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P-38E/F Backdate
1/32 scale for Trumpeter P-38


J. Rutman


S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number: Not Quoted
Price: USD$22.00 available online from the Rutman website
Scale: 1/32
Contents and Media: 4 parts in cream coloured resin; 1 x clear vacform part
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Good detail; high quality casting; includes early-style curved windscreen; relatively simple conversion for a major impact on your big Lightning.
Disadvantages: Basic instructions
Recommendation: Recommended to experienced modellers

Reviewed by Brett Green

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J. Rutman Productions has released a 1/32 scale backdate for Trumpeter's big P-38 Lightning to the earlier E, F and G versions.

For a fairly dramatic change to the overall look of the Lightning, this is quite a simple set. Six parts in cream-coloured resin and one in vacform plastic comprise:

  • New lower engine nacelles (two parts)

  • New smaller boom intakes (four parts)

  • One curved windscreen (one vacform part)



The resin parts are all very well cast, and cleanup will not be difficult. Thoughtfully, the casting block is behind the engine nacelle resin part, not on the larger horizontal face.

Some modification to the kit will be required, but nothing beyond modellers who have already tackled a resin conversion or two.

The curved windscreen looks good in shape and is quite clear.

Jerry Rutman's 1/32 scale P-38E/F/G conversion will deliver a big result for relatively minor surgery.

Recommended to experienced modellers.

The full range of J. Rutman's kits and accessories may be viewed and ordered from his new website at http://jrutman.playnet.com/

Review and Images Copyright 2004 by Brett Green
Page Created 04 August, 2004
Last updated 05 August, 2004

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