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P-38L Lightning BIG ED
Eduard, 1/32 scale



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Catalogue Number, and Description Eduard BIG3249 - P-38L Lightning for Trumpeter 1/32 scale kit
Contents and Media: Prepainted and unpainted photo-etched detail parts for the interior, exterior, engine and undercarriage; canopy masks
Price: USD$104.95 available online from Eduard
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Fantastic detail; virtually impossible for modellers to match the authenticity of the printed colour parts; appropriate use of this media.
Disadvantages: Some experience working with photo-etched parts (plus patience) will be required
Recommendation: Highly Recommended to experienced modellers


Reviewed by Brett Green

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Eduard's latest Big Ed set is destined for Trumpeter's 1/32 scale P-38L Lightning kit. The Lightning is one of Trumpeter's better efforts, and is doubtless good straight from the box, but it is especially worthy of extra effort in this scale due to its large, highly visible cockpit and big undercarriage bays.

The Big Ed concept is simple - squeeze every possible piece of photo-etched detail plus self-adhesive canopy masks into a single package. In this case, the individual components are:

  • Exterior details - two large photo-etched frets containing replacement vents, rocket details, flap interiors and much more.

  • Undercarriage details - Two large photo-etched sets to detail the undercarriage legs, those big wheel wells and gear doors

  • Harnesses - this is a colour etched fret with a four point harnessz. Fabric renditions and stitching looks fantastic in this scale.

  • Interior Set - This comprises three photo etched sheets (including one in colour), and is the pièce de résistance. It includes a beautiful colour instrument panel and placards to bring the front office to life. Extra detail is also provided for the large gun bay in the nose.



Eduard's Big Ed Lightning set will deliver an incredibly detailed replica of the P-38. If you want a super-detailed Dauntless, this is the way to get it!

Highly Recommended.

Thanks to Eduard for the review samples

Text and Images Copyright © 2007 by Brett Green
Page Created 01 May, 2007
Last updated 24 December, 2007

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