3D printed semi scale model of twin engine, twin boom heavy fighter, one of the fastest piston powered fighter of WWII, is a challenging build fully taking advantage of this new technology. The result is great flying aircraft, with all the bells and whistles.
The features includes counter-rotating motors against torque roll, retractable landing gear with steerable nose wheel, flaps for easier landings and high cool factor. This war bird is capable of high speed passes, as well as flying as a kite. It’s easy to disassemble for transportation using click locks.
The Lockheed P-38 Lightning was a World War II American piston-engine fighter aircraft. Developed to a United States Army Air Corps requirement, the P-38 had distinctive twin booms and a central nacelle containing the cockpit and armament. The P-38 was used for interception, dive bombing, level bombing, ground attack, night fighting, photo reconnaissance, radar and visual path finding for bombers and evacuation missions and extensively as a long-range escort fighter when equipped with drop tanks under its wings.
The P-38 was used most successfully in the Pacific Theatre of Operations and the China-Burma-India Theatre of Operations as the aircraft of America’s top aces, Richard Bong (40 victories), Thomas McGuire (38 victories) and Charles H. MacDonald (36 victories). In the South West Pacific theatre, the P-38 was the primary long-range fighter of United States Army Air Forces until the appearance of large numbers of P-51D Mustangs, toward the end of the war. The P-38 was unusually quiet for a fighter, the exhaust muffled by the turbo-superchargers. It was extremely forgiving and could be mishandled in many ways but the rate of roll in the early versions was too slow for it to excel as a dogfighter.
The P-38 was the only American fighter aircraft in production throughout American involvement in the war, from Pearl Harbour to Victory over Japan Day. At the end of the war, orders for 1,887 more were cancelled.