This Lockheed P-38J Lightning U.S. Army Air Corps aircraft model is in 1:48 scale, this spectacular model has a wingspan of 12 1/2" and is 9 1/4" in length. During the World War II, the Lockheed P-38 Lightning was an American heavy fighter aircraft used by the US Air Force. Developed to a United States Army Air Corps requirement, the P-38 had distinctive twin booms and a single, central nacelle containing the pilot and armament. The aircraft was used in a number of different roles, including dive bombing, level bombing, ground strafing, photo reconnaissance missions, and extensively as a long-range escort fighter when equipped with droppable fuel tanks under its wings. The P-38 had the same power plants as the YP-38, but armament was changed to one 37-mm cannon and four 0.50-in machine guns. Armor plate and bulletproof glass was added for pilot protection, and fluorescent instrument lighting was provided for night flying. Designed by Engineer Clarence “Kelly” Johnson, the P-38 Lightning flew for the first time on January 27 1939.
The P-38J model of Lightning, fastest of the all Lightning series, was one of the most widely used aircraft during the World War II. Compared to previous models of Lightning, P-38J has an improved propeller to help with speed and climb, more powerful pair of engines, greater armament, minor inter-generational tweaks and boosted ailerons made it much easier to handle and very effective. Used in Europe during World War II, the Germans called it the "Forked Tail Devil."
Working from exact aircraft blueprints, the majority of these beautiful replica models are hand sculptured by master craftsmen who use high quality epoxy Resin. Each model passes through several stages of sanding and priming before talented artists apply paint and detail. Extreme care is made to apply historically accurate aircraft markings and emblems. Before completion, each model receives several coats of clear lacquer to create not only a spectacular work of aviation art, but to insure each model will be a lasting addition to any airline or aircraft model collection.
All models come with a mahogany display stand to present your aircraft in style! Perfect item or gift for that Military Aviation memorabilia or Aircraft Model enthusiast! Please Click On Image For A Closer Look!