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Tamiya P-38F/G Lightning Finished . . .

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  • Member since
    June 2017
  • From: Winter Park, FL
Tamiya P-38F/G Lightning Finished . . .
Posted by fotofrank on Tuesday, August 23, 2022 1:41 PM

Yep, finally finished this kit. I bought the kit back when it was in high demand, the must-have kit for 2019. Well, here it is August 2022 and the build is complete. Sometime back I got as far as paint and decals and then shelved the kit. The kit seemed just too fiddly. So this past weekend I pulled the kit off the shelf of doom and finished it up.

I didn't want to build another O.D. and gray P-38 though. I figured that Lockheed must have had a factory demonstrator, so that's what I built. The build is OOB, nothing aftermarket added. I think I primed the airplane with Mr Color Gloss Black then sprayed AK Polished Aluminum overall. After the kit decals were on, the whole airplane was sealed with Tamiya X-22 Gloss Clear.

I know that Tamiya has released their P-38J but I'm not going to run out and add it to the stash. Anyway, here's the finished build:

OK. In the stash: Way too much to build in one lifetime...

  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Tuesday, August 23, 2022 2:08 PM

Looks good Frank.  I just got my J last week.

Thanks,

John

  • Member since
    May 2022
Posted by Eugene Rowe on Tuesday, August 23, 2022 2:10 PM

Excellent finish!

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    July 2008
Posted by Est.1961 on Tuesday, August 23, 2022 2:58 PM

Ditto l like it. 

  • Member since
    March 2015
  • From: Close to Chicago
Posted by JohnnyK on Tuesday, August 23, 2022 3:06 PM

Nice looking model!

Your comments and questions are always welcome.

  • Member since
    July 2019
Posted by Hoss WA on Tuesday, August 23, 2022 3:06 PM

Looks great. Nice choice on avoiding the OD and gray. That's what's keeping me from building the one I have in the stash. Good idea on the Army demo. 

  • Member since
    June 2014
Posted by BrandonK on Tuesday, August 23, 2022 3:27 PM

Holy Cow!! That's stunning. Incredible!

BK

On the bench:

A lot !! And I mean A LOT!!

2023 Kits on deck / in process / completed   

                         14 / 5 / 0   

                              Tongue Tied

  • Member since
    June 2017
  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Tuesday, August 23, 2022 8:03 PM

Thanks, everyone. I do have a real penchant NMF aircraft. Now that the build is finally completed, I really like how the model looks.

Thanks for your comments.

OK. In the stash: Way too much to build in one lifetime...

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Tuesday, August 23, 2022 9:15 PM

Beautiful, Frank.

John

To see build logs for my models:  http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/mymodels.htm

 

  • Member since
    August 2021
Posted by lurch on Wednesday, August 24, 2022 5:43 AM

That looks great.

  • Member since
    June 2017
  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Wednesday, August 24, 2022 6:27 AM

Thanks, John. Thanks, lurch.

OK. In the stash: Way too much to build in one lifetime...

  • Member since
    February 2022
Posted by Planegeek on Wednesday, August 24, 2022 7:46 AM

That's beatiful! I like natural metal finish too. I have a couple Huns I want to do but need more practice first. I remember getting really frustrated as a kid trying to do the metal foil unless I got a smooth mirror finsh, I didn't believe my dad when he said real planes have wrinkles haha. Then I saw a B-52 after I joined the Air Force!

  • Member since
    February 2012
  • From: Olmsted Township, Ohio
Posted by lawdog114 on Wednesday, August 24, 2022 9:01 PM

 

Outstanding work Frank.  Love the NMF.  I have the J, but am waiting for Eduard canopy mask to be available.  

 "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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