'true plan' of the ventral fin shapes?

 

Many thanks

 

Derek

Derek I have a set of drawings that were drawn by Stewart Hargrave in 1991, with the Echelon name on it, I will email you about it.

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On 5/22/2022 at 9:50 PM, Ali62 said:

Derek I have a set of drawings that were drawn by Stewart Hargrave in 1991, with the Echelon name on it, I will email you about it.

Thank you Ali, I will be in contact.

 

Many thanks

 

Derek

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Whilst I am working on the intake area, I noticed that the No.1 (lower) engine compressor face starter cone and support arms could do with a little rework. The six arms were 'straightened' to form a constant single angle and the edges were rounded. A little detail was also added to the starter cone.

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Still not 100% accurate, but an improvement nonetheless.

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Sometimes, drastic problems require drastic actions...Having corrected the internal gap between the intake ring and intake trunking, installing the AI radar shock cone with integral nose leg bay revealed that it was not concentric in the middle of the intake (it was slightly too low). I adjusted it so that it wasw concentric, it resulted in the front of the nose leg bay sitting too high in the fuselage. So the only option was to separate the radar shock cone from the nose leg bay in order to correct both issues.

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Stay tuned to see how it all works out...

 

Derek

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Lovely efforts all the way around.  I know so little about this particular bird, however it has a major cult following.   Wishing you the best outcome. More importantly,  thanks for showing your excellent efforts with the LSP'e community.  

 

Troy 

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