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Revell 1:48 P38J Lightning

3.6 out of 5 stars 58 customer reviews

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  • Features: Build in any of three versions, various armament packages, waterslide decals
  • 118 parts in silver, black, and clear with raised panel lines and rivets
  • Detailed cockpit with instrument panel, seat, opening canopy
  • Detailed nose gun bay for fighter and night fighter variants
  • Illustrated assembly instructions
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WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Specifications

Skill Level 2
Assembly Time 30 minutes
Scale1:24
Main Language(s)English
Model Number85-5479
Number of Puzzle Pieces1
Assembly RequiredYes
Batteries Required?No
Batteries Included?No

Product Information

Product Dimensions 28 x 14 x 14 inches
Item Weight 8.8 ounces
Shipping Weight 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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ASIN B0000DEW82
Item model number 85-5479
Manufacturer recommended age 10 years and up
Best Sellers Rank #29,424 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
#2 in Toys & Games > Hobbies > Models & Model Kits > Pre-Built & Diecast Models > Airplanes & Jets
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3.6 out of 5 stars 58 customer reviews

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The Lockheed P-38J was one of the great American warplanes of WWII. It employs a radically new design with a center fuselage while the two outer booms carried twin engines, turbo superchargers, radiators, and landing gear. Features: Build in any of three versions, various armament packages, waterslide decals.

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The Lockheed P-38J was one of the great American warplanes of WWII. It employees a radically new design with a center fuselage while the two outer booms carried twin engines, turbo superchargers, radiators, and landing gear. Features: Build in any of three versions, various armament packages, waterslide decals. 1:48 Scale. Skill Level 2-requires paint and glue (not included). 118 parts in silver, black, and clear with raised panel lines and rivets. Optional parts to build one of 3 variants: standard P-38J fighter, P-38J "Droop Snoot" pathfinder, and P-38M two seat night fighter. Cockpit detail: control wheel, instrument panel, seat, opening canopy. Detailed nose gun bay for fighter and night fighter variants.

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As with most Revell kits - the price is lower because of volume produced. Do not let this fool you. This is a great kit. You can build a P-38J/L, P-38M or a P-38J Drop Snoot (not a pathfinder version).

Comes with 2x "Tree" Rocket launchers, 2x drop tanks, 2x 500lb bombs along with all the parts for all 3 versions.

Only 2 minor problems with this kit:
1. The tail is very heavy and requires weight in the nose or use the included stand on the tail
2. The propellers are both pitched for counterclockwise rotation - not accurate for the starboard engine

It is the best late P-38 kit on the market, don't let the 2 problems stop you - the weight is easy to fix and there are aftermarket props. The kit still looks good with the included props.
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This was a very fun model to build. I usually have a lot of trouble with making Revell models on account of fitting issues. This kit however was very fun to build. Parts fit well with little putty needed. If you are a halfway decent builder you can make this kit look awesome.
The only tricky part i found was fitting the nose and guns through the holes.I chose to build the Marge version of this kit. I might buy another to build the Night version of this,which is Gloss black with night spying equipment.
On a side note ,i did not go with the specified paint scheme of the superchargers. I painted them olive drab,copper fins,aluminum rings and flat black wires. Its a little more detailed but it really stands out and looks nice against the aluminum paint.
For the body color i used Tamiyas bare aluminum spray.
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This is probly one of my favorite and best models ive done so far it was also the most challenging and only problems I had was the canopy pieces wasnt molded right the were slightly deformed but with some sanding reshaping and paint it turned out good and I didn't glue the side windows on because you can see the details in the cockpit better without them but I did paint them to set them on for the closed canopy look I also put about 50 cents worth of pennies and dimes in the engine bays before glueing the props on to add more wait to the nose. This is the fifth model ive done since getting back to it after a decade or so first four are the B24 Liberator, B25 Mitchell, F4U Corsair and the P51 Mustang all 1:48 scale. The P38 Lightning is an awesome addition to my collection and for anyones collection. I got the F6F Hellcat on the way and plan on building the P40 Tiger Shark, P47 Thunderbolt, Dauntless, B17 Flying Fortresses and the B29 Super Fortress. I will keep posting reviews of every one I do. But everything I ordered from Amazon has arrived on time and unopened and is the best place to buy models. I would recommend this model for the experienced builder.
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By nieuport17 on September 10, 2010
Interesting model that can be build into 3 different variants.
This model's cast must have been used many times because some parts don't fit as tight as I would like to--need fillers at multiple joints.
Need a lot of weights in the engine section because this modle is back heavy (I end up using a lot of metal nuts). If no weights, it will tip back wards.
The model end up pretty heavy.
Over all, it was a fun project with good details.
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Although it isn't shown, the stabilizer at the rear of the left boom has a plastic "leg" attached to keep the model from falling on its butt when the kit is built with the landing gear down. The model is very tail heavy.

Here's what i did to correct the problem - i grabbed the piggy bank and extracted several nickels and a couple of dimes and loaded them into the front of the booms before sticking the props on the plane. If memory serves, a total of about 50 cents worth will do the job. (If you're a fisherman, maybe you could grab your tackle box and drop some of your old, slimy, lead sinkers into the openings and save your coins for a parking meter.)

That annoyance aside, the kit is well engineered, the pieces fit well together, and the detail is very nice.

(A side note: inside the wings i found a molded-in copyright notice that said the model was copyrighted back in the 60's. Holy crap! Revell has been cranking this kit out for 50 years or so? They have to made a bundle off this bird.)
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this plane is extremely fun model to build you can build 3 different versions the night fighter the fighter bomber and the path finder all them look really good and detailed once you finish it so buy it now!!!
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Excellent model for the price with decent detail. You have to be good with an Xacto knife if you want to build the night fighter version. The cockpit detail is very good for a less than $20 build. If you want to spend a week having fun with a quick build, its an excellent product.
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By kk on January 25, 2016
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Purchased this as a Christmas gift for a grandson, grandpa project. My husband has put several of these together in the past and said this was the worst model he has worked with. The instructions were lacking, quality of parts fitting was poor,overall lack of quality. On the plus side the grandson had a great time with grandpa putting it together. We also purchased the Apache Helicopter model at the same time and my husband said it was a great model no problems with it at all.
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