Lockheed P-38 Lightning “Pudgy” Model Scale:1/49 Considered one of the most sophisticated aircraft during its time, the P-38 Lightning fulfilled the military’s need for a high-speed, long-range aircraft with excellent climb capabilities. This aircraft, nicknamed the “fork-tailed devil” by the Germans, features a twin-boom design that’s staggeringly different from the usual design of military aircraft during the early 1940s. Armed with .50-cal. machine guns and a 20mm cannon, the P38 Lightning plane performed a variety of missions, which include dive bombing, long-range escort, and photo reconnaissance. Legendary aircraft designer Clarence “Kelly” Johnson took the helm in creating the aircraft’s design. The P-38 Lightning Pudgy was best known for its huge participation in the Pacific theater. During World War II, the P38 “Pudgy”? made Thomas McGuire the second highest-scoring ace during the war. The P38 remained USAAF’s standard aircraft long until the end of the Second World War II. Dimensions: Wingspan:12.5 Inches Length: 9.25 Inches This handcrafted model is painted in the same paint scheme as the original and is painstakingly built from Philippine mahogany by our skilled craftsmen. Perfect as a gift for any aviation enthusiast and history buff!