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P38L-5-LO Lightning Fighter -- Plastic Model Airplane -- 1/32 Scale -- #02227

Trumpeter P38L-5-LO Lightning Fighter -- Plastic Model Airplane -- 1/32 Scale -- #02227
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Product Description

Assemble the Lockheed P-38L-5-LO Lightning with this 1:32 Scale Plastic Model Kit from Trumpeter. Suitable for Ages 14 & Older.

Product Features
  • Accurately reproduced exterior and cockpit.
  • Photo etched aileron & flap hinges.
  • Exquisitely detailed engine with brass photo etched parts.
  • Film printed control panel.
  • Complete cockpit detail including brass harness buckels and control levers.
  • Highly detailed gun bay.
  • Metal shafts.
  • Black vinyl tires with realistic grooves & tread designs.
  • Detailed landing gear and wheel well area.
  • Illustrated assembly guide.
Product Specifications
  • Scale: 1:32
  • Length: 14-1/8" (360mm)
  • Wingspan: 19-1/2" (495mm)
  • Parts: 362
  • Trumpeter Product Number: 02227
Product Markings
  • One Waterslide Decal Sheets for 2 US Aircraft Versions
  • 1: Major Donald Campbell, 36th F.S., 8th F.G. (1944)
  • 2: "Itsy Bitsy II", Major George Lavin Jr., 54th F.S., 343rd F.G. (1945)
  • Airframe and Detail Colors (TESTORS MM): -Metal Black, Light Gray, Aluminum, Silver, Tire Black, Interior Green, Brown, Green, Red, Flat Black, Light Blue, Orange, Dark Blue-Green, Amber Yellow, Yellow, Clear Red, Blue-Green, White, Fuselage Color.
What's Included

One Plastic Model

Requirements & Suggestions
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Deluxe Hobby Kit -- Miscellaneous Hand Tool Assortment -- #kit-03
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INSTA-CURE Gap Filling Cyanoacrylate 1oz -- Hobby CA Super Glue -- #107
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Plastic Cement Tube 5/8 oz
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Product Rankings
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Great detail!
By Walt Kozlowski January 20, 2014
Only one problem, no engine access to show off the awesome Allisons.
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Beautifully detailed 1/32 scale model. Be prepared for some sanding and filling.
By darwinteilhet@woh.rr.com June 1, 2015
The kit has many small, internal detailed parts which make for an interesting build. The wings, booms, stabilizer, etc are well detailed. The fit in some cases is hit or miss—where the wing and booms fit, as an example. Also, fitting the engines into the booms. This means that you will have to spend extra time in sanding and cutting to get an acceptable fit. I do not mean to trash the model—I am just suggesting that you do a lot of dry fitting to make sure everything fits perfectly before applying cement. Otherwise, have a tube of putty handy. The decals provided worked well. Like everything else, you must work slowly and carefully. I assembled mine with the wheels down and that meant ballast in the nose. The recommended weight wouldn't even budge the plane off its tail. I had to use almost twice as much as Trumpeter suggested which means 'DRY FIT' until everything fits. And make sure you have enough room in the gun bay for the extra ballast. The hinges on the gun bay doors are a challenge. Small parts, and one of the parts was misshapen which meant that I had to manufacture my own (lots of fun).Would I recommend this kit? Yes. You just have to expect to do a little more work to get it perfect. One more general point to bring up. I recommend a spray primer on all painted surfaces to make the final painting flawless. I like Tamiya's Fine Surface primer (white). It is also good on the photo-etched parts. I am considering purchasing another of these kits and possibly assemble it with the gear up.
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Do not buy this kit!
By abutt1 August 7, 2015
This kit looks like you're going to be able to build a wonderful model of this aircraft...but don't be fooled! Inaccurate illustrations in the directions. Parts don't fit. I've been building kits for 75 years. This one is one of the worst. It's not easy to throw out an expensive kit. But I have no other choice. This hobby is supposed to soothe nerves. This one makes you a screaming idiot!
Was this review helpful to you? 36 of 38 people liked this
Stunning Kit
By Gary B. March 4, 2017
Not sure what the previous gentleman was experiencing but my kit came together very well. Very little sanding and filing was required and no filler was needed at all. As a matter of fact minimal Mr. Surfacer was even needed on the seams. As with all Trumpeter kits, test fitting is paramount even several steps in advance to assure everything is going together well. As always, use of Flex-I-File's Touch-N-Flow System helps close/fills the more difficult seams. My kit is near completion and it is shaping up to be a stunning model.
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Product Tags
Scale : 1/32 Scale (293)
Sector : Military (2680)
Country : United States (1168)
Type : Fighter (1530)
Era : World War II (1167)
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