P38E/J/L Lightning Aircraft

This is the Academy P-38 Lightning 1/48 scale plastic model airplane kit.

Academy P38E/J/L Lightning Aircraft Plastic Model Airplane Kit 1/48 Scale #12282
 Academy Plastics # acy12282
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Academy Plastics Item # acy12282
Specifications :
  • Scale: 1:48
  • Fuselage Length: 9-3/4" (248mm)
  • Rotor Diameter: 13" (330mm)
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"Not good enough"
While the quality of the actual plastic parts is good, the real problem comes with instructions that are not clear enough at some stages, which required me to visit the Academy Hobby web site as directed in the instructions to download a more thorough and recent manual. However, the Academy web site is poorly organized, functions at a glacial pace, and, ultimately, provided no method to download the offered instruction manual. I would not recommend this model for most people, except for skilled builders who don't really need instructions to help them.

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  • Fully engraved panel line and rivet details..
  • Highly detailed cockpit interior..
  • Model as a P-38J, P-38J Droopsnoot, P-38L Pathfinder, or F-5E Photo Recon..
  • HVAR, bombs, drop tanks, and rocket launchers..
  • Detailed landing gear with black PVC tires..
  • Highly detailed landing gear compartment..
  • Accurate waterslide decals with illustrated placement guide..
  • Easy to follow, illustrated assembly instructions..


  • Scale: 1:48
  • Fuselage Length: 9-3/4" (248mm)
  • Rotor Diameter: 13" (330mm)


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"Beautifully crafted"
BlucherFamily (Overland Park, KS)
This kit is very typical of Academy quality and value for money. There was no overflash and the parts come of the sprues cleanly. The build is logical and goes smoothly as all the parts fit together nicely. The choice to build 1 of 4 different variants of this versatile plane is an added bonus. Which ever 1 you choose you can't go wrong and you will be very pleased with the resultant highly detailed representation of the P-38.


  • One Waterslide Decal Sheet for 4 Aircraft Versions
  • 1: P-38J, Flown by Col Charles H MacDonald, CO 475FG.
  • 2: P-38J "Droopsnoot"
  • 3: P-38L Pathfinder
  • 4: F-5E Photo Recon
  • Airframe and Detail Colors: -Clear Orange, Clear Green, Clear Red, Clear Blue, Khaki, Silver, Gun Metal, Olive Drab, Interior Green, Clear Yellow, Flat Black, White, Yellow, Red, Blue.

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