Revell 1:48 P38J Lightning
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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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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
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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.
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.
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.
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.)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an excellent P-38 kit, with the option to build it in three different versions of the P-38. It's easy and fun to build for any casual hobbyist. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Kukulkan
Agree that weights or the little tail pole are required to keep the model from dropping onto the tail. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Keith Jones
This kit from Revell of China has been around in one form or another since the 1960's. It is a old kit that can't compete with more modern releases. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Keith K.
I remember this one from when my oldest son was 12. He's 47 now and it's still one of our all time favorites. He's dying to get one soon.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I hadn't expected the degree of fine piecing together; might have put that in the advertising. I'm old; my hands are shaky.Published 5 months ago by Thomas D. Sweet
Turned out too be a very good kit and turned out very well thanks tons was really fun I would upload a pic but I cantPublished 6 months ago by Brenden Meadows