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Herpa 1:72 Wings 580229
Lockheed P-38J Lightning Diecast Model
USAAF 475th FG, 432nd FS, #44-23314 23 Skidoo, Perry J. "Pee Wee" Dahl, Dobodura, New Guinea, January 1944

1:72 Scale   Length   Width
Lockheed P-38J Lightning   6.25"   8.75"

One of only ten airworthy survivors left today, P-38J Lightning #42-23314 was restored and painted in the markings of P-38H #42-65504, "23 Skidoo" as flown by Captain Perry John "Pee Wee" Dahl in the Pacific Theater of World War II from 1943. The aircraft is preserved in flying condition at the Planes of Fame Air Museum in Chino, California.

Lockheed P-38J Lightning

Designed to meet a USAAC requirement for a high-performance fighter, the P-38 Lightning was first flown on January 27th, 1939. The easily recognizable P-38 had twin-booms, twin turbo-supercharged engines, a central pod for the pilot, contra-rotating propellers and tricycle landing gear. Its roles included dive bombing, level bombing, ground strafing and photo reconnaissance. When equipped with drop tanks it was also flown as a long-range escort fighter. The Lightning's armament was clustered in the nose of the plane, which gave the pilot a direct line of site to the target and also gave the weapons a "buzz saw" effect that was useful for strafing.

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Herpa's 1:72 scale P-38 Lightning is a high quality model with all-metal wings, tail booms and fuselage, and a plastic horizontal stabilizer. Special attention has been paid to the supercharger detail on the turbine and bearing cooling duct and on the supercharger cooling and side mounted ram air intakes. Details such as the mass balance weights, crew access ladder, pitot tube, nose-mounted antenna and engine water supply lines—visible inside each wheel well—are separately applied. Other details include engine radiators, and radio equipment located in the rear bay.

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Herpa 1:72 Wings

The Herpa "1:72 Wings" range presents detailed, ready-made diecast models of military aircraft in 1:72 scale.

Herpa "1:72 Wings" diecast airplanes feature:

  • Diecast metal construction with some plastic components.
  • Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details.
  • Pad printed markings and placards that won't fade or peel like decals.
  • Interchangeable extended/retracted landing gear with rotating wheels.
  • Authentic detachable ordnance loads complete with placards.
  • Selected moving parts such as canopies, control surfaces and swing-wings.
  • Detailed, hand-painted pilot and crew member figures.

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