Patrick's 1/72 Airfix Lightning F2A

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Here's my entry for Ian's GB after he shamelessly browbeat me into joining! ;) only kidding!

It's the same kit as Joe, so I'll be watching his closely for tips!

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The decals are rather extensive for a 1/72 kit
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Cheers
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Made a start with both wings, rear burner assemblies & nose bits.

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But on further inspection, joining the fuselage will be a nightmare! There are massive projecting ejection pin marks inside each fuselage half that prevent it joining without gaps.
I think these will have to be sanded down first.
 
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The fit issue I had with this kit was at the nose, I found the intake trunking outside diameter pushed the fuselage halves apart so filed off material from the trunking and inside of the fuselage, note that I had this on one of the Lightnings I built, the other was ok.

You can read about it here - http://www.scale-models.co.uk/threads/ricks-airfix-1-72-english-electric-lightning-f6.24710/
You're spot on! I've removed the ejection pin marks & the fit is much better.
 

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Nice choice Patrick , which scheme are you doing? cheers tony
 

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I reckon the box art scheme is attractive, was thinking about it myself...
 

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As mentioned above, I had to file my air intake down to close the fuselage. All good fun but no drama.
Now then Patrick, this 1:72 Lighting is the perfect size and subject for a nmf (well, maybe a little P51 would be better )
Go for it.........
 
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