1/48 Tamiya P-38F "White 33"

Gallery Article by ESzczesniak on June 5 2020



I'm a bit late to the game with this build. This is Tamiya's 1/48 P-38F. This was my first model transitioning back to acrylic lacquers (mostly Tamiya) from my old paint of Vallejo. I am very happy I have made this transition back. With the growth I've made as a modeler, I am making good use of the thinner/smoother coats and better atomization I can get with these over Vallejo.

The markings are OOB, but I have added Master Model gun barrels and Eduard tires and superchargers.

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As I usually do, I'll start with the general airframe pictures... And then a few detail shots. The weathering around the engine panels, prop hubs, and landing gear was all done with oils.  

Silver pencil was used to "chip" the rivets around commonly opened panels... 

After building one, I don't know if I could build another P-38 without the Master Model gun barrels... 

Multiple layers of paint followed by a simple wash were used for the superchargers... 

A set of Finemolds seat belts were used. The rest of the cockpit is OOB. The aeriels were made from fishing line with painted superglue for the insulators. 

As always, I'd be happy to hear any comments or criticism. Thanks for looking! 


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Photos and text by ESzczesniak