English Electric Lightning
by Jack Hollander
The English Electric Lightning F6 was the fastest climbing interceptor of its time, faster than even the F-15 Eagle. One of the interesting aspects of this plane is its non-conventional overhead wing tanks.
This was a great model to build. All of the parts fit and it went together quite easily. The only disappointing thing was there was very little detailing on the landing gear.
I painted it overall gray using Humbrol 164 for the topside and Barlay Gray underneath.
I used Alclad for the underside, the wheel wells, and pitot tube where it called for aluminum.
Before spraying the Alclad I brushed Future Floor Wax on with thick brush. If you don’t put a barrier between the plastic and the Alclad, the Alclad will attack the plastic. You don’t have to re-coat the model in order to put the decals on; They can go right over the Alclad.
Ultra Chrome Bare Metal Foil was applied to the nose, tail, and missiles. I used red and green MV Lenses on the back of the fuel tanks.
Photos by Phil Novak