Airfix English Electric Lightning
Hi All, This is one of my most recent builds its the New Tool Airfix 1/72 Lightning F2A.
I must say it was a pleasure to build pretty much went together flawlessly the only little niggle was the inserts in the nose for the gun openings these were to thick so when placed into the openings they sit quite proud of the fuselage a bit of sanding soon had em snugged down, the other area to watch is the nose ring this also needs a bit of thinning down you will see if ever you build one when you test fit the two halves together with the cockpit and intake assembly all dry fitted you will notice that the two halves don’t meet around the nose intake ring and the two haves are proud of the nose ring so the quick fix is to thin down the inside of this area and with a bit of fettling everything comes together nicely apart from that its built and ready for paint in no time.
I painted this one with Model Master Bluffable paint and i used Rub N Buff Silver plate on different panels to try to give a bit of colour variance, the only difficult process was to now fit the decals and try not to use to much Decal solution as the Model Master Paint doesn’t like the stuff if you put to much on and you let it run it takes the top surface shine away so you end up respraying and buffing in the end i just put the decal in place with water and lightly brushed the decal with Daco mild solution and let it do its thing to be honest it wasn’t really strong enough to get the decal to settle down so i went on to try the medium again it didn’t seem to work so i tried a little Tamiya A20 thinners and this seemed to do the trick.
Once the decals are on thats pretty much it i couldn’t spray a varnish over it as that would take away the natural metal look so it was just a job of being careful when handling it as the finnish is a nightmare where finger prints are concerned.
Hope you like it
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