Lockheed P-38J Lightning
images by Brett Green
1/72 scale P-38J Lightning is available online from Squadron.com
Chris Wauchop again takes the plunge into the world of 1/72 scale aircraft models with
his latest commission build.
Click here to listen to an audio
interview with Chris Wauchop about building and painting Academy's 1/72
scale P-38J Lightning.
The file is in Windows Media format, is 6:13 minutes in length
with a file size of 772 KB.
Construction of the basic kit was very straightforward.
The kit generally looks accurate. The only issue is the shape of the
propeller blades, which look too tapered at the base.
The fuselage "pod" is moulded as upper and lower halves
with the wing halves. This leaves a join line along the side of the
fuselage, but fit is very good so it is not a problem.
Additional detail and modifications included the
model was painted using the new metal body Testor Aztek airbrush. Chris
was impressed with the solid feel of this new airbrush.
The narrow bands on the spinners and the tail surfaces
were masked and sprayed.
Paints used included the following:
Academy's kit decals were used. Markings represent a
Lightning of Lt. Paul Murphey of the 80th FS, 8th FG, in the Pacific
theatre in 1944.
The detail on the face of the nose art, "Sweet Sue", was
missing, so Chris carefully painted some facial features once the decals
were settled on the model.
Academy's 1/72 scale P-38J Lightning is an inexpensive
and impressive little replica of Lockheed's fork-tail devil.
Chris was impressed with the speed and ease of the
The photos were taken with a Nikon Coolpix 5700 digital
camera and optimized in Photoshop CS.
The model was photographed on a base of artificial grass and dirt
against a large photo of trees and skyline. A second set of photos was
taken against a plain white background.
Finally, the images were cropped, resized to 700 pixels in
width, and saved as a .jpg file for posting on HyperScale.
thumbnails below to view larger images:
Model by Chris Wauchop
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