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Lockheed P-38 Lightning
An addition to the series of WWII favorite aircrafts: Lockheed P-38 Lightning
About this creation
The structure of the model is quite similar to my other aircraft models built on a core with studs pointing up and down, left and right.
The three-bladed propeller makes a little optical illusion, since they are built on a 2x2 round plate with three pieces 1x5 technic plate with smooth round ends on top, each rotated 120 degrees relative to each other. This makes the propeller slightly asymmetrical, but the error is difficult to see, and the spinner gets closer to the propellerhub than it would have done if I had used a technic 3-blade rotor.
The biggest challenge was the design of the nose wheel gear. I found that the tail wheel from my Corsair was usable. I'm not a fan of cutting and modifying LEGOparts but the shaft is a 4L bar cut in halves, the only modified part in any of my models, a small modification I can accept.
Very few parts are painted: the cooling air intakes on the tail booms are painted black, the skeleton arms at the nose wheel is painted silver.

As you may have noticed, my top 10 WWII aircraft list is not weighted, because each one of them is equally worthy to be in the leading position. But Lockheed P-38 Lightning is definitely one my overall favorites. The special design with the twin tail booms, really makes the plane a one of a kind among the fighters.


History
The Lightning´s twin tail booms were the distinctive recognition feature, and led the Germans to nickname it the ”Gabelschwansteufel”, or ”Fork-tailed Devil”.




Although it tended to be overshadowed by the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt and the North American P-51 Mustang, the Lockheed P-38 Lightning played a vital part in winning air superiority for the Allies, partially in the Pacific theatre.



The P-38 was designed to meet the exacting requirements of a 1937 USAAC specification, calling for a high-altitude interceptor capable of 580km/h (360mph) at 6100m (20000ft) and 467km/h (290mph) at sea level.



The sole XP-38 prototype flew on 27 January 1939.
The P-38 was built in a number of variants featuring either armament or engine changes. Total Lightning production was almost 10000, where the largest production quantity was achieved with the P-38L (3923built).



One of the most famous of all operations carried out by the Lightning took place on 18 April 1943, when P-38s of the 339th Fighter Squadron, USAAF, shot down a Japanese bomber carrying Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, the Japanese Navy Commander-in-Chief. To carry out the job, the Lightnings made a 1770km (1100mile) round trip from Guadalcanal to intercept Yamamoto´s aircraft over Kahili Atoll.




The two top-scoring pilots of the Pacific war, Major Richard I. Bong and Major Tommy McGuire, both flew P-38s; Bong ended the war with a score of 40 enemy machines destroyed, while McGuire shot down 38 before his death in action over the Phillipines in January 1945.

From The Encyclopedia of Aircraft







The nose-art on this one is my daughter Marie, who agreed to let me use her portrait on my model.



Edit 29-6-2014

Once Again one of my aircrafts was spotted by TheLegoCarBlog, nice feeling!




Comments

 I made it 
  September 24, 2014
Quoting Kenji ! Awesome! :) Could you build a F-86 Sabre?
For the moment I haven´t any new aircraft-models on the drawingboard, but an F-86 Sabre is actually a subject I have had in mind, because it also has been part of the Danish Air Force. But still there are so many great aircrafts, so i can´t promise anything.
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  September 24, 2014
Awesome! :) Could you build a F-86 Sabre?
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  July 29, 2014
Quoting Alex Sonny I love the whole thing, but my favourite part must be the "marie" sticker on the side of the cockpit, it just adds so much to the realism of the model. Easily the best Lightning on here!
Thank you Alex, you are too kind.
 I like it 
  July 29, 2014
I love the whole thing, but my favourite part must be the "marie" sticker on the side of the cockpit, it just adds so much to the realism of the model. Easily the best Lightning on here!
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  July 23, 2014
Quoting cyberfrank 2010 one of my fav aircraft, you did it justice, it s beautiful!!!
Thank you CF, I'm quite pleased, the way it turned out.
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  July 23, 2014
one of my fav aircraft, you did it justice, it s beautiful!!!
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  July 4, 2014
Quoting jim mcdonough as always exellent work,faultless,not much else to say as its been said already by everyone.your work seems to get better with every one being better than the previous one(still prefer the thunderbolt LOL) you even got a smile from someone who finds faults with everything.look forward to your next one,cant imagine what you come out with next,,
Thank you so much Jim, for your very nice comment, they are always a pleasure to read. For the moment I am collecting bits and pieces for another Pacific fighter the A6M ZERO, which is also on my top 10 favourite WWII aircraft list.
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  July 3, 2014
as always exellent work,faultless,not much else to say as its been said already by everyone.your work seems to get better with every one being better than the previous one(still prefer the thunderbolt LOL) you even got a smile from someone who finds faults with everything.look forward to your next one,cant imagine what you come out with next,,
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  July 2, 2014
Quoting Howard Grant This is great! I've always been a big fan of WWII fighters and you truly did the lightning justice. I especially liked the technique for the landing gears, didn't even think it was lego at first...
Nice compliment, thank you Howard.
 I like it 
  July 1, 2014
This is great! I've always been a big fan of WWII fighters and you truly did the lightning justice. I especially liked the technique for the landing gears, didn't even think it was lego at first...
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  July 1, 2014
Quoting Jack Riveorput Awesome.
Thank you Jack.
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  July 1, 2014
Awesome.
 I made it 
  June 30, 2014
Quoting Jerry Temple This is a really incredible Lightning, Henrik! Awesome work!
Thank you Jerry.
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  June 30, 2014
Quoting Alex Rode Wow, I love it! Very realistic and aesthetically pleasing.
Thank you Alex, you are very kind.
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  June 30, 2014
Quoting Edwin Korstanje Amazing plane. Very great build and looks realy like the real one.
Very Nice comment , Thank you
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  June 29, 2014
This is a really incredible Lightning, Henrik! Awesome work!
 I like it 
  June 27, 2014
Wow, I love it! Very realistic and aesthetically pleasing.
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  June 25, 2014
Amazing plane. Very great build and looks realy like the real one.
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  June 25, 2014
Quoting Kurt's MOCs Beautifully done! Great sculpting of the cockpit fuselage and the canopy: a very tricky profile but you've nailed it with your design! Great work!
Thank you Kurt, I'm glad you like it.
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  June 25, 2014
Quoting Jozsef Venczel Wow! It is fantastic! Perfect, again!
Thank you Jozsef! I think you're beginning to like aircraft models.
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  June 25, 2014
Quoting matt rowntRee Every detail is stunningly perfect and matched only by the flawless shaping. Love the color blocking and the canopy. Certainly in the top five of my personal favorite aircraft as it is a unique beast through the air. Something about it just instills absolute control and fear. And the nose art couldn't be a better choice, probably lends to that fear as well. XD Astounding work!
Thank you Joker :-)
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  June 25, 2014
Quoting Graham Armour Great job on this!! Looks epic :)
Thank you Graham.
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  June 25, 2014
Quoting Marcus Paul A sculpture of a plane, great job on this one, too. Love the colour combo. Btw. the cutting isn't necessary, you may take a black 2L technic axle for that purpose. Works at least with droid arms.
Thank you for the comment Marcus. I'm not sure of what kind of droid arm you are refering to, do you have a part-no.?, and will it make a legal connection with the 2L axle?
 I like it 
  June 25, 2014
Beautifully done! Great sculpting of the cockpit fuselage and the canopy: a very tricky profile but you've nailed it with your design! Great work!
 I like it 
  June 24, 2014
Wow! It is fantastic! Perfect, again!
 I like it 
  June 24, 2014
Every detail is stunningly perfect and matched only by the flawless shaping. Love the color blocking and the canopy. Certainly in the top five of my personal favorite aircraft as it is a unique beast through the air. Something about it just instills absolute control and fear. And the nose art couldn't be a better choice, probably lends to that fear as well. XD Astounding work!
 I like it 
  June 24, 2014
Great job on this!! Looks epic :)
 I like it 
  June 23, 2014
A sculpture of a plane, great job on this one, too. Love the colour combo. Btw. the cutting isn't necessary, you may take a black 2L technic axle for that purpose. Works at least with droid arms.
 I made it 
  June 23, 2014
Quoting manthanboeing MAD Well done!
Thank you manthanboeing MAD.
 I made it 
  June 23, 2014
Quoting Jeremy Young 5/5. Superb Henrik! Congratulations on The Lego Car Blog pick too!
Thank you Jeremy, I wasn't aware of that, this is great news.
 I made it 
  June 23, 2014
Quoting Fell Skyhawk Oh man, it passed 38 likes already, because it is such an awesome P-38 I feel like it would be a good tribute for it to have 38 likes only, but it deserves much more. The only critical thing I can say is that it looks like there was a better way to put in the supercharger, but that's a minor detail. Everything else is perfect.
Thank you Fell Skyhawk (awesome name), what would you suggest?
 I made it 
  June 23, 2014
Quoting Alex Charbonneau Wonderful! Shaping is absolute brilliance, especially the engines, and the nose gear is magnificent. Love it.
Thank you Alex, I'm glad you like It.
 I made it 
  June 23, 2014
Quoting Bill Ding I have to say, you are probably one of the top plane builders on MOCpages. This is one of your best. The nose/cockpit is very well done, as are the wings. 5/5
Thank you Bill, you are very kind.
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  June 23, 2014
Quoting Chris Maxter The aircraft looks amazing and the artwork on its nose is beautiful ;)
Thank you Chris, I will tell Marie
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  June 23, 2014
Quoting Steffen Kasteleiner This is a fantastic model. The shape is super nice - especially because of its relatively small scale. And the nose construction is a beauty!
Thank you Steffen!
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  June 23, 2014
Quoting Dr. Monster Amazing job. Very accurate and the nose art concept is pretty boss. Super awesome.
Thank you Doc.
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  June 23, 2014
Quoting C. K. Yee Everything is " PERFECT " Do you intend to build B-17 Bomber.
Thanks C. K. Yee, It's not on my plans so far. I prefer to build in scale 1:40, and a B-17 in that scale would be quite big, and i wouldn't know where to put it.
 I made it 
  June 23, 2014
Quoting Nicholas Smith Wow, great model! The details are amazing!
Thank you Nicholas.
 I made it 
  June 23, 2014
Quoting Henrik Hoexbroe This is impressive! -Especially for its very reduced size. Simply excellent! Some very NPU´s, and the costumizations are almost acceptable (I would accept a flixible hose cut to length better than damaging a 4L bar! Hehe...)
Thank you Hoexbroe, luckily the 4L bar wasn't damaged, only divided :-)
 I made it 
  June 23, 2014
Quoting Michael K. Perfect!!
Quoting Elk Guard Great work!
It's much appreciatet to see both of you commenting my builds!
 I made it 
  June 23, 2014
Quoting Alexander Paschoaletto Do you know I LOVE this plane? I always used to choose it on Extreme Air Racing. Amazing version! Colors are neat and shaping is ace. You got talent for planes!
Thank you Alexander, I love this plane too!
 I made it 
  June 23, 2014
Quoting Yann (XY EZ) Your attention to details is phenomenal! And that makes this plane another special one! Keep building! 5/5 8-)
Thank you Yann, you are very kind.
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  June 23, 2014
Quoting Nick Barrett Probably my favourite of your planes thus far; the detailing and colour scheme of this one look so right. A lovely model.
Thank you Nick! Like the P-47 I chose the colorscheme to be close to what can be found on Google, without being a particular P-38.
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  June 23, 2014
Quoting Sasch Weidler Very good MOC i love all the Details.
Thank you very much!
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  June 23, 2014
Well done!
 I like it 
  June 23, 2014
5/5. Superb Henrik! Congratulations on The Lego Car Blog pick too!
 I like it 
  June 23, 2014
Oh man, it passed 38 likes already, because it is such an awesome P-38 I feel like it would be a good tribute for it to have 38 likes only, but it deserves much more. The only critical thing I can say is that it looks like there was a better way to put in the supercharger, but that's a minor detail. Everything else is perfect.
 I like it 
  June 22, 2014
Wonderful! Shaping is absolute brilliance, especially the engines, and the nose gear is magnificent. Love it.
 I like it 
  June 22, 2014
I have to say, you are probably one of the top plane builders on MOCpages. This is one of your best. The nose/cockpit is very well done, as are the wings. 5/5
 I like it 
  June 22, 2014
The aircraft looks amazing and the artwork on its nose is beautiful ;)
 I like it 
  June 22, 2014
This is a fantastic model. The shape is super nice - especially because of its relatively small scale. And the nose construction is a beauty!
 I like it 
  June 22, 2014
Amazing job. Very accurate and the nose art concept is pretty boss. Super awesome.
  June 22, 2014
Everything is " PERFECT " Do you intend to build B-17 Bomber.
 I like it 
  June 22, 2014
Wow, great model! The details are amazing!
 I like it 
  June 22, 2014
This is impressive! -Especially for its very reduced size. Simply excellent! Some very NPU´s, and the costumizations are almost acceptable (I would accept a flixible hose cut to length better than damaging a 4L bar! Hehe...)
 I like it 
  June 22, 2014
Great work!
 I like it 
  June 22, 2014
Perfect!!
 I like it 
  June 21, 2014
Do you know I LOVE this plane? I always used to choose it on Extreme Air Racing. Amazing version! Colors are neat and shaping is ace. You got talent for planes!
 I like it 
  June 21, 2014
Your attention to details is phenomenal! And that makes this plane another special one! Keep building! 5/5 8-)
 I like it 
  June 21, 2014
Probably my favourite of your planes thus far; the detailing and colour scheme of this one look so right. A lovely model.
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  June 21, 2014
Very good MOC i love all the Details.
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  June 21, 2014
Quoting Starscream Soundwave Always liked this interesting looking plane. A magnificent build, your style really suits this type of aircraft.
Thank you S.S. It's a pleasure to have your comment.
 I made it 
  June 21, 2014
Quoting 2LegoOrNot2Lego Ingmar Spijkhoven Nicely done!!! Small and yet so many details!!! Lovely nose art, well done!!!
Thank you Ingmar! I think my daughter Marie will be pleased to hear that.
 I made it 
  June 21, 2014
Quoting Matt Bace Great model of a great aircraft! I really like the shaping and color scheme on this one.
Thank you Matt!
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  June 21, 2014
Quoting john lamarck :-)
Thank you John, I am glad that I can make you smile.
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  June 21, 2014
Quoting Search Function I wonder how many bricks goes into a model like this. It looks pretty detailed, yet iwithout a whole lotta bricks.
This model holds exactly 538 parts, not more than a standard LEGO set.
 I made it 
  June 21, 2014
Quoting Nathanael Kuipers An excellent rendition of one of the most iconic airplanes! Fabulous work.
thank you very much N.K. I am glad to get your opinion, even if it is not a Creator alternative.
 I made it 
  June 21, 2014
Quoting clayton Marchetti Wow! Another beauty. I love the canopy and the nose wheel is just brilliant. I like the rudders too. I also like how you worked in the nose art very classy. Excellent work!
Thanks Clayton, nosewheels are sometimes a nightmare to get right, because of the limited amount of suitable parts. But I´m really pleased with this one.
 I made it 
  June 21, 2014
Quoting Sven Jagdmann Yeah this rocks!! I agree with Peter in all points ;) Awesome start for the second year my friend!
Thank you Sven! I'm quite pleased with the P-38, somehow it came quite easy!
 I made it 
  June 21, 2014
Quoting Peter Szabo Hi Henrik! Great work and amazing start for the 2nd year!
Hi Peter! You are fast at the keyboard, with a kind comment, thank you.
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  June 21, 2014
Always liked this interesting looking plane. A magnificent build, your style really suits this type of aircraft.
 I like it 
  June 21, 2014
Nicely done!!! Small and yet so many details!!! Lovely nose art, well done!!!
 I like it 
  June 21, 2014
Great model of a great aircraft! I really like the shaping and color scheme on this one.
 I like it 
  June 21, 2014
:-)
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  June 21, 2014
I wonder how many bricks goes into a model like this. It looks pretty detailed, yet iwithout a whole lotta bricks.
 I like it 
  June 21, 2014
An excellent rendition of one of the most iconic airplanes! Fabulous work.
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  June 21, 2014
Wow! Another beauty. I love the canopy and the nose wheel is just brilliant. I like the rudders too. I also like how you worked in the nose art very classy. Excellent work!
 I like it 
  June 21, 2014
Yeah this rocks!! I agree with Peter in all points ;) Awesome start for the second year my friend!
 I like it 
  June 21, 2014
Hi Henrik! Great work and amazing start for the 2nd year!
 
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