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  1. Thanks for all of your help - I had thought that I'd want to steer clear of batteries, this has confirmed it. Probably going to be white lights, my disco days are long gone.....
  2. I've managed to get hold of a Detolf cabinet, and am starting to fill it up with old models that I'm gradually refurbishing. Has anyone got any suggestions about LED (or other) lighting options that I could use?
  3. Thanks for the advice, and the great pictures. I may do as advised and build the T55 as a Saudi or Kuwaiti one, and find a Sword T5 for the RAF version.
  4. I've managed to find a Matchbox Lightning T55 Lightning, and want to build/paint it up as a RAF T5, I know that I've got to find a pair of straight wings, but is there anything else? And is there a step by step conversion I can follow?
  5. Thanks for all your suggestions; I may have to start haunting model shows for hints, sniffs of P1a heaven.
  6. I might find myself trying to convert an existing kit..... I'd love one of the three mentioned, but they're like hens teeth clamped around unicorn eggs. Thanks for the help.
  7. I can see lots of different ideas for those, who like me, want a Lightning P1A to build. I've seen excellent conversions for large scale (i.e >1:72) Lightnings, and obv the Whirlykit option in resin at 1:72, though I'd have to save up for that one. For the benefit of the uninitiated (i.e me), what are the options if you want to model the P1A in 1:72 - I'm quite happy to hack up a base kit, just that I'm not sure what I need to do then..
  8. Not my content, but Thunder & Lightings have a cockpit section of XG331 in 1997. It might give an indication of previous paintwork. http://www.thunder-and-lightnings.co.uk/lightning/survivor.php?id=540
  9. These are both excellent answers; in fact the X72-092 option hadn't twigged. I've emailed Hannants this morning, and they've said that in addition to all of this, they're adding a reprint of X72065 to their website - should be online in a month or so. Thanks for both your answers.
  10. I'm about to get stuck into a pair of Lightnings, using Modeldecal MD078 and note that they've skimped on the underwing serials - suggesting that I use MD035/037 instead. Alternatively, I could use Xtradecal X72-065, all three of which appear to be unavailable anywhere. Is there an alternative decal sheet I could use, or is the only option self-printing? If so, is there a preferred font?
  11. thanks for all your help. This is great.
  12. I recently found myself in the RAF Museum at Cosford, looking over the Bristol 188. Apart from the Olimp resin model, (and there appear to be few on sale), does anyone know of any plans that could be used as the basis of a scratchbuilt model - any scale, if that helps maximise detail? Just something with plan views, reasonably accurate cross-sections - that sort of thing? I have a copy of the Barry Hygate book, but there's only limited cross-section information there.
  13. I'm having a lot of ideas at the moment. The latest is to build a DIY spray booth, (for when I've sorted out an airbrush), but what concerns me are the electrics. Assuming that I've got the right parts - bathroom extractor fan, 3-core, on/off switch and 3-pin plug, does anyone have an idea on how to wire these things up? I only ask, because I'm a simple mechanical engineer and can attach bits together, but have always seen electrics as a bit of a black art.. Any advice would be appreciated.
  14. Thanks for this advice. It's certainly given me food for thought as to the next step. I quite like the idea of white paint marker on the clear decal sheet. I'll give that a try..
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