P-38J Lightning

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

P-38J Lightning Plastic Model Airplane Kit 1/48 Scale #855479
 Revell-Monogram # rmx855479
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Specifications :
  • Scale: 1/48
  • Pieces: 118
  • Wingspan: 13"
  • Length: 9"
  • Revell-Monogram Product Number: 855479
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Sep 26, 2015
"Typical of Revell value for money"
BlucherFamily (Overland Park, KS)
First let me say, the kit builds well and the three options for the build are a great bonus. The detail is excellent and the instructions are clear. However some of the modifications required to build the nightfighter version are meant for a seasoned modeller not really a 10 year old beginner. The parts fit reasonably well, but you will need some putty and sandpaper to hide some seams and clear away some overflash (especially on the air crew). All things considered this kit represents excellent value for money as with a little care you will wind up with a fine representation of this versatile plane.

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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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Aug 05, 2018
"Good Practice Model"
jc
I just got back into this hobby and I have been buying Revell Monogram models for practice and this model is a good example of why. Need practice puttying, sanding, difficult canopies, cleaning up flash? This guy won't let you down. Like I said I have been using this brand for practice and it's time to move on after this. This will be the last Revell/Monogram model I will purchase but I'm glad they offer inexpensive models that a person can use to practice skills on before moving on to better quality products.


Jul 13, 2018
"The worst of the 1/48 P-38 kits."
nwtgp
This kit from Revell of China has been around in one form or another since the 1960's. It is a old kit that can't compete with more modern releases. Hands down the worst 1/48 scale P-38 kit you can buy. Even considering the price its not a good value. The downsides are as follows: - Poor fitting parts that need a lot of filler and sanding - Raised panel lines - Ejector pin marks - Excessive casting flash - Revell China Etc. molded in raised letters on the outside of the A/C that need be sanded off - Zero wheel well detail. Just a empty void - Nose is a mess requiring lots of trial and error not to mention putty to make it look respectable - Optional versions require a lot of surgery/cutting if your going to build one - Canopy frames lack definition making it near impossible to mask and spray. - Attachement points for landing gear doors non existent. - Instructions are vague and lack clarity. If your new to modeling and don't wish to spend a lot of money I still wouldn't recommend it. If you want to hone your skills with seam filling and sanding of poor fitting parts then maybe, otherwise better choices abound.


Feb 13, 2016
"GREAT USA HEAVY FIGHTER MODEL"
fredfredburger
I built this for my cousin when I was a teen. A nice sized aircraft with great details, especially the superchargers on engines and all the additional rockets under the wings. You cannot beat REVELL MONOGRAM for bang for the buck models. Definetly I would recommend this even to kids, just have patience, and paint all parts seperate

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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