The legendary P-38 “Lightning” revolutionized aviation history in World War II. Designed by a skilled team of engineers led by Clarence Johnson and Hal Hibbard, the P-38 was the only American fighter that was continually produced from before Pearl Harbor in 1941 to after the Japanese surrender in 1945. Over 9,900 P-38s were built, 3,810 of which were the superior P-38L variant. Revered by its foes as the “fork tailed devil”, the P-38 excelled as a fighter, interceptor, reconnaissance platform, long range escort, and as a ground attack aircraft. The P-38 Lightning was flown by the top four higher scoring American Aces in World War II. The aircraft also famously shot down Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto’s aircraft during “Operation Vengeance” on April 18, 1943.
FlightLineRC’s P-38L Lightning is a 1600mm wingspan, semi-scale flying replica molded from EPO foam. FlightLineRC’s P-38 represents the pinnacle of engineering for a foam electric P-38. It is the largest mass-produced foam electric P-38 in the world, with a high level of quality and scale fidelity. We know our customers have been waiting for a large P-38 with good size, clean wiring, and scale lines. The wait is over, it’s here!
This P38 was designed for easy operation. Its outer wings disassemble with four screws for convenient transportation and allowing the aircraft to sit on all three wheels without the outer wings attached. The horizontal stabilizer can also be removed with screws for maintenance or replacement. FlightLineRC’s P-38 Lightning features durable electronic retractable landing gear, five sequenced servo driven landing gear doors, day-bright LEDs, machine gun details, plastic nose cone and cowls, four flaps, accurate canopy and nacelle shape, and other scale details. The correct wing dihedral and other scale profiles were precisely modeled to produce an accurate P-38 shape which honors this historic warbird. Each rudder is directly controlled by its own servo. The cockpit layout accommodates a wide range of 4S 14.8v Li-Po batteries with ample space for electronics, all accessible under the long magnetic hatch cover which spans almost the entire length of the pilot’s nacelle. To ensure a high degree of structural rigidity, the entire model was designed around a special framework of carbon rods and reinforcement points. This framework strengthens the aircraft during high speed maneuvers, while still providing a gentle and forgiving flying behavior.
The stock PNP version is equipped with two 3748 brushless outrunner motors and two 12x7 3-blade counter-rotating propellers for the perfect scale appearance. With the recommended 4S 14.8v 5000mAh (one battery per side or a single battery with your series adapter), the P-38 boasts sufficient power for large consecutive loops and a level top speed of 81mph. An optional “High Power Upgrade Set” can be purchased separately to obtain a level top speed of 94mph. The Upgrade Set includes two 3648 motors, two 12x8 2-blade counter-rotating propellers, and two 2-blade spinners.
The “Pacific Silver” scheme includes four decal sets from the 431st Squadron led by Medal of Honor recipient Thomas McGuire.
Scale profile, accurate wing diherdral, and precisely modeled overall aircraft proportions
Removable outer wings for easy transport
Scale three blade propeller achieves 81 mph and vertical climbing capability
Four different decal sets included inside the box for you to choose from
Large cabin space for easy placement of the battery and radio equipment
Improved spinner and propeller mounting design to enable better balance
Durable Electric retractable landing gear with metal trunions and 4mm steel wire struts
Sequenced plastic gear doors for realistic operation
Tall foam rubber wheels for optimal handling on paved surfaces and short, evenly cut grass fields
FlightLine P-38L Lightning "Pacific Silver" 1600mm (63") Wingspan - (PNP)
Motor, ESC, servos and retracts pre-installed
Minimum 6 Channel Radio
6 Channel Receiver
Two 4 Cell 14.8V 2500mAh to 3000mAh LiPo battery with T Connector
Lipo Battery Charger
An optional “High Power Upgrade Set” can be purchased separately to obtain speeds of 94mph+. The Upgrade Set includes two 3648 motors, two 12x8 2-blade counter-rotating propellers, and two 2-blade spinners. Click the Upgrades Tab above for more details.
Wingspan 1600mm / 63in
Length 1168mm / 46in
Weight (w/o battery) 3150g / 111oz
CG (Center of Gravity) 65-70mm from the leading edge of the wing at the root
3748-600Kv Brushless Outrunner Motor (Stock scale power system)
3648-880Kv Brushless Outrunner Motor (Optional sport power system)
Electronic Speed Control 60A Brushless with T connector
Propeller / EDF 12x7 3 Blade Propeller / 12x8 2 Blade Propeller High Performance Version (optional)
9g standard with 300mm lead: nose gear door
9g metal gear reverse with 300mm lead: nose gear steering, right outboard flap, right inboard flap
9g metal gear standard with 300mm lead: left outboard flap, left inboard flap, left aileron, right aileron
9g standard reverse with 550mm lead: left gear door
9g standard with 550mm lead: right gear door
17g metal gear standard with 300mm lead: elevator
9g metal gear standard with 100mm lead: left rudder, right rudder
Landing Gear Electric retracts with metal trunions
Required Battery Two 4 Cell 14.8v 2500mAh to 3000mAh batteries with T-connector, or One 4 Cell 14.8v 5000mAh battery with EC5 connector (will require an EC5-to-two-T-connector adapter)
Required Radio 6+ Channel 2.4GHz
Nylon and foam hinges
Material EPO Foam
Skill Level Intermediate
Build Time 3-4 Hours
Recommended Environment Outdoor, minimum 200 foot runway, pavement recommended, less than 1" tall smooth grass