1/48 Monogram P-38L "Pacific Prowler"
I got this Monogram P-38 (1966 issue) super cheap online and couldn't resist the desire to rebuild one of the very first models that I built as a kid. It was a fun nostalgic trip down memory lane, but it took some careful test fitting and patience especially with the multiple pieces that make up the nose!
As always, the profile of the old Monogram kits look fabulous even if there is a few missing details, unsightly seams, and raised detail- if you care about that kind of thing (personally, I think the raised rivet detail looks nice on this one).
The plastic was very brittle after sitting in the box all those years, and the decals were no longer viable. I used Areomaster's "Lighting in the Sky pt. 3" sheet, opting for the P-38L-5-LO "Pacific Prowler" markings of 2nd Lt. Clint Ward's 44th fighter squadron aircraft stationed in the Philippines. Of special interest, the left .50 cal machine gun of "Pacific Prowler" was removed and covered with a red marking (decal directions did not elaborate why this was done).
I tried to keep it pretty simple but I did add some Tamiya tape seatbelts, a prominent bracing frame behind the seat, and some EZ line rigging to enhance the detail.
The plane was finished with different shades of Vallejo silvers, and some light weathering with Tamiya weathering powder and thinned acrylics.
It won't win any contests, but I had a blast building it and it looks good in my collection. I love the classic kits and enjoy them as much as many of the modern offerings. Looking forward to putting the Tamiya P-38 that I plan on building this winter next to "Pacific Prowler" on my shelf!
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