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Tamiya 1:48 P-38G,339th FS/347th FG USAAF, Guadalcanal, 1943

this is Tamiya’s new P-38F/G. I can’t say enough good, no GREAT, things about this kit. the engineers/designers deserve big raises, for the gear bay doors alone, if not for the rest of the way the kit goes together.

though the kit is well detailed, i did add some of my own. they include master Models brass gun barrels, UltraCast main wheels, lead foil/P.E buckle shoulder/lap harness, and Uschi aerial wire. I also added detail wiring to the cockpit and radios and brake lines to the main landing gear legs.

Paints are Mr. Color Olive Drab and Neutral Grey, lightened and modified to get a weathered effect along with some AK Real Color O.D. 31. weathering is also enhanced with a “Wauchop” mix of Tamiya Red-Brown/Black, heavily thinned.

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19 responses to Tamiya 1:48 P-38G,339th FS/347th FG USAAF, Guadalcanal, 1943

  1. Excellent job! It seems like everybody who does this kit loves it, if only Tamiya would scale it down to 1/72.

  2. if they were to scale down this and their Spitfire Mk.I i would die a happy man.

  3. Wow! Awesome paint job.

  4. Hi Roger
    Your P-38 is a cracker!!
    The kit is really good base to make a masterpiece as you have done!

  5. Finally a canvas worthy of the master in subtle tonal variations in painting model airplanes. There is the Midas Touch and then there is the Fabrocini Touch. Both are golden. Very nice,very nice indeed.

    Two thumbs up Roger .

  6. 🙂 … Greetings … 🙂 :
    Great attention to details, the paint work is very well applied and the weathering is so well done.
    Very nice work Roger.

  7. Another Fabrocini masterpiece. I love how you got the dirty tape residue.

  8. My oh my that’s one pretty P-38. I really like what you’ve done to recreate a weathered and faded paint scheme. Well done

  9. Nicely done, Roger.

  10. Beautifully done. That’s a subtle and effective job on the tape marks, undercarriage and cockpit. Well done indeed.

  11. That’s a gorgeous Lightning! Well done.

  12. WOW !!!! This has to be the very nicest P-38 I have seen built in a long time…………… You knocked it out of the park. Two thumbs up my friend.

  13. Marvelous!!! Museum quality build. Well done!!

  14. Roger, This deserves all the praises mentioned above. You really have put together a very realistic looking model here. Yes, I like it a lot !

  15. A Beautiful looking model, Roger, as always.

    Not normally a “Fan” of the Early P-38 versions, but that Special Hobby F-5 recce conversion that just came out has got my gears turning….

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