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LOCKHEED P-38J “LIGHTNING”. A giant 1/4 scale scratch built model

Old 10-27-2019, 06:51 PM
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Fernando, You have a masterpiece on your hands what a beauty! I admire your craftsmanship. Tom J.
Old 10-28-2019, 10:44 PM
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Fernando, You have a masterpiece on your hands what a beauty! I admire your craftsmanship. Tom J.
Thanks a lot Tom. Your words feed my soul. We will try the maiden flight once the engine idle problem is solved. Stay tuned for the thread
Old 10-30-2019, 11:11 PM
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Hello again:

Some more pictures of the P-38 on the runway. Seems to ask taking off, don't you think so?

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Old 11-02-2019, 10:31 AM
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Hi there:

A footage of the first test on the runway. Issues with the right engine advised to check quietly in the workshop.

Old 11-02-2019, 06:08 PM
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Exciting !!!!!
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Hi everyone:

As I have not updated the thread for a long time, just tell you that there has been no opportunity yet to properly release the P-38.

I have gone twice more to the airfield with the intention of doing so, but in the first one the settings of the carburetor transmission were again insufficient, with what we spent all morning setting the system until we managed to leave the idles on par. It's amazing how two identical engines, with perfectly regulated carburetors, have such a different position from the throttle butterfly. As I said, the issue seems to be already resolved.

The second occasion was a day of pure anticyclone throughout the country, where the fog forecasts in the Ebro Valley failed, which did not lift as planned. In the end, back home without being able to release.

For the rest, between work and that the sun has barely been seen for many weeks due to the persistence of fog, I am still waiting for the occasion.

Of course, as long as the temperature is not better and the climatic conditions improve, I will not tempt luck again, because the movement of transport and assembly is no nonsense. Better be cautious and wait for more auspicious days.

So I have started to build a new project, this time as a commercial kit, with the aim of renewing my old towing machine Bidule 116.

I will keep you posted, of course. Greetings.
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Today, finally, after three failed attempts, the P-38 has flown for the first time. I have uploaded an improvised preview of the video, which I will edit completely later.


I will describe the feelings perceived soon

Best regards
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Way to go Fernando!! Long hard work has paid off. I've never followed a better build thread. The plane took off so easily, as though it was filled with helium.

Congratulations! So whats next??

Trevor
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Congratulations!!
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Originally Posted by Vettster View Post
Way to go Fernando!! Long hard work has paid off. I've never followed a better build thread. The plane took off so easily, as though it was filled with helium.

Congratulations! So whats next??

Trevor
Thanks Trevor. Not helium at all but enough power for such a wingload like this.

I am satisfied for not having done a very heavy finish. An excess of functional details usually overload our models and negatively influences the quality of the flight.

Now I have to check everything before putting it into flight again. As for my next project, now I just think about enjoying a good season of flying sessions and renewing my tug aircraft. Further ahead, who knows?
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Congratulations!!
Thank you very much. Yes, yesterday was a glorious day. Everything worked like a Swiss watch!
Old 02-13-2020, 12:23 PM
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Very nice! She looked really good in the air well deserved!!
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Originally Posted by SHANEC View Post
Very nice! She looked really good in the air well deserved!!
Thanks Shanec!

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