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Old 10-26-2020, 09:50 PM
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Smile EE Lightning - Maly Modelarz 1974

Hello gents,

I got myself couple of vintage model kits. Because I haven't glued any model for a long time (only working on design projects) I decided to have a go with English Electric Lightning from 1974 issued by Maly Modelarz.

As many models from that era, it is far from having a good fit, but it seems to be glueable with a bit of patience

I will try to highlight the issues so anybody who decides to put this EE Lightning in the future is going to have a bit of guide.

By the way, this is a quick build (no cabin interior & landing gear) and just very minor corrections done in Corel on the scanned copy.

Please see some of the first photos.
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Old 10-27-2020, 09:28 AM
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wish you luck hope all goes well
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Old 10-27-2020, 11:46 AM
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From my experience, Maly's vintage kits has a reputation for good fit. The only think that sets it apart from a modern kit is the way it is coloured, if you can fix that in Corel you can make it look very modern. Look forward to the build.
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Old 10-27-2020, 04:30 PM
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I think this is old Geli kit redone by MM.They did quite a few kits from Geli and for most part fit of parts was very good.Problem (as always) was quality of card.Since you scanned this kit that won't be an issue.
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Old 10-27-2020, 04:41 PM
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Good luck Cybermac.
That was my first model which I built from start to end completely. I was a schoolboy. As I remember it assembled without any problems. That was a very precise era of pencil and drawing board.
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Good luck Cybermac.
That was my first model which I built from start to end completely. I was a schoolboy. As I remember it assembled without any problems. That was a very precise era of pencil and drawing board.
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front segments...

Hello gents,

Thank you all for replies!

I am glad to see that this model brings good memories!

1974 - that was a long time ago as we can see on the pages of the model which got really yellow/brown towards the edges.


Going back to the model...

The 2nd segment should be a bit higher (say 0.5-1mm), so to get a proper fit you would need to enlarge it (re-design it).
I managed to get away from re-design it because most of the gap gets covered by the cabin cover if you align all segments from the bottom.

Please see the photos

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Thank you for sharing, looking forward to the completed model.
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rear segments...

Hello gents,

The fitting of central segments is just perfect - no problem with that

Unfortunately, the last segment is a bit tricky because you need to align the engine exhaust tubes and a middle 'plate' part.

That middle part needs to go together with another one (2nd pic) and the proper alignment is just crucial to make the whole segment glue-able and looking right.
The instruction isn't clear on that so I had to check how it look on a real airplane.

Also the last segment (0.5-1.0 mm) should be a bit taller to fit with the previous one. I had to cut it to fit with the other segment and then put a small triangular patch.

Please see the photos...

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have to say well done so far its looking good
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