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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"Fun and rewarding build"
Like the Other reviews stated putting lead in the nose of the plane during construction will balance the model so it sits on the gear properly. Probably need about 1/2 ounce of lead. The Canopy construction is pretty tricky. Overall a fun and challenging build with several options for the intermediate modeler.

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  • 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.


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

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"Fun but confusing"
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!

"A Very Detailed Build!"
J Bevill (Palm City, FL)
What an awesome build! Took me 3 weeks at about 4 hours every other night working on this one. Very detailed kit from what I'm used to, and with 118 pieces each one receives at least one paint color if not multiple. CONSTRUCTION - The most time I spent I found was cleaning the parts from the sprues and checking everything as I went along for fitment. The rest was spent painting and gluing. I was a little disappointed that the wheel wells lack any detail up inside (and it's visible if you turn the model upside down) but the rest of the kit made up for details. The fuselage can definitely use some putty as there will certainly be small gaps after gluing. The landing gear assembly was not clearly explained in the instructions either, I spent quite some time scratching my head. The glass canopy was a better fit than most Revell models, but still the hinged top is very very delicate and the hinge on mine broke and fell down inside the plane right as I was applying the last decal - ugh! So I opted to use clear parts glue and just glued it in the up position. Will do. My favorite part was the rocket launchers, however they are time consuming to say the least when it comes to painting. PAINTING - I do not own an airbrush but after this kit I will certainly be looking into one only on the basis of the silver body (I did the standard version, not the Pathfinder or Night version) but this is no ones fault but my own. Brushing a nice even coat of silver still did not produce the nice smooth effect I was hoping for but nevertheless the finish still turned out quite nice. Every part in the kit does receive at least one paint color, if not multiple. And if your not building the Pathfinder Bomba Dear version there is no need to buy any blue paint as I found out. DECALS - we're great, my only complaint is there could have been more! I really like decals, the more detailed, the more accurate the build looks and in this case there was only a handful that applied to the standard Marge build. But that's ok. Overall a great kit for anyone but patience is needed for a lot of it. Very detailed!

"A smooth build."
Model did go together well, and parts all seemed to be fitting well and molded well. First model built since a long hiatus from model building, could've turned out a little better but that's no fault of the company, just my own. Fun model to put together and a light challenge but all steps seemed fairly smooth overall with no major areas that were to tough.


  • #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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