Flying Dragon – P-38 Lightning of the 459th FS, Burma
This is the old 1/48 Monogram P-38 Lightning updated somewhat. I started the kit because I had the original Aeromaster decal sheet with the dragon's mouths done in the wrong colors (later printings had a correction sheet) The result was the Dragons had to be masked and painted
The kit was rescribed, worn area of wing riveted, all flight controls and flaps had to be defined/rescribed in order to stand out, all engine scoops on the engine nacelles and the supercharger were opened up, and a scratch built gunsight, instrument panel, engine controls and wiring were added to the cockpit. A modified Ultracast seat was used.
- Bazooka's and wheels are spare from and Academy kit
- Landing gear detailed, oil coolers in nacelle, and radiators /interior structure added to radiators on tailbooms, brass tubing for guns.
- Dragon faces and mouths were masked and painted, green color custom mixed to match decals, Aeromaster decals for the rest of markings,
- Painted with Tamiya acrylics using "hairspray" technique for worn/chipped paint area's, weathered with oils and acrylics
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