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Old 10-31-2002, 06:42 PM   #1
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Thumbs up 1/18 scale P-38 Lightning by 21st Century Toys

The following is a review of a large-scale P-38 discussed on this forum several months ago. (Get one while you can!!)

I'm a fan of super-sized ready-built WW2 aircraft and have avoided the marginal wooden versions available in the $100 to 150 USD range. A previous thread touted the 21st Century offerings available initially in Canada. While cruising through a Toys R Us store, an assembled sample hung prominently from the ceiling. I have a good eye for scale and fidelity and was overwhelmed by the quality and features for the mere price of $49.95. The overall effect is a scaled-up production of a Monogram or Hasegawa 1/48th scale kit from the standpoint of accuracy and detail, minus some of the esoteric rivets and wheelwell hydraulics. The medium is heavy pre-painted plastic with a few metal structural bits. The landing gears and doors are operable/retractable, and the nosewheel actually swivels. The cockpit is accessable via a hinged top canopy and sliding left window. Interior features include legible instruments, operable control yoke, and detailed radios. The kicker is the pilot; he is poseable via 13 different joints!! Alternatively, you may display him outside on a small stand. Armament is as follows: 5 individually moulded nose guns/cannon, 2 fuselage-mounted quadrants of missile tubes, 2 5-pack missiles attached to the outer wings, and a hard-point that will accomodate either bombs or aux fuel tanks inboard of the engines. The rotating props are detailed down to the yellow tips, and the ailerons are moveable.
O.K, some of the nits; the main gear doors are difficult to snap into the extended position without hanging by large hinges, the paint is rather thin and can easily scratch, and it will be a challenge to display with all of the stablemates offered by the mfg. Wingspan = 34.25", length = 25.5", height = 9.0". Also available are a P-51D, Corsair, Stuka, and ME-109.
The website is www.21stcenturytoys.com
Availability appears to be Toys R Us and K-Mart.
Sorry I can't post pix

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Old 11-01-2002, 11:00 AM   #2
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Hmm... may have to run over to Toys-R-Us or K-mart to check these out..... (no pix of the P-38 yet.)

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Thumbs up They also have Ju-87 and F4U

Have also seen the Stuka and Corsair. My local hobby shop actually has a British Corsair. They are all awesome but take up a lot of space. How about a 1/18 B-17?

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Old 11-02-2002, 04:57 PM   #4
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Today I saw another Stuka at TRU.
The first one was an early type scheme, the one I saw today was the overs used white and red snake on the side that I think was used in Africa. The crew is the same which is an odd combination of a white jacket and dark gray pants. There was also a RAF or FAA Corsair... these are incredible value but are simply too large to manage!
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Today I shopped a different Toys R Us and found the Stuka and Corsair. The Stuka "snake" livery looked a bit cartoonish, but the British livery F4U was nice. I'll have to explore mounting these from the ceiling as they are immense.
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I saw the Stuka and it looked real sharpe.
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Old 11-03-2002, 11:47 PM   #7
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Have also seen the Stuka and Corsair. My local hobby shop actually has a British Corsair. They are all awesome but take up a lot of space. How about a 1/18 B-17?

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A Brit Corsair is something I'd like to see.Can you post a pic?
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