Model Alliance Group

1/72 & 1/48 English Electric Lightning Part 3 Decals

1/72 Sheet No. MA-72171 10.00 

1/48 Sheet No. MA-48171 15.00

Review by Steve Bamford on May 18 2009

 

This new decal sheet from Model Alliance Group features markings for 11 different Worldwide Lightning schemes to compliment On Target Profile 13.
  • Lightning F.6, XP762/M of 111 Squadron, RAF Wattisham 1965
  • Lightning F.3, XR754/R of 111 Squadron, RAF Wattisham 1971 - Zapped with JG71 'Richtofen' zap
  • Lightning F.6, XS895 of Lightning Station Flight, RAF Leuchars 1976
  • Lightning T.5, XS449 of 226 OCU (145 Squadron), RAF Leuchars 1966 - Zapped with 74 Squadron Tiger
  • Lightning T.5, XS452 of Akrotiri Station Flight, RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus during 1975 - Pink Tailed aircraft
  • Lightning F.3, XP763/P of 29 Squadron, RAF Wattisham 1969-74 - Zapped with 322 Sqn RNAF and EC.2.5 of the French Air Force
  • Lightning F.6, XR770/AA of 5 Squadron, RAF Binbrook 1987 - - Red tail, spine and wings
  • Lightning F.53, 53-670/F of 13 Squadron, Royal Saudi Air Force, King Abdul Aziz AB, Dhahran in 1977 - Camouflaged scheme with Duck Egg Blue underside
  • Lightning F.53, 53-685 of 2 Squadron, Royal Saudi Air Force, King Abdul Aziz AB, Dhahran in 1970 - Standard silver aircraft
  • Lightning F.6, XR725/A of 23 Squadron, RAF Leuchars 1968 - Zapped with Air Canada markings during display at Toronto Air Show in Canada
  • Lightning F.53K, 53-414/F of Kuwait Air Force in 1970

The 12 page instruction booklet is straight forward and well laid out and includes 4 view colour profiles of most aircraft on this decal sheet. 

The decals themselves are flawlessly printed and very clearly printed on the 1/72 samples I have before me and are contained on 2 decal sheets.  Stencils are not included.  Colours look solid and should cover very well, but the decals appear thin and of a very high quality.   

British aircraft have always included a colourful variety of paint schemes and this decal sheet is no exception.  Eaqch aircraft features artwork of some sort (squadron artwork etc).  One aircraft attended the Toronto Air Show and was Tagged with Air Canada markings and that is included on this decal sheet.  You alos get 2 aircraft in Saudi Air Force markings including one in desert camo scheme.  Plus a Kuwaiti Lightning.  And 2 RAF jets with brightly coloured tail fins and so much more.

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This is a great sheet and offers a big avriety and I must confess I've taken quite the shine to  the Lightning since seeing the new Lightning sheets from Model Alliance.

You can order these decals direct from aviation-workshop@btconnect.com   Contact them for prices and ordering information.

Special thanks to Model Alliance for sending me this review sample.  You can purchase these decals direct from the Model Alliance website.

Steve

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Photos and text by Steve Bamford