Another Lightning Strike! (92 Sq F.1A)
Seems like a lot of lightnings have been showing up lately, so I thought I'd show my 92 Sq. F.1A as well. (I like the early Lightnings before they added chord to the fin and squared it off!) I built it when the kit was new, so it's about 15 years old. It is also my fourth or fifth NMF subject, so I was still on a learning curve. (Does that ever stop?) You can actually see on the top of the wings where the aluminum is weathering naturally over time. I don't clear coat, so humidity has an effect on the finish just like in real life! The decals have held up well over the years with just the fin flash starting to peel. The plastic took the metalizer very well, unlike their B-57 kit and overall I'm pleased with it. I would like to do another pair with resin cockpits in 92 Sq colors and an F.1 from 74 Sq. as they were the first to operate the Lightning. I'm also looking for another kit as I have NeoMega's T.4/5 conversion set and want to do XS422 from the ETPS which will be flying here soon! (Engine runs done last November!)
My biggest regret on the kit and the main reason I want to do another is that the cockpit as it is only decals. I built this before I knew about the wonderful world of resin. I have Grand Phoenix's version of Airfix's F.6 and the cockpit is going to be fun (and puts this to shame.) Those who've read my post in the past know I'm not a resin junkie provided the cockpit has some level of detail in it, (Airfix's F.2A/F.6 has an improved cockpit) but I absolutely hate instrument panel decals in this scale! Why can't modern manufacturers reach the level of detail Monogram did in the late 70's early 80's, especially for the price of some of the kits? (As an aside, I'm thoroughly enjoying building Trumpeter's 1/32 F.1A! One of my few 1/32 scale birds.)
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