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1/48 Tamiya P-38 H Lightning 475th FG “McGuire” (Finished)

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  • From: Olmsted Township, Ohio
1/48 Tamiya P-38 H Lightning 475th FG “McGuire” (Finished)
Posted by lawdog114 on Sunday, November 17, 2019 3:12 AM

I could no longer resist the temptation.  Alas....the Tamiya P-38!  One of my absolute favorite aircraft.  I'm jumping in and putting everything else on hold.  This has been beckoning me since it arrived on my doorstep. I have been reading up a ton on this kit and have yet to hear a bad word about it.  The perfect kit?.....maybe.  I promise I will find a way to mess this something up though.....lol.   

I grabbed some Master barrels and Eduard resin wheels as well.  I'm no P-38 expert, but my research revealed that even though it say F/G variants on the box, the H was identical in external appearance and may be built as well.  Perusing my decal stash, I'll choose between one of these:

Thomas McQuire's Pudgy (second leading American ace behind Bong)....

       

Elliot Summer's Blood n Guts...

Ed  Cragg's Porky...

As I contemplate this, I started on the cockpit.  Simply fantastic.  I'm trying to say something bad but I can't.  I bet the resin companies are getting pissed.  I mixed my concoction of interior green with XF-58 Olive Green, XF-4 Yellow Green, and some XF-57 Khaki to brown it up a bit. It then gave it the what for with the airbrush.  I found a spare Eduard PE fret for the seat belts to jazz it up.  

    

The instrument panel decal was used.  It never fails that some of the dial don't settle right.  It started off good on the right side then went crazy on me.  I may need one of those visors soon...lol.   I have the Eduard "Look" panel, but decided to save that for a later build. Fortunately it will be tucked under that coaming and will be very tough to see. I may respray it and add individual Airscale decals.  Or maybe I won't.  

The radio deck is very nice too....busy!.  I may add some wiring in there to spruce it up further.  The head armor calls for a darker green, possibly dull dark green.  I painted it accordingly.  It's a nice contrast to all the green.  I considered painting the seat aluminum, but I think that's a P-40 thing.  This is just a test fit before glue, very nice!  

I have a feeling this airframe will go together very quickly.

 

 "Can you fly this plane and land it?...Surely you can't be serious....I am serious, and don't call me Shirley"

 

 

 

 

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Posted by tempestjohnny on Sunday, November 17, 2019 5:53 AM
Oh boy. You know this may be the start of you building a lot of Lightnings. Looks like a beauty.

 

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Posted by mustang1989 on Sunday, November 17, 2019 5:58 AM

You're right about that pit. Amazing detail in there and yeah.....I'll bet that the AM guys and gals aint happy. Tamiya sure didn't miss much in there. Sorry bout the decal on the IP. I dunno about calling it good though.....with as much detail as this thing has and with the efforts you've done on the interior I'd give 'er another go.

                   

 

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Posted by Tickmagnet on Sunday, November 17, 2019 6:34 AM

I've been waiting for someone to get this going. Can't wait to see the finished product.

 

 

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Posted by lawdog114 on Sunday, November 17, 2019 6:38 AM

tempestjohnny
Oh boy. You know this may be the start of you building a lot of Lightnings. Looks like a beauty.
 

Thanks Johnny...if they come out with a J  variant I may only build Tamiya Lightnings until judgement day. 

 "Can you fly this plane and land it?...Surely you can't be serious....I am serious, and don't call me Shirley"

 

 

 

 

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Posted by lawdog114 on Sunday, November 17, 2019 6:41 AM

mustang1989

You're right about that pit. Amazing detail in there and yeah.....I'll bet that the AM guys and gals aint happy. Tamiya sure didn't miss much in there. Sorry bout the decal on the IP. I dunno about calling it good though.....with as much detail as this thing has and with the efforts you've done on the interior I'd give 'er another go.

 

Thanks Joe.  I'm gonna leave it be I think. It gets buried in there pretty deep anyways. 

 "Can you fly this plane and land it?...Surely you can't be serious....I am serious, and don't call me Shirley"

 

 

 

 

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Posted by lawdog114 on Sunday, November 17, 2019 6:42 AM

Tickmagnet

I've been waiting for someone to get this going. Can't wait to see the finished product.

 

Glad to have you Tick

 "Can you fly this plane and land it?...Surely you can't be serious....I am serious, and don't call me Shirley"

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Sunday, November 17, 2019 11:50 AM

I knew you would be hot on the tail of this release! I sure do love that front office.

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/144 Revell Snowberry

On deck: 1/48 Tamiya Fw 190A4

In the hole: 1/48 Hasegawa Fw 190A4

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Posted by BrandonK on Sunday, November 17, 2019 12:37 PM

Well, it certainly looks like a very nice kit. And in your hands it will be a masterpiece. Thanks for taking us for the ride.

BK

On the bench: Alot !

On Deck: Alot more !

 

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Posted by Hoss WA on Sunday, November 17, 2019 2:11 PM

Front office looks awesome. Looking forward to the rest...

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Posted by Tojo72 on Sunday, November 17, 2019 3:09 PM
Excellent work,can't wait to grab my own.Thanks for giving us a blog.

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Posted by JohnnyK on Sunday, November 17, 2019 4:27 PM

Looking really nice so far. I love the cockpit details.

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Posted by Gamera on Sunday, November 17, 2019 4:46 PM

Big thanks! Was looking forward to someone starting this kit- you've done your usual bang-up job on the cockpit!

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by mustang1989 on Sunday, November 17, 2019 5:20 PM

lawdog114

 

 
mustang1989

You're right about that pit. Amazing detail in there and yeah.....I'll bet that the AM guys and gals aint happy. Tamiya sure didn't miss much in there. Sorry bout the decal on the IP. I dunno about calling it good though.....with as much detail as this thing has and with the efforts you've done on the interior I'd give 'er another go.

 

 

 

Thanks Joe.  I'm gonna leave it be I think. It gets buried in there pretty deep anyways. 

 

I hear ya Joe! I've been known to be persistent with stuff like that. lol. I do hear you though.....at some point a line has to be drawn. I've got a General Lee build that I'm having to throttle back on the details somewhat because I'll get friggin lost in 'em.Indifferent

                   

 

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Posted by TREYZX10R on Sunday, November 17, 2019 7:02 PM

Great looking office as always , eagerly awaiting the next update!

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Posted by Greatmaker on Sunday, November 17, 2019 8:19 PM

Looking forward to your take on this kit. You seem to just get better and better. And with your speed I wonder if you ever sleep

 

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  • From: Tumwater, WA.
Posted by M. Brindos on Sunday, November 17, 2019 9:08 PM

Looks like it's just as fabulous as the Hien.

Gorgeous pit! Does the kit provide a pilot?

- Mike Brindos

Figure Painting Moderator -- Genessis-Models

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Posted by damouav on Sunday, November 17, 2019 11:47 PM

Hot Giggity...

Been looking forward to a build log on this bird, and what better person to show it!

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Posted by JohnnyK on Monday, November 18, 2019 4:50 PM

I am looking forward to comparing this kit to my Hobby Boss kit. It should be interesting.

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Posted by RadMax8 on Monday, November 18, 2019 11:24 PM

It’s so beautiful! Is this the top new kit that everyone has been waiting for? Honestly I feel like Tamiya are basically printing money with this one. And the later models, should they choose to produce them (they’d be insane to not...)

I’ve got two of the Hasegawa early models in the stash, as well as one of the J’s. I might as well just get rid of them, plus all the accumulated aftermarket. 

Anyway, looks like you’re off to an excellent start, buddy. Can’t wait to see it as you progress.

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Posted by keavdog on Monday, November 18, 2019 11:41 PM

Looking great as usual lawdog.   Hoping to get one of these for Christmas. 

Thanks,

John

Ain't no reason to hang my head, I could wake up in the mornin' dead 

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Posted by lawdog114 on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 7:45 AM

TREYZX10R

Great looking office as always , eagerly awaiting the next update!

 

Thanks Trey

 "Can you fly this plane and land it?...Surely you can't be serious....I am serious, and don't call me Shirley"

 

 

 

 

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Posted by lawdog114 on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 7:46 AM

Mopar Madness

I knew you would be hot on the tail of this release! I sure do love that front office.

 

Thanks Mopar

 "Can you fly this plane and land it?...Surely you can't be serious....I am serious, and don't call me Shirley"

 

 

 

 

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    February 2012
  • From: Olmsted Township, Ohio
Posted by lawdog114 on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 7:47 AM

BrandonK

Well, it certainly looks like a very nice kit. And in your hands it will be a masterpiece. Thanks for taking us for the ride.

BK

 

Thanks...Good to have you Brandon. 

 "Can you fly this plane and land it?...Surely you can't be serious....I am serious, and don't call me Shirley"

 

 

 

 

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Posted by lawdog114 on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 7:48 AM

Hoss WA

Front office looks awesome. Looking forward to the rest...

 

Thanks Hoss

 "Can you fly this plane and land it?...Surely you can't be serious....I am serious, and don't call me Shirley"

 

 

 

 

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  • From: Olmsted Township, Ohio
Posted by lawdog114 on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 7:49 AM

Tojo72
Excellent work,can't wait to grab my own.Thanks for giving us a blog.
 

Your welcome....and thanks Tojo. 

 "Can you fly this plane and land it?...Surely you can't be serious....I am serious, and don't call me Shirley"

 

 

 

 

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  • From: Olmsted Township, Ohio
Posted by lawdog114 on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 7:49 AM

JohnnyK

Looking really nice so far. I love the cockpit details.

 

Thanks Johnny

 "Can you fly this plane and land it?...Surely you can't be serious....I am serious, and don't call me Shirley"

 

 

 

 

  • Member since
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  • From: Olmsted Township, Ohio
Posted by lawdog114 on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 7:50 AM

Gamera

Big thanks! Was looking forward to someone starting this kit- you've done your usual bang-up job on the cockpit!

 

Thanks Gamera

 "Can you fly this plane and land it?...Surely you can't be serious....I am serious, and don't call me Shirley"

 

 

 

 

  • Member since
    February 2012
  • From: Olmsted Township, Ohio
Posted by lawdog114 on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 7:51 AM

mustang1989

 

 
lawdog114

 

 
mustang1989

You're right about that pit. Amazing detail in there and yeah.....I'll bet that the AM guys and gals aint happy. Tamiya sure didn't miss much in there. Sorry bout the decal on the IP. I dunno about calling it good though.....with as much detail as this thing has and with the efforts you've done on the interior I'd give 'er another go.

 

 

 

Thanks Joe.  I'm gonna leave it be I think. It gets buried in there pretty deep anyways. 

 

 

 

I hear ya Joe! I've been known to be persistent with stuff like that. lol. I do hear you though.....at some point a line has to be drawn. I've got a General Lee build that I'm having to throttle back on the details somewhat because I'll get friggin lost in 'em.Indifferent

 

 

 

Indeed, if it was readily visible I'd redo it. It would be kinda like detailing the inside of a bomber. There's no purpose.

 "Can you fly this plane and land it?...Surely you can't be serious....I am serious, and don't call me Shirley"

 

 

 

 

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    February 2012
  • From: Olmsted Township, Ohio
Posted by lawdog114 on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 7:52 AM

Greatmaker

Looking forward to your take on this kit. You seem to just get better and better. And with your speed I wonder if you ever sleep

 

Thanks Robert

 "Can you fly this plane and land it?...Surely you can't be serious....I am serious, and don't call me Shirley"

 

 

 

 

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