Eric, so true how preserved the Lightning was despite being under all that ice. Reading about how difficult was to salvage Glacier Girl. Great story. And you have one great artifact.
John, the Tam Lightning I think you will really like in every way. Get one and build it. Or you can wait to what’s next as the “H” is the next release from Tamiya, and hopefully a J or L soon. But I’m hoping for a recon variant maybe.
First off pre-painting the interior components before starting work on the cockpit. This is not Interior Green, that color appears in later variants. This is a mixture of Zinc Chromate Green and a bit of Yellow to get this shade to match the pics that appear on “Glacier Girl. Reading Dana Bell’s references also helps to confirm this for this version I am building.
First will start with the Instrument panel. I am building the “F” version so choosing option “B” for the correct panel to use, as Tamiya provides both instrument panels and they are different.
The panel from Tamiya has great details and the option to place decals over the dials and gauges.
As reported will use the new Quinta Studio interior set for this build, as shown with the excellent instrument panel.
1. Quinta Studio instrument panel
The IP that is unique to the P-38 is well detailed using this set from Quinta Studio.
Next to assemble the cockpit.
The floor is a bit different in how the Hasegawa and Academy kit is represented. Tamiya has a hole in the middle of the floor where the nose gear bay hump will protrude through the floor when assembled. Nice touch.
The rear lower bulkhead panel is installed, center console and pump lever.
1. Pump lever
2. Center console
3. Quinta dials
4. Nato black
The side panels are decaled with the new pieces that fit very well for the electrical boxes gauges.
The cockpit floor is enhanced as well.
All the parts ready to assemble the cockpit.
1. LH side panel
2. RH side panel
3. Instrument panel
4. Cockpit floor
After attaching the LH side panel wall, next is to install the control column.
The control column is painted and also has its own Quinta detail applied. Attached to the cockpit floor and the steering wheel is Gloss Black.
1. Control column installed
Now the RH side panel is attached, have to say Tamiya’s parts lock into place, no fuss and no way to misalign any parts when attaching each piece.
1. RH side panel in place
1. Notches ensure exact fit just locks in place
Finally the instrument is installed in place and the cockpit is finished.
Next is to build the seat. More to follow.