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P38L-5-LO Lightning Fighter

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

Trumpeter P38L-5-LO Lightning Fighter Plastic Model Airplane 1/32 Scale #02227
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Specifications :
  • Scale: 1:32
  • Length: 14-1/8" (360mm)
  • Wingspan: 19-1/2" (495mm)
  • Parts: 362
  • Trumpeter Product Number: 02227
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"Great kit"
Dave360cimopar70
Will purchase when available. I dont normally build planes but this was fun

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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.

Specs

  • Scale: 1:32
  • Length: 14-1/8" (360mm)
  • Wingspan: 19-1/2" (495mm)
  • Parts: 362
  • Trumpeter Product Number: 02227

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One Plastic Model


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"Beautifully detailed 1/32 scale model. Be prepared for some sanding and filling."
darwinteilhet@woh.rr.com (Fairborn, OH)
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.

 
"Great Kit w/two warnings"
audie.perkins (Oklahoma City, OK)
This is an awesome kit! It lends itself to a very high degree of detail so take your time with it. I didnt, so by the time I realized that I could have added some great details it was too late. Two cautionary notes though: 1. The nose requires 2oz (62g) of weight to prevent it from tail-sitting, thats a lot of weight to fit in there! 2. The five-piece canopy, mine anyway, had a large 1/8 gap between the top piece and the two side pieces. Not a problem if you pose it open. Id highly recommend this kit though, one of my most enjoyable to build....Ill likely build it again within a few years.

 
"P38L-5-LO Lightning Fighter"
cheekie969
Takes time and dedication to put this P38 together but well worth it in the end.

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.
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