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Completed 3/26/17 Trumpeter 1/32 P-38-5-LO Lightning

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Completed 3/26/17 Trumpeter 1/32 P-38-5-LO Lightning
Posted by Toshi on Sunday, January 29, 2017 4:31 AM

To my fellow forum members,

Originally, Mrs. Toshi was going to sell this kit on Ebay.  You see, I ended up purchasing this kit for a ridiculously low cost.  How much you ask?  $52.00 including S&H.  This kit retails at $120.00 but I've seen it on eBay for around the $100.00 amount.  Give or take a few dollars.  Instead, Mrs. Toshi told me to go ahead and keep it in my stash for me to build.  You gotta love Mrs. Toshi.  Don't worry, I already took care of Mrs. Toshi with her Valentine's gift.  She'll love it!  And it's a huge surprise for her.  

For some strange reason, she is infatuated with something called Tsum Tsum's.  She has a few but not the special edition Stitch collectors case.  Stitch is from a Disney movie called Lilo and stitch.  Hey, don't laugh, anything for Mrs. Toshi!  LOL!

This will be the biggest P-38 Lightning I've ever built.  I've done the Monogram/Revell 1/48 P-38 Lightning and my most recent build with AM Eduard Brassin PE set Academy 1/48 P-38 Lightning.  Unlike that build, I'll be doing this kit as a OOB build.

 

In it's usual set up, Trumpeter sets there kit and box up like a high end Tamiya 1/32 kit.  They are still not quite there yet but they are giving Tamiya a run for their money.  All the spruces are in stapled plastic bags with a side insert box filled with special styrene/rubber pieces and PE.  I just love these 1/32 kits.  They always come with extra goodies.  It's like a kid on Halloween night getting all that candy.   

Within the kit box, you will find, a total of 362 pieces in 19 sprue, 3 rubber tires, PE for the aileron flap hinges, and metal pins for for the aileron shafts.  This is the same type of set up that Tamiya uses.  Other than what I have written, I know pictures will tell a thousand words.

Thank you fellow forum members for always supporting and visiting my WIP threads.  Keep em' comming, all the comments good and or bad.  I can only learn from this.

Toshi

 

 

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Posted by Toshi on Sunday, January 29, 2017 4:34 AM

Instruction booklet.

 

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Posted by Toshi on Sunday, January 29, 2017 4:36 AM

Decal application sheet.

 

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Posted by Toshi on Sunday, January 29, 2017 4:39 AM

Microscale Decal application sheet.

 

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Posted by Toshi on Sunday, January 29, 2017 4:41 AM

AM Microscale decals.

 

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Posted by Toshi on Sunday, January 29, 2017 4:44 AM

Trumpeter stock decal sheet.  Check out "Itsy Bitsy".  It's giving the bird.  I'm definately building that bird!  Pun intended.  LOL!

 

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Posted by Toshi on Sunday, January 29, 2017 4:50 AM

Special parts box.  Just like Tamiya would.

 

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Posted by Toshi on Sunday, January 29, 2017 4:52 AM

Movable ailerons.

 

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Posted by Toshi on Sunday, January 29, 2017 4:55 AM

Look how big these tires are!

 

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Posted by Toshi on Sunday, January 29, 2017 4:58 AM

Pins for movable ailerons.

 

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Posted by Toshi on Sunday, January 29, 2017 5:02 AM

Clear parts are excellent.  For those of you that use future this set should be excellent!

 

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Posted by Toshi on Sunday, January 29, 2017 5:04 AM

PE

 

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Posted by Toshi on Sunday, January 29, 2017 5:07 AM

Wing span of almost twenty inches.

 

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Posted by Toshi on Sunday, January 29, 2017 5:11 AM

Four inch drop tanks.  This just shows you the size of the Lightning.

 

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Posted by Toshi on Sunday, January 29, 2017 5:14 AM

Detail

 

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Posted by Toshi on Sunday, January 29, 2017 5:17 AM

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Posted by Toshi on Sunday, January 29, 2017 5:19 AM

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Posted by Toshi on Sunday, January 29, 2017 5:22 AM

The rest of the sprue are doubles so I will not include them in the photos as that will just be redundant.

 

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Posted by XF-15DCC on Sunday, January 29, 2017 8:40 AM

Looks like another fun one to build and for us to watch. Those rubber tires?

 

 

Kevin

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Posted by Toshi on Sunday, January 29, 2017 8:53 AM

XF-15DCC

Looks like another fun one to build and for us to watch. Those rubber tires?

 

 

Kevin

 

It is a very fun looking build as I've never assembled a WWII fighter plane this big.  It's crazy!  LOL!  Yes, those are rubber tires.  I'm going to use them as everything in this build is OOB.  Thank's for the visit!

Toshi

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Posted by 1943Mike on Sunday, January 29, 2017 11:40 AM

This will be an exciting thread for me to watch. I'm hooked on your building P-38's Smile.

If you're not going to hang this kit vertically on your wall, won't you need a LOT of nose weight to prevent it from being a tail sitter?

Mike

"Le temps est un grand maître, mais malheureusement, il tue tous ses élèves."

Hector Berlioz

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Posted by Toshi on Sunday, January 29, 2017 12:07 PM

1943Mike

This will be an exciting thread for me to watch. I'm hooked on your building P-38's Smile.

If you're not going to hang this kit vertically on your wall, won't you need a LOT of nose weight to prevent it from being a tail sitter?

 

All of this building of P-38's started as an accident in purchasing these products via eBay.  Mrs. Toshi purchased the Trumpeter P-38 Lighning first in November of 2016.  It was for her to sell back on eBay.  I wanted to build a P-38 hence I purchased the Academy Lightning with the Eduard Brassin set.  In the end, the Trumpeter Lightning just sat in our walk-in closet.  Due to the holiday madness, it was forgotten until now.  Mrs. Toshi gave it to me as a early Valentines present.  I'm Extremely happy and pleased to receive such a gift even this early.  LOL!

As for the nose weight, there will be none.  I am going to do some panel cuttings as the engine that is extremely detailed cannot be seen.  This is a common factor in the modeling world.  So it's up to me to cut out panels to view the engine and the armament area of which is also extremely detailed. So you see, there is no room for nose weights nor any kind of weights.  The only options I see is to 

1) Do a diorama and tie the front landing gear to the bottom of the base.

2) Utilize some stretched clear spruce and place it on the tail like a stick to act like a leg. 

3) Hang it on my wall.

Number three will be my chosen option, I already have a space dedicated to the P-38 Lightning.  In the future, when I get to a level of modeling like you and my fellow forum members, I will definately attempt to build a diorama with this giant beast of a fighter plane!  LOL!  Thank you Greg, for everything you have done for me!

Toshi

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Posted by iampiper13 on Sunday, January 29, 2017 12:24 PM

Looking forward to watching this my friend!

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Posted by Toshi on Sunday, January 29, 2017 12:47 PM

iampiper13

Looking forward to watching this my friend!

 

Thank you my friend for watching my threads.  I so greatly appreciate this and am most humbled.  I'll do my best in making sure I can build this P-38 Lightning to yours and forum members standards.  

Thank you!

Toshi

 

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Posted by Toshi on Sunday, January 29, 2017 12:56 PM

First step here is the assembly of engines.

Toshi

 

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Posted by Toshi on Sunday, January 29, 2017 3:16 PM

Engine dry fit.

 

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Posted by Aggieman on Sunday, January 29, 2017 10:17 PM

Toshi

 

 
XF-15DCC

Looks like another fun one to build and for us to watch. Those rubber tires?

 

 

Kevin

 

 

 

It is a very fun looking build as I've never assembled a WWII fighter plane this big.  It's crazy!  LOL!  Yes, those are rubber tires.  I'm going to use them as everything in this build is OOB.  Thank's for the visit!

 

Toshi

I'm sure you know this, but if not, be sure to coat the plastic wheel sections with something, a clear coat, to protect against the rubber before you install the tires.  There have been cases of rubber tires actually eating the plastic, I believe it was ATM/Ertl's F7F Tigercat kits that were notorious for this.

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Sunday, January 29, 2017 10:38 PM

Aggieman

 

 
Toshi

 

 
XF-15DCC

Looks like another fun one to build and for us to watch. Those rubber tires?

 

 

Kevin

 

 

 

It is a very fun looking build as I've never assembled a WWII fighter plane this big.  It's crazy!  LOL!  Yes, those are rubber tires.  I'm going to use them as everything in this build is OOB.  Thank's for the visit!

 

Toshi

 

 

I'm sure you know this, but if not, be sure to coat the plastic wheel sections with something, a clear coat, to protect against the rubber before you install the tires.  There have been cases of rubber tires actually eating the plastic, I believe it was ATM/Ertl's F7F Tigercat kits that were notorious for this.

 

 

Yes the old AMT Tigercat tires are notorious for eating the plastic after a while. I have resin replacements for my F7 and suggest the same for the Trumpy tires. The weighted ones look specially extra sharp.

You got that kit for an excellent price, what a great deal!

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Posted by Toshi on Monday, January 30, 2017 5:19 AM

Aggieman

 

 
Toshi

 

 
XF-15DCC

Looks like another fun one to build and for us to watch. Those rubber tires?

 

 

Kevin

 

 

 

It is a very fun looking build as I've never assembled a WWII fighter plane this big.  It's crazy!  LOL!  Yes, those are rubber tires.  I'm going to use them as everything in this build is OOB.  Thank's for the visit!

 

Toshi

 

 

I'm sure you know this, but if not, be sure to coat the plastic wheel sections with something, a clear coat, to protect against the rubber before you install the tires.  There have been cases of rubber tires actually eating the plastic, I believe it was ATM/Ertl's F7F Tigercat kits that were notorious for this.

 

Yes, I've heard of this issue as well and will coat the tires accordingly.  Thank you for the heads up!

Toshi

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Posted by Toshi on Monday, January 30, 2017 5:20 AM

plasticjunkie

 

 
Aggieman

 

 
Toshi

 

 
XF-15DCC

Looks like another fun one to build and for us to watch. Those rubber tires?

 

 

Kevin

 

 

 

It is a very fun looking build as I've never assembled a WWII fighter plane this big.  It's crazy!  LOL!  Yes, those are rubber tires.  I'm going to use them as everything in this build is OOB.  Thank's for the visit!

 

Toshi

 

 

I'm sure you know this, but if not, be sure to coat the plastic wheel sections with something, a clear coat, to protect against the rubber before you install the tires.  There have been cases of rubber tires actually eating the plastic, I believe it was ATM/Ertl's F7F Tigercat kits that were notorious for this.

 

 

 

 

Yes the old AMT Tigercat tires are notorious for eating the plastic after a while. I have resin replacements for my F7 and suggest the same for the Trumpy tires. The weighted ones look specially extra sharp.

You got that kit for an excellent price, what a great deal!

 

Yes, Mrs. Toshi is quite the shopper!  LOL!

Toshi

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