Review of Eduard’s Lockheed P-38J Lighting

By Ben Davies

Item - Lockheed P-38J Lighting
Scale - 1/48
Manufacturer - Eduard
Notes - Limited Edition kit, the kit is the Academy kit but with Eduard’s masks, Brassin and photo-etch 
Photos -

Box Art:

The Decal Sheet:

The masking set:

Exterior and plain metal photo-etch:

Colour interior photo-etch:

All the Brassin (Resin) detail parts:

Examples of the level of detail:

Here is the resin cockpit floor:

Compared to the plastic kit part:

Academy plastic parts:

Main Wing Sections:

Tail sprues:

Cockpit, Wheels and Props etc sprue:

Drop tanks, undercarriage doors, intakes and supercharger sprues:

Academy rubber trues:

Other parts:

Clear sprue:

Instructions and painting guides:

Packaging - The sprues were bagged either individually or two per or three per bag not overcrowded bags. Clear Parts were separately bags. 

Instructions - Very clear and crisp. Easy to follow and understand and also clearly show where to remove/cut away plastic to make room for etched or resin parts.

Examples of how clear the instructions are:

Clearly show you the area that need to be removed:

Decals - Lovely printed decal (Cartograf I think?) all in register, good colours and it has some beautiful nose arts. It also has a good range of schemes with 5 different schemes (All US)

Accuracy - Not being up on the P-38 I could closely criticise the kit but all the shapes etc look good.

Detail - Recessed panel line and they are crisp and neat.

Extras - Full resin cockpit (including photo-etch) as well as exterior etched part and a full set of masks for canopy and wheels etc.

Value for Money - Excellent value for money in my opinion because to buy the academy kit and all the extras you get in the kit you are talking around the £55 mark but this kit at £41.99 is a bargain for all that extra detail.

Conclusion - This is a brilliant kit and will look good in any display case. If you are looking for an OOB build then just get the Academy kit but if you what all the extras then get yourselves one of these beauties.

Packaging - 8/10 
Instructions - 10/10 
Decals - 10/10 
Accuracy - 9/10 
Detail - 9/10 
Extras - 10/10 
Value for Money - 10/10 
Overall score - 66 out of 70