Academy P-38J in 1/72

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  1. plheure2

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    Greetings, fellow modelers:

    As you can see from the pictures, this is Academy's 1/72 scale P-38J "European Theatre". However, I am not going to build it as such, with the D-Day stripes, etc. I'm building Lt. O'neil's "Beautiful Lass", his P-38J based at Dobodura, New Guinea, in the Pacific. It wil be Olive Drab over Neutral Grey when done, and let's just say.... I'm a sucker for the nose art.:lol: Decals will be from Tally-Ho, and they are a great set. Here are progress pics so far. One of them shows how I replaced the kit supplied simulated engine coolant air screens with real screen material, along with stretched sprue actuator arms for the coolant exhaust flaps. Enjoy!

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    And one more of the major airframe and horizontal stabilizer in primer.
     

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    Nice start, spent some time at wartime sites in PNG, looking forward to seeing her done!


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    Looking good so far Pete.Ii recently built the Academy 1/48th scale version, very nice kit!
     
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    Very cool. The P-38 is one of my all time favorite aircraft. I have a 1/72 MPC in my stash. I'll get to it someday. I was thinking of a PTO bird myself.
     
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    Greetings, fellow modelers:

    I managed to get some more work done on the rockin' '38, with props that counterrotate, she'll go into a spin, and soon auger in, don't give me a P-38 (old AAC song).

    Here are some pictures both of it painted in OD over NG, and Futured, ready for decals.

    Hope you like.

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    .... and two more.
     

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    Hello again

    Managed to get all the decals on the bird this evening, followed by a coat of CHAMP. Here are the results.....
     

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    ..... and one more.
     

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    Very nice work.
     
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    Pete, that's some fine work mate!:D
     
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    moving along nicely. :)
     
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    Very nice job Pete, looks the biz!
     
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    Thanks for the kind words, gents. Here she is, sitting on her landing gear with most of the stuff remaining glued in like doors, mass balances, radio antenna in the nose, machine guns and cannon, and turbosuperchargers. The canopy is only a temporary one. I'm posing mine open. Hope you like it.


    Happy modeling,

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    .... and one more. I found the landing gear, especially the doors, very fiddly. Other than that, no worries.
     

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    Looking great!!
     
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    Nice work Peter. The nose wheel leg should be angled forward quite a bit more, but apart from that it looks great - well done!
     
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    I like it. Very nicely done. :)
     
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