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Lightning (English Electric) Completed

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I have just begun cutting plastic on this (Trumpeters 1/32 Lightning F.1 A/ F.3 kit) yesterday, I mean I started cutting resin but, the point is the same. I bought the resin Aires sets for the cockpit and jet pipes, the detail is really quite amazing on these sets (fit remains to be seen) if there were more resin parts available for the kit I'd probably look at getting them after seeing the difference in the resin versus the kit plastic. other than these resin bits and the included associated photo-etc, I plan on building it out of the box. Decals and all.

Some pictures

The box;

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The resin bits;

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kit parts on the left Aires on the right;

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the kit cockpit;

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the resin parts;

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Nice one. Buit a f.2a with an aires cockpit which is very nice...had some issues with the harness instructions...but well worth it in the end...

 

hope to see yours done up soon. The lightning is a classic interceptor n a great subject

 

rgds

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Thanks for making it clear in the title that it wasn't a REAL Lightning. Saves me getting all excited for nothing. 

 

Seriously, through, great start! Looks like fun!

 

Tim

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2 hours ago, Out2gtcha said:

Nice! Will follow with interest

 

+1

 

I have this kit and the later one too, both with lots of resin I think (been ages since I opened the boxes).

 

I too have heard that some of the Aires resin will be a 'challenging' fit

 

I know the kit has some shape issues which, once you start comparing to the real thing, are actually quite significant, but I can't help it - I just love the aircraft too much!

 

this will be the first jet I build later this year I hope - inspired by my friend next door building one when I was a about ten years old (early 80s!!)

 

best of luck

 

Nick

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35 minutes ago, BiggTim said:

Thanks for making it clear in the title that it wasn't a REAL Lightning. Saves me getting all excited for nothing. 

 

Seriously, through, great start! Looks like fun!

 

Tim

 

you mean P-38 I take it?

 

surely not that F- thingy modern monstrosity?!

 

:coolio:

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I did the T5 Whirlybird with Airies exhaust. I found the exhaust cans a very tight fit almost like they were designed for another kit!. If I remember the side walls had to be made paper thin:mental:

 

Steve.

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Thanks for looking and commenting!

Yes the exhausts, during a test fit, were cause for a bit of head scratching. I'll hopefully sort that out before I get too far in.

I forgot all about the modern F thingy lightning...no, not that one, either. The P-38 would be a cool kit too!

I hope to try "Bare Metal Foil" on this one. Although the Alclad is in the stand by stage awaiting it's inevitable turn on the bench... 

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1 minute ago, chrish said:

I hope to try "Bare Metal Foil" on this one. 

 

 

Nice!  There is always kitchen foil and MS foil glue too (sometimes a bit more robust with a bit less ripping as well).

 

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I also found that if the kitchen foil is grained, paint work exceptionally well over it 

 

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Whatever way you choose, looking forward to a NMF bird! 

 

 

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1 hour ago, nmayhew said:

 

you mean P-38 I take it?

 

surely not that F- thingy modern monstrosity?!

 

:coolio:

You betcha! If you hadn't figured it out yet, I love P-38s.

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REALLY love Lightnings, something about that plane that no other seems to come near.  As a child I was at Farnborough when the English Electric P1 was displayed, alongside the V-Bomber trio all in white it was a very memorable occasion.  We're long overdue an accurate EE Lightning in our scale.

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48 minutes ago, mozart said:

REALLY love Lightnings, something about that plane that no other seems to come near.  As a child I was at Farnborough when the English Electric P1 was displayed, alongside the V-Bomber trio all in white it was a very memorable occasion.  We're long overdue an accurate EE Lightning in our scale.

Same. My first job was at Boscombe Down and I used to strap the pilots in and do the see offs/In’s. Lightning was always a favourite especially stood in front of the nose “staring down the barrel of the gun” with engines running. Tremendous aircraft and happy memories.

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Ok. so maybe not quite exactly out of the box. I decided to open up the (APU?) exhaust and add a pipe to it. While I was at it opened up the various vents and scoops found around the fuselage. As well, found during dry fits, the wing root is thicker (wings) than the fuselage allows for. I trimmed the inside of the wing to a narrower thickness and better fit. The speed brakes in the kit are designed to be built open, I firkytootled them a bit so as to be shut.

While scraping some ejector pin marks, I found this...looks like metal (from the mold?) stuck in the plastic.

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the test fit mismatch of the wing to fuselage (now mostly fixed)

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the APU? exhaust as supplied in the kit...I guess the thinking is paint it flat black?

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A bit of plastic tube cut and glued in to the (now open) hole in the fuselage side.

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work, continues...

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