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Hi team,
I've had these two for several years but sadly the canopies/windscreens have gone walkabout. Photos from Scalemates:
Airfix F3 boxtop via Scalemates by Zac Yates, on Flickr
Matchbox T55 boxtop via Scalemates by Zac Yates, on Flickr

Would anyone happen to have spares they'd be happy to part with?

I'm in New Zealand so I expect postage won't be cheap.

Many thanks in advance!
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Re: Seeking 1/72 Airfix Lighting F.3 and Matchbox T.55 transparencies
« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2022, 09:48:22 pm »
I might be able to help with the F.3 canopy and maybe the T.55 one as well but I will have to do a little digging over the weekend to find if I have them as spares.

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Re: Seeking 1/72 Airfix Lighting F.3 and Matchbox T.55 transparencies
« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2022, 09:49:27 pm »
I might be able to help with the F.3 canopy and maybe the T.55 one as well but I will have to do a little digging over the weekend to find if I have them as spares.

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Re: Seeking 1/72 Airfix Lighting F.3 and Matchbox T.55 transparencies
« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2022, 03:19:56 am »
I'll have a look too Zac, when I get home that is, maybe Monday. 

I think you'll find the Airfix F3 canopy is the same as the more common F1A item too.
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Re: Seeking 1/72 Airfix Lighting F.3 and Matchbox T.55 transparencies
« Reply #4 on: May 20, 2022, 10:27:33 am »
Try an email to Whirlybird. They have closed but Roger may be kind enough to dig out a canopy for a T4/5/55 and a single seater from their resin kits.
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Re: Seeking 1/72 Airfix Lighting F.3 and Matchbox T.55 transparencies
« Reply #5 on: May 20, 2022, 10:54:11 am »
I have a couple of single seat Lightning Camnopies available but that's it I'm afraid Zac

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Re: Seeking 1/72 Airfix Lighting F.3 and Matchbox T.55 transparencies
« Reply #6 on: May 20, 2022, 12:04:09 pm »
And there's always the chance of finding an Aeroclub T.4/5 canopy from that conversion.
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Re: Seeking 1/72 Airfix Lighting F.3 and Matchbox T.55 transparencies
« Reply #7 on: May 20, 2022, 12:11:03 pm »
And apparently, NeOmega makes/made a 1/72 T.4 conversion which also has vacuform canopies.
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Re: Seeking 1/72 Airfix Lighting F.3 and Matchbox T.55 transparencies
« Reply #8 on: May 20, 2022, 01:56:00 pm »
Aeroclub did vacform canopies for both single and two seat Lightnings, but very likely unobtainium now.  A PM on Britmodellerto John Aero - as it is John Adams who ran Aeroclub - may help, as he could have several remaining in stock.
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Re: Seeking 1/72 Airfix Lighting F.3 and Matchbox T.55 transparencies
« Reply #9 on: May 20, 2022, 02:43:37 pm »
Thank you folks, I'm very grateful for your digging and suggestions! I'll drop a line to John at BM.

Gondor - I'd be very happy to take one of those off your hands!

Kit - my fingers are firmly crossed!

EDIT: trainer canopy secured!
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Re: Seeking 1/72 Airfix Lighting F.3 and Matchbox T.55 transparencies
« Reply #10 on: May 21, 2022, 04:38:46 am »
Hope to have a canopy or two in the post to you next weekend Zac

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Re: Seeking 1/72 Airfix Lighting F.3 and Matchbox T.55 transparencies
« Reply #11 on: June 11, 2022, 07:06:18 pm »
Thank you Alastair, you're extremely generous! Problem solved!