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1/72 MatchBox/Airfix Lightning T4 23 Squadron RAF

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Lightning T4 XM973/Z of 23 Squadron, RAF Valley August 20, 1965.




This is the MatchBox T55 kit cross-kitted with the wings and belly fuel tank from the old Airfix F3 kit.  The fin was cutdown to the earlier F1/F2/T4 shape, the cable ducting shortened and a nominal arrestor hook added.  Other than that, it's OOB.   The decals are a mix of Xtradecal and home made serials.  The aluminium paint gave me no end of trouble so I didn't dare mask over it - hence the somewhat wobbly edges to the freehand painted areas like the anti-dazzle panel.




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