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New Review: Lockheed P-38J Lightning

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Minicraft produces a variety of aircraft kits in 1/48th, 1/72nd, and 1/144thscale, but I always associate them with the wide variety of 1/144thplanes they offer.

Over the years, Minicraft has released and re-released this version of the P-38 a number of times. Many times it's just a new boxing, or has a different decal scheme, but every time it's been the same kit.  The kit itself was originally the Crown models mold, and like Helen of Troy had a face that launched a thousand ships, it appears that Crown has the mold that launched a thousand boxings of the P-38. The last time I built this kit, it was packaged in a Minicraft/Academy boxing, but the original "new tool" is from 1975.  Since that time, this kit has been sold by Crown, AHM, Revell, Minicraft/Academy, and finally Minicraft Model kits.  This version is the first to include new parts in the form of a pre-painted canopy.

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