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excellent work! I also noticed the wear in the pedal area.nice detail. great start!
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I have managed to do the seat today. 4 hours of uninterrupted modelling.

First time i have ever used seatbelts and ever weathered a seat for that matter

So first up I built the seat as per the instructions and removed the ejector handles as per the PE instructions.



Gave her a coat of Flat Black and added abit of lead wire detail just to give it something extra. Won't be seen but i know its there



Used reference photos for the seat, some showed plain black seats with no padding and some with leather and green padding. I chose to go with the green and leather padding. Here she is pre-weathered



and in the weathering process before i removed most with cotton bud and dulled it down abit



Then came the 2 hours to fit the PE. First time i have ever used PE belts and details. Im over the moon with how she looks and even the Wife agrees that its the best i've done. 



Just got abit more weathering to do then i can call her finished and make a start on the airframe
 
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Very beautiful weathering on the seat, you said 12 months and i didn’t expect to see all these aftermarkets and advanced techniques on weathering.

Add some weathering on the belts too, they look brand new compared to the seat.

Good luck with your build

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Very beautiful weathering on the seat, you said 12 months and i didn’t expect to see all these aftermarkets and advanced techniques on weathering.

Add some weathering on the belts too, they look brand new compared to the seat.

Good luck with your build


Belts have been weathered today along with abit more to the seat (dry brushing)

Will get the photos up later
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the best "beginner" I've seen in a while! outstanding work. can't wait to see more. good luck with getting the time to build. I had a couple of ankle biters many moons ago--my "baby" just turned 31! time flies way too fast--enjoy ALL you can while you can. cheers
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Been a while since and update so here it is

seemed to be busy with this but not really got anywhere. 

Got the intake built up using the Flightpath resin version with the white metal radar cone to add the weight over the front.



to get the airfix cockpit to fit for some reason i had to cut out majority of the intake not sure why but nevermind it wont be seen once the FOD cover is on the front.

now on to the Aires wheel wheels.

I really struggled with these, i thinned them as much as i dare and the same with the wings. The kit wings are already very thin so i couldnt really take much off them but after much swearing and sweating i got them fitted albeit not the best but they are in (I will never use them again)



Now onto the canopy and again using the parts from the flightpath set i set about fitting the PE canopy frames. These were so frustrating and fiddly. took me near on 3 hours to get them all lined up and fitted.

Here is the start of it i will get some photo's later of the finished canopy which i know could be better but its my first attempt at PE on a canopy so its the best its going to be at the mo.




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impressive work all round! thanks for the pictures.going well, very well.
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Looking good you had the same problems I did with the wheal we'll .what glue are you using for the canopy pe
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Hello
Very nice build - stunning work with seat - PE adds so much... it's like when you are try it once there is no coming back I believe. Keep it up! Looking forward for your progress!

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Update on the Lightning.

Managed to get abit more done. Seems i'm taking tiny steps getting this thing finished.

Got the engines in and sat correctly and closed up the body of the bird.



Due to the fitment issues i had with the cockpit tub i had to extend the nose intake slightly to get the cone to sit somewhere correct. Out came the plasticard and filler.



chose to pose her with her flaps down. Whether they drooped whilst parked up i don't know but thats how there going to be. Also gives good scope to weather them really well with oil leaks and staining.

Painted and weathered the wheel wells, Sealed with a coat of Klear.
This is where the resin wells came into their own with the extra detail and lumps and bumps everywhere really pop when a wash is added and im really happy with them.





Also made a start on the front landing gear. Used the white metal parts from the flightpath kit and with never working with white metal parts before didn't really know what expect.
I pulled up some landing gear reference photos and decided where i could add some extra detail.

So i first off drilled a hole through the main leg as per the ref photos




i added the hydraulic line and painted her up



I painted up the wheel and weathered the leg and wheel. The wheel was also cast from the flightpath kit





And here is the end result




Made a start on the rear landing gears now and those pics will be up on the next update
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indeed, the landing gear bays and your work with the landing gear are a total payoff. good thing since you had a battle with the cockpit installation and the resin[?] landing gear bay[?]. after the battle a bit of mountain top is good for the soul.great seat, LG bay, and the canopy PE are all adding so much already. I know you have more in store for us! best wishes!
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Landing gear is looking realy nice good weathering
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Next update and i've made abit more progress still making tiny steps but learning alot as i go. Normally i've finished a kit by now.

So i have finished the Canopy PE. This really tested my patience and i lost my rag a few times with it having to walk away a number of times but its done and for a first go its not too bad.



and inside



Now onto the Landing gear. I started on the rear landing gear and used ref photos to help me on my way. I used the Flightpath white metal castings and added some lead wiring for the brake lines. With the lumps and bumps on them it really made for good weathering and also the detail on the wheels with the PE Hubs you can really make these things grubby and realistic. I used Tamiya tape cut into thin strips to show cable ties to hold the brake pipes in place and i think they look really good. They weathered up lovely using Humbrol Smoke and rust weathering powders and decalfix.





I also got the first of the wheel well covers cut off the resin block and painted up. These came with the Aires resin set and compared to the kit parts really add something extra to the undercarriage. I painted them with Humbrol 147 sealed with a coat of Klear and then weathered using Humbrol Smoke and they really popped. The rivet detail really came to life. With the right amount the light grey colour became more of a mottled grey really looking like the real thing.



Next up is the rest of the covers then i can hopefully make a start on the natural metal finish and details on the fuselage. 
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the work and details are great, really nice. your images are very well lighted and clear. I can see everything you write about.very glad that you are in on this group build! enjoying your build diary/thread very much. thanks for sharing everything.
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Got the satin black base coat down today ready for the aluminium metal coat tomorrow.



I've opted to use the Mr Metal Colour range if Buffable metaliser paints. Never used these before so i've got a feeling i'm going to learn alot in the next few days
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