Lockheed P-38J Lightning
1/48 scale P-38J Lightning is available online from
I’ve been away from modeling for 25 years. Last year I
bought a Monogram P-51 kit for my son and the bug bit me. I bought several old
Monogram kits that I built in my youth to start. This is the P-38J in 1/48
scale. For a kit that was first introduced in the1960’s the old Monogram kit can
hold it’s own with a little extra effort. I made the following additions and
modifications to the stock kit:
Eduard photo-etch set.
True Details tires.
Reworked the landing gear struts
with hydraulic lines madefrom .030 wire.
Built with the left gun bay open.
I wired the solenoids on the .50
caliber MG’s and the cannon (although the cannon detail is mostly hidden).
Scratch built cockpit details.
(Levers and controls from styrene rods and sheet. Harnesses from Tamiya masking
tape and .030 wire formed and pounded flat for buckles.)
Opened the cockpit.
Wired the radio.
kit was painted with Model Master Steel Metalizer and Model Master enamel paints
for the detail colors. Invasion stripes were masked and sprayed on black over
white. Future was applied prior to decaling. Decals are from the Aeromaster
sheet “Lightnings in the Sky” to depict Major Sabo’s P-38J-25 “Les Vin, Les
Femmes,et Les Chansons” (Wine, Women and Song) of the 485th FS based at
Florennes in the Fall of 1944. (Ref.“P-38 Lightning in Action,” Squadron/Signal
Publications, page 36 and centerfold.) Semi Gloss Lacquer was applied as the
finishing coat. Tamiya acrylic “Smoke” and artist acrylicburnt umber were used
to weather the aircraft.
Although this kit is not up to the level of the Hasegawa and Academy offerings,
with a little work it can be built into an attractive representation of the
fabled “Lightning.” It looks good on my shelf! I hope you enjoy the photos.
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