This kit from RS Models, 1/72 scale, provides the basis for construction of the Lockheed P-38G Lightning. It is a kit with decals for five different planes of three countries: United States, Germany and Portugal. The decal for Portugal is to recreate the Lightning # 300, the only aircraft of this model that flew the colors of the Cross of Christ.
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|Decals||USAF, Deutsche Luftwaffe and Aeronáutica Militar Portuguesa (Portugal)|
|Attention||Do not include paint or glue ( sold separately )|
The Lockheed P-38 Lightning was a kind of twin-engine North American hunting that was a critical participant during the 2nd World War. It was a particularly fast and effective machine in a wide range of situations of war. The Lockheed P-38 Lightning, mass produced between 1940 and 1945, a total of 9,923 units, were a crucial weapon in the US arsenal.
The prototype, known as XP-38 made its first flight on January 27, 1939, not getting the best: the scroll fell in a ditch and left the train and two weeks after the first flight, returned from the train in landing. Quickly regained exceptional image plane when, on 11 February this year across the United States from coast to coast in 7 hours and 2 minutes with two scales for refueling, which at the time it seemed unbelievable for a plane that appeared to provided the configuration for normal production. Unfortunately, during landing at Mitchell Field, New York, the plane crashed, being totally destroyed.
Two months after this production was started flight of the Lockheed P-38, maintaining the structure of the prototype, now armed with a gun of 37 mm instead of 23 mm. This revolutionary aircraft caught the attention of the British, who ordered 143 copies, with a Hispano 20mm cannon and the original four machine guns, which they named Lockheed Lightning Mk I. However, the Americans banned the export of the F2 Allison engines, equipping aircraft with less powerful engines and without turbocharger. The result was disastrous and the Royal Air Force (RAF), refused the aircraft, which came to be used by the Americans, after again equipped with motoresAllison F2.
In 1941 appeared the P-38D version Lckheed with remarkable aerodynamic improvements and in November of that year, Lockheed P-38E version - the first who adopted the English name of Lightning - with more powerful engines and armed with a 20mm cannon and Hispano four machine guns of 12.7 mm.
Early in 1942 already flying aircraft version of the P-38F, which was constructed and used on a larger scale.
This kit from RS Models, scale 1:72, provides the basis for construction of the Lockheed P-38G Lightning. It is a kit with decals for five different planes of three countries: United States, Germany and Portugal. The decal for Portugal is to recreate the Lightning # 300, the only aircraft of this model that flew the colors of the Cross of Christ.
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