Tamiya P-38G Lightning "Miss Virginia"
Tamiya's P-38 is without a doubt the best engineered 1/48 scale model I've ever built. It is simply clever in every respect. I started this model about a year and a half ago and since I started I've completed six other projects. It was the first model I started after a long absence from the hobby. My initial intent was to get my feet wet again and simply build the kit straight from the box, clean with no real weathering. Well...after getting into it and seeing the many fine examples of this kit built by other fine modelers I vacillated on how it should look. Long story short, the finish is kind of between something clean and what the actual aircraft looked like, heavily weathered in the South Pacific. The only weakness of the kit (and the only aftermarket parts used) were the gun barrels which I replaced. Nothing else was added including seat belts which I admit would add to the model. I enjoyed this build tremendously and have two others in my stash and three P-38J's pre-ordered so I'll be revisiting this fine kit again and hopefully doing it the justice it deserves.
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