E.E. Lightning F.3
Here’s the Airfix Lightning F.3 (1/48th) done with aftermarket decals (Aeromaster, IIRC). This old Airfix kit has its faults, but can be built into a nice model. I like the purposeful look of the Lightning, especially done-up in brilliant 56 Squadron colors. I think it was these markings that caused the MoD to call for more subdued markings.
I added some detail to the ejection seat, as well as the MLG bays. I also deeped the NACA ducts on the fuselage by gently scraping away the plastic until some depth was attained; Airfix only gives an outline of the NACA ducts because the ducts are near the edge of the mold and depth could not be achieved. Some folks have lamented about some warping of the wings, but I had little problem getting the wings glued-up straight. Likewise, no problem with the fuselage.
Alclad II Aluminium was used for the main painting. NMF Lightnings were pretty monochromatic so I just used the aluminium, without any panel shading.
Overall, this old Airfix kit is pretty nice, and, since it’s the only-game-in-town, if you want a E.E. Lightning in 1/48th, this is it (According to the SAM Productions Modellers Datafile #7, Aeroclub and Sanger also released 1/48th Lightnings, but in vacu-form plastic) . Airfix also released the F-2A/F-6 in another boxing. This kit gives you the options to build the F-1/F-1A/F-2, and the F-3.
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