Here is my attempt at reproducing the magnificent E.E Lightning F.1. The “Frightning” as it was often called by it’s pilots, is one of my all time fav jets.
This is the Airfix 1/48 kit which is probably the most accurate F.1 around, but not easy to put together. I complicated the build by using the Aires wheel wells and exhaust cans. The wings were shaved almost see through to get the wheel wells in! I am glad though I made the effort.
Paint used was polished aluminium Alclad over gloss black. I “tarnished” the polished aluminium finish as it looked like a toy at first. I used aluminium “metaliser” paint semi-dry brushed – kinda worked. Raw umber/Panes Grey oils were used to show fuel, hydraulic leaks and exhaust/dirt grime.
The aeroplane represents a RAF 74 “Tiger” Squadron bird – circa 1962. Check out this video on Youtube for a “Frightning” thrill!
2 additional images. Click to enlarge.