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    Default Official Lockheed P-38 Lightning Painting Thread

    Furuta Choco Egg 1/200 P-38


    New Ray 1/200 P-38


    Both together


    I tried to go for more generic markings for both the European and Pacific Theaters.
    Tony
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    I like them...its an iconic aircraft...

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    Well once again you have worked the oracle with these machines. Almost makes me wish that I had done WWII. Almost.
    Rob.

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    Nice looking models Tony

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    Here's a few more P38s. All are Minicraft 1/144. The two green dragon planes were actually the first 1/144 kits I built, this about 5 years ago. Better late than never getting them photoed. First the is mount of Capt. Walter Duke 459th FS/80th FG, 10 kills and the top US ace in the CBI theater.

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    Next is a fictional Lightning of the same squadron.

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    Here's a quartet of killers from the 475th FG. Over 100 confirmed kills from this bunch.

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    Hot Box Annie from the 431st FS

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    The CO of the 475th FG was Col. Charles MacDonald and this is his Putt Putt Maru. He finished the war with 27 kills.

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    Maj. Tom McGuire CO 431st FS flew a series of Pudgy named Lightnings. He was 2nd leading US ace with 38 kills

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    America's Ace of Aces, Maj. Richard Bong scored 40 kills. This is one of his Marge aircraft.

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    Clip, I can hear your elves already moaning about a new project!

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    Super set of aircraft Lloyd. They all look splendid.
    Rob.

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    Great work both of you chaps!

    Must admit I do like the Lightning!

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    So it had to happen, I bought a few Furuta Choco Egg 1/200 P-38's . . .



    They make nice models! Now to the 5 metal New Ray P-38s in the box!

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    2 from AIM, 1 from Air200 (possibly the best model they make)

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    Quote Originally Posted by pflanzer View Post
    Furuta Choco Egg 1/200 P-38
    New Ray 1/200 P-38
    Both together
    I tried to go for more generic markings for both the European and Pacific Theaters.
    Tony
    The Furuta planes are much bigger than the New Ray?
    Last edited by flash; 06-22-2014 at 01:03. Reason: Spurious pics

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    All these P-38 make me want to paint a quartet of them. Pacific or Europe? How to choose...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackronin View Post
    All these P-38 make me want to paint a quartet of them. Pacific or Europe? How to choose...
    Given the low price of the AIM figures - why not both?

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    BTW...

    By my measurements: Furuta aircraft
    P-38 = 1/172 (much too large compared with others)
    J1N1 = 1/207 (a little too small, but barely acceptable)
    Ki-26 = 1/189 (too large, difference is obvious)

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    Thanks Zoe.
    Your help is always a constant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lloydthegamer View Post
    Here's a few more P38s. All are Minicraft 1/144. The two green dragon planes were actually the first 1/144 kits I built, this about 5 years ago. Better late than never getting them photoed. First the is mount of Capt. Walter Duke 459th FS/80th FG, 10 kills and the top US ace in the CBI theater.
    Next is a fictional Lightning of the same squadron.
    Hot Box Annie from the 431st FS
    The CO of the 475th FG was Col. Charles MacDonald and this is his Putt Putt Maru. He finished the war with 27 kills.
    Maj. Tom McGuire CO 431st FS flew a series of Pudgy named Lightnings. He was 2nd leading US ace with 38 kills
    America's Ace of Aces, Maj. Richard Bong scored 40 kills. This is one of his Marge aircraft.[/ATTACH]
    A little late, Lloyd. However, on wide cards in WoG format...
    Three from 475th:
    "Missy V"
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    "Haleakala"
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    This was identified as a "4", but listed Maj Webb as the pilot.
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    I found that 2Lt Joseph Robertson supposedly flew "Hot Box Annie":
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    More to follow...

    Mike
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    Mike:

    Can you put these in the official medium base format?
    Thanks.

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    Cracking aircraft and cards Mike.
    Rob.
    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackronin View Post
    Mike:

    Can you put these in the official medium base format?
    Thanks.
    Hmmm...

    I could. If I had an idea what that was. I was copying "size" from a Max Headroom card (rough dimensions - ratio of width to height).

    If there are standard dimensions to different aircraft sizes, I'd be happy to accommodate.

    Actually, the above cards are a bit messed up for resolution (pixel rate is too low for my liking), and I'd like a reason to do them over. And I have no idea if the stats are right, either.

    Mike
    Last edited by OldGuy59; 06-15-2014 at 09:06. Reason: stats?

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    I'm under the impression, and correct me if I'm wrong, that the me-110 base will be the medium base for every two-engine fighters and fighter bombers.
    Since the p-38 has a similar size I thought that it will have the same base.

    The latest stats I have are these:

    Lockheed P-38E Lightning - Deck: H - Guns: B-B-C / B - A Damage: 21(?)
    Lockheed P-38L Lightning - Deck: P - Guns: B-B-C / B - A Damage: 22(?)

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    Joaquim,
    Could you give me the millimeter measurements for the different sizes of cards? That way, I can try to put cards in the files section that will print to the right size. I can try, anyway.

    I may bump up the resolution for different sizes, too, as the above cards are pretty low.

    Mike

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    Saint Exupery's just had to be added to the squadron . . .



    Not happy yet with the color . . . needs to be lighter



    It started off as a New Ray P-38 I found at a local shop . . . the lady thought I was crazy to buy all the same plane : )


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    The big problem with the stats for the P-38 is the difference (compared with "conventional" fighters) between it's max speed and it's roll rate and turn radius.
    I don't think we have a consensus yet.
    Karl
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    I like the paint scheme so far,and I am really looking forward for the p-38 to come out. I have to agree with Karl on this one on max speed roll rate and turning radius.

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    Hello guys
    I need help for my P38s that I am preparing for a new scenario called "Kill Yamamoto"
    Mike (oldguy59) have sent to me the Barbers's card and I am preparing the others using it as a master.
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    Now I have some questions:
    What's P38E maximum altitude and climb rate?
    Where I could find H maneuver cards?
    What is the meaning of * near H?

    Many thanks for help.
    Carlo

    PS
    When I'll finisch the scenario I'll post it in file section (both italian/english version).
    Bye

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    I might have what you need. Contact me.

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    Finally, my P-38 is having her roll out!
    This is Thomas McGuire's kite. Since the P-38's dimensions are very similar to the Beaufighter ones, I thought that the base of the British twin seater was better than the one of a single seater.
    DISCLAIMER: the red writing on the port side of the nose has been painted by a friend of mine with a cool hand. If anyone wants to give me rep points, I will relay them to him. Promised
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    These Lightnings get better and better.

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    Default Air200 and AIM P-38s

    Two Air200 models and one from Armaments in Miniature. All are 1/200 scale. US insignia are decals from I-94 Enterprises. All other decals are ones I made.

    Air200 Lt Col James Herren, CO 434th FS
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    Air200 Lt Lawrence Liebers, 429th FS
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    AIM Lt Jack Lenox, Jr, 49th FS
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    Here are a couple of AIM P-38 D/Es Vallejo Brown Violet. One I dry brushed some lighter green weathering.(#30)

    This pair is 49th Fighter Group, 8th Fighter Squadron.

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    Peter! These are astounding!
    REP!

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    Very nicely delineated indeed Pete.
    More Rep.
    Rob.
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    Nice Lightnings, Peter. Pacific or Europe bound?
    Karl
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jager View Post
    Nice Lightnings, Peter. Pacific or Europe bound?
    Karl
    Pacific. 8th Fighter Group? I can't remember if these are 35th or 36th squadron. I'll have that info edited in tomorrow.
    Last edited by Teaticket; 06-30-2016 at 07:42.

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    Tony those Futuro Egg 1/200 ones are absolutely stunning! I hope those pics get passed onto Ares for their upcoming release and they realise how much of a difference it is not to have those hideous unfinished edges. GO BACK TO PAINT ARES!

    REP fired your way

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    great work on the P-38 Peter

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    Superb P-38s, Peter!

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    Lovely P-38s, all! Peter, those AIM models are particularly sweet - love the way you 'highlighted' the panel lines. The AIM models are made for that kind of treatment...

    All the best,
    Matt

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jager View Post
    Nice Lightnings, Peter. Pacific or Europe bound?
    Karl
    Quote Originally Posted by Teaticket View Post
    Pacific. 8th Fighter Group? I can't remember if these are 35th or 36th squadron. I'll have that info edited in tomorrow.
    Ok, my 1st choice was to do 8th FG but ended up painting 49th FG, 8th FS. 8th FG has a nice progression of P-39/P-400, P-40, P-47 and P-38s. 49th FG doesn't have the P-39/P-400s with only a short time with P-47s. When I get to painting my P-39s I'll get into the 8th FG.

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    Another pair of AIM Lightnings, P-38J. 49th FG, 9th FS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teaticket View Post
    Another pair of AIM Lightnings, P-38J. 49th FG.
    The planes are really gorgeous
    One thing: in my opinion, the P-38 wingspan was more similar to the Beaufighter, so I would have used a Beaufighter base instead of a single seater one.
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    Thanks.

    The Unofficial WGS airplane list has it with a regular fighter base so that is what I went with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teaticket View Post
    Thanks.

    The Unofficial WGS airplane list has it with a regular fighter base so that is what I went with.
    That's is my opinion, though there is some discussion about it.
    Karl
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    Superb paitjob as usual Peter

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    Superb detail Peter, Super nice work!

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    Just saw these and they are great. Well done all.

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