Trumpeter 1/32 P-38 Lightnings
Mark’s really nice Trumpeter P-38 reminded me I hadn’t shown any of my Trumpeter P-38s. They are:
P-38L OOB other than seat belts and Eagle Edition decals, to do Tommy McGuire’s last “Pudgy.”
P-38H done as McGuire’s first “Pudgy,” using decals up-scaled for me from a 1.48 sheet by my friend John Lester, and using Jerry Rutman’s early P-38 resin conversion set.
I like the “tail low” sit of the P-38 when the nose isn’t full of ammo, so I modify the oleo leg of the nose gear. A bit more problem in getting a “nose sitter” but worth the effort, I think.
P-38M done using Jerry’s resin conversion set.
F-5B done as the plane “Chili” Williams flew to Poltava supporting the first England-USSR shuttle mission from England. (Crass commercial announcement: Chili’s story of his pre-D-Day low-level mission photographing 14 bridges over the Loire River before being shot up so bad he had to return home from what he thought would be a “suicide mission,” and the Poltava mission, are both in “Air Combat Annals,” available at Amazon)
The Trumpeter P-38L is a great kit, and the Rutman conversion sets are now available from Grey Matter Figures.
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