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Offline TomZ

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Lockheed P-58D Black Lightning
« on: December 30, 2018, 10:53:06 am »
Lockheed P-58D Black Lightning



The Lockheed P-58 Chain lightning design was started in 1940 as a heavy fighter. Difficulty with the Allison V-3420 engines led to many delays in the development of the aircraft. This led to the cancellation of the program by the Air Force in 1940.



Lockheed tried to resurrect the design and entered it in the competition for a dedicated night fighter. Here it competed with the Northrop P-61 Black Widow. A radar was placed in the nose and the guns were moved to the wings.



An order for 300 P-58Bís and Dís were placed in 1943 and the aircraft entered service in 1944. As a night fighter the aircraft was still plagued with engine problems and the last Black Lightning was retired in 1946.



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Re: Lockheed P-58D Black Lightning
« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2018, 11:27:23 am »
I like that   :thumbsup:
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Re: Lockheed P-58D Black Lightning
« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2018, 12:03:42 pm »
Great job! I canít tell from the pictures about armament. Wing guns?
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Re: Lockheed P-58D Black Lightning
« Reply #3 on: December 30, 2018, 12:27:24 pm »
Yes, wing guns. Radar in the nose.

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Re: Lockheed P-58D Black Lightning
« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2018, 05:01:47 am »
:thumbsup:
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Another ill conceived, poorly thought out, crudely executed and badly painted piece of what-if modelling muppetry from zenrat industries.

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Re: Lockheed P-58D Black Lightning
« Reply #5 on: December 31, 2018, 05:58:48 am »
I have a Chain Lightning kit that's been laying unfinished for years. Could never work out what the USAAF would have done with them. Now it's obvious   :banghead:  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Re: Lockheed P-58D Black Lightning
« Reply #6 on: December 31, 2018, 07:43:19 am »
Tom, love this and all of your sweet entries here.  A very intriguing design to say the least, and I love your take on this.  Well done!  :thumbsup:

You have been very busy, my friend!

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Re: Lockheed P-58D Black Lightning
« Reply #7 on: December 31, 2018, 11:45:14 am »
I finished most of them a couple of weeks ago, just didn't get around to photographing them.
Part of a USAF What-if series....

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Re: Lockheed P-58D Black Lightning
« Reply #8 on: January 02, 2019, 01:13:28 am »
That's different, and looks like it means business too
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Re: Lockheed P-58D Black Lightning
« Reply #9 on: January 02, 2019, 01:34:54 am »
Great build. :thumbsup:

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Re: Lockheed P-58D Black Lightning
« Reply #10 on: January 02, 2019, 03:45:45 am »
Nice!  :thumbsup:

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Re: Lockheed P-58D Black Lightning
« Reply #11 on: January 02, 2019, 04:30:51 pm »
great twin-boomer, thanks! :thumbsup:
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