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With some delay (this model had been long finished before I started the vintoplan), another PantherG profile tribute build.  ;D


1:72 Lockheed P-38L „Lightning“; „(9)14“ (ex USAAF s/n 44-03914) of the Força Aérea Brasileira (FAB, Brazilian Air Force) Esquadrão “Pampa”, 1°/14° Group of Aviation; Canoas Air Base, Porto Alegre/Southern Brazil, 1949 (Whif/Matchbox kit)
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Some background:
The Brazilian Air Force (Portuguese:) is the air branch of the Brazilian Armed Forces and one of the three national uniformed services. The FAB was formed when the Army and Navy air branch were in 1941 merged into a single military force initially called "National Air Forces". Both air branches transferred their equipment, installations and personnel to the new force. In World War II, the Brazilian Air force made important contributions to the Allied war efforts, especially as part of the Brazilian Expeditionary Force (FEB) on the Italian front, and operated a number of American types like P-38, P-40 and P-47 fighters as well as A-20 and A-31 bombers, which were partly kept in service after the war had ended.


1:72 Lockheed P-38L „Lightning“; „(9)14“ (ex USAAF s/n 44-03914) of the Força Aérea Brasileira (FAB, Brazilian Air Force) Esquadrão “Pampa”, 1°/14° Group of Aviation; Canoas Air Base, Porto Alegre/Southern Brazil, 1949 (Whif/Matchbox kit)
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1:72 Lockheed P-38L „Lightning“; „(9)14“ (ex USAAF s/n 44-03914) of the Força Aérea Brasileira (FAB, Brazilian Air Force) Esquadrão “Pampa”, 1°/14° Group of Aviation; Canoas Air Base, Porto Alegre/Southern Brazil, 1949 (Whif/Matchbox kit)
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1:72 Lockheed P-38L „Lightning“; „(9)14“ (ex USAAF s/n 44-03914) of the Força Aérea Brasileira (FAB, Brazilian Air Force) Esquadrão “Pampa”, 1°/14° Group of Aviation; Canoas Air Base, Porto Alegre/Southern Brazil, 1949 (Whif/Matchbox kit)
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   The Lockheed P-38 Lightning was originally designed in response to a February 1937 specification from the United States Army Air Corps. Circular Proposal X-608 was a set of aircraft performance goals for a twin-engine, high-altitude "interceptor" having "the tactical mission of interception and attack of hostile aircraft at high altitude." The P-38 had distinctive twin booms and a central nacelle containing the cockpit and armament.
During its successful career, the P-38 was not only used for interception, but also for dive bombing, level bombing, ground attack, night fighting, photo reconnaissance, radar and visual pathfinding for bombers and evacuation missions, and extensively as a long-range escort fighter when equipped with drop tanks under its wings. The P-38 was unusually quiet for a fighter, since the exhaust was muffled by the turbo-superchargers. It was extremely forgiving and could be mishandled in many ways, but the rate of roll in the early versions was too low for it to excel as a serious dogfighter.


1:72 Lockheed P-38L „Lightning“; „(9)14“ (ex USAAF s/n 44-03914) of the Força Aérea Brasileira (FAB, Brazilian Air Force) Esquadrão “Pampa”, 1°/14° Group of Aviation; Canoas Air Base, Porto Alegre/Southern Brazil, 1949 (Whif/Matchbox kit)
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1:72 Lockheed P-38L „Lightning“; „(9)14“ (ex USAAF s/n 44-03914) of the Força Aérea Brasileira (FAB, Brazilian Air Force) Esquadrão “Pampa”, 1°/14° Group of Aviation; Canoas Air Base, Porto Alegre/Southern Brazil, 1949 (Whif/Matchbox kit)
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1:72 Lockheed P-38L „Lightning“; „(9)14“ (ex USAAF s/n 44-03914) of the Força Aérea Brasileira (FAB, Brazilian Air Force) Esquadrão “Pampa”, 1°/14° Group of Aviation; Canoas Air Base, Porto Alegre/Southern Brazil, 1949 (Whif/Matchbox kit)
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   The P-38 was operated by the USAAF throughout the country’s engagement in WWII and in all major conflict zones. Beyond the USAAF, the type was also tested or operated by allies, e. g. France, Great Britain (only an export version was tested and rejected) and Brazil. The Brazilian Air Force received its first P-38Js relatively late in WWII. In December 1944, a total of 109 aircraft were delivered to FEB forces in Italy, where the machines were primarily used as fighter bombers (armed with bombs and unguided missiles) and sometimes as long range escort fighter for American bomber raids. After the war, most of these machines were abandoned and scrapped on site, but the P-38 had a very good service record and had been popular among the crews. In order to modernize its home defense, Brazil procured in 1946 another 55 P-38L from US stock and surplus production. These were distributed among three interceptor squadrons and the type’s long range proved to be very effective over the country’s vast ranges along the borders, and also over the Atlantic Ocean.


1:72 Lockheed P-38L „Lightning“; „(9)14“ (ex USAAF s/n 44-03914) of the Força Aérea Brasileira (FAB, Brazilian Air Force) Esquadrão “Pampa”, 1°/14° Group of Aviation; Canoas Air Base, Porto Alegre/Southern Brazil, 1949 (Whif/Matchbox kit)
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1:72 Lockheed P-38L „Lightning“; „(9)14“ (ex USAAF s/n 44-03914) of the Força Aérea Brasileira (FAB, Brazilian Air Force) Esquadrão “Pampa”, 1°/14° Group of Aviation; Canoas Air Base, Porto Alegre/Southern Brazil, 1949 (Whif/Matchbox kit)
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1:72 Lockheed P-38L „Lightning“; „(9)14“ (ex USAAF s/n 44-03914) of the Força Aérea Brasileira (FAB, Brazilian Air Force) Esquadrão “Pampa”, 1°/14° Group of Aviation; Canoas Air Base, Porto Alegre/Southern Brazil, 1949 (Whif/Matchbox kit)
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   Most of the aircraft’s career remained peaceful, but towards the end of the FAB P-38’s career, while the Lightning was already about to be gradually phased out, the machines became in 1961-63 involved in hot military action during the so-called “Lobster War”, a dispute over spiny lobsters with France. The Brazilian government refused to allow French fishing vessels to catch spiny lobsters 100 miles off the Brazilian northeast coast, arguing that lobsters "crawl along the continental shelf", while the French maintained that "lobsters swim" and that therefore they might be caught by any fishing vessel from any country. During this conflict, the P-38s carried out long range patrols over the Southern Atlantic and flew escort missions for Brazilian long-range reconnaissance aircraft, which shadowed (and threatened) French civil and military vessels. More than once the FAB aircraft flew low-level phantom attacks and fired their guns into the open sea as threatening gestures. There were no casualties, though, and the dispute was resolved unilaterally by Brazil, which extended its territorial waters to a 200-mile zone, taking in the disputed lobsters' bed.


1:72 Lockheed P-38L „Lightning“; „(9)14“ (ex USAAF s/n 44-03914) of the Força Aérea Brasileira (FAB, Brazilian Air Force) Esquadrão “Pampa”, 1°/14° Group of Aviation; Canoas Air Base, Porto Alegre/Southern Brazil, 1949 (Whif/Matchbox kit)
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1:72 Lockheed P-38L „Lightning“; „(9)14“ (ex USAAF s/n 44-03914) of the Força Aérea Brasileira (FAB, Brazilian Air Force) Esquadrão “Pampa”, 1°/14° Group of Aviation; Canoas Air Base, Porto Alegre/Southern Brazil, 1949 (Whif/Matchbox kit)
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1:72 Lockheed P-38L „Lightning“; „(9)14“ (ex USAAF s/n 44-03914) of the Força Aérea Brasileira (FAB, Brazilian Air Force) Esquadrão “Pampa”, 1°/14° Group of Aviation; Canoas Air Base, Porto Alegre/Southern Brazil, 1949 (Whif/Matchbox kit)
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1:72 Lockheed P-38L „Lightning“; „(9)14“ (ex USAAF s/n 44-03914) of the Força Aérea Brasileira (FAB, Brazilian Air Force) Esquadrão “Pampa”, 1°/14° Group of Aviation; Canoas Air Base, Porto Alegre/Southern Brazil, 1949 (Whif/Matchbox kit)
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   The last FAB P-38 was eventually retired in 1965 and the type was replaced by the F-80C and TF-33A, which themselves were later replaced by the MB-326, Mirage III and Northrop F-5 jets.




General characteristics:
    Crew: One
    Length: 37 ft 10 in (11.53 m)
    Wingspan: 52 ft 0 in (15.85 m)
    Height: 12 ft 10 in (3.91 m)
    Wing area: 327.5 ft² (30.43 m²)
    Airfoil: NACA 23016 / NACA 4412
    Empty weight: 12,800 lb (5,800 kg)
    Loaded weight: 17,500 lb (7,940 kg)
    Max. take-off weight: 21,600 lb (9,798 kg)
    Zero-lift drag coefficient: 0.0268
    Drag area: 8.78 ft² (0.82 m²)
    Aspect ratio: 8.26

Powerplant:
    2× Allison V-1710-111/113 V-12 piston engine, each delivering 1,600 hp (1,193 kW) WEP at 60 inHg, 3,000 rpm

Performance:
    Maximum speed: 414 mph (666 km/h)
    Cruise speed: 275 mph (443 km/h)
    Stall speed: 105 mph (169 km/h)
    Range: 1,300 mi (2,100 km) with internal fuel
          1,770 mi (3,640 km) with drop tanks
    Service ceiling: 44,000 ft (13,400 m)
    Rate of climb: 4,750 ft/min (24.1 m/s)
    Wing loading: 53.4 lb/ft² (260.9 kg/m²)
    Power/mass: 0.16 hp/lb (0.27 kW/kg)
    Lift-to-drag ratio: 13.5

Armament:
    1× Hispano M2 20 mm cannon with 150 rounds
    4× M2 Browning 0.50 in (12.7 mm) machine guns with 500 rpg
    Inner underwing hardpoints for up to 2,000 lb (907 kg) bombs or drop tanks each;
    Outer hardpoints for up to 2× 500 lb (227 kg) bombs or 10× 5 in (127 mm) HVARs (High Velocity
    Aircraft Rockets)



The kit and its assembly:
This lightning is another hardware rendition of a fictional profile drawing, once more created by Czech fellow user PantherG here at whatifmodelers.com, originally posted in late Feb. 2019.


An inspiring profile drawing: a P-38 in post-WWII Brazilian Air Force service
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Brazil never operated the P-38, but I found, due to the type’s long range, the idea quite plausible. And the paint scheme depicted in the profile was interesting, too. So I dug out a Matchbox P-38 from the pile (primarily in order to reduce its volume; if I had bought a dedicated P-38 kit for this build, I’d probably have used the Hobby Boss model) and started work.

   The Matchbox P-38 is certainly not the best kit of this iconic aircraft. Its biggest selling point is that it goes together relatively well and yields a solid, even though simple model. It has many weak points, though:
- It features a wild mix of raised and engraved details on the surface.
- The cockpit only consists of a simple floor panel and a pilot seat, which rather looks like an armchair from a Seventies living room.
- The landing gear is very simple, too, and the landing gear wells show no interior detail at all
- The turbocharger fairings are (relatively) nicely detailed, but their fit is abysmal and their complex shape makes blending them with the surroundings a tiresome (if not futile) affair.

Since all wing and fuselage elements come in separate sections, aligning everything is not easy - expect some serious PSR work! At least, the real life P-38 had handed propellers, and this detail is actually reflected by the Matchbox kit.

   Since this build was rather about fiction and the livery than details, I only made minor improvements. I left the cockpit closed, with the OOB pilot inside, but replaced the wacky seat and added a board with a radio to cover the empty space behind it. Any available space in the central pod and in the tail booms’ front ends was filled with lead, in hope to get the model on its three wheels. It actually worked!


1:72 Lockheed P-38L „Lightning“; „(9)14“ (ex USAAF s/n 44-03914) of the Força Aérea Brasileira (FAB, Brazilian Air Force) Esquadrão “Pampa”, 1°/14° Group of Aviation; Canoas Air Base, Porto Alegre/Southern Brazil, 1949 (Whif/Matchbox kit) - WiP
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1:72 Lockheed P-38L „Lightning“; „(9)14“ (ex USAAF s/n 44-03914) of the Força Aérea Brasileira (FAB, Brazilian Air Force) Esquadrão “Pampa”, 1°/14° Group of Aviation; Canoas Air Base, Porto Alegre/Southern Brazil, 1949 (Whif/Matchbox kit) - WiP
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The propellers received new and longer axes as well as matching adapter tubes inside of the engines, so that they could be attached after the model was otherwise finished. The primitive landing gear was taken OOB, I just pimped the struts with hydraulic hoses, made from thin wire.

The flaps under the inner wing sections were lowered and I used the OOB drop tanks. The “tree” HVAR launchers were omitted and their attachment points under the wings hidden under styrene profiles. On the nose, I added machine gun barrels to the otherwise empty openings, and, as a final cosmetic move, I added wire antennae between the tail booms and the canopy.


1:72 Lockheed P-38L „Lightning“; „(9)14“ (ex USAAF s/n 44-03914) of the Força Aérea Brasileira (FAB, Brazilian Air Force) Esquadrão “Pampa”, 1°/14° Group of Aviation; Canoas Air Base, Porto Alegre/Southern Brazil, 1949 (Whif/Matchbox kit) - WiP
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1:72 Lockheed P-38L „Lightning“; „(9)14“ (ex USAAF s/n 44-03914) of the Força Aérea Brasileira (FAB, Brazilian Air Force) Esquadrão “Pampa”, 1°/14° Group of Aviation; Canoas Air Base, Porto Alegre/Southern Brazil, 1949 (Whif/Matchbox kit) - WiP
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Painting and markings:
The more creative part. I tried to stay true to PantherG’s inspiring profile, even though I made some minor changes which appeared more plausible to me and added some more color. The three-tone camouflage pattern (inspired by Guatemaltecan P-51s?) reflects typical Brazilian jungle landscape well and was made of USAAF WWII colors (Dark Olive Drab 41 (ANA 613), Medium Green 42 (ANA 612), Sand 49 (ANA 616) and Neutral Grey 43.
Painting was done with Tamiya XF-62, Humbrol 195 and 237 on the upper surfaces, and underneath I used FS 36314 from Modelmaster, since I find “true” Neutral Grey (FS 36173) to look very murky on/under a 1:72 model. Painting was done with brushes, as per usual.

   The cockpit interior was painted in zinc chromate green, while the landing gear wells’ interior became chrome yellow. Landing gear struts, wheel discs and drop tanks became Humbrol 156, similar to the aircraft’s undersides.


1:72 Lockheed P-38L „Lightning“; „(9)14“ (ex USAAF s/n 44-03914) of the Força Aérea Brasileira (FAB, Brazilian Air Force) Esquadrão “Pampa”, 1°/14° Group of Aviation; Canoas Air Base, Porto Alegre/Southern Brazil, 1949 (Whif/Matchbox kit) - WiP
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1:72 Lockheed P-38L „Lightning“; „(9)14“ (ex USAAF s/n 44-03914) of the Força Aérea Brasileira (FAB, Brazilian Air Force) Esquadrão “Pampa”, 1°/14° Group of Aviation; Canoas Air Base, Porto Alegre/Southern Brazil, 1949 (Whif/Matchbox kit) - WiP
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1:72 Lockheed P-38L „Lightning“; „(9)14“ (ex USAAF s/n 44-03914) of the Força Aérea Brasileira (FAB, Brazilian Air Force) Esquadrão “Pampa”, 1°/14° Group of Aviation; Canoas Air Base, Porto Alegre/Southern Brazil, 1949 (Whif/Matchbox kit) - WiP
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1:72 Lockheed P-38L „Lightning“; „(9)14“ (ex USAAF s/n 44-03914) of the Força Aérea Brasileira (FAB, Brazilian Air Force) Esquadrão “Pampa”, 1°/14° Group of Aviation; Canoas Air Base, Porto Alegre/Southern Brazil, 1949 (Whif/Matchbox kit) - WiP
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   Concerning the FAB markings I deviated from PantherG’s profile drawing: I gave the Lightning post-WWII FAB roundels which consist only of the stylized star and lack the blue USAAF disc background or the “bars”. AFAIK, these markings were only used during WWII, when American aircraft were quickly “Brazilianized” through simply overpainting the original US insignia’s white star from the factories. Furthermore, I individualized the aircraft with post WWII FAB squadron markings in the form of medium blue bands around the tail booms with the Southern Cross star constellation from the Brazilian flag.
Another FAB post WWII era detail is the use of a color code for the different groups within a squadron, which were carried on propeller spinners and thin fuselage bands. In this case, the aircraft belonged to the “Blue Group”, adding some more color to the camouflaged aircraft.

   The Brazilian roundels come from an FCM Decals T-33/F-80 sheet. The same source also provided the small stars that appear on the light blue fuselage band (created with generic decal sheet). The Brazilian fin flashes were created with yellow paint and green decal sheet material. The tactical codes in USAF 45° font come from a Hasegawa Japanese F-4E decal sheet, and for a better contrast I placed them on a silver background (again generic decal sheet material), as if they had been spared when the aircraft received its camouflage.
Some light panel shading as well as weathering/dry-brushing on the leading edges and around the cockpit was done, and finally the model was sealed with matt acrylic varnish (Italeri).


1:72 Lockheed P-38L „Lightning“; „(9)14“ (ex USAAF s/n 44-03914) of the Força Aérea Brasileira (FAB, Brazilian Air Force) Esquadrão “Pampa”, 1°/14° Group of Aviation; Canoas Air Base, Porto Alegre/Southern Brazil, 1949 (Whif/Matchbox kit)
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1:72 Lockheed P-38L „Lightning“; „(9)14“ (ex USAAF s/n 44-03914) of the Força Aérea Brasileira (FAB, Brazilian Air Force) Esquadrão “Pampa”, 1°/14° Group of Aviation; Canoas Air Base, Porto Alegre/Southern Brazil, 1949 (Whif/Matchbox kit)
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1:72 Lockheed P-38L „Lightning“; „(9)14“ (ex USAAF s/n 44-03914) of the Força Aérea Brasileira (FAB, Brazilian Air Force) Esquadrão “Pampa”, 1°/14° Group of Aviation; Canoas Air Base, Porto Alegre/Southern Brazil, 1949 (Whif/Matchbox kit)
by dizzyfugu, on Flickr


An interesting result – the Brazilian P-38 does not look spectacular, but quite plausible. The three-tone camouflage creates an interesting look on the P-38, which normally only comes in olive drab/grey, NMF or all-black liveries. In the beauty pics over a rainforest landscape, it even proves to be quite effective at medium and low altitude! And while the Matchbox kit is certainly not the best P-38 model around, it “does the job” and is a pleasant, quick build.

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Re: 1:72 Lockheed P-38J Lightning, Força Aérea Brasileira, 1949
« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2019, 11:11:01 am »
I think it IS spectacular, seeing something that's now in 3D after seeing in PantherG's 2D form is really good.

I particularly like this pic of it down low over the river. A great job Thomas.  :thumbsup:




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Re: 1:72 Lockheed P-38J Lightning, Força Aérea Brasileira, 1949
« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2019, 11:47:50 am »
I think it IS spectacular, seeing something that's now in 3D after seeing in PantherG's 2D form is really good.

I particularly like this pic of it down low over the river. A great job Thomas.  :thumbsup:
I'll second that, Sir!  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Re: 1:72 Lockheed P-38J Lightning, Força Aérea Brasileira, 1949
« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2019, 09:08:05 pm »
Looks fantastic!

It does seem odd how quickly the P-38 disappeared after WWII.  Seems like it would have been a good fit for several air arms...
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Re: 1:72 Lockheed P-38J Lightning, Força Aérea Brasileira, 1949
« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2019, 09:18:37 pm »
It really is FAB.
 :thumbsup:
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Re: 1:72 Lockheed P-38J Lightning, Força Aérea Brasileira, 1949
« Reply #6 on: April 13, 2019, 01:23:08 am »
Thanks a lot, gentlemen, and a thankful nod to Wenzel and his creative artwork!  :lol:

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Re: 1:72 Lockheed P-38J Lightning, Força Aérea Brasileira, 1949
« Reply #7 on: April 13, 2019, 02:22:14 am »
That does look good. :thumbsup:

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Re: 1:72 Lockheed P-38J Lightning, Força Aérea Brasileira, 1949
« Reply #8 on: April 13, 2019, 02:22:48 am »
It really is FAB.
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I bet you spent all night thinking of that  ;D
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Re: 1:72 Lockheed P-38J Lightning, Força Aérea Brasileira, 1949
« Reply #9 on: April 14, 2019, 03:22:35 am »
Cool Bird  :thumbsup:

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Re: 1:72 Lockheed P-38J Lightning, Força Aérea Brasileira, 1949
« Reply #10 on: April 14, 2019, 04:17:49 am »
It really is FAB.
 :thumbsup:

I bet you spent all night thinking of that  ;D

No Chris.  With an intellect as powerful as mine it only needed half the night.

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Re: 1:72 Lockheed P-38J Lightning, Força Aérea Brasileira, 1949
« Reply #11 on: April 14, 2019, 04:42:27 am »
Congratulations for this model, so well done it is "like real". :thumbsup:
While... with drawings, I may go further: more Brazilian, more what-if (unreal)... :-\ :unsure: ;D
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Re: 1:72 Lockheed P-38J Lightning, Força Aérea Brasileira, 1949
« Reply #12 on: April 14, 2019, 05:48:27 am »
It really is FAB.
 :thumbsup:

I bet you spent all night thinking of that  ;D

No Chris.  With an intellect as powerful as mine it only needed half the night.

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Re: 1:72 Lockheed P-38J Lightning, Força Aérea Brasileira, 1949
« Reply #13 on: April 14, 2019, 06:23:34 am »
Looks fantastic!

It does seem odd how quickly the P-38 disappeared after WWII.  Seems like it would have been a good fit for several air arms...

I, too, thought it was odd that an aircraft that was lauded, literally, to the skies should so almost completely vanish.  There were some factors.  Apparently it was a maintenance hog, and expensive with it.  I read somewhere that there was something like 25' of tubing/hoses with joints every 12", and all that had to be tight or performance suffered in proportion to the number and severity of leaks.  Then, too, it was not an easy aircraft for the neophyte - apparently RPM had little to do with the throttle; there was no cockpit heating, so gloves were always worn for mid-to-high altitude flights; several important knobs were hard to locate/operate with gloves on; and there are others, I'm sure, for the expert digger.

I wonder what it'd have been like with Merlins or Griffons ... 
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Re: 1:72 Lockheed P-38J Lightning, Força Aérea Brasileira, 1949
« Reply #14 on: April 14, 2019, 07:29:25 am »

I wonder what it'd have been like with Merlins or Griffons ...


Now there's an idea worth pursuing if ever I saw one...........  :thumbsup:
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