Having already issued a 1/48 new-tool P-38F in 2019, Tamiya has now reworked the moulds to offer the later J-model.


Tamiya’s 1/48 Lockheed P-38F Lightning instantly became the best in the scale when it was first released in 2019. It bested both the Hasegawa and Academy kits issued long before, which suffered from tricky fit and basic detail respectively, and also offered parts with which to portray a P-38G. A separate P-38H boxing from Tamiya was issued the following year.

Now the  famed Japanese manufacturer has made a natural progression to provide modellers with the later P-38J – commonly considered the first of the ‘late’ P-38s and recognisable from the larger, flat-fronted nacelles below the propellers. These grew in size due to the intercoolers being relocated to this position from the wing leading wedges.

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