Call me crazy, but I got a wild burr to build P-38’s when the news of the new Tamiya P-38F/G kit was announced. I’ll be buying one as soon as I can. In the meantime I had three other P-38 kits in my small stash. The venerable Monogram kit, an Academy P-38 combo kit, and the Hobby Boss.
The plan is to build five (or six) different versions of the Lightning simultaneously (or nearly so) using these kits and an additional P-38E kit from Academy which I acquired. And as I mentioned the Tamiya kit when it becomes available. I purchased a cheap second copy of the Monogram kit for parts to improve the worst features on the Hobby Boss kit. As for the sixth kit, well, here’s hooping that Tamiya releases a later version down the road.
Using the kits at hand, I will be accomplishing the following.
1. Academy P-38J or L built from the combo kit with natural metal finish. Aires cockpit
2. Hobby Boss kit converted to a P-38M Nightfigther using parts from the spare Monogram kit and some “imagineering”. True Details cockpit
3. The first Monogram kit built as a Droop Snoot with Olive Drab finish. Imagineering will be involved here as well. Scratchbuild and dress up kit cockpit.
4. Academy P-38E kit built as an early version of the photo recon bird used by the RAAF. Finished in RAAF camouflage. Aires cockpit.
5. The Tamiya P-38F/G built as is possible into an H depending upon which scheme I choose.
6. Likely to be later but hopefully a second Tamiya P-38 (later version ), built as a late version photo recon bird with the Haze Blue paint
I am not going to make any promises to how quickly this will occur because I have a much bigger project going on (building a wooden cabin cruiser) that has priority. But modeling will also occupy some of my time so I will endeavor to make progress on these kits.
Here’s some shots so far. Not much yet, but a good start. Keep in mind my use of the word “imagineering” when viewing these pictures. I am trying to give the impression of detail, not make a scale replica. 🙂