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Eduard P-38J Over Europe
England - North East, United Kingdom
Joined: November 18, 2006
KitMaker: 2,828 posts
AeroScale: 1,720 posts
Posted: Saturday, August 11, 2012 - 10:08 AM UTC
Samantha Scoles reviews Eduard''s eagerly awaited re-boxing of the Academy 1/48 P-38J Lightning with their own additions of Brassin resin, photo etch and decals

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Quebec, Canada
Joined: April 19, 2008
KitMaker: 591 posts
AeroScale: 503 posts
Posted: Saturday, August 11, 2012 - 11:51 AM UTC

Great photos on the resin items!: Just for those the boxing is very tempting! The wheels, intakes and turbochargers in particular look especially good.

The amount of research on the decals is also a show-stopper in this re-boxing. See the full story on one of the included set of markings on the Eduard newsletter.

Staff MemberSenior Editor
United Kingdom
Joined: June 11, 2003
KitMaker: 17,266 posts
AeroScale: 12,639 posts
Posted: Sunday, August 12, 2012 - 04:25 AM UTC
Hi there

I've always liked the Academy P-38J, and I have to admit I was so impressed by the extras in Eduard's edition when I sneaked a peek inside the box prior to sending the sample kit to Sam, I've bought one for myself.

All the best

Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Joined: March 15, 2011
KitMaker: 121 posts
AeroScale: 112 posts
Posted: Sunday, August 12, 2012 - 12:47 PM UTC
I've just purchased the Hasegawa P-38J,wish I'd hung on for a few more days now.......
Pennsylvania, United States
Joined: June 17, 2009
KitMaker: 566 posts
AeroScale: 507 posts
Posted: Monday, August 13, 2012 - 07:36 AM UTC
I couldnt wait for this one to come out and just managed to pick one up. I wanted to wait for it to go on sale in a month or two, but I have a feeling with this popular a subject with this level of included extras this kit will sell out much quicker than other limited editions.
Staff MemberManaging Editor
Tennessee, United States
Joined: December 21, 2002
KitMaker: 7,441 posts
AeroScale: 3,075 posts
Posted: Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - 03:35 PM UTC
Oh dear, another awesome model to tempt me -- just a day after reading a book about an P-38 group!

Sam, I look forward to your build. Which markings will it be?
Georgia, United States
Joined: August 22, 2005
KitMaker: 331 posts
AeroScale: 135 posts
Posted: Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - 06:02 PM UTC
I purchased this kit at the Nats back in August for the decals and resin parts. The P-38 kit will be donated to some kid named Mongo in Cincy.

I took one of my Hasegawa P-38s and did a little bit of surgery to a bulkhead behind the radio deck and removed the instrument panel coaming. The underside of the sills were scraped to thin down the area to set the sidewalls. The IP will need to be lowered about 1mm. The window sills will need to be narrowed as Hasegawa made them too wide but that will then fit nicely to the sidewalls. Since many resin upgrades require some scraping and cutting of original parts Eduard could leave these parts alone and use them in the Hasegawa kits.

The turbochargers don't fit the HSGW wells so maybe Eduard could do a new set to match the kits profile. The resin wheels are outstanding and I hope that they will do different tread patterns in the future. I haven't tried the air intakes but with a little work they too should fit nicely.

The decals are outstanding and were half the reason for me to buy the kit.

Even though the Hasegaws kit needs a lot patience to fit together it is a wonderful kit and some Eduard resin parts would do it good. They already have a great start for us modelers to want to buy and improve the Hasegawa kits.