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Airfix 1/48 Lightning F.6 "Scramble"


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Hi All,

This is my second entry in the group build, an idea I've been toying with for ages. I'm going to try and pose this as a scramble, with the aircraft accelerating just above the runway with the gear retracting. I have a generic lighting kit I am going to try and install. 

No progress yet, just box and sprue shots.

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Hi All,

I'm working away on the Lightning in between jobs on the Spitfire, and trying to puzzle out how I'm going to get the lighting kit to fit. I could have picked an easier kit for a first go at this. I think the markings are going to be the classic shark mouth on two tone grey, from an Xtradecals set. I've enough on my plate without worrying about natural metal finishes!

 

I've replaced the kit pilot with one from PJ Productions. The original will not fit the cockpit in anyway, it's massively over scale. My replacement's flying kit is a bit too early for the aircraft I'm showing, but won't be noticeable in the closed cockpit. For the same reason, I've kept the cockpit details simple. This build is all about getting the lighting done.

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And a couple of shots of a test run of the afterburners. I've opted to not try and simulate the gouts of flame, and just put the light and colour of the flames in the jet pipes. I cut two circles of transparent plastic from a transparent sheet for each pipe. I sprayed differing rings of clear red and blue on to each, to try and get a more 3D effect. Quite hard to get the phone to expose correctly, but I think it looks quite good to the naked eye.

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Lots of work done, mostly getting the lighting kit installed. I've had to use the fibre optic extensions. I've had to put some serious bends in and this reduces the brightness a great deal. I think they'l only be visible in the dark! Still, it doesn't really compromise the accuracy of the model so it doesn't really make much difference. 

 

Trying to cram this lot in was fun. You can see the reed switch that cycles the lighting mode, operated with a magnet from outside, in the spine.

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Fuselage sealed up with the wing light wires coming out of some holes I drilled in the wing shoulder.

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Both wings attached.

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More soon,

Gareth

 

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1 hour ago, BlackMike Models said:

Oh this is something a bit different, a LIGHTning. (See what I did there?) I like the idea behind this and think it'll work really well as the Lightning was one of those aircraft that looked like it was going fast even when it was sitting on the ground.

Duncan B

It also looks like it's pregnant even when sitting on the ground 

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I've been doing some work on the gear. Obviously with no weight on the wheels the oleos need lengthening and the torque links need opening out. Here you can see the difference to the main gear. I've also done the nose, but forgot to take pictures.

 

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And painted with the wheels fitted. 

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Cheers,

Gareth

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Hi All,

I haven't forgotten this, just done a couple of other projects as a break. 

I've got the Red Tops done. I prefer them to the Firestreak for their slightly "Gerry Anderson" look.

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And tonight I sprayed the Xtracolour BS26 Camouflage Grey. Here it is drying in the spraybooth.

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Hopefully some more progress over the weekend.

 

Cheers,

Gareth

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Whoops, forgot I was supposed to e taking pics! Here's the Lightning with a Flory Models panel wash (I keep a bottle that that I darken / lighten as needed when the stock colours don't suit. I've gone darker than I usually would because I want the model to "pop" (for want of a better word)) Some of the best panel lines I've seen on a kit - really nidely done.

 

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