Intermission – Tamiya’s 1/48 P-38 Lightning and Significance of ‘Miss Virginia’

I will probably be tempted to add this one in a few years.

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When the announcement of Tamiya’s latest 1/48 scale release hit, I could only think of my “wish list” from back in January 2019.  There I wished not only for a Tamiya 1/48 Lightning, I also wished that it would be an early variant with “Miss Virginia” markings.

Earlier this year I got to see a P-38 Lightning in the flesh during a trip to the USAF Museum.  This just reinforced my want to build a kit of this fighter.


So I was very happy to get this news and from what I have been able to read, it looks like it will be another excellent Tamiya kit.  One ‘in-box review’ is available at Ninetalis Scale Models.  Some interesting things to note in the kit:

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F4U-1/2 Progress Report Day 1

Taking pictures is a way I use on My Forgotten Hobby II to document what I am doing, and what I find as I build my model kits. I have learned since reuniting with my forgotten hobby not to rush into assembling the different parts as well as dry fitting them before glueing.

No problems were encountered during the first steps.

While looking at the instructions, I found there were two tail wheels. Then I got thinking that my old Monogram Helldiver was missing a tail wheel. I had finally found a quick way to fix it.