Airfix 1/48 British Aerospace (English Electric) Lightning F.6

with Airwaves photo-etched detail set and resin seat

Royal Air Force, 5 Squadron, UK 1984

Following the Lightning F.1, which was the earliest version of the Lightning, I built the Airfix kit of the latest version: the F.6. As with the F.1, this kit is beautiful and went together very easily. I added the Airwaves photo-etch detail set, which to be honest was useless and fitted very poorly. The only worthwhile components it provided were the missile fins and the small triangular aerials. An Airwaves resin seat was used, which is very nice. Kit decals were used; they’re okay, but silvered a bit as I hadn’t yet managed to get any Microsol. The decals on the port side have faded quite badly in the showcase. Paint is good old Humbrol with Alclad II on the nose ring and aluminium exhaust ring. The nose pitot was replaced with brass tube and wire, and the plane armed with Red Top missiles.

Year bought: 1999 (Antics, Guildford)

Year built: 2001 (Send Marsh, Surrey, UK)

© Copyright 2004. All Rights Reserved. Jonathan Bryon.

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