P-38 Lightning in Detail & Scale Part 1 and covers the XP-38 Prototype upto the P-38H and includes the F-4A and F-5A photographic reconnaissance variants

In 1998, Detail & Scale published two books on the P-38 Lightning. These publications were very popular but have been out-of-print for quite some time. This publication, P-38 Lightning in Detail and Scale, Part 1is the first of two newly expanded, updated, and revised editions of Detail & Scale’s previous two-part coverage of the Lightning. A considereable number of color photographs, both historical and detail in nature, have been added. The focus of this volume is on the so-called early Lightnings, beginning with the first XP-38 prototype and continuing through the P-38H. Also included are the related F-4, F-4A, and F-5A photographic reconnaissance variants.

This publication features expanded and revised historical overviews of the P-38s, along with detailed descriptions of each P-38 variant. The Early Lightning Details chapter also features new and expanded content compared to the original 1998 book. The chapter is illustrated with scores of detailed and meticulously restored photographs accompanied by captions that illustrate both important features and subtle differences between P-38 variants. Some of these images are original archival material, while others were chosen from hundreds of photos taken specifically for this book by the authors and their contributors. Of note, the Lightning Details chapter in P-38 Lightning in Detail and Scale, Part 1 features photos of the P-38F “Glacier Girl” to be found nowhere else. This P-38 was recovered from under the Greenland ice pack in 1992. Bert Kinzey took these photos during the restoration of “Glacier Girl” in 1998 and the photographs illustrate the details of the Lightning that would otherwise be difficult or impossible to represent.

As with all of our publications in the Detail & Scale Series, the book concludes with a Modelers Section that features reviews of the plastic model kits of these early P-38 variants. Each review impartially and objectively highlights each kit’s strengths and weaknesses, along with ways that a scale modeler can correct or improve upon accuracy and details.

As with all Detail & Scale publications, this new book is available in print and digitally to Kindle.

P-38 Lightning in Detail & Scale Part 1 

Print Edition:

  • 102 pages
  • 200+ photos [97 color]
  • 24 illustrations
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎979-8878823425
  • Author:  Haagen Klaus & Bert Kinzey
Available now from Amazon

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