Kagero Mini TopColors #40 Pacific Lightnings Pt 1

The mini TopCcolors series of books are smaller books with decal sheets. You can equally think of them as decal sheets with high-quality instructions. Considering you also get the decals in 3 scales it’s incredibly good value too.

You get large images of 8 aircraft and a decal sheet for all of them in each of 1/72, 1/48 and 1/35 scales.

The book has…

  • 16 pages
  • format (sizes): (205×275 mm)
  • decal sheet
  • booklet binding
  • Authors: Maciej Góralczyk, Andrzej Sadło
  • ISBN 978-83-62878-88-8

Two decal sheets with 1:72, 1:48 and 1:32 individual markings for 8 P-38 Lightnings with sexy nose art. The decal sheets were printed by Cartograf. Each painting scheme is depicted on beautifully drawn 4-view colour profiles and described in the 18-page guidebook with English and Polish text. The authors selected the following aircraft:

  • – P-38G-15-LO; s/n 43-2384, coded ‘I’ of 80th FS / 8th FG, Dobodura, New Guinea, autumn 1943,
  • – P-38E-LO; s/n 41-2221, ‘Spirit of 76′, coded ’76’, flown by 2nd Lt. John S. Mackey of 54th FS / 343rd FG, Attu, Aleutian Islands, winter of 1943/1944,
  • – P-38L-5-LO, s/n 44-27132, ‘Ready Maid’, coded ‘M’, flown by Capt. Phil McLain of 36th FS / 8th FG, San Jose, Mindoro, the Philippines, spring 1945,
  • – P-38L-5-LO, probably s/n 44-25133, ‘Peck’s Bad Girl’, coded ‘V’, flown by 2nd Lt. Charles I. Peck of 36th FS / 8th FG, San Jose, Mindoro, the Philippines, spring 1945,
  • – P-38L-5-LO; s/n 44-26302, ‘Hazel’, coded ‘413’, flown by 1st Lt. Warren E. ‘Whip’ Whipple of 44th FS / 18th FG, the Philippines, summer 1945,
  • – P-38L-5-LO, s/n unknown, ‘Glamour Puss II’, coded ‘L’, flown by 1st Lt. Chester L. Schachterle of 80th FS / 8th FG, Ie Shima, Ryukyu Islands, August 1945,
  • – P-38L-5-LO, probably s/n 44-25161, ‘Wishful Thinking’, coded ‘N’, flown by Lt. Royce H. Hendrickson of 36th FS / 8th FG, Ie Shima, Ryukyu Islands, August 1945,
  • – P-38L-5-LO, s/n 44-26412, ‘Shady’s Lady’, coded ‘P’, flown by 1st Lt. William R. Pruner of 80th FS / 8th FG, Ie Shima, Ryukyu Islands, August 1945.

If you want to do something a bit different with your P-38 then this is a perfect book decal combo for you.

This book is available direct from the publisher here for about US$16.00.

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Paul Tosney

Paul has been with Model Builder International since almost the beginning. He started building models as a boy, and took a hiatus, but started building again a few years ago. He builds pretty much anything, but mostly WW2, with a smattering of modern and the occasional SciFi model.

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