Matchbox 1/72 P-38J/L Lightning
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The many reviews and previews on this site are
a good start for a history. If you need more, then a Google search will provide
The cockpit comprises a floor, seat (from a
bus?), and a pilot figure. There is no sidewall detail, and no control wheel.
The nose gear and the main gear bays are just open holes.
The instructions recommend weight be added to
prevent tail sitting, no mention of how much.
The instructions are a folded sheet, clearly printed on high quality paper. It shows 11 construction steps with a typical Matchbox mini painting guide. The back of the box has profiles of the two versions. Paints are referenced by Humbrol number. There is a brief history in English.
The P-38 has been moulded by just about all
the major kit companies, and some of the minor ones as well. A check found 14
different 1/72 kits were produced before 1985, and a few more since. This kit
was copyright 1976.
A nice looking model kit, typical of later
Matchbox. It lacks detail but looks to be an easy build, with plenty of scope
for interesting paint jobs and customisation.
Lockheed P.38 Lightning A History, Anthony Shennan, Historian, Campbelltown, 1970. This Australian monograph has the bonus of a fold out 1/32 scale plan sheet, a colour cutaway view, and many detailed photos including interiors.
P-38 Lightning In Action, Gene B Stafford, Squadron/Signal, Carrollton, 1976.
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