Airfix English Electric Lightning F.1 in 1/48…
This is my 2nd posting of an Airfix 1/48 English Electric Lightning. To put my Lightning model postings in the right order, this should have been the first, but I had the photos already for the F.6, so it became the first. I just took some new photos of the F.1, so here it is.
This model is of XM166, an F.1 (with the "witches hat" fin) of 74 “Tiger” Squadron. 74 Sqn was based at Coltishall, in Norfolk, East Anglia, England at the time, and was the first RAF squadron to equip with the Lightning, in 1960. This is using the kit cockpit, the only aftermarket items are Cutting Edge decals for RAF and 74 Sqn markings. All airframe stencils and warnings are from the kit decals. The kit decal sheets for the Airfix 1/48 Lightnings are pretty impressive.
I dread doing natural metal finishes, as I try to use only water soluble acrylic paints. But it is difficult to do a good natural metal finish on an aircraft, without using a enamel or lacquer, at least for the base coat. On this kit I believe I used some Floquil metallic enamel (lacquer?) as the base, as well as possibly some Polly S metallizer acrylics for certain panels. It's been a few years since building the model, and my memory is a bit hazy about the paints used! Although this is the first time I tried to start a record of paints used, as I did intend to build quite a few Lightnings. Hasn't happened yet, but ... who knows?
I am still using the Gunze Sangyo acrylics that I still have quite a number of (and they seem to be pretty long lasting), but am trying to slowly change to Tamiya, since I can't find the Gunze paints anymore. They were the best acrylics in my estimation. Anyway, I was pretty happy with the way the natural metal 74 Sqn Lightning turned out.
Can't think of anything to add, as I covered some of this in the earlier posting of the Lightning F.6 model.
I really like the way the iModeler site is set up, it is so easy to correct or modify a posting!