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Royal Air Force

Early Bird Lightnings


1/48 scale


Model Alliance Decals


S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number and Details: Model Alliance No. MA-48134 Royal Air Force Early Bird Lightnings
Scale: 1/48 (also available in 1/72 scale)
Contents and Media: 1 150mm x 210mm decal sheet; four page A5 sized instruction sheet; profiles of six aircraft; decal placement indicators in the centre spread; decal instructions on the back with recommended accessory sets in the relevant scale.
Price: GBP13.00 available online from the Model Alliance website
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Attractive subjects; nice selection of RAF Squadron markings; excellent printing ie, perfect register, good colour density and minimum carrier film.
Recommendation: Highly Recommended

Reviewed by
Brett Green

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Model Alliance turns its attention to the English Electric Lightning with their latest decal release. "Royal Air Force Early Bird Lightnings" cover six Lightning F.Mk.1s, Mk.1As and Mk.3s that saw service in the 1960s and 1970s. These review sample is in 1/48 scale, but the same markings are also available from Model Alliance in 1/72 scale..

All the aircraft are finished in overall natural metal, and are enhanced with the colourful RAF Squadron markings of this era. Two of the aircraft also feature coloured fins and tails - all white for the F.Mk.3 of 226 OTU; and red and white for the F.Mk.1A of 145 Squadron.



Instructions are supplied on a single A4 folded sheet with port-side views of each aircraft. Quality of the artwork and the colour callouts is very good. A handy list of Lightning interior detail colours and accessory sets is included on the back page of the instructions.

The decals themselves are beautifully printed and in perfect register. Colours look accurate too.

This is another well-presented and interesting release of an attractive subject.

Highly Recommended.

Thanks to Aviation Workshop / Model Alliance (UK)  for the review sample

Model Alliance products are available online from the Aviation Workshop.

Review Copyright 2006 by Brett Green
Page Created 23 June, 2006
Last updated 23 June, 2006

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