Apologies for the double post. This (images below) is a conversion from Trumpeter's excellent P-38L-1-LO kit to a P-38E, a much earlier version of the Lightning. The aircraft is modelled to resemble what it might have looked like on May 23, 1943, the day it was lost in the sea off Attu Island, Alaska (quite old by this time as it was manufactured in 1941 and had been outside in the Aleutians since spring 1942).
I added semicircular intercooler vents in upper wing tips and round intakes at the wing leading edges near the engines (drilled out). Cut, modified (sheet styrene and Milliput), and drilled out kit turbosupercharger to fit P-38 EFG style turbosupercharger shroud. Modified kit turbocharger air supply scoop to P-38 EFG style (shorter, non-laminar flow shape). Added armour shields inboard to turbosupercharger turbines (Evergreen styrene sheet). Drilled out and placed small tubular air ducts on forward sides of Jerry Rutman resin engine cowlings (drilled out Evergreen rod styrene). Deleted and filled in P-38L leading edge wing lights. Deleted, filled and smoothed over upper wing tip fuel ports. Removed underwing power assist bulges, filled and smoothed out, rescribed all underwing panel lines. Removed gun camera from port drop tank boom, filled and smoothed out, added gun camera opening to nose. Replaced kit (late-type) guns with Quickboost resin guns (#32011). Added scratchbuilt cartridge case chute openings (Evergreen styrene sheet). Scratch-built long under nose pitot tube (not visible in images). Removed longitudinal frame from rear canopy, sanded and buffed out, Futured, then added two latitudinal scratches. Windscreen frames sanded off, shape sanded to smoother appearance to resemble the curved early-type windscreen, new frames added. Made bulletproof glass (from CD case clear styrene), buffed and Futured, inserted under kit windscreen, added fabric instrument panel shroud and modified early type gunsight that is between the windscreen and the armour glass. Six aluminum spars for wing stiffness. Jerry Rutman P-38 EFG 'mk 1' conversion resin (boom radiators and engine cowlings). The John Geddes figure is Master Details U.S. Army Air Force fighter pilot mid-Late WW2 (#32011). Markings: custom Lorna "D" decal, custom boom radiator group decals, 77s on nose with paint and masks, national marks with Yellow-wings decals (YW48048) - U.S. National Insignia PT-3 May 1942-June 1943, 'U.S. ARMY' from Barracudacal's P-40 sheet BC32006. Techmod yellow decal serial number on tail.
Paint: Tamiya acrylic, Alclad Aluminum II ('Aluminum' and 'Chrome'), weathering by oil wash and silver Prismacolor pencil, Testor's Dullcoat from spray can.
In the images below, the props and fuel tanks are loosely in place and the scratch-built under-the-nose pitot tube is not present (due to possibility of breakage during shipment).
Issues: there are numerous imperfections. The Jerry Rutman 'mk 1' resin lower cowlings and boom radiators are not accurately shaped - JR's new resin looks perfect but wasn't available for this build. The modified Revell props are not accurately shaped although they are better than the kit props. The modified kit windscreen only approximates the early type P-38E windscreen (JR also apparently has a complete vacuform P-38EFG canopy, not available for this build). There is some slight fogging on the inside of the top of the windscreen from CA glue used to attach the internal armour plate. The fighter group and 'Lorna D' marks are a bit crude as these were inkjet decals touched up with paint. There are no "NO STEP" marks on the sides of the canopy. From more than a few feet away none of these issues are very noticeable. Trumpeter rules.
Hope you like it.