P-38J Lightning 1:33 HALINSKI

One of the nicest kits from Halinski

The kit

Publisher HALINSKI A very nice kit from 1997.The halinski models really stand out as something special. The print in this kit is just amazing.Most of the outside parts are printed shiny silver.Instructions are only in Polish and are limited to half a page of written instructions and 3 pages with drawings.
Designer N/A
Scale 1:33
Size N/A
Parts N/A
Pages 11
Format 210 x 297
GMI 5-Difficult

Pages of written instructions in Polish 7
Pages with parts 1/2
Pages with drawings 3,5

Pictures of some of the parts and instructions

History and information
The definitive P-38J was introduced in August 1943. The turbocharger intercooler system on previous variants had been housed in the leading edges of the wings and had proven vulnerable to combat damage and could explode if the wrong series of controls were mistakenly activated. In the P-38J model, the streamlined engine nacelles of previous Lightnings were changed to fit the intercooler radiator between the oil coolers, forming a "chin" that visually distinguished the J model from its predecessors. While the P-38J used the same V-1710-89/91 engines as the H model, the new core-type intercooler more efficiently lowered intake manifold temperatures and permitted a substantial increase in rated power. The leading edge of the outer wing was fitted with 55-gallon fuel tanks, filling the space formerly occupied by intercooler tunnels. The final 210 J models, designated P-38J-25-LO, alleviated the compressibility problem through the addition of a set of electrically-actuated dive recovery flaps just outboard of the engines on the bottom centerline of the wings. With these improvements, a USAAF pilot reported a dive speed of almost 600 miles per hour (970 km/h), although the indicated air speed was later corrected for compressibility error, and the actual dive speed was lower.[36] The P-38J-25-LO production block also introduced hydraulically-boosted ailerons, one of the first times such a system was fitted to a fighter. This significantly improved the Lightning's rate of roll and reduced control forces for the pilot. With a truly satisfactory Lightning in place, Lockheed ramped up production, working with subcontractors across the country to produce hundreds of Lightnings each month.


Empty Weight 5800kg
Gross Weight 7940kg
Max Weight 9798kg
Length 11.53m
Wingspan 15.85 meters
Height 3.0 meters
Crew 1
Armor 10-15mm
Armament 1x Hispano M2(C) 20 mm cannon with 150 rounds (2 AP, 2 tracer and 2 HE ammo belt composition) and 4x Colt-Browning MG53-2 0.50 in (12.7 mm) machine guns with 500 rounds per gun. The rate of fire was about 650 rounds per minute for the 20x110 mm cannon round (130 g shell) at a muzzle velocity of about Template:Ft to m/1onno/s, and for the .50 in MGs (43-48 g), about 850 rpm at Template:Ft to m/1onno/s velocity.
Secondary armament

4x M10 three-tube 4.5 in (112 mm) rocket launchers or:

10x 5 in (127 mm) HVAR's (High Velocity Aircraft Rocket) and/or:

either 2x 2,000 lb (907 kg) or 1,000 lb (454 kg), 4x 500 lb (227 kg) or 4x 250 lb (113 kg) bombs

Engine 2 Allison V-1710-111/113 liquid-cooled turbosupercharged V-12, 1,600 hp (1,194 kW) each
Zero-lift drag coefficient 0.0268
Maximum speed 667 km/h at 7,620 m
Operational range 563km
Cruise Speed 402 km/h

Photos grabbed from Wikipedia