P-38 Lightning Review Part 2,Hasegawa 1/48th
Ever since Tamiya announced the that they were going to do a P-38 earlier this year, it was like wow and ever since that we have been impatiently waiting for it to hit the shelves. With one numb nut know it all swearing they will not do an early F/G it would be either a J or L. His reasoning, it would be offensive to Japanese modelers as it is one of the versions that shot down Admiral Yamamoto’s Betty in 1943. Just like Swastikas are offensive in Europe, yet though illegal some modelers still display them at home with the swastikas. Yo and behold Tamiya does an early F/G variant and even one of the schemes is of one of the P-38’s that participated in that operation. Go figure. Don’t assume. You know who you are. It has been one of the most anticipated models a lot of us have hoped for.
Since 1993 we have had Hasegawa produce the P-38J in 48th scale followed soon with Academy’s Lightning. Finally to fill a gap from Aurora’s P-38 and the mid 60’s Monogram Lightning. And then later Hobby Boss’s P-38. The issues that has plagued the Hasegawa , Academy and Monogram are just building them. Difficult, fussy, labor intensive. But the shape is accurate. The Hobby Boss which I have not seen so I will say what has been said has shape issues. There are very well done build ups of these but not a bunch. 100 Mustangs, 75 T-bolts, 50 P-40’s, maybe 10 Lightnings. Like Brett Green mentioned because of the reviews by others he has never attempted to build any of them. Thats amazing. The Tam P-38 will change all that.
Now lets see what is in the box of the Hasegawa P-38J. Virginia Mae, kit #JT1
Hasegawas typical light grey plastic. In bags decal sheet at the bottom of the box. And the paint scheme color graphic for Virginia Mae. And by the way, remember that neat addition of the chrome mirror decals in the Tamiya kit for the landing gear. Hasegawa also supplies this feature as well. Interesting.
Sprue A like Tamiya starts with the upper wing and center pod. Already a bit of a difference in layout. The rear decking is a separate part. The flying surfaces are molded into the wings so cuttlng will be needed if you wish to pose them. The forward section of the wings are also molded. The panel lines are fine and well done. Typical crisp details of Hasegawa, on smooth grey plastic.
Sprue B, is the lower center pod and inner wing section, again similar to the Tam”s layout, but Hase has the nose gear bay molded into the pod, the Id lamps also are in the pod. Details are ok with in the bay.
The lower wing outer panels are set out board of the tail booms. The wing tips are not separate.
The tail booms. Very much a different lay out compared to Tamiya. Though do have the main gear bays as separate multiple parts. But the side scoops and tail rudder are molded into the tail boom, Tamiya these are separate parts.
The Tamiya kit already has builders raving in how well done and easy to assemble the kit is. I am sure the engineers had at their think tank several Hasegawa, Academy and the others when they sat down and decided they wanted to pursue a P-38. Like the F-14 a very complicated air frame not only in plastic but the real Tomcat was a maintenance nightmare. Yet they produced an excellent model of the A and D. Now taking the Lightning and engineering it to make a complex air frame like the Tom and make it simple to build and yet maintain a high standard of detail quality and for the Super detailers a museum piece and for the beginners despite the price a model they can handle and fun to build and so they want to do another. But don’t throw away those Hase, Academy and any of the others. They are not bad kits, still excellent in their way. Just not easy to build. Not here to bash them, they are still viable and make excellent models. It’s hobby, I like the challenge, I will build this Hase kit and hopefully it will be just as fun to build as the Tam kit. though not as easy and I look forward to that.
Now by the way I’m the other guy that Tom mentioned earlier with his lame attempt to justify his incorrect statement of the assassination of Yamamoto. Being in the Navy, i took the opportunity to attend the Naval War College, one of the courses I took was the study of the UCMJ ,military law and the military laws of other nations being that I would be stepping foot on foreign soil in my career. US doctrine is unique to what other nations do when at war and how to conduct ourselves when involved in conflict. One is that all combatants are fair game, the primary objective is to win and achieve total victory with minimum of casualties and collateral damage to civilians and property. Fair game is to cut the head off of the snake, that means generals, admirals and senior field officers. To deny the enemy the use of command and control. It don’t matter what historians say in books, no matter how good and accurate that book may be. The bottom line denying the enemy their leaders is part of the plan, and that plan is to destroy their ability and will to fight, which means take out their leaders when the opportunity presents itself. You think Yamamoto was the only one on our list to target and eliminate, it was the whole Japanese military hierarchy. Same doctrine with Nazi Germany starting with Hitler. They were all targets. It is war, war that has been conducted for centuries, take out the leader and break their will to fight. At war everyone is fair game except civilians. The head of state is commander and chief, he is fair game. Trust me the Germans and Japanese had their own plans for us and the British command. They did try to take out Churchill. Monty, Bradley, Eisenhower all targets and i don’t believe Patton was an accident. When the word assassinate is used in the time of war it is an incorrect statement period. When historians use it. it’s their opinion. They are just men who do not know the law or ignorant of the law. To this very day as it was in WWII, in how we prosecute a target was to make sure that no civilians or property be harmed. Or to minimize the collateral damage at best. Even Spec Ops, those teams go in go out, Did the Germans do that, no, the Japanese, no, the Russians, No, Communist China, no, they all fight without any conditions, it’s all out kill and destroy, everyone is fair game. Only the US and the Commonwealth (the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand) conduct military operations as set forth by the Geneva Convention. But we have had our own bad apples.
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