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TRUMPETER 1/32 SCALE P-38 COMPREHENSIVE SERIES SCALE MODEL MANUAL

This comprehensive series aircraft manual shows you how to assemble, improve, detail, paint, prepare and apply decals and apply basic weathering. There are some challenging void issues and the manual shows you how to fill and contour these voids using plastic strips and super glue. The thickness of the kit’s plastic is thin for a 1/32 scale kit and the manual shows you how to add interior laminations of plastic sheet and strip to reinforce the main wing, the fuselage and the engine booms so that the seams will not crack due to flexing. The manual shows you how to add weight to the engines and the nose area to properly balance the model. The cockpit was enhanced with the Eduard P-38 photoetch set and their pre-painted seat belts and the manual shows you how to prepare, bend and reinforce the photoetch parts. The kit represents a P-38 L-5-LO, however the model was back dated to a P-38J, which required omitting the rocket pylons and filling in the wing lights. This kit has two well detailed engines and the manual demonstrates how to remove and detail panels so that areas of each engine can be displayed.  The kit’s guns have a slight misalignment between the part halves so they were replaced with plastic rod and the propellers were replaced with a set from a Revell kit as they are more accurate in appearance and shape. The separate control surfaces and flaps also need some modifications and tweaking to achieve a better fit. The kit was painted with enamels and lacquers and minimal weathering was achieved with drybrushing techniques and a badger 200 detail airbrush

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