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1/48 Tamiya P-38F Lightning

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After standing in the lobby in Chattanooga for over an hour waiting for my chance to get the early white box release, I figured I better go ahead and build the dang thing!

This was an OOTB build, except for adding some Eduard seat belts. The markings are all from the spares box, except for "Pudgy". I drew those letters on yellow decal sheet and then cut each out individually. Not perfect, but close enough for Gil World! The red and white markings were all painted. The markings are for McGuire's P-38F that's depicted on the cover of the "P-38 in Action" book.

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All in all this kit is da bomb! The main landing gear doors are engineered so that they simply slide into place, no glue needed! Same for the drop tanks when added to their pylons! If you want to build an early Lightning, I highly recommend you give this one a try! Questions, comments, and critiques welcome, as always!

Gil :smiley16:

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Love it. Finished mine too and could not find any markings. We need some decal people to give these some love. Great kit and you did it right

 

Dave

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Magnificent work Gil! You surely did a masterful job!

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Gil - You never cease to amaze me.  Sweeeeet work.

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Way to go, Gil! Nice work! 
 

Mark

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As always Gil, a fantastic build. One question. Did you either pre, or post shade the panel lines? I really like the effect you got. Congrats.

Christopher

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Nice Aircraft Gil. Love the Red and White markings

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Thanks to all for the very kind comments!

Chris: I use a black preshade for the panel lines AND then also use a light color color post shading for the interior of all the panels. I then use a pencil for the panel lines themselves, in this case, going with a brown colored pencil to get a softer, dirtier effect as opposed to the more stark effect a black pencil line (or wash) gives. Hope this helps!

 

GIL :smiley16:

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I've heard nothing but good stuff about these kits from numerous builders as well as reviewers. You've done one bang up job on this one GIL! Thumbs up all the way!!

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Two thumbs up Gil!

Nice paint scheme too.

 

Bill

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