Airfix 1/72 English Electric Lightning F.2A
My attempt at the Airfix 1/72 English Electric Lightning F.2A. I chose the version flown by Wing Commander J.B. Michell of No. 92 Squadron, based in Gutersloh, Germany.
It’s an imperfect build of a great little kit. It’s so gratifying that Airfix are now producing kits with inventive engineering that make complex forms accessible to us less experienced modelers. I’m sure they’re also getting more people like me back into the ethos of building and researching these feats of aeronautic design.
I used what came in the box, adding only a lead foil harness, and using a mix of Tamiya paint and Model Master metallics in an attempt to imply a varied naked metal skin.
I was inspired in part by the glorious installation of the Lightning at RAF Cosford, and my dad building a lovely little version of this many years ago, which hung on my bedroom ceiling. My second completed airplane build in decades is dedicated to him.
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