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1/72 P-38 Lightning

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  • Member since
    March 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by cnstrwkr on Sunday, March 16, 2003 5:05 PM
Thank you all for the in put. James, thanks for the reminder about nose weight. I remember how my first aircraft that had a nose wheel sat up for me all the time.
Tommy difficult things take time...the impossible, a little longer!
  • Member since
    January 2003
  • From: Canada
Posted by James Mark on Sunday, March 16, 2003 10:34 AM
I'm building Dragons P-38M (night Fighter variant)!

It has engraved detail and all the seam lines fall on panel lines....good detail and it will be a good kit!

Drawbacks

The canopy is a bit thick, but coat in Future and it gives the illusion of thin!
This kit needs a lot of filler and TLC...I haven't had to fill like this in a long time. EVen though the seams are on panel lines the fit is just downright nasty
FILL FILL FILL (some gaps are up to 1 mm (I'm canadian))

Dry fit a lot and make sure the booms and tailpiece are aligned....and don't forget weight in the nose!

Good luck

James


  • Member since
    November 2005
Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, March 15, 2003 10:15 PM
I have the airfix kit I have not built it yet but for a inexpensive kit it is hard to beat . But a hasegawa or a dragon kit would have the best fit and detail.
  • Member since
    November 2005
Posted by Anonymous on Friday, March 14, 2003 6:05 AM
Academy has announced P-38J kit (see IPMS Germany site : www.ipmsdeutschland.de/Ausstellungen/ Nuernberg2003/Nuernberg_2003.html) . I think it's worth waiting.
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    November 2005
Posted by Anonymous on Friday, March 14, 2003 1:19 AM
I have drawings/plans let me know if you want them.
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    February 2003
  • From: A Spartan in the Wolverine State
Posted by rjkplasticmod on Thursday, March 13, 2003 9:18 PM
The two 1/72 scale P-38 models I have built were by Hasegawa and Dragon. Neither kit is perfect but I preferred the Dragon release for its better exterior detail. Both kits require a lot of TLC to get a good result. Wish Tamiya would do a 1/72 P-38 or Hasegawa re-tool to current standards.
RICK At My Age, I've Seen It All, Done It All, But I Don't Remember It All...
  • Member since
    January 2003
  • From: NE Georgia
Posted by Keyworth on Thursday, March 13, 2003 6:19 PM
Only a few kits out there. One of the recent FSM issues profiled the P-38 ane the available kits, past and present. Hasegawa, Dragon, Arifix, Revell, Frog: all of them are out there somewhere. Hasegawa is probably your best bet for now. - Ed
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  • Member since
    March 2003
  • From: USA
1/72 P-38 Lightning
Posted by cnstrwkr on Thursday, March 13, 2003 2:20 PM
I am looking for a 1/72 P-38 kit of good quality fit and detail. Any ideas?
Tommy difficult things take time...the impossible, a little longer!

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