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Lockheed P-38 Lightning V2
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This is my MOC of a P-38 Lightning fighter. It has retractable landing gear, working flaps, ailerons, rudders, and elevator. The paintjob is pretty non standard for a US fighter, but I thought it looked cool.
About this creation
Behind the scenes:
At first it doesn't look very different from my original model, but loom at the back:



...Now do you see it?
Both booms have been completely rebuilt. The front with the propellers was kept, but everything else on the booms was rebuilt. The plane is now around two inches shorter then before, much more accurate to the real thing. The booms also look a lot better, the transition from 4 wide to 1 wide is much more gradual now and I also improved the air intakes. I was expecting all of these changes to make the structure much more fragile (it was pretty weak to begin with), but it is actually twice as strong as it was before.

Pilots of the Caribbean:
This plane was original built to appear in a stop motion series I was making called Pilots of the Caribbean, but that never got off the ground (no pun intended). The series was going to be an action comedy featuring WWII stile air and sea combat. It was going to be set in an alternate 1955 after a nuclear war. The survivors then set out in any ship they cold find in search of the only continent that didn't get destroyed, the fabled "Australia"

After spending weeks building sets and writing scripts, I realized that:
1. I was horrible at stop motion
2. I have an attention span of two hours, if I can get ten seconds of film an hour, that really limits how long I can make a video.
3. Other then the planes, most the sets were complete rush builds and look like complete ****.

So anyway, the series may or may not ever get made, but it is still a really cool thing to tie all my military stuff together (much like Retro Motors ties all my cars together).

About the plane:
The plane has most the functionality of the real thing. It is armed with four 50 cals, and a 20mm cannon. All the control surfaces move and the flaps and landing gear are both retractable. The only real inconstancy (other then the weird paint job) is the fact that it is a two seater, they never made one of these as a two seater. Again though, that is due to the stop motion series.

Pictures:

The plane and its pilot: "Walk On Role #1"





























The Mini Model:
As you can see, the 1/4 Minifig scale mini model has also undergone major modifications. It looks really good next to the 1/36 scale (of real life) model. The idea for Pilots of the Caribbean was to use the large planes for stationary shots and closeups, and the mini models for the battle scenes.







The P-38 shooting down a BF-109 over a green base plate... - I mean a forest!

The future:
Well I still hope to do the stop motion series some day, but that is years away if ever. In general though I am really happy with how this plane turned out. It is pretty even with Airwolf for best Aircraft, but it is definitely the best airplane I have ever built.



Comments

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  May 18, 2014
Really cool! The colors are really unique, like you said, but I think that helps the model stand out. Lovin' that medium blue. :D The shape is really spot-on! The detail on this model is great, too. Love how you even included the antenna wires. Is that an elevator counterbalance on the horizontal stabilizer? Oh, and the landing gear is great. Love how the wheels tuck away behind those panels.
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  January 18, 2014
Quoting David Roberts Pilots of the Caribbean: An excellent name for a series, though I think that Gilbert & Sullivan beat you to the joke by over 100 years :) The big P-38 is very well shaped, especially the twin boom, with their fairing for the various radiators and coolers. I think that you've got the wing planform too. I must say that I think that the micro is even better. It's quite a skill to pick just the right parts to get the right effect. On top of this, the vignette is superb! I like the way that you've positioned the aircraft and camera to heighten the excitement. Great work.
I don't know myself, I like both the Minifig and Micro scale versions. The trick with the vignette though isn't just the camera angle, but the planes themselves, the BF-109 is 1/3 Minifig scale, slightly bigger then the P-38 which makes it look much further away. Thanks for the comment!
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  January 16, 2014
Pilots of the Caribbean: An excellent name for a series, though I think that Gilbert & Sullivan beat you to the joke by over 100 years :) The big P-38 is very well shaped, especially the twin boom, with their fairing for the various radiators and coolers. I think that you've got the wing planform too. I must say that I think that the micro is even better. It's quite a skill to pick just the right parts to get the right effect. On top of this, the vignette is superb! I like the way that you've positioned the aircraft and camera to heighten the excitement. Great work.
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  October 12, 2013
it s great how much functions you where able to make on it, looks good!
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  October 12, 2013
Thanks for the tip! I did not know that!
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  October 12, 2013
One of those models that keeps getting better the more I look at it - rich in detail and it's proportions look perfect. Plus the bonus of a superb mini; love the dogfight at the end!
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  October 11, 2013
Quoting Disco Chicken Nice plane!It that minifigure by chance differant to a modern minifig? Somehow the head looks taller???...
It is an old head, the top stud is solid instead of hollow. This is the stile from the mid 80's.
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  October 11, 2013
Quoting Henrik Jensen Lovely colorfull P38, wing and boom shapes are great, but the nose looks a little messy. The micro P38 and Bf109 are exellent, in the dogfight-scene.
About the front, it's true that I could have made it a bit smoother. The problem was I wanted to get the four 50cals and 20mm on their, and because of that it ended up being blocky. The nose was built 4-5 years ago so I might be able to do better now, as it is though, I'd rather not mess with it for fear of making it worse.
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  October 8, 2013
Nice plane!It that minifigure by chance differant to a modern minifig? Somehow the head looks taller???...
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  October 8, 2013
Lovely colorfull P38, wing and boom shapes are great, but the nose looks a little messy. The micro P38 and Bf109 are exellent, in the dogfight-scene.
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  October 8, 2013
Very detailed plane! Looks very realistic. Mini version is also nice! Excellent work!
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  October 8, 2013
Excellent. Both of them! I like how you could stick the propellors at the mini plane! Great!
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  October 8, 2013
Awesome details! I can see you put a lot of work into realistic details such as the landing gear and the flaps, and I always like to see that. Also, the colour scheme is nice, with blue, red and white on certain parts of the plane. Very nice reconstruction of the weird machine in lego!
Scott Bertaut
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Dr. Monster
  October 7, 2013
Great MOC! A great model of a tricky plane. Well detailed, and I like the little one too.
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  October 7, 2013
Quoting manthanboeing MAD Thanks for the comments. On my Devastator, bout the color scheme, if you mean the TBD Devastator, then they were mostly in the USN 2 tone paint scheme, The devastator is just a name that i thought would be cool for a BB.
Yes I was referring to the TBD (couldn't think of the exact name). I guess most of them probably just had the two tone paint job, but the one in a WWII game I have (Heroes of the Pacific) is painted just like this. Sometimes I wish that they didn't have to worry about blending in with the water, navy ships look much cooler painted like this. Same thing with cars, if they didn't have to worry about aerodynamics they could be all sorts of crazy shapes.
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  October 7, 2013
Thanks for the comments. On my Devastator, bout the color scheme, if you mean the TBD Devastator, then they were mostly in the USN 2 tone paint scheme, The devastator is just a name that i thought would be cool for a BB.
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  October 7, 2013
Superb planes! I love all the different colors you used on it! 5/5
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  October 7, 2013
That's an awesome plane!! I like the pilot, "Bob" from Lego universe! Great job!!
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  October 7, 2013
Impressive! Love the mini version too, the shot of it shooting down a 109 is very cool.
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  October 7, 2013
awesome locked p-38. love the mini model too. love the battle scene over the woods. excellent work
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  October 7, 2013
Brilliant! just Brilliant!! love the mini one too
 
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