Eduard (Academy) 1/48th P-38H a Twin Dragon
April 30, 2014 in Aviation
Its been a while since I have posted here, I have been busy with work, passing some tests for work, and taking classes for my pilots license. During my free time I have tried to get some model time in and finally finished my first of the year!
I have always liked the P-38 and especially the earlier versions. I have never built any versions of any P-38 before, only having had a Monogram P-38 kit when I was a teen that I gave away later on. When I saw the Eduard boxing of the early P-38’s and I saw the markings for a “Twin Dragon” I knew I would have to break one of my own rules and but the kit. I rationalized doing this by selling a few kits from the stash. I had read up on the Academy and Hasegawa versions of the P-38 and understood that there would be issues. Well there were.
The Brassin resin that is included in the kit is beautiful stuff, generally well engineered and well fitting. I am not a big fan of Photoetch but found most of what was in the kit useful and adding detail. The Academy plastic looks good, but the fit is well marginal and assembly is fidgety. That said by far the worst feature of the kit is the directions which leave much to be desired. There is no indication to what is left and right, parts that need to have plastic removed or drilled don’t give you direction to do so. Also the masking for the “Twin Dragon” paint scheme are not marked and there is no direction on how to apply it.
All that said in general I had a good time building this kit most of the fun was building the cockpit. The assembly of the plane itself was a bit of a challenge but I did avoid building all the fixtures that I have seen some people having built. I really do like the paint scheme in the end and am generally happy with the results even if it is not a show winner.
I just think the plane has beautiful lines an looks good from just about any angle.