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


13. August 2018, 19:48
Modellers United
my first proper jet build , feels strange not having a prop lol , seat was a bit bare so added harnesses out of foil lids from pot noodles , some plastic card for rear of the seat padding , then added buckles and other wires from strech sprue
13. August 2018, 19:49
Modellers United
painted the inner fuselage parts , built the nose part had to fit 20g weight in then painted Alclad Olive Drab , for the main body of the nose polished the plastic with micomesh , 3 coats Alclad black gloss base polishing inbetween each coat then used hairy stick dry with Aluminium pigment dust and buffed with cotton wool then fitted the nose and cockpit
18. August 2018, 19:36
Modellers United
she`s all closed up and wings / rear jet engines now fitted , got a fingerprint on the nose but i like to still post things like that to show we all make daft mistakes sometimes and with 1 eye i make my fare share of them lol it will be fixed next time im at the bench more work to do around the cockpit / nose / rear jet engines ,but she`s looking like a plane now
24. August 2018, 08:35
Modellers United
added a bit kitchen roll into the cockpit then masked it all so just red areas left out , then pre shaded with Alclad matt black . Then done fine coats of Alclad Signal Red till you could only just see the pre shade . gave it a coat Alclad Aqua Gloss to protect it , once dry i will mask the red areas around the canopy area for the black bit
24. August 2018, 15:22
Modellers United
had too strip her and start again as i wasen`t happy in 2 places on her with the metal finish i did thats her striped and re done the metal finish , next is re do the red on the wing edges , center spine and tail fin
15. September 2018, 14:49
interesting to watch 🙂
15. September 2018, 15:26
Modellers United
thanks Augie 🙂
15. September 2018, 15:45
Modellers United
masked off too start the red , pre shaded with Alclad Matt Black then the Alclad Red coated with Alclad Aqua Gloss then started to pick out panels for a different metal finish , still alot more panels too do
16. September 2018, 17:15
Modellers United
Had flu / cold this last week feel little better today so bench update on the @Airfix 1/48 English Electric
Lightning F.1/F.1A random panels painted with 3 different subtle shades of Alclad Aluminum on both sides , everything has been fitted wheels etc now ready for decals at last
10. October 2018, 18:57
Modellers United
Well thats the Airfix 1/48 English Electric Lightning F.1/F.1A finished at last , the kit it great but i fell out of love with this build a while ago when i was not happy with the metal finish and had to strip it since then just felt like a thorn in my side but happy with how it looks now , all done in Alclad metal and mil-spec paints with some pigment dust i cant remember where i got from
15. October 2018, 14:17
Looks good, but if I may, while having your logo on the pics is fine, can you loose the boarders from around them, they seem to bleed in and perhaps give an unfavourable look to the finished kit. Sometimes less is more.
15. October 2018, 18:32
Jos Jansen
Wow...what a perfect NMF! 👍
8. November 2019, 18:21
10. November 2019, 21:26


1:48 English Electric Lightning F.1/F.1A (Airfix A09179)
English Electric Lightning F Mk.1a
GB Military Royal Air Force (1918-now)
Firebirds Aerobatic team, 56 Sqn. XM174/D
1963 - RAF Wattisham
NMF BS381C:538 (Fin spine)

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