1/48 Academy P-38J Lightning

Gallery Article by Ramon R. Lomeli on Nov 28 2012



Hello ARC!  This is my version of Academy's P-38J.  I bought this kit while stationed in South Korea back in 1995/96.  I finally finished it December of 2011.   


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I added a True Details resin cockpit set, True Details tire set, and used an Aeromaster Decal set (to replace the brittle, non-stick crappy ones from Academy) that wasn't a NMF, since I still haven't worked up the confidence to take one of those on. Once built, I primed it with Testors Silver from a spray can, then used Model Master Acrylics shot through my 1991 vintage Badger 150. After the decals were in place, I sprayed it with a clear matte finish from Krylon, then scratched at the paint with my finger nails to reveal the "bare metal" underneath. A dark wash, some light dry-brushing and soft pastels finished it off.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed building the kit, and I highly recommend it to anyone! 


Ramon R. Lomeli

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Photos and text by Ramon R. Lomeli