1/48 Academy P-38L “Pathfinder”
I have a tendency to build kits during the winter months as it’s tough to get the model mojo working when the weather is nice outside. This Academy kit is the latest off my bench, and one of the P-38 variances you don’t see that often. It’s the usual Academy P-38, some nice things going for it and some fit issues to overcome as well. Mainly the Pathfinder nose and its fit to the main fuselage. There is no detail supplied for the navigator/bombardier position, so I searched the web to obtain some info on that position. The spares box provided the seat and the radar scope. Not exact but close.
Paint was a combination of Model Master acrylics and Tamiya gloss aluminum and silver leaf. The kit recommends painting the lower fuselage in black. However,I couldn’t find a single photo of a Pathfinder painted that way on the web. Therefore, I didn’t finish her with the black undercarriage. I added an Ultracast seat and Eduard Brassin wheels. Which by the way, those wheels are really nice. Decals used were a combination of the kits as well as some from the spares box. Nylon thread was used for the antenna wire. Definitely not a show winner but you reach a point where it’s time to say she’s done. Next up is a Accurate Miniatures P-51A. They’re a lot easier to build IMHO.
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