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Ah I do so love a Lightning , so much so thats me sat in one over there⬅️

It's a toss. up between them and Panthererer tanks as to which I'm modelled more. 

I remember seeing this in a toy shop in Taunton in 2000 , there with my young kids on a Beanie Baby hunt ....and there.... is sat an early iteration of the Airfix F1/3 for £30 . And so I went back to making models again . Since then I've done this particular kit numerous times, there is not a point when there is not a Lightning in the cabinet. How many reference books on Lightnings do I own ? ....all of them frankly . 

So I've got a later repop ,but with 111 Sdn Squadron decals ( hopefully still usable) from an earlier boxing, a resin seat and a whole bunch of Alcald 

This is back from when Airfix in my opinion still made some nice new models instead of the ok ish ones they bounce out now from India 

 

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100% pure sex .....and this is what it will look like ...although probs XR711 not 713 ..and a bit shinier maybe 

 

 

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I so loved going to Bruntingthorpe when they still ran. Still in mourning for those days .

 

 

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1 hour ago, PanzerWomble said:

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Cool …I remember finishing exactly this one, in the mid-eighties, in 1/48, from …. the old ID Models vac-form … Had an undignified end when my two boys started playing around the house with it :)

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Great subject, although the twin boom version certainly has it's own sexiness, doesn't look like a pregnant MiG-21 on the ground, and as far as the twin boom version goes, it isn't bingo fuel 5 minutes out, or have an actual fuel emergency 10 minutes after a max performance takeoff.  At least it’s at 140000 ft or so, so it can at least have one high speed gliding attack before having to RTB  💀 

They were thirsty buggers with precious little space to carry internal fuel, but one of the best point Defense fighter interceptors ever produced, anywhere, by anyone.  Ever  

But yes, all ribbing aside, I LOVE the big EE version.  I've seen a few of these take off, and all I can say is that at the time, there was literally nothing  that could climb and accelerate while vertical like they could.  Plus the noise from those two engines was positively mind numbing and reached to your soul.

Do it justice, Guy. These big birds made an absolute lasting impression on this soldier. And thanks to you, I’ll probably now need to haul mine out and build the bloody thing.   As if I don’t have enough make work projects….    👊

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1 hour ago, Martinnfb said:

Under/over setup has its own charm :)

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But it doesn’t look like a ruptured duck trundling to the threshold. I know what that looks like because I walk like that with my busted knees

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1 hour ago, Clunkmeister said:

Great subject, although the twin boom version certainly has it's own sexiness, doesn't look like a pregnant MiG-21 on the ground, and as far as the twin boom version goes, it isn't bingo fuel 5 minutes out, or have an actual fuel emergency 10 minutes after a max performance takeoff.  At least it’s at 140000 ft or so, so it can at least have one high speed gliding attack before having to RTB  💀 

They were thirsty buggers with precious little space to carry internal fuel, but one of the best point Defense fighter interceptors ever produced, anywhere, by anyone.  Ever  

But yes, all ribbing aside, I LOVE the big EE version.  I've seen a few of these take off, and all I can say is that at the time, there was literally nothing  that could climb and accelerate while vertical like they could.  Plus the noise from those two engines was positively mind numbing and reached to your soul.

Do it justice, Guy. These big birds made an absolute lasting impression on this soldier. And thanks to you, I’ll probably now need to haul mine out and build the bloody thing.   As if I don’t have enough make work projects….    👊

He he , contentious GB titles ..🙄..I knew someone would bite. Personally I like the P-38 too , but you know , I'm English huh ! 

In 1986 I lived for a summer in Grimsby and so was treated to a daily show from Binbrook where the last of the Lightnings at the LTF  were using up the airframe hours before they all got the blue cross of death. 

Magnificent aircraft , fastest aircraft the RAF has ever had , flawed but fantastic in equal amounts. I cried when Thunder City closed as I had always promised myself a flight there ...just once ...would have done . Anything that could burn through an entire tank of fuel in just 10 minutes ...shame the Trumpeter one was just too bad to contemplate. I know there are fixes but ...

More Lighting Pixs here- I've been following Damien's website 20+ years .

 

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Guy, you know if there was ONE guy who would bite……. It would be me. 🤣

With more range, I expect Canada would have bought them.  But they needed a along range interceptor, of which the Voodoo was perfect. 
Ive Never, ever seen a better climber.  Straight up and accelerating,….  Decades ago. 

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4 minutes ago, Clunkmeister said:

Guy, you know if there was ONE guy who would bite……. It would be me. 🤣

With more range, I expect Canada would have bought them.  But they needed a along range interceptor, of which the Voodoo was perfect. 
Ive Never, ever seen a better climber.  Straight up and accelerating,….  Decades ago. 

,,,& if Lochheed hadn't been bribing everyone in Europe to buy Starfighters .. ....in the end the UK could only bribe Saudi to buy them 🙄

Al Yamamah arms deal and £20m slush funds anyone ? 

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57 minutes ago, PanzerWomble said:

,,,& if Lochheed hadn't been bribing everyone in Europe to buy Starfighters .. ....in the end the UK could only bribe Saudi to buy them 🙄

Al Yamamah arms deal and £20m slush funds anyone ? 

That’s a 100% true statement.  

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Looking forward to this one Guy.

Remember seeing the 111 Squadron birds at Leuchars in the early 70s. My uncle was an AC2 there, so we visited regularly, and I can still remember the noise they made. My uncle eventually ended up at Lyneham working on the AC-130s, so a bit of a change of pace.

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1 hour ago, GusMac said:

Looking forward to this one Guy.

Remember seeing the 111 Squadron birds at Leuchars in the early 70s. My uncle was an AC2 there, so we visited regularly, and I can still remember the noise they made. My uncle eventually ended up at Lyneham working on the AC-130s, so a bit of a change of pace.

I'd have loved to have seen these fly more. They were downright brutal machines, and twin Avons with the reheat lit?  Good Bloody Night!

 

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I've the F6 kit in the stash. Just had it out today in fact as I'm trying to reorganize the stash. 

I also have the somewhat maligned Trumpeter 1/32 one too. 

I'm still waiting for my LHS to sell the Echelon ones they bought in a collection a few years ago and maybe have a go at my first vac build. 

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13 hours ago, Clunkmeister said:

I'd have loved to have seen these fly more. They were downright brutal machines, and twin Avons with the reheat lit?  Good Bloody Night!

 

The F4s that replaced them just didn't have the same roar. 

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  • PanzerWomble changed the title to 1/48 EE Lightning ...the proper Lightning -3 Feb. "stuffs" arrived ........

Not much to report other than I now own a resin cockpit and a white metal ladder. I' not. huge AM fan , as most of my stuff get sold anyway, but this one if it turns out well will be a keeper . Need to finish the sub and the mossie first though. 

 

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