P-38J Lightning

The P-38 Lightning was one of the most feared fighters of World War II.

Revell-Monogram P-38J Lightning Plastic Model Airplane Kit 1/48 Scale #855479
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Specifications :
  • Scale: 1/48
  • Pieces: 118
  • Wingspan: 13"
  • Length: 9"
  • Revell-Monogram Product Number: 855479
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"Painful P-38"
kajoe55 (Oklahoma)
The Revell P-38 is a nicely priced model. If you are new to the hobby or returning, please don't start with this one. Despite my best efforts, I wasn’t able to make it look very good primarily because of fit issues. As the kit offers different versions of the Lightning, that might explain the issues getting the fuselage to come together properly. I modeled Maj Bong’s version and the nose fit of the fuselage left a LOT to be desired. The wheel bays have no detail and the cockpit is somewhat sparse (in other words I wouldn’t leave the pilot out) unless you kit bash. Be prepared for some work painting the canopy (has nothing to do with this particular kit – the P-38 has a complicated and detailed canopy) and if leaving it open, some work to make sure everything lines up correctly. The version you see depicted on the Hobby Linc page doesn’t have the red spinners, red tail markings, or red wing markings either so I would recommend you do some research on the subject before you build. So, if the P-38 is your plane, you want a challenge, and to work on your building skills, at a very reasonable price, this is your kit. If you want less frustration go with one of the other 1/48 Lightning choices.

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Features

  • Structurally detailed surfaces.
  • Rocket launchers.
  • Alternative armament.
  • Auxiliary tanks.
  • Detailed Allison engine.
  • External exhaust gas supercharger.
  • Movable propeller.
  • Detailed cockpit with instrument panel and fold-back canopy.
  • One pilot figure.
  • Detailed landing gear.
  • Detailed decals for 3 versions.

Specs

  • Scale: 1/48
  • Pieces: 118
  • Wingspan: 13"
  • Length: 9"
  • Revell-Monogram Product Number: 855479

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Reviews

  
 
"Not for the Beginner"
51c4r1u5d0m1nu5
Once you work out the instructions, as they list 3 different options, which if you're not careful can send you scratching your head, this turns out to be an enjoyable, but some what challenging build, there are quite a lot of details to keep you on your toes, I chose to build this with the gun compartment open so you could see the guns and magazines, and in doing so I had to cut the decal that went on the nose, this took some doing but I think it turned out well. Cutting the rear section out to add room for the bombardier was very nerve wracking and I do not recommend this for the new or the faint of heart, it would be terribly easy to destroy this set at that step if you don't use but the utmost of caution. I recommend this for someone with a few builds under their belt

 
"Fun but confusing"
mcgoldrickkelly
This was a fun model to put together, but, because of the fact that there were three options for building (fighter, nightfighter, and radar interceptor), the directions were quite confusing. One option was to add a second cockpit for the radar operator which required that you cut open part of the fuselage, which is a dangerous option for a beginner like myself. Thus, I chose not to take this option in fear that I would cut up the model too much and destroy it. The directions for all three options are included in each step, as opposed to having a full set of directions (in order) for each version. Thus, this caused great confusion for me (for example, step one had directions for Option A, Option B, and Option C, and this continued throughout the directions. It was as if Revell wanted to save paper, but, in doing so, they made this model quite confusing. Nonetheless, if you go the safe route, the final product will b quite pleasing. Enjoy!

 
"ways to make it look more realistic"
brandonhish
this kit is very tail heavy. but if you go to your local pet store and buy some weights that are used to hold plant life down in aquariums, they are little pieces of lead, if you put them in the nose of the plane as you are building it the will make it so that you can cut off the little plastic piece in the back of the plane and make the plane look more realistic. make sure that you have added enough weight before you cut that piece off though. and also make sure you take a little more time with the landing gear to build it correctly so that parts don't bend or sag in time

Markings

  • #1: P-38J, 2103993, "Marge", Maj Richard I Bong, USAAF, Pacific Theatre.
  • #2: P-38J Droop Snoot, 7F Q, "Bomba-Dear, USAAF.
  • #3: P-38M Night Lightning, 426865, USAAF, Pacific Theatre.

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