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Classic Revell 1/32 P-38J Rescue Kit


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This kit was going into the dumpster and the hobby shop owner asked if I wanted it. It had been started with tube glue. The cockpit and nose guns were firmly glued in place. Yet I took this and another 1/32 kit home. Having never built one before I was looking forward to seeing what I could do with it. Lots of filler was used and in the case of the nose gap I used a plastic card shim. With all sanding most of the raised detail was lost. So I re-scribed the kit and it was not that hard at all.

I knew I could not get a good natural metal finish with all the scratches on the plastic. So on went the OD and NG. The stripes were easy to do since the width in 1/32 was very close to a roll of Tamiya tape.

Painting the wings was easy, but the booms took a bit longer. The biggest problem was getting the stripes aligned. Decals were hard to find for this scale and I settled on a print scale set from one of favorite eBay dealers. The decals were very thin and folded over easily and I lost a couple.

I found a photo of the actual aircraft and I noticed the nose cap is a different tone in black and white photos. I could not get a definitive answer if they painted or just natural metal. The decals did not have the inboard letters on the rudder assembly so I cut out a mask and painted it on. It is out of box, or rather out of the dumpster.

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13 hours ago, Mark Deliduka said:

That is fantastic that you were able to resurrect this kit so well and save it from the dumpster. You did magnificent! Way to go!

Thank you very much Mark.  I really appreciate you comment.

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9 hours ago, ghodges said:

Great save of a great classic! I like the way the stripes add some zing to the plain OD/gray scheme. Thanks for sharing!

 

Gil :cool:

HI Gil,  Thanks.  I agree a standard OD-NG is kinda bland for us older modelers.  I'm glad I found the decals.  

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Beautiful build there David! The old Revell 1/32 P-38, however lacking, is an old favorite of mine. And you have shown how much of a beauty it can be built up into. Especially with all the color you have added to this one! Bravo!

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Nice work David! Lt. Co. Harold Rau, CO, of the 20th Fighter Group, 8th Air Force, WW2, would be proud!

 

Mark

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