Trumpeter 1/32 Lightning
5 Sqn., RAF Binbrook
No. 5 Squadron reformed at RAF Binbrook with
Lightning F6s in October 1965, having previously served as a Javelin squadron in
While the later Lightning F6s served as front-line aircraft, the squadron
also acquired Lightning F3s for the target facilities and air display roles in
1972. The F3s continued with 5
Squadron until 1987, marking the end of the F3 variant's career with the RAF.
The maple leaf in the squadron
badge commemorates 5 Squadron's close association with the Canadian Corps during
1917-18. The large "5" encircling
the maple leaf badge was added from 1970.
Markings are provided for one
Lightning F3 in the mid-1970s green and dark gray camoflage over natural metal
undersides. Post war roundels similar to
the WWII Type B roundels and fin
flashes are provided. No stenciling
is provided, the modeler being referred either to Trumpeter's stencil decal or
Xtradecal 32019. Designs are
sharply printed and in perfect register.
A nice decal sheet with plenty of potential for
adaptation to other Lightning variants, and, with some help from other
Xtradecals or the spares box, even other color schemes for 5 Squadron.
Review sample provided by Hannant's.
Jon: "English Electric Lightning"; Wings of Fame Volume 7, 1997
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