Backround: categorized as a heavy fighter, the p 38 was arguably the most successful of the heavy fighters used in WWII. It was also one of the most unconventional aircraft fielded by any nation, with its eg shaped fuselage between a center wing that was connected to twin booms holding the engines and the landing gear. Powered by two powerful allison v 1710 engines, also used in the p 39 and the p 40, giving the p 38 a top speed of 666 kph at altitude. It was very very fast and it really needed that speed because it was a horrific turner-like most twin engine aircraft of that time. P 38s used boom and zoom tactics to score victories and with a good climb rate and decent dive speed, the p 38 was well suited for such attacks. Armed with 4 12,7mm browning machine guns and a single 20mm AN/M2 cannon, the p 38 was pretty weakly armoured for a heavy fighter (other heavy fighters like the me 410 for example had 2 20mm and 2 30mm cannons). but for an american aircraft, this armament was actually pretty heavy. Moreover the entire armamant was put in the nose, givng the p 38 extremely accurate firing, since the guns were not in the wings and therefore didnt converge. the p 38 was a successful fighter that when equipped with additional fuel tanks, was an extraordinarily good escort fighter, beeing equipped with a turbocharger that gave the aircraft sufficient power even at high altitude. With that, the p 38 was extensively used in the european and pacific theatre, however it was far more successful in the pacific than in the european theatre, since german aircraft were well able to match the p 38s top speed and could also dive with it fairly easily. Most important was however, that the german fighter such as the 109 or the fw 190 could turn much much better than the p 38. German pilots found it very easy to down a p 38 once it started to turn. When using boom and zoom tactics however, the p 38 was a dangerous opponent and germans gave it the nickname "fork-tailed devil". In the pacific,where japanese airpower was not as big a thread anymore as it once was, the p 38 showed its full potential. against the a6m zero the p 38 was superior in every aspect except maneuverability and armament. The lack of a supercharger in most japanese aircraft made it pretty easy to use boom and zoom tactics , giving the p 38 a huge advantage over most japanese fighters. When the ki 61 hien arrived in 1943, the only thing that was able to counter it was the p 38, showing the mportance of the aircraft. While beeing a fighter, the aircraft also served asa fighter bomber from time to time, equipped with underwing pylons for bombs or rockets. Today, various p 38s survive in museums and some are also airworthy and can be regularly seen at various airshows.
The Kit: well, first things first: the p 38 is my favourite americna fighter aircraft used in WWII, you can take your mutangs and thunderbolts and shove em- the p 38 is the most beautiful looking americna aircraft of WWII. The kit is the hobby boos 1/72 kit that costs 19 €
Detail: Basic but acceptable, the cockpit detail is actually not that bad, as are the wheel wells. However it could have been better- not that it isnt good, but its just not enough for 5 stars
Quality: Pretty good, the quality was perfect, no flash,a very very clear canopy and ejector marks only on the inside of the parts so you wont see them in the end, also no sinkamrks
Fitting: Good, not perfect but good, the fuselage fitted well but thre were some problems on other parts, not many tho
Decals: Decals for 2 variants are included, a black and silver aircraft and another pretty colourful one . I dont know why but the black one looked so interesting thats why I went for that one. The decals are ok but rip so easily and also fold up pretty easily
Extras: its a nice kit, and better than the revell one that was a rerelease from an older kit(its actually by FAR better). its not perfect but a good kit, its also very cheap and offers a nice solution for people who want a p 38 in their model arsenal
Result. cheap, well detailed and easy to assemble, this kit is a dream for everyone who wants a quick weekend build. I would highly recommend it, especially beginners will find it easy to assemble and I think its a perfect beginners kit because there arent that mayn parts but its still a well detailed kit, despite its low price