1/48 P-38 Lightning

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Skill Level:Intermediate

Assemble the P-38 Lightning with this 1:48 Scale Plastic Model Kit from Academy Modeling. Suitable for Ages 10 & Older.

This is the Academy 12282 1/48 P-38J/L/F-5E Lighting Plastic Model Kit.

Academy is releasing four decal variations to its P-38 kit all in the same box. This 1/48 scale kit comes complete with P-38 J, J Droopsnoot, L Pathfinder, and F-5E Photo Recon schemes. Mount a clear nose to build a Droopsnoot, or insert windows in the nose for the recon version. Arm a Pathfinder with 500 lb. bombs, or load up a J with some 4.5 Rocket Launchers and High Velocity Air Rockets (HVAR).

The main fuselage is 6.5 long, with a wingspan measuring over a foot. Directions are clear and easy to follow for all variants. Comes with fully engraved panel lines, a highly detailed cockpit and landing gear compartment, and realistic PVC tires. A fine addition to any P-38 collection.


  • Fully engraved panel line and rivet details.
  • Highly detailed cockpit interior.
  • Model as a P-38J, P-38J Droopsnoot, P-38L Pathfinder, or a F-5E Photo Recon.
  • HVAR, bombs, drop tanks, and rocket launchers.
  • Detailed landing gear with black PVC tires.
  • Highly detailed landing gear compartment.
  • Accurate waterslide decals with illustrated placement guide.
  • Easy to follow, illustrated assembly instructions.

MARKING OPTIONS: One Waterslide Decal Sheet for 4 Aircraft Versions:

  1. P-38J, Flown by Col Charles H MacDonald, CO 475FG.
  2. P-38J "Droopsnoot"
  3. P-38L Pathfinder
  4. F-5E Photo Recon

Airframe and Detail Paint Colors: Clear Orange, Clear Green, Clear Red, Clear Blue, Khaki, Silver, Gun Metal, Olive Drab, Interior Green, Clear Yellow, Flat Black, White, Yellow, Red, Blue.

REQUIREMENTS (not included):

  • Cement
  • Hobby Knife
  • Pin Vise
  • Ballast (20g)

Used with permission, copyright 2016 Academy Models/Model Rectifier Corporation/Tower Hobbies, Inc. Copyright 2016 Brey Corp. t/a Hobby Works.

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