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.
The model, which measures 240mm and spans 330mm, represents a parked aircraft when complete and its canopy can be assembled in either an open or closed position. When closed, it is a one-part slide-molded piece with dedicated F and G variant parts. The hatch is shown open sideways on the P-38F, and vertically on the P-38G.
Two livery options are 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.” It includes mirror stickers to recreate cockpit mirror and engine cowling interior surface sections, as well as canopy masking stickers and a full-color painting guide.
The kit is slated for release sometime this autumn, however, preview versions will reportedly be available at some upcoming events.