P-38E (Trumpeter 1/32 conversion) images

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P-38E (Trumpeter 1/32 conversion) images

Joined: November 28th, 2009, 7:59 pm

April 2nd, 2012, 12:22 pm #1

Hi,

Apologies for the double post. This (images below) is a conversion from Trumpeter's excellent P-38L-1-LO kit to a P-38E, a much earlier version of the Lightning. The aircraft is modelled to resemble what it might have looked like on May 23, 1943, the day it was lost in the sea off Attu Island, Alaska (quite old by this time as it was manufactured in 1941 and had been outside in the Aleutians since spring 1942).

I added semicircular intercooler vents in upper wing tips and round intakes at the wing leading edges near the engines (drilled out). Cut, modified (sheet styrene and Milliput), and drilled out kit turbosupercharger to fit P-38 EFG style turbosupercharger shroud. Modified kit turbocharger air supply scoop to P-38 EFG style (shorter, non-laminar flow shape). Added armour shields inboard to turbosupercharger turbines (Evergreen styrene sheet). Drilled out and placed small tubular air ducts on forward sides of Jerry Rutman resin engine cowlings (drilled out Evergreen rod styrene). Deleted and filled in P-38L leading edge wing lights. Deleted, filled and smoothed over upper wing tip fuel ports. Removed underwing power assist bulges, filled and smoothed out, rescribed all underwing panel lines. Removed gun camera from port drop tank boom, filled and smoothed out, added gun camera opening to nose. Replaced kit (late-type) guns with Quickboost resin guns (#32011). Added scratchbuilt cartridge case chute openings (Evergreen styrene sheet). Scratch-built long under nose pitot tube (not visible in images). Removed longitudinal frame from rear canopy, sanded and buffed out, Futured, then added two latitudinal scratches. Windscreen frames sanded off, shape sanded to smoother appearance to resemble the curved early-type windscreen, new frames added. Made bulletproof glass (from CD case clear styrene), buffed and Futured, inserted under kit windscreen, added fabric instrument panel shroud and modified early type gunsight that is between the windscreen and the armour glass. Six aluminum spars for wing stiffness. Jerry Rutman P-38 EFG 'mk 1' conversion resin (boom radiators and engine cowlings). The John Geddes figure is Master Details U.S. Army Air Force fighter pilot mid-Late WW2 (#32011). Markings: custom Lorna "D" decal, custom boom radiator group decals, 77s on nose with paint and masks, national marks with Yellow-wings decals (YW48048) - U.S. National Insignia PT-3 May 1942-June 1943, 'U.S. ARMY' from Barracudacal's P-40 sheet BC32006. Techmod yellow decal serial number on tail.

Paint: Tamiya acrylic, Alclad Aluminum II ('Aluminum' and 'Chrome'), weathering by oil wash and silver Prismacolor pencil, Testor's Dullcoat from spray can.

In the images below, the props and fuel tanks are loosely in place and the scratch-built under-the-nose pitot tube is not present (due to possibility of breakage during shipment).

Issues: there are numerous imperfections. The Jerry Rutman 'mk 1' resin lower cowlings and boom radiators are not accurately shaped - JR's new resin looks perfect but wasn't available for this build. The modified Revell props are not accurately shaped although they are better than the kit props. The modified kit windscreen only approximates the early type P-38E windscreen (JR also apparently has a complete vacuform P-38EFG canopy, not available for this build). There is some slight fogging on the inside of the top of the windscreen from CA glue used to attach the internal armour plate. The fighter group and 'Lorna D' marks are a bit crude as these were inkjet decals touched up with paint. There are no "NO STEP" marks on the sides of the canopy. From more than a few feet away none of these issues are very noticeable. Trumpeter rules.

Hope you like it.

Ian





































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April 2nd, 2012, 12:57 pm #2

Really well done , beautiful paint and weathering.

Serge Dompierre
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April 2nd, 2012, 2:00 pm #3

Hi,

Apologies for the double post. This (images below) is a conversion from Trumpeter's excellent P-38L-1-LO kit to a P-38E, a much earlier version of the Lightning. The aircraft is modelled to resemble what it might have looked like on May 23, 1943, the day it was lost in the sea off Attu Island, Alaska (quite old by this time as it was manufactured in 1941 and had been outside in the Aleutians since spring 1942).

I added semicircular intercooler vents in upper wing tips and round intakes at the wing leading edges near the engines (drilled out). Cut, modified (sheet styrene and Milliput), and drilled out kit turbosupercharger to fit P-38 EFG style turbosupercharger shroud. Modified kit turbocharger air supply scoop to P-38 EFG style (shorter, non-laminar flow shape). Added armour shields inboard to turbosupercharger turbines (Evergreen styrene sheet). Drilled out and placed small tubular air ducts on forward sides of Jerry Rutman resin engine cowlings (drilled out Evergreen rod styrene). Deleted and filled in P-38L leading edge wing lights. Deleted, filled and smoothed over upper wing tip fuel ports. Removed underwing power assist bulges, filled and smoothed out, rescribed all underwing panel lines. Removed gun camera from port drop tank boom, filled and smoothed out, added gun camera opening to nose. Replaced kit (late-type) guns with Quickboost resin guns (#32011). Added scratchbuilt cartridge case chute openings (Evergreen styrene sheet). Scratch-built long under nose pitot tube (not visible in images). Removed longitudinal frame from rear canopy, sanded and buffed out, Futured, then added two latitudinal scratches. Windscreen frames sanded off, shape sanded to smoother appearance to resemble the curved early-type windscreen, new frames added. Made bulletproof glass (from CD case clear styrene), buffed and Futured, inserted under kit windscreen, added fabric instrument panel shroud and modified early type gunsight that is between the windscreen and the armour glass. Six aluminum spars for wing stiffness. Jerry Rutman P-38 EFG 'mk 1' conversion resin (boom radiators and engine cowlings). The John Geddes figure is Master Details U.S. Army Air Force fighter pilot mid-Late WW2 (#32011). Markings: custom Lorna "D" decal, custom boom radiator group decals, 77s on nose with paint and masks, national marks with Yellow-wings decals (YW48048) - U.S. National Insignia PT-3 May 1942-June 1943, 'U.S. ARMY' from Barracudacal's P-40 sheet BC32006. Techmod yellow decal serial number on tail.

Paint: Tamiya acrylic, Alclad Aluminum II ('Aluminum' and 'Chrome'), weathering by oil wash and silver Prismacolor pencil, Testor's Dullcoat from spray can.

In the images below, the props and fuel tanks are loosely in place and the scratch-built under-the-nose pitot tube is not present (due to possibility of breakage during shipment).

Issues: there are numerous imperfections. The Jerry Rutman 'mk 1' resin lower cowlings and boom radiators are not accurately shaped - JR's new resin looks perfect but wasn't available for this build. The modified Revell props are not accurately shaped although they are better than the kit props. The modified kit windscreen only approximates the early type P-38E windscreen (JR also apparently has a complete vacuform P-38EFG canopy, not available for this build). There is some slight fogging on the inside of the top of the windscreen from CA glue used to attach the internal armour plate. The fighter group and 'Lorna D' marks are a bit crude as these were inkjet decals touched up with paint. There are no "NO STEP" marks on the sides of the canopy. From more than a few feet away none of these issues are very noticeable. Trumpeter rules.

Hope you like it.

Ian




































You handled that kit well. I know it can be difficult in areas.

Charles
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April 2nd, 2012, 3:14 pm #4

Hi,

Apologies for the double post. This (images below) is a conversion from Trumpeter's excellent P-38L-1-LO kit to a P-38E, a much earlier version of the Lightning. The aircraft is modelled to resemble what it might have looked like on May 23, 1943, the day it was lost in the sea off Attu Island, Alaska (quite old by this time as it was manufactured in 1941 and had been outside in the Aleutians since spring 1942).

I added semicircular intercooler vents in upper wing tips and round intakes at the wing leading edges near the engines (drilled out). Cut, modified (sheet styrene and Milliput), and drilled out kit turbosupercharger to fit P-38 EFG style turbosupercharger shroud. Modified kit turbocharger air supply scoop to P-38 EFG style (shorter, non-laminar flow shape). Added armour shields inboard to turbosupercharger turbines (Evergreen styrene sheet). Drilled out and placed small tubular air ducts on forward sides of Jerry Rutman resin engine cowlings (drilled out Evergreen rod styrene). Deleted and filled in P-38L leading edge wing lights. Deleted, filled and smoothed over upper wing tip fuel ports. Removed underwing power assist bulges, filled and smoothed out, rescribed all underwing panel lines. Removed gun camera from port drop tank boom, filled and smoothed out, added gun camera opening to nose. Replaced kit (late-type) guns with Quickboost resin guns (#32011). Added scratchbuilt cartridge case chute openings (Evergreen styrene sheet). Scratch-built long under nose pitot tube (not visible in images). Removed longitudinal frame from rear canopy, sanded and buffed out, Futured, then added two latitudinal scratches. Windscreen frames sanded off, shape sanded to smoother appearance to resemble the curved early-type windscreen, new frames added. Made bulletproof glass (from CD case clear styrene), buffed and Futured, inserted under kit windscreen, added fabric instrument panel shroud and modified early type gunsight that is between the windscreen and the armour glass. Six aluminum spars for wing stiffness. Jerry Rutman P-38 EFG 'mk 1' conversion resin (boom radiators and engine cowlings). The John Geddes figure is Master Details U.S. Army Air Force fighter pilot mid-Late WW2 (#32011). Markings: custom Lorna "D" decal, custom boom radiator group decals, 77s on nose with paint and masks, national marks with Yellow-wings decals (YW48048) - U.S. National Insignia PT-3 May 1942-June 1943, 'U.S. ARMY' from Barracudacal's P-40 sheet BC32006. Techmod yellow decal serial number on tail.

Paint: Tamiya acrylic, Alclad Aluminum II ('Aluminum' and 'Chrome'), weathering by oil wash and silver Prismacolor pencil, Testor's Dullcoat from spray can.

In the images below, the props and fuel tanks are loosely in place and the scratch-built under-the-nose pitot tube is not present (due to possibility of breakage during shipment).

Issues: there are numerous imperfections. The Jerry Rutman 'mk 1' resin lower cowlings and boom radiators are not accurately shaped - JR's new resin looks perfect but wasn't available for this build. The modified Revell props are not accurately shaped although they are better than the kit props. The modified kit windscreen only approximates the early type P-38E windscreen (JR also apparently has a complete vacuform P-38EFG canopy, not available for this build). There is some slight fogging on the inside of the top of the windscreen from CA glue used to attach the internal armour plate. The fighter group and 'Lorna D' marks are a bit crude as these were inkjet decals touched up with paint. There are no "NO STEP" marks on the sides of the canopy. From more than a few feet away none of these issues are very noticeable. Trumpeter rules.

Hope you like it.

Ian




































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April 2nd, 2012, 3:28 pm #5

Hi,

Apologies for the double post. This (images below) is a conversion from Trumpeter's excellent P-38L-1-LO kit to a P-38E, a much earlier version of the Lightning. The aircraft is modelled to resemble what it might have looked like on May 23, 1943, the day it was lost in the sea off Attu Island, Alaska (quite old by this time as it was manufactured in 1941 and had been outside in the Aleutians since spring 1942).

I added semicircular intercooler vents in upper wing tips and round intakes at the wing leading edges near the engines (drilled out). Cut, modified (sheet styrene and Milliput), and drilled out kit turbosupercharger to fit P-38 EFG style turbosupercharger shroud. Modified kit turbocharger air supply scoop to P-38 EFG style (shorter, non-laminar flow shape). Added armour shields inboard to turbosupercharger turbines (Evergreen styrene sheet). Drilled out and placed small tubular air ducts on forward sides of Jerry Rutman resin engine cowlings (drilled out Evergreen rod styrene). Deleted and filled in P-38L leading edge wing lights. Deleted, filled and smoothed over upper wing tip fuel ports. Removed underwing power assist bulges, filled and smoothed out, rescribed all underwing panel lines. Removed gun camera from port drop tank boom, filled and smoothed out, added gun camera opening to nose. Replaced kit (late-type) guns with Quickboost resin guns (#32011). Added scratchbuilt cartridge case chute openings (Evergreen styrene sheet). Scratch-built long under nose pitot tube (not visible in images). Removed longitudinal frame from rear canopy, sanded and buffed out, Futured, then added two latitudinal scratches. Windscreen frames sanded off, shape sanded to smoother appearance to resemble the curved early-type windscreen, new frames added. Made bulletproof glass (from CD case clear styrene), buffed and Futured, inserted under kit windscreen, added fabric instrument panel shroud and modified early type gunsight that is between the windscreen and the armour glass. Six aluminum spars for wing stiffness. Jerry Rutman P-38 EFG 'mk 1' conversion resin (boom radiators and engine cowlings). The John Geddes figure is Master Details U.S. Army Air Force fighter pilot mid-Late WW2 (#32011). Markings: custom Lorna "D" decal, custom boom radiator group decals, 77s on nose with paint and masks, national marks with Yellow-wings decals (YW48048) - U.S. National Insignia PT-3 May 1942-June 1943, 'U.S. ARMY' from Barracudacal's P-40 sheet BC32006. Techmod yellow decal serial number on tail.

Paint: Tamiya acrylic, Alclad Aluminum II ('Aluminum' and 'Chrome'), weathering by oil wash and silver Prismacolor pencil, Testor's Dullcoat from spray can.

In the images below, the props and fuel tanks are loosely in place and the scratch-built under-the-nose pitot tube is not present (due to possibility of breakage during shipment).

Issues: there are numerous imperfections. The Jerry Rutman 'mk 1' resin lower cowlings and boom radiators are not accurately shaped - JR's new resin looks perfect but wasn't available for this build. The modified Revell props are not accurately shaped although they are better than the kit props. The modified kit windscreen only approximates the early type P-38E windscreen (JR also apparently has a complete vacuform P-38EFG canopy, not available for this build). There is some slight fogging on the inside of the top of the windscreen from CA glue used to attach the internal armour plate. The fighter group and 'Lorna D' marks are a bit crude as these were inkjet decals touched up with paint. There are no "NO STEP" marks on the sides of the canopy. From more than a few feet away none of these issues are very noticeable. Trumpeter rules.

Hope you like it.

Ian




































Very nice job !!
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April 2nd, 2012, 3:30 pm #6

Hi,

Apologies for the double post. This (images below) is a conversion from Trumpeter's excellent P-38L-1-LO kit to a P-38E, a much earlier version of the Lightning. The aircraft is modelled to resemble what it might have looked like on May 23, 1943, the day it was lost in the sea off Attu Island, Alaska (quite old by this time as it was manufactured in 1941 and had been outside in the Aleutians since spring 1942).

I added semicircular intercooler vents in upper wing tips and round intakes at the wing leading edges near the engines (drilled out). Cut, modified (sheet styrene and Milliput), and drilled out kit turbosupercharger to fit P-38 EFG style turbosupercharger shroud. Modified kit turbocharger air supply scoop to P-38 EFG style (shorter, non-laminar flow shape). Added armour shields inboard to turbosupercharger turbines (Evergreen styrene sheet). Drilled out and placed small tubular air ducts on forward sides of Jerry Rutman resin engine cowlings (drilled out Evergreen rod styrene). Deleted and filled in P-38L leading edge wing lights. Deleted, filled and smoothed over upper wing tip fuel ports. Removed underwing power assist bulges, filled and smoothed out, rescribed all underwing panel lines. Removed gun camera from port drop tank boom, filled and smoothed out, added gun camera opening to nose. Replaced kit (late-type) guns with Quickboost resin guns (#32011). Added scratchbuilt cartridge case chute openings (Evergreen styrene sheet). Scratch-built long under nose pitot tube (not visible in images). Removed longitudinal frame from rear canopy, sanded and buffed out, Futured, then added two latitudinal scratches. Windscreen frames sanded off, shape sanded to smoother appearance to resemble the curved early-type windscreen, new frames added. Made bulletproof glass (from CD case clear styrene), buffed and Futured, inserted under kit windscreen, added fabric instrument panel shroud and modified early type gunsight that is between the windscreen and the armour glass. Six aluminum spars for wing stiffness. Jerry Rutman P-38 EFG 'mk 1' conversion resin (boom radiators and engine cowlings). The John Geddes figure is Master Details U.S. Army Air Force fighter pilot mid-Late WW2 (#32011). Markings: custom Lorna "D" decal, custom boom radiator group decals, 77s on nose with paint and masks, national marks with Yellow-wings decals (YW48048) - U.S. National Insignia PT-3 May 1942-June 1943, 'U.S. ARMY' from Barracudacal's P-40 sheet BC32006. Techmod yellow decal serial number on tail.

Paint: Tamiya acrylic, Alclad Aluminum II ('Aluminum' and 'Chrome'), weathering by oil wash and silver Prismacolor pencil, Testor's Dullcoat from spray can.

In the images below, the props and fuel tanks are loosely in place and the scratch-built under-the-nose pitot tube is not present (due to possibility of breakage during shipment).

Issues: there are numerous imperfections. The Jerry Rutman 'mk 1' resin lower cowlings and boom radiators are not accurately shaped - JR's new resin looks perfect but wasn't available for this build. The modified Revell props are not accurately shaped although they are better than the kit props. The modified kit windscreen only approximates the early type P-38E windscreen (JR also apparently has a complete vacuform P-38EFG canopy, not available for this build). There is some slight fogging on the inside of the top of the windscreen from CA glue used to attach the internal armour plate. The fighter group and 'Lorna D' marks are a bit crude as these were inkjet decals touched up with paint. There are no "NO STEP" marks on the sides of the canopy. From more than a few feet away none of these issues are very noticeable. Trumpeter rules.

Hope you like it.

Ian




































It looks very convincing to me. Do you mind sharing your technique!! Well done!



Brandon









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April 2nd, 2012, 3:45 pm #7

Hi,

Apologies for the double post. This (images below) is a conversion from Trumpeter's excellent P-38L-1-LO kit to a P-38E, a much earlier version of the Lightning. The aircraft is modelled to resemble what it might have looked like on May 23, 1943, the day it was lost in the sea off Attu Island, Alaska (quite old by this time as it was manufactured in 1941 and had been outside in the Aleutians since spring 1942).

I added semicircular intercooler vents in upper wing tips and round intakes at the wing leading edges near the engines (drilled out). Cut, modified (sheet styrene and Milliput), and drilled out kit turbosupercharger to fit P-38 EFG style turbosupercharger shroud. Modified kit turbocharger air supply scoop to P-38 EFG style (shorter, non-laminar flow shape). Added armour shields inboard to turbosupercharger turbines (Evergreen styrene sheet). Drilled out and placed small tubular air ducts on forward sides of Jerry Rutman resin engine cowlings (drilled out Evergreen rod styrene). Deleted and filled in P-38L leading edge wing lights. Deleted, filled and smoothed over upper wing tip fuel ports. Removed underwing power assist bulges, filled and smoothed out, rescribed all underwing panel lines. Removed gun camera from port drop tank boom, filled and smoothed out, added gun camera opening to nose. Replaced kit (late-type) guns with Quickboost resin guns (#32011). Added scratchbuilt cartridge case chute openings (Evergreen styrene sheet). Scratch-built long under nose pitot tube (not visible in images). Removed longitudinal frame from rear canopy, sanded and buffed out, Futured, then added two latitudinal scratches. Windscreen frames sanded off, shape sanded to smoother appearance to resemble the curved early-type windscreen, new frames added. Made bulletproof glass (from CD case clear styrene), buffed and Futured, inserted under kit windscreen, added fabric instrument panel shroud and modified early type gunsight that is between the windscreen and the armour glass. Six aluminum spars for wing stiffness. Jerry Rutman P-38 EFG 'mk 1' conversion resin (boom radiators and engine cowlings). The John Geddes figure is Master Details U.S. Army Air Force fighter pilot mid-Late WW2 (#32011). Markings: custom Lorna "D" decal, custom boom radiator group decals, 77s on nose with paint and masks, national marks with Yellow-wings decals (YW48048) - U.S. National Insignia PT-3 May 1942-June 1943, 'U.S. ARMY' from Barracudacal's P-40 sheet BC32006. Techmod yellow decal serial number on tail.

Paint: Tamiya acrylic, Alclad Aluminum II ('Aluminum' and 'Chrome'), weathering by oil wash and silver Prismacolor pencil, Testor's Dullcoat from spray can.

In the images below, the props and fuel tanks are loosely in place and the scratch-built under-the-nose pitot tube is not present (due to possibility of breakage during shipment).

Issues: there are numerous imperfections. The Jerry Rutman 'mk 1' resin lower cowlings and boom radiators are not accurately shaped - JR's new resin looks perfect but wasn't available for this build. The modified Revell props are not accurately shaped although they are better than the kit props. The modified kit windscreen only approximates the early type P-38E windscreen (JR also apparently has a complete vacuform P-38EFG canopy, not available for this build). There is some slight fogging on the inside of the top of the windscreen from CA glue used to attach the internal armour plate. The fighter group and 'Lorna D' marks are a bit crude as these were inkjet decals touched up with paint. There are no "NO STEP" marks on the sides of the canopy. From more than a few feet away none of these issues are very noticeable. Trumpeter rules.

Hope you like it.

Ian




































Awesome job on her! My wood shop teacher in high school flew with that group in WWII. By the time he got there the Japanese were gone, but he shot down a lot of incendiary balloons that Japan was sending over to try and start a massive wild fire from Canada to the United States. The insignia was of a tiger with boxing gloves knocking out a Japanese meat ball. He would have been proud to see your P-38!
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April 2nd, 2012, 3:51 pm #8

Hi,

Apologies for the double post. This (images below) is a conversion from Trumpeter's excellent P-38L-1-LO kit to a P-38E, a much earlier version of the Lightning. The aircraft is modelled to resemble what it might have looked like on May 23, 1943, the day it was lost in the sea off Attu Island, Alaska (quite old by this time as it was manufactured in 1941 and had been outside in the Aleutians since spring 1942).

I added semicircular intercooler vents in upper wing tips and round intakes at the wing leading edges near the engines (drilled out). Cut, modified (sheet styrene and Milliput), and drilled out kit turbosupercharger to fit P-38 EFG style turbosupercharger shroud. Modified kit turbocharger air supply scoop to P-38 EFG style (shorter, non-laminar flow shape). Added armour shields inboard to turbosupercharger turbines (Evergreen styrene sheet). Drilled out and placed small tubular air ducts on forward sides of Jerry Rutman resin engine cowlings (drilled out Evergreen rod styrene). Deleted and filled in P-38L leading edge wing lights. Deleted, filled and smoothed over upper wing tip fuel ports. Removed underwing power assist bulges, filled and smoothed out, rescribed all underwing panel lines. Removed gun camera from port drop tank boom, filled and smoothed out, added gun camera opening to nose. Replaced kit (late-type) guns with Quickboost resin guns (#32011). Added scratchbuilt cartridge case chute openings (Evergreen styrene sheet). Scratch-built long under nose pitot tube (not visible in images). Removed longitudinal frame from rear canopy, sanded and buffed out, Futured, then added two latitudinal scratches. Windscreen frames sanded off, shape sanded to smoother appearance to resemble the curved early-type windscreen, new frames added. Made bulletproof glass (from CD case clear styrene), buffed and Futured, inserted under kit windscreen, added fabric instrument panel shroud and modified early type gunsight that is between the windscreen and the armour glass. Six aluminum spars for wing stiffness. Jerry Rutman P-38 EFG 'mk 1' conversion resin (boom radiators and engine cowlings). The John Geddes figure is Master Details U.S. Army Air Force fighter pilot mid-Late WW2 (#32011). Markings: custom Lorna "D" decal, custom boom radiator group decals, 77s on nose with paint and masks, national marks with Yellow-wings decals (YW48048) - U.S. National Insignia PT-3 May 1942-June 1943, 'U.S. ARMY' from Barracudacal's P-40 sheet BC32006. Techmod yellow decal serial number on tail.

Paint: Tamiya acrylic, Alclad Aluminum II ('Aluminum' and 'Chrome'), weathering by oil wash and silver Prismacolor pencil, Testor's Dullcoat from spray can.

In the images below, the props and fuel tanks are loosely in place and the scratch-built under-the-nose pitot tube is not present (due to possibility of breakage during shipment).

Issues: there are numerous imperfections. The Jerry Rutman 'mk 1' resin lower cowlings and boom radiators are not accurately shaped - JR's new resin looks perfect but wasn't available for this build. The modified Revell props are not accurately shaped although they are better than the kit props. The modified kit windscreen only approximates the early type P-38E windscreen (JR also apparently has a complete vacuform P-38EFG canopy, not available for this build). There is some slight fogging on the inside of the top of the windscreen from CA glue used to attach the internal armour plate. The fighter group and 'Lorna D' marks are a bit crude as these were inkjet decals touched up with paint. There are no "NO STEP" marks on the sides of the canopy. From more than a few feet away none of these issues are very noticeable. Trumpeter rules.

Hope you like it.

Ian




































Looks like it came out just right!
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April 2nd, 2012, 3:53 pm #9

Hi,

Apologies for the double post. This (images below) is a conversion from Trumpeter's excellent P-38L-1-LO kit to a P-38E, a much earlier version of the Lightning. The aircraft is modelled to resemble what it might have looked like on May 23, 1943, the day it was lost in the sea off Attu Island, Alaska (quite old by this time as it was manufactured in 1941 and had been outside in the Aleutians since spring 1942).

I added semicircular intercooler vents in upper wing tips and round intakes at the wing leading edges near the engines (drilled out). Cut, modified (sheet styrene and Milliput), and drilled out kit turbosupercharger to fit P-38 EFG style turbosupercharger shroud. Modified kit turbocharger air supply scoop to P-38 EFG style (shorter, non-laminar flow shape). Added armour shields inboard to turbosupercharger turbines (Evergreen styrene sheet). Drilled out and placed small tubular air ducts on forward sides of Jerry Rutman resin engine cowlings (drilled out Evergreen rod styrene). Deleted and filled in P-38L leading edge wing lights. Deleted, filled and smoothed over upper wing tip fuel ports. Removed underwing power assist bulges, filled and smoothed out, rescribed all underwing panel lines. Removed gun camera from port drop tank boom, filled and smoothed out, added gun camera opening to nose. Replaced kit (late-type) guns with Quickboost resin guns (#32011). Added scratchbuilt cartridge case chute openings (Evergreen styrene sheet). Scratch-built long under nose pitot tube (not visible in images). Removed longitudinal frame from rear canopy, sanded and buffed out, Futured, then added two latitudinal scratches. Windscreen frames sanded off, shape sanded to smoother appearance to resemble the curved early-type windscreen, new frames added. Made bulletproof glass (from CD case clear styrene), buffed and Futured, inserted under kit windscreen, added fabric instrument panel shroud and modified early type gunsight that is between the windscreen and the armour glass. Six aluminum spars for wing stiffness. Jerry Rutman P-38 EFG 'mk 1' conversion resin (boom radiators and engine cowlings). The John Geddes figure is Master Details U.S. Army Air Force fighter pilot mid-Late WW2 (#32011). Markings: custom Lorna "D" decal, custom boom radiator group decals, 77s on nose with paint and masks, national marks with Yellow-wings decals (YW48048) - U.S. National Insignia PT-3 May 1942-June 1943, 'U.S. ARMY' from Barracudacal's P-40 sheet BC32006. Techmod yellow decal serial number on tail.

Paint: Tamiya acrylic, Alclad Aluminum II ('Aluminum' and 'Chrome'), weathering by oil wash and silver Prismacolor pencil, Testor's Dullcoat from spray can.

In the images below, the props and fuel tanks are loosely in place and the scratch-built under-the-nose pitot tube is not present (due to possibility of breakage during shipment).

Issues: there are numerous imperfections. The Jerry Rutman 'mk 1' resin lower cowlings and boom radiators are not accurately shaped - JR's new resin looks perfect but wasn't available for this build. The modified Revell props are not accurately shaped although they are better than the kit props. The modified kit windscreen only approximates the early type P-38E windscreen (JR also apparently has a complete vacuform P-38EFG canopy, not available for this build). There is some slight fogging on the inside of the top of the windscreen from CA glue used to attach the internal armour plate. The fighter group and 'Lorna D' marks are a bit crude as these were inkjet decals touched up with paint. There are no "NO STEP" marks on the sides of the canopy. From more than a few feet away none of these issues are very noticeable. Trumpeter rules.

Hope you like it.

Ian




































Guess you could say its another one of those Trumpeter "Gems" they've been talking about.

See what you mean about the windscreen. But, To paraphrase Donald Rumsfeld, "You go with the windscreen you have, not the Windscreen you need or would like the aftermarket industry to make."

Thanks for posting!!

david
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April 2nd, 2012, 5:14 pm #10

It looks very convincing to me. Do you mind sharing your technique!! Well done!



Brandon








First, I sprayed a coat of krylon black lacquer as primer, then Alclad Aluminum II 'aluminum' - covering the wing leading edge areas and wing walk areas (and the rear faces and leading edges of the props).

Then I liberally dotted on liquid mask over the areas to be bare aluminum, using reference photos.

Next the main coat of Tamiya acrylic olive drab was sprayed on.

Then the liquid mask was picked off with a toothpick, that was also used to scratch off the Tamiya OD. At this stage the chipping looks WAY too contrasty, so the edges of the acrylic were picked back further with the toothpick, tiny dots of olive drab were added with a brush over the aluminum, and a silver Prismacolour pencil was used to further degrade the edge and do little dots and circles around rivets. And don't get me going on rivets - contrary to what some say, I think recessed rivets are what you want (e.g., Trumpeter C-47) - they create the illusion of rivets with the tiny shadows produced and their tendency to pick up oil washes.

This results in chipping that still looks too contrasty (I am sure you have seen this on some Jap models) - so the entire upper surface of the model (including the decals) was misted with light olive drab. This reduces contrast and creates the appropriate 'aerial perspective' so the model resembles a full sized object. The final overall coat of Testor's Dullcoat helps on this score as well - it goes over the bare Alclad without compromising the bare metal effect.

Ian

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