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Richard Bong P-38

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All,

 

I just ordered a set of 1/48 scale decals for a Richard Bong P-38.  I was hoping that I could use these decals on the new Tamiya P-38, but, unfortunately, the New Tamiya plane is a P-38G/F, while Bong's main mount was a P-38J.  I've learned through research that the P-38J was significant'y different that the F/G model in terms of the air intake for the engines, and probably a lot more.  I also know the Tamiya tends not to do too many variants on their planes, and so the likelihood of Tamiya making a J model is pretty small.  Does anyone have any idea how hard it would be to modify the new Tamiya P-38 into a J variant?

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In new Tamiya kit are two instruments board - so - i think a "J" version coming soon. T-bolt have Tamiya in three versions (Razorback, Bubble top and M), Mustang in two, Gekko/Irving too, big scale Spit 3x, Corsair 3x, Mustang 2x... Don´t worry, P-38J coming soon. And i think with Ira Bongs personal mount so it is a very famous aircraft. 

And very cheap and still nice "J" for few bucks have Academy - only decals are horrible… But Tamiya is better. (And naturally - Hasegawa, but their kit is more expensive as Academy). 

 

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Thank you for your thoughts.  I hope you are correct!

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Stefan, I hope you’re right!  In any event, I’m going to hold onto those Bong decals until I can find/construct a J variant. 

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In new Tamiya kit are two instruments board - so - i think a "J" version coming soon. T-bolt have Tamiya in three versions (Razorback, Bubble top and M), Mustang in two, Gekko/Irving too, big scale Spit 3x, Corsair 3x, Mustang 2x... Don´t worry, P-38J coming soon.

 

That's a pretty big statement.  Just because Tamiya has the parts, doesn't mean that they will ever get around to releasing a J.  Their 32nd Mustang kit had the basis for a late version F-51D.  I recall reading all the posts about how an F-51D would be right around the corner.  

 

It's been years, nothing.....

 

 

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Hmm, F-51...but P-38J is another "mug of coffe". It is most important version of "Twin-tail Devil", with many attractive markings. Tamiya make an "Rocket firing Mustang" in P-51D/K  box.... with parts for two important versions (or subversions) of "Mustang". Probably isn´t F-51D a potentional best-seller, don´t forget - Tamiya´s big scale P-51D/K isn´t cheap kit... And Tamiya may be little worried for sales.... I bought first P-51D (only D). Later, when i need a money i sell it, and now i can bought it another Tamiya (in future). Revell is cheap, but it is an early D-5 and quality isn´t comparable with Tamiya (i think plastic parts, not accuracy). But - when i can choose between WW II config (with missiles rails) P-51D/K or post war F-51 (have another type of prop...) - what i choose ? Simple - WW II P-51D/K, not F-51.... Probably is more acceptable for Tamiya, when you bought an after market cuffed prop and decals - and all important for F-51 you have in D/K box... and Tamiya can´t make an expensive F-51 "Korean War" release.... I still hope in Spitfire Mk. IXe.... wing parts for "E" and fuselage for IX they have... The same problem -  mainly post war version. (But "E" was used in WW II too). But Lighting isn´t this case... and  i really hope in fighter version of P-38J. Tamiya isn´t Academy and don´t offer many sub-version i one box (probably) as photo - reccon (Saint Ex !)or bomber (Droop snoot) or twin seated Night fighter - in this case i´m not optimistic. But in standard version yes... A Mossie make too in three different  box... (FB-VI, bomber/spy plane and bull nose with parabolic anteena radar). And when make an "M" (very marginal) version of T-Bolt... No, quarter scale is a cheapest option as big scale and expensive kit and i think a P-38J from Tamiya is real... And when you don´t wait or it - bought a Academy for 10USD... For this price it is a nice P-38 (with ugly decals but decals you have 🙂 ).  I now look for pin ups nose arts - i was dumb when i have few years ago a very nice decals from kagero with very attractive and sexy nose arts - and i sell it... now is out of production and i have a relative nice kit of P-38 with tragic decals...

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Hmm, F-51...but P-38J is another "mug of coffe". It is most important version of "Twin-tail Devil", with many attractive markings. Tamiya make an "Rocket firing Mustang" in P-51D/K  box.... with parts for two important versions (or subversions) of "Mustang". Probably isn´t F-51D a potentional best-seller, don´t forget - Tamiya´s big scale P-51D/K isn´t cheap kit... And Tamiya may be little worried for sales.... I bought first P-51D (only D). Later, when i need a money i sell it, and now i can bought it another Tamiya (in future). Revell is cheap, but it is an early D-5 and quality isn´t comparable with Tamiya (i think plastic parts, not accuracy). But - when i can choose between WW II config (with missiles rails) P-51D/K or post war F-51 (have another type of prop...) - what i choose ? Simple - WW II P-51D/K, not F-51.... Probably is more acceptable for Tamiya, when you bought an after market cuffed prop and decals - and all important for F-51 you have in D/K box... and Tamiya can´t make an expensive F-51 "Korean War" release.... I still hope in Spitfire Mk. IXe.... wing parts for "E" and fuselage for IX they have... The same problem -  mainly post war version. (But "E" was used in WW II too). But Lighting isn´t this case... and  i really hope in fighter version of P-38J. Tamiya isn´t Academy and don´t offer many sub-version i one box (probably) as photo - reccon (Saint Ex !)or bomber (Droop snoot) or twin seated Night fighter - in this case i´m not optimistic. But in standard version yes... A Mossie make too in three different  box... (FB-VI, bomber/spy plane and bull nose with parabolic anteena radar). And when make an "M" (very marginal) version of T-Bolt... No, quarter scale is a cheapest option as big scale and expensive kit and i think a P-38J from Tamiya is real... And when you don´t wait or it - bought a Academy for 10USD... For this price it is a nice P-38 (with ugly decals but decals you have 🙂 ).  I now look for pin ups nose arts - i was dumb when i have few years ago a very nice decals from kagero with very attractive and sexy nose arts - and i sell it... now is out of production and i have a relative nice kit of P-38 with tragic decals...

 

Keep in mind that Tamiya didn't include the rockets or rails for the "Rocket Firing Mustang" but I digress    I hope you will get your wish, I agree that the later Lightning would be a strong seller but Tamiya works in mysterious ways.   If I had a dollar for every post I've seen assuring me that Tamiya would be releasing X any day now, just to have the promised kit never appear, I'd be a wealthy man.

 

Regards,

 

John

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Well, I’m going to give Tamiya awhile (not yet defined How long that will be, in my own mind) and hold on to my Bong decals for “Marge”.  If no J variant is coming, I’ll figure out what to do with those markings. 

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but they didn't take too long releasing the F-14D after they did the A. So maybe we'll get lucky

 

And a decade (plus) after the released an F-16C we don’t have a A or B or D. 

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Well, I’m going to give Tamiya awhile (not yet defined How long that will be, in my own mind) and hold on to my Bong decals for “Marge”.  If no J variant is coming, I’ll figure out what to do with those markings. 

I’d put money on a J release next year.  It’s a cash cow that the neither the F-51 or F-16A/D would be.  

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I’d put money on a J release next year.  It’s a cash cow that the neither the F-51 or F-16A/D would be.  

 

I’m going to keep my fingers (and toes) crossed!! 🙏

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