Aleutian Forktail...1/48 Lockheed P-38E Lightning, 54th FS/343rd FG, USAAF

December 21, 2021 · in Aviation · · 24 · 1.6K


So, here´s my dad´s last model for this year. The new kit is one of the best my dad has built so far regarding fit and engineering.
Already posted it two days ago but deleted it again because I realized that my dad and I have overseen that the "E" model had the pitot tube under the nose and not under the wing. Corrected the mistake by stealing a suiting tube from a Hasegawa kit, the Tamiya kit has none such tube.
Painted with Tamiya XF-53 Neutral Grey and a mix of Gunze H78 Olive Drab 2 and H309 FS34079 for the olive. Added Eduard seabelts and Brassing MGs, EZ Line for the antenna. Main markings from Kits World Decals and the stencils from the kit.

Build thread here

Aircraft was flown by Lt. John S. Mackey, 54th FS/, stationed on Attu, one of the Aleutian Islands in 1943/44.

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  1. A lovely build Reinhard. Particularly the faded O.D. mottle on the topsides & the fine chipping. Your Dad must have a steady hand! Tamiya & your Dad have done a wonderful job on this kit. I look forward to seeing more to this high standard.

  2. Beautiful work all around.

  3. Always nice to see a well done P-38. Overall very nice, with some fun markings.

  4. Reinhard,

    What sticks in my mind is that nothing is over stated. The paint chipping or the wearing down of paint by the cockpit on the wings looks natural. The exhaust staining is appropriate and the fading of O.D. looks natural. The propeller bosses are a tad darker from the ground crew maintaining the props . . .

    Some strong sophisticated work.

    Two thumbs up.

  5. Another beauty! Paint and finish work up to the usual high-mark standard!

  6. This is a great looking P-38, beautiful work!

  7. Fantastic result by your dad, Reinhard @grimreaper
    He finished this year of modelling with an amazing kit.
    Engineering of this kit is great and your dad made full use of that.
    The OD painting is superb.

  8. Reinhard:

    @stephen-w-towle is entirely right in his observations of the work. This is one of the best models from that kit I have seen. Everything about it, from the build to the final bit of weathering, is just perfect.

    You dad has outdone himself.

  9. Congrats, one of the best '38's I've seen!

  10. Great Work! Very good weathering!

  11. Amazing job, Reinhard!
    The weathering is exceptional!

  12. You may find this interesting but my Dad Walter Dalegowski was assigned to this very P-38 on the island of Attu, attached to the 11th AF 54th FS 343rd FG. In fact he did the art work on that plane.
    See enclosed pics..
    Mark Dalegowski
    Cleveland, TN

    4 attached images. Click to enlarge.

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