Lockheed P-38 F/G Lightning

This is the 1/48 Scale NYA Lockheed P-38 F/G Lightning Plastic Model Airplane Kit from Tamiya.

Tamiya Lockheed P-38 F/G Lightning Plastic Model Airplane Kit 1/48 Scale #61120
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Spotlight Review

"Lightning Strikes Again"
It was a lot of fun building this model. The parts fit together beautifully, which is pretty much the norm for a Tamiya kit. I did have some minor fitting issues with the windscreen and with the outside radiators on the left boom, but that is probably due more to my limitations as a modeler. Tamiya cleverly uses steel balls to add weight to the nose of the model thus ensuring that your P-38 is not pulling a perpetual wheelie. What this means is the kit is unsuitable for excessive detailing as far as adding engines and a weapons bay. I also recommend wrapping some masking tape around the steel balls before sealing them inside the model. This will prevent the balls from rattling around in their holders, which is slightly disconcerting. I built the “White 33” P-38 F version because of its sinister look, but you can also build “Miss Virginia,” a “G” version. The model also sports a very detailed cockpit with detailed radio sets on the shelf behind the pilot. I built my Lightning completely out of the box, I don’t think aftermarket add-ons are needed (unless you want to sling some bombs under the wings as the model only comes with drop tanks). In all, another great kit (though kind of pricey) from Tamiya.

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Been waiting to get this plane watched videos about this kit and everyone said great things

"Great Model"
This is a great kit. Tamiya has certainly done right by anyone wanting a great P-38 kit in 1/48 scale. I decided to build this kit with the landing gear up but when I started in to the build I sort of regret it. The landing gear bays are very detailed.

"Amazing Kit"
I have built 1/48 scale P-38 kits before so I thought I knew what I was getting when I ordered this but I was so wrong. I got the feeling that they forgot they were creating a model kit and thought they were actually making a real plane. The detail is astounding. As an example, the superchargers. On other kits I have built they are a single part. In this kit they are 8 separate parts to make one supercharger assembly. I haven't even finished my model yet and felt the need to come on here an sing its praises. No flash, little trimming and all the parts fit perfectly. Well worth the money. I only wish I had more room so I could build it with the landing gear down and do a diorama with this model. It would be amazing.

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