1:72 English Electric Lightning F.2A
January 17, 2013 in Aviation
A long time ago in a galaxy far away, I had the idea of building the 1:72 Trumpeter Lightning F.2A kit. It looked great in the box, so it should be a nice quick little build, eh? Those of you who are familiar with that kit and its foils know that isn’t quite that simple.
By the time I was done, I had used portions of the Trumpy kit, part of the old Matchbox kit (belly tank and refueling probe), an Aires resin cockpit and bang seat, the Eduard photoetch cockpit and exterior detail sets, Quickboost rear fuselage and exhaust nozzles, Quickboost resin intake ring, Xtradecal markings for 92 Squadron, Xtradecal stencils, inspiration, perspiration, and a whole lot of very bad words. I had to move the wings back a few millimeters to get them in their correct location, plus I had to add 6 degrees of wing anhedral that Trumpy forgot. And, of course, soon after my completion of this kitbash, Airfix announced a new 1:72 scale kit in 2013 of the Lightning F.2A/F.6 (presumably scaled down from their excellent 1:48 scale kit). You can thank me for causing this wondrous event to happen.
Thanks to the encouragement and expertise of my fellow modellers, I think I’ve managed to make a reasonably nice model. Despite all the little extra work required, this was a FUN project, and that’s what’s important. We can handle the other stuff because we’re modellers! We love this stuff!
Paint is mostly Alclad (aluminum, dark aluminum, magnesium, steel, dull aluminum, chrome, and white aluminum), Gunze acrylic (primarily H322 masquerading as Roundel Blue), and some Testors Model Master enamels. The final coat over the Alclad is their new Aqua Clear Gloss which I like quite a bit.
So here it is! Enjoy!
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