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Lockheed P-38 Lightning
This is my MOC of a P-38 Lightning fighter. It has retractable landing gear, working flaps, ailerons, rudders, and elevator. It took me 15 hours to make.
About this creation
For those of you who are unfamiliar with war planes the P-38 was a US fighter during World War II, it was nicknamed by the axis ďforked tailed devil.Ē OK enough of the history lesson, you want more go look the plane up. On to the LEGO vertion of the plane...

This plane was a (***searching appropriate vocabularyÖ***) Ďchallengeí to build. The whole thing was very hard to make and most of the time I chose functionality over cosmetics (especially on the nose, it looks awful). The plane is actually quite sturdy now that Iím done, which is surprising because for most of the build possess it was trying to fall apart on me. The plane has a costume paint job and is going to appear in a YouTube stop motion series (ďPilots of the CaribbeanĒ) that some friends and I are making. Iíve got to say we are getting really close to being ready to start the stop motion part of it!













Close up on the nose
The nose came out really bad, I focused more on having the 4 50 calís, the 20mm and the retracting landing gear than how it looked.



The ailerons



Ruder and elevator
Please do not comment on how the rear wing is too short (front to back), I know this. I tried to make it more proportionate but it added to much weight to the tail and made the plane fall back (I already have 20 metal bolts in the front of each engine boom to maintain balance with its curent tail).



Flaps
The flaps were really hard to make. On the real P-38 they extend out of the wing and down. On my model I had to settle for them just being unattached from the retracted position and reattached in the extended position.





Retractable landing gear



The doors open and, the landing gear comes out, and then the doors close to hold the gear in place.



The Minifig scale model next to my mini scale model (1/5 Minifig scale)



Update:
I have built a newer version!
P-38 Lightning V2



Comments

 I made it 
  January 15, 2013
Got a little hyperactive today and ran around with a tape measure checking the scale of all my MOCs. The scale I build at is approximately 1/36 scale and after doing some calculations I realized that my P-38 is 3 whole inches too long! The real thing is about 37" and mine is around 45" so it needs some adjusting. The wings are also 0.0277" too short! but there ain't much I can do about that. :p
 I like it 
  May 23, 2012
Excellent shaping! I can see how that must have been a challenge :-)
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  May 7, 2012
vary cool
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  October 11, 2011
nice!
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  October 11, 2011
Like it a lot! Looks like I'm going to go for a p-38 build next, this inspired me
 I made it 
  September 13, 2011
Quoting Andras Horvath I don't know much about ps3 and other console's - but I love all the functionality of this plane! I plan to build a P-38 sooner or later too - but only if I can achieve that by using bricks from only one set. This MOC really inspired me, Iíd like to start immediately. :)
Cool, just make sure you use a set that has two propellers; it would be a real shame to spend all that time to build it and realize it only has one propeller. And thanks for all your comments, I'm planning on commenting on that Porsche you made but the pictures aren't working right now. Little hard to comment on something when you canít see what it is (not your fault, they are upgrading the site right now and itís causing some problems).
 I like it 
  September 13, 2011
I don't know much about ps3 and other console's - but I love all the functionality of this plane! I plan to build a P-38 sooner or later too - but only if I can achieve that by using bricks from only one set. This MOC really insipred me, i'd like to start inmediately. :)
Scott Bertaut
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Josh Guilbert
  July 10, 2011
I have only seen AC6 for Xbox-360 I checked the offical site and it said its ONLY for xbox-360.But idk maybe it is also for PS3 idk.i check gamestop etc only for xbox. One game you should get is MGS4 for the PS3.Get that and you'll understand why I love metal gear solid Ive beaten most of my PS2 games.Alot in a day.Took me like 2 years to fully beat AC5 because I had to unlock ALL 50 aircraft wich took two weeks.Ive beaten all my xbox games accept for NFS undercover,halo wars and L.A. Noire
Scott Bertaut
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Josh Guilbert
  July 10, 2011
I read it -.- lol.But you should also get whats the game Crysis 2 I hear its fun.Alot of people say its MW2 with a nanosuit.But I say its better.Also dont get homefront i hear that was a huge let down.
 I made it 
  July 10, 2011
Quoting Josh Guilbert I have only seen AC6 for Xbox-360 I checked the offical site and it said its ONLY for xbox-360.But idk maybe it is also for PS3 idk.i check gamestop etc only for xbox. One game you should get is MGS4 for the PS3.Get that and you'll understand why I love metal gear solid Ive beaten most of my PS2 games.Alot in a day.Took me like 2 years to fully beat AC5 because I had to unlock ALL 50 aircraft wich took two weeks.Ive beaten all my xbox games accept for NFS undercover,halo wars and L.A. Noire
No, your right it is only for X-Box 360. Read my last comment
 I made it 
  July 10, 2011
Quoting Josh Guilbert Scott I looked up AC6 its ONLY FOR xbox-360.Btw xbox-360 is better i find.PS3 is just overpriced and unreliable.PSN keeps getting hacked while XBL hasnt.
Oh, your right, I read on some site yesterday that it was for X-Box 360 and PS3 but I just checked a bunch of other sites, unless they are all wrong then that site didn't know what it was talking about. I think we should stop all this X-Box 360 vs. PS3 talk, I think we will both end up mad at each other if we keep it up any longer. I still have a half a dozen PS2 games I want to beat but after that I will do some major research on both of them before I make a decision one or the other. But now that I think about it if Halo and Ace Combat or only for X-Box 360 that one will probably win, itís not like I like God of War or any of those other PS3 only games. Of you do want to keep talking about this though can we move it to the group, I don't really mind all the extra comments on my P-38 but some people reading them might think it's weird, thanks.
Scott Bertaut
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Josh Guilbert
  July 9, 2011
You dont want the PS3.PS3 is very terrible.Buy the xbox360.Dont get the cheapest one because then you'll spend $100 on a hard drive for the xbox360 so buy like the $200 one.If you get it,buy AC6,operation flash point red river.OF-RR is fun but keep in mind you die if your shot like 4 times its more realistic that way and the missions are like 40+ Minutes long.Im serious I spent 40+ Minutes on a single mission
Scott Bertaut
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Josh Guilbert
  July 9, 2011
you dont want a PS3.I say get the xbox 360.And AC6 is only availible on XBOX360.So get the xbox lol
Scott Bertaut
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Josh Guilbert
  July 9, 2011
Scott I looked up AC6 its ONLY FOR xbox-360.Btw xbox-360 is better i find.PS3 is just overpriced and unreliable.PSN keeps getting hacked while XBL hasnt.
 I made it 
  July 9, 2011
No, they make it for PS3. I don't really like X-Box, I don't like how I have to pay $50 a year to play online multi player, but I'm not going to buy a PS3 for another year or two at least so pleanty of time to change my mind! (That's if I buy one at all, maybe I will just wait till the PS5 comes out and buy a PS4, lol!)
Scott Bertaut
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Josh Guilbert
  July 8, 2011
AC5 is very easy.(not to brag but) I can beat it 5 times in a day on ACE mode.Same with ACZero.There just not challenging games.
Scott Bertaut
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Josh Guilbert
  July 8, 2011
Oh well AC6 is kinda hard.because stirgon squadron is so cheap -.-.But Operation flashpoint red river is challenging,Good game to test your squad leader skills.
 I made it 
  July 8, 2011
Quoting Josh Guilbert Oh well AC6 is kinda hard.because stirgon squadron is so cheap -.-.But Operation flashpoint red river is challenging,Good game to test your squad leader skills.
I watched a review and the trailer, 6 looks awsome! To bad it isn't for PC, oh well, maybe when the PS4 comes out I will buy a PS3, it will probaly be cheaper then.
 I made it 
  July 8, 2011
Quoting Josh Guilbert AC5 is very easy.(not to brag but) I can beat it 5 times in a day on ACE mode.Same with ACZero.There just not challenging games.
I don't know, it was pretty chalanging when I first got it, now it is pretty easy even on ace but it's still fun. What game do you think is hard then?
 I made it 
  July 8, 2011
Quoting ccy 8086 Nice plant! P-38 is also my favorite. About you stuck on Ace Combat 5, someone called "faris Shukri" seems left the answer for you : I've finished the game several times. That level where you need to locate edge is somewhat difficult. If you dont know how to find Edge, then listen up. That beeping thingy is like a compass. When there are more bars, it means you are in the right direction. Faster beeping means you r gettin closer. Edge will acknowledge yiu presence when you are close enough to her position. after that, the heli will come in. Go straight to the heli and destroy the apaches and ground targets. and if im not mistaken, the mission ends once the heli reaches her. ANOTHER TIP, you should set wingman commands to cover, and you should fly fast to avoid AA fire. And dont forget to destroy that jammer plane!! Hope it's helpful to you~
Tanks (-woops!) Thanks for the comment, and thanks for telling me about that guy helping me out. I fanaly did get past that part, now I have beaten every mission in the game on ace difficulty and am only 8 "S" ranks away from the Falken! I still haven't gotten the older Ace Combats but I did get Ace Combat Zero, the prequel to 5.
 I like it 
  July 8, 2011
Nice plant! P-38 is also my favorite. About you stuck on Ace Combat 5, someone called "faris Shukri" seems left the answer for you : I've finished the game several times. That level where you need to locate edge is somewhat difficult. If you dont know how to find Edge, then listen up. That beeping thingy is like a compass. When there are more bars, it means you are in the right direction. Faster beeping means you r gettin closer. Edge will acknowledge yiu presence when you are close enough to her position. after that, the heli will come in. Go straight to the heli and destroy the apaches and ground targets. and if im not mistaken, the mission ends once the heli reaches her. ANOTHER TIP, you should set wingman commands to cover, and you should fly fast to avoid AA fire. And dont forget to destroy that jammer plane!! Hope it's helpful to you~
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  June 15, 2011
nice build!
 I made it 
  May 16, 2011
Quoting jesse clarkson did you add the colors on purpose? cause they look good on it
Yes the colors are on purpose. I like to build a lot on my own stile for stuff (most my planes arn't even real planes) so I wanted at least an origonal paint job for this plane.
 I like it 
  May 13, 2011
did you add the colors on purpose? cause they look good on it
 I made it 
  May 6, 2011
Quoting Noah and Ben Good job, I really like the way the back half of the tail booms look, and my favorite part is the control cables from the top of the rudders to the cockpit. The P-38 is one of my favorites, after the F-14 and Pak Fa, of course. In response to your comment on my F-14: Thanks for the multiple comments on my models Scott, but I'm sorry about the pictures. My "camera" is a Samsung Intensity cell phone with a lens once covered in molten chocolate, after after visiting a few foolishly placed Hershey kisses in my pocket on Easter a little over a year ago.
Lol, wow, I thought my was bad. The pictures weren't that bad but I would recomend getting a new camera if you can. Get one with a movable view screan it makes taking close ups much easier, thats why I still have an old PowerShot A610 (that's the one good thing it has). Thanks for the coment!
 I like it 
  May 6, 2011
Good job, I really like the way the back half of the tail booms look, and my favorite part is the control cables from the top of the rudders to the cockpit. The P-38 is one of my favorites, after the F-14 and Pak Fa, of course. In response to your comment on my F-14: Thanks for the multiple comments on my models Scott, but I'm sorry about the pictures. My "camera" is a Samsung Intensity cell phone with a lens once covered in molten chocolate, after after visiting a few foolishly placed Hershey kisses in my pocket on Easter a little over a year ago.
Scott Bertaut
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Josh Guilbert
  May 5, 2011
Maybe a little more stream line then lol.Btw im working on a new plane ill post it soon
 I made it 
  May 5, 2011
Quoting Josh Guilbert perfect job.But the engines need some work.The way you made them look makes them look like radial engines not V12s but other than that perfect
I guess they do look a little like radials, but that's what they look like on the real thing too, actuly I thought they were radials! Although it might help if I made them one plate longer but, IDK, I thinks it's good enough already. Thanks for the coment by the way, sorry I didn't reply sooner, I meant to but then forgot.
 I like it 
  April 1, 2011
Great moc. Functional and looks good. I Also love the mini version.
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  March 31, 2011
Outstanding! I have always loved the P-38 and this is a phenomenal MOC. That's not to say improvements can't be made but in a few areas but overall it is very good.
Scott Bertaut
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Josh Guilbert
  March 30, 2011
perfect job.But the engines need some work.The way you made them look makes them look like radial engines not V12s but other than that perfect
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  March 30, 2011
five stars! i like the moving parts,good idea !
 I made it 
  March 30, 2011
Quoting matthew oakley that is amazing thats so big and detailed i love every bit about it you should make a b17
I would love to make a B-17, but that would take an insane amount of parts. I due have plans to build a B-25, but that wonít be for a wile, the P-38 took up just about all my grey parts. Maybe when I graduate collage (got to graduate high school first though), move out, and have some high paying job I will make a B-17, but that wonít be for 5-10 years.
 I made it 
  March 30, 2011
Quoting Christo Tracey Wow! I can't see what you mean by too short, looks fine! Nice colour scheme too! :-P
What I meant is that the rear wing is 4 studs long, (front to back), it looked beter and more like the photos I was looking at when I made it 5, but this made the back too heavy. The plane would still be the same lagth it would just have a slightly bigger rear wing and tailfins.
 I like it 
  March 30, 2011
that is amazing thats so big and detailed i love every bit about it you should make a b17
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  March 30, 2011
Wow! I can't see what you mean by too short, looks fine! Nice colour scheme too! :-P
 
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