Some observations regarding the Tamiya P-38
First: it lives up to the hype. As someone who spent quite a bit of time around “Glacier Girl” when she was at Chino, Tamiya has definitely done their research. Not clear whether they did this off GG or the “White 33” restoration that Westpac Restorations did. But they definitely referenced the real thing.
Second: there’s more than just a P-38J/L they can do with this, from the way the kit is designed. With the separate gun bay doors, and the separate nose, they can do the F-4 and F-5, the “Droop Snoot” and the P-38M with this tooling, especially looking at which parts are on what sprues. Also, in their very detailed history page, every one of those are mentioned. You have to “read tea leaves” and “follow the bread crumbs” with Tamiya, but the cup of tea is still warm and the bread crumbs are fresh.
As complex as the kit is with the modular stuff done for the future releases (which Tamiya has never done before, a second indication that my predictions are possible), it still assembles like Tamiya. Follow the instructions and get a great result.
Fortunately, for everyone who doesn’t want to do Rex Barber’s airplane, there are quite a few early P-38s done by Kits World Decals, among others. In fact, I am going to finally do Jack Ilfrey’s “Texas Terror” with this particular model.
So, overall, it’s expensive (MSRP $80, and the best you can get from the internet stores, if you include in shipping, is around $73). But as they say in my other business, “every penny is up on the screen.”