P-38J Lightning

By: Italeri

Type: Minis Box Set

Product Line: Model Kits - Aircraft/Helicopters (1:48) (Italeri)

Last Stocked on 10/12/2021

Product Info

P-38J Lightning
Publish Year
NKG Part #
MFG. Part #
Minis Box Set
Age Range
14 Years and Up


Skill Level 3.


The United States P-38 Lightning was certainly one of the foremost aircraft of WW2 in terms of aerodynamic structure and design. It was a revolutionary heavy fighter with a twin-boom fuselage where the two engines were installed. The pilot was accommodated in a leading-edge cockpit at the center of the aircraft. The P-38 could reach a top speed of over 660 km/h thanks to its two 12 cylinders liquid cooled V-1710 Allison engines, each capable of 1,425hp. It was armed with four Browning 12.7 mm machine guns and one Hispano M2 cannon which ensured highly effective firepower. The P38 was not particularly maneuverable compared to other single-engine fighters of the period, but it was very robust and stable. Its huge versatility made it a key aircraft both on operations in the Pacific theatre and on escort missions for long-range bombers over Europe. The P-38 with its characteristic shape and its ‘fear effect’ was nicknamed ‘the fork-tailed devil’ by enemy pilots.

Decals for 4 versions:

  • USAAF, 7th FG, Little Snoring, United Kingdom, March 1944
  • USAAF, Bambi, 55th Fighter Group, 338th Fighter Squadron, United Kingdom, January 1944
  • USAAF, Curly Six, 367th Fighter Group, 394th Fighter Squadron, October 1944, Clastres, France.
  • T-Rigor Mortis, 431st Fighter Squadron, 475th Fighter Group, Pacific Theater

    Models are supplied unpainted and some assembly may be required.
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