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P-38J/M Lightning Fighter 1/72 Revell Germany

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  • Revell Item#: 04293
  • Precision **ASSEMBLY-REQUIRED PLASTIC MODEL KIT** with parts mounted on sprue trees
  • For ages 10 and older; To avoid choking or injury, keep all model kit parts away from small children
  • Assembly & painting required. Requires glue, paint, & modeling tools (not included)
  • For damaged product & defective part, contact Revell at 888-598-8226

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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Description

This is a 1/72 scale assembly and painting required plastic model kit of the Lockheed P-38 Lightning, a World War II era U.S. Army Air Force twin-engine fighter aircraft and one of the fastest piston-engine fighters ever produced. Originally developed by Lockheed in 1937, P-38s were used most extensively and successfully in the Pacific Theater of Operations, where American pilots scored the largest number of aerial victories, records that are still standing today. Among the top American aces are the legendary Richard Bong who earned 40 aerial victories in a Lightning he called "Marge" and Thomas McGuire who scored 38 kills in a P-38 he named "Pudgy". This Revell Germany 1/72 scale assembly kit can be built to depict either a P-38L (the first Lightning fitted with zero-length rocket launchers) or a P-38M (a night fighter version known as the "Night Lightning") variant. Model kit features: Detailed cockpit with pilot figure. Nose segment with 4 MGs. 2 detailed engines. Separate hatches in engine nacelles reveal the engine. Movable propeller. M version with two seats and radar pod. 10 rockets on a launcher. 2 auxiliary tanks or bombs. Decals for one each USAAF L and M version. 101 parts.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 8.4 x 1.7 inches ; 9 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • ASIN: B001VEJ12C
  • Item model number: 04293
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 14 years and up
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #890,574 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KrazYkat on March 22, 2013
This model so far is easily the best model I've ever built.
This is not for beginning model builders, as it contains over 100 parts, many of which are very small.
I'll go over the pro's & cons of this model:

Pro's:
Decals: very durable, detailed.
Parts: well made, and highly detailed
instructions: easy to follow, step by step, and not at all confusing.
Detail: options of having the canopy open/closed, Machine-gun port open (showing detail of induvidual barrel)/closed, and the option for having the engine blocks showing.

Con: (I personally don't think this is a con, but others might)
Paints: some conbinations of colors is required, especially for the wheel wells, and engine blocks which require an interior green and metalic blue custom color, respectively.

The model took about a month to complete, working an hour or so every few days.

Note:
I'm not a really, really good model maker, but I have a decent amount of experience building models.

EDIT: 10/31/14

I failed to mention that you may need to get creative with the weighting.
Due to the instability of some model aircraft with tricycle landing gear, the instructions say to add a small weight to the front of the model. However, the amount of weight that was suggested was far to little, and the model continued to tip onto its tail.
I found that with some shaping of a Lead fishing weight, i could shove a small plug of Lead into the forward wheel well. this seams to be enough to prevent the P-38 from tipping.
Hope this helps if you run into the same problem.
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