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Tamiya has released its highly anticipated new tool P-38 P-38F/G Lightning model kit in 1/48 scale.

The kit (61120) is reportedly the product of “extensive research and ever-evolving mold making techniques” and is described as “the best fitting and most accurate P-38 Lightning F/G model assembly kit to date.”

It is touted as accurately depicting early P-38 features such as slimline engine cowlings, intercoolers in leading edges and the curved canopy front. Additional features include a detailed cockpit with wheel-type controls, radio, throttle box and more; parts to recreate two each of 150- and 300-gallon drop tanks and weights to ensure correct balance of the model when displayed.

Two livery options are also included representing “White 147,” a P-38G which took part in the interception of Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto in April 1943, and P-38F “White 33.

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Pre-production examples of Tamiya’s upcoming, new tool P-38 F/G Lightning model kit have been spotted for sale.

As previously reported, The kit is currently slated for release on November 20, although 300 “preview kits” in sample, pre-production boxes were raffled off at the recent IPMS USA event in Tennessee.

The offering is described as “the best fitting and most accurate P-38 Lightning F/G model assembly kit to date.” It is touted as accurately depicting early P-38 features such as slimline engine cowlings, intercoolers in leading edges and the curved canopy front. Additional features include a detailed cockpit with wheel-type controls, radio, throttle box and more; parts to recreate two each of 150- and 300-gallon drop tanks and weights to ensure correct balance of the model when displayed. Two livery options are also included representing “White 147,” a P-38G which took part in the interception of Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto in April 1943, and P-38F “White 33.

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Tamiya has shared a new series of pre-production photos of their upcoming new tool 1/48 P-38F/G Lightning kit, which is reportedly on display at the IPMS Nationals in Chattanooga, TN through August 10.

As previously reported, the kit (61120) is the product of “extensive research and ever-evolving mold making techniques” and is described as “the best fitting and most accurate P-38 Lightning F/G model assembly kit to date.”

It is said to accurately depict early P-38 features such as slimline engine cowlings, intercoolers in leading edges and the curved canopy front. Additional features include a detailed cockpit with wheel-type controls, radio, throttle box and more; parts to recreate two each of 150- and 300-gallon drop tanks and weights to ensure correct balance of the model when displayed. Two livery options are also included representing “White 147,” a P-38G which took part in the interception of Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto in April 1943, and P-38F “White 33. [continue reading…]

Following a series of photographic clues earlier this week, Tamiya has confirmed the upcoming release of a new tool P-38 F/G Lightning kit in 1/48 scale.

The company has also released a number of details on the kit (61120), stating that “extensive research and ever-evolving mold making techniques” were employed to “achieve the best fitting and most accurate P-38 Lightning F/G model assembly kit to date.”

It is said to accurately depict early P-38 features such as slimline engine cowlings, intercoolers in leading edges and the curved canopy front. Additional features include a detailed cockpit with wheel-type controls, radio, throttle box and more; parts to recreate two each of 150- and 300-gallon drop tanks and weights to ensure correct balance of the model when displayed. [continue reading…]

Tamiya has announced the upcoming release of an “all new” addition to their popular 1/48 scale aircraft line, and offered a series of photos that serve as clues to its identity.

The company states that the product will be announced at the Tamiya Modeler’s Gallery 2019 and the 3rd Shizuoka Expo in Hokkaido, both of which run from July 25 to July 30. Visitors to these events will reportedly have the opportunity to purchase “a special preview version of the kit in a white box, containing prototype parts and materials.”

Tamiya is also hoping to share the model with U.S. modelers at the 2019 IPMS USA Nationals in Tennessee from August 7. The kit is scheduled for release sometime this autumn.

So far, the most popular conclusion is that the model is a P-38, however, we will have to wait a bit longer to know for sure. Click below to check out additional photos as well as the full announcement.

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