FlightLine RC P-38L Lightning "Allied Green" 1600mm (63") Wingspan - PNP
FlightLine RC P-38L Lightning "Allied Green" 1600mm (63") Wingspan - PNP - FLW3012P
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 aircraft also famously shot down Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto’s aircraft during “Operation Vengeance” on April 18, 1943.
FlightLine RC’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!
The Flightline P-38 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. FlightLine RC’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 many other scale details. 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. 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 “Upgrade Kit” can be purchased separately to obtain a level top speed of 94mph; click the Upgrades tab above.
The “Allied Green” scheme includes four decal sets from various squadrons in Europe and other theaters. Choose which decal set you want to apply to make your P-38 unique among your friends! The decals are "peel and stick", made with a very thin adhesive vinyl which is easy to apply and does not require water.
Visit the Official FlightLine RC P-38 Discussion Thread on HobbySquawk.com for additional photos, videos, reviews, and customer Q&A.
- 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
- Day-bright LEDs
- 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 RC P-38L Lightning "Allied Green" 1600mm (63") Wingspan - (PNP)
- Motor, ESC, servos and retracts pre-installed
- 6 Channel Radio - Select a minimum 6 channel radio from our Radio Collection
- 6 Channel Receiver - Select a minimum 6 channel receiver from our Receiver Collection
- Two 4 Cell 14.8V 2500mAh to 3000mAh LiPo battery with XT60 Connector – We recommend 2 of the Admiral 4 Cell 14.8V 2500mAh Pro LiPo batteries
- OR One Admiral 4 Cell 14.8v 5000mAh battery with XT60 connector
- 4 Cell Compatible Battery Charger - Select a minimum 4 cell (4S) charger from our Charger Collection
- 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.
1600mm / 63in
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)
Electronic Speed Control
60A Brushless with XT60 connector
Propeller / EDF
12x7 3 Blade Propeller / 12x8 2 Blade Propeller High Performance Version (optional)
9g standard with 300mm lead: nose gear door
|Landing Gear||Electric retracts with metal trunions|
Two 4 Cell 14.8v 2500mAh to 3000mAh batteries with XT60 connector, or One 4 Cell 14.8v 5000mAh battery with XT60 connector
6+ Channel 2.4GHz
Nylon and foam hinges
|Build Time||3-4 Hours|
|Recommended Environment||Outdoor, minimum 200 foot runway, pavement recommended, less than 1" tall smooth grass|
Product Spare Parts
Product Questions & AnswersNOTE: Questions submitted on this page are answered by customers who have previously purchased this item. If you have a support related question that requires immediate assistance, please visit our Help Center.
- Feb 6, 2017 - There has been some confusion in the forums regarding the twin ESC wiring setup for this model. Extensive testing has been done in direct partnership with the ESC manufacturer, culminating in hundreds of successful flights without the need for removing any of the power (red) wires from one of the ESCs BEC. Both ESCs Y-harnessed together are plugged into the receiver's single throttle channel without the need for ANY red wires being removed.
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Flightline P-38L Lightning "ALLIED GREEN"
1. Excellent ARF for the money. 2. Easy to assemble. 3. minimal confusion on building plans and videos on MOTION RC. 4. BEST Superior designed P-38L model I've purchased in very long time. 5. This P-38L is every thing shes cut out to be in flying and maneuvering. 6. Excellent quality (NOTE I PURCHASED 2X P-38L ARFS) NO Regrets. THANKS: email@example.com
GREAT MODEL FROM MOTIONRC ONCE AGAIN
As usual a great model from Flightline and went together very easily. only downside are the electronics and wires are very tight not much room to work. Also the waterslides on the props need to be clear coated or they just fly off but a great model yet again from Flightline and 1st class from Motionrc
The kit goes together very well. I purchased the strut upgrades too which have really set it off
What a great job the crew at flight line has done. Just maidend yesterday extremely easy flying. Every one at the field gathered around taking a look and lots of compliments after seeing flown. Flew for around 4.5 minutes and only used 900 mah. My packs are 2 of the 4c 2675mah 35-70 c rating and just slightly warm probably 85-95 degree f. and I was thinking they might be too small lol. Should get up to 6 min depending on throttle usage. I'm so impressed with ease of assembling and quality that I got home and ordered the FW190 flight line. Thanks for the great scale looks and quality. Cheers
Simply awesome plane
First off, I would give the plane 5 stars; HOWEVER, I had a MLG completely come out when landing. When I say completely, I mean the mounting base with the MLG actuator (wormgear) still ******* onto it. Granted my landing wasn't a flawless three point touch down, but the gear should have stayed on. Anyway, the build is very easy though when it comes to the screws it would be nice if they would let you know which type is which. I'm referring to the PA3 10mm and PZ3 10mm screws. Had to Google to find out which was which. The instructions actually give you an in-depth build which is nice if you ever need to sadly dig in deep to do a repair or troubleshoot. The plane flies awesome. I'm more of scale flyer and honestly if you want to do crazy tight snap rolls, hammerheads....bla bka there are other planes out there just for that. Turns are clean though it did look like she was sliding her tail just a bit, but that could have been the wind. I'll need more flights to figure that out. But hey, that's what rudder for, right! Take off and landing.... I have about 5-8mm flaps set to be down whenever the gear is down. Plus as per the build there is the 3-4mm up elevator as neutral on the elevator. When taking off on our 200 foot runway, easing into the throttle she was up in less than half the runway, it was doing an awesome scale shallow climb out until I had to take over to clear the tree line. Everyone warching was saying, "Nice takeoff!" Landing with just a light breeze down the runway, first with the gear/flaps mix...no ballooning, mid through full flaps, no ballooning really, but OMG does she float! Just add in a bit of power to comp the drag. With some practise I can see lots of three point landings. JUST TUG GOOD ON YOUR GEAR TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE GLUED GOOD....LOL The wiring can be tricky, but just keep a cool head and lay it all into place. I use a piece of scotch tape to help organize it all. When plugging into THE BOX, look at the instructions. When it comes to the lights the landing gear on/off plug and the blinking formation light recepticals aren't Mark box, but are in the instructions. Yes, my landing light blinks and the formation light comes on when the gear extends. I like it.... Though only my red and green lights work on the formation signals. Is the yellow suppose to come on Too? Overall, I'm super impressed. Oh the decals.... take the time to put them all on. You will be glad you did and with the 4 different sets to choose, you can always change them out.
A Great 38!
Pilots Listen up, If I could give this airplane 10 stars I would! In the air she only gets better. Let me start with ground handling first. This P-38 is spot on solid. She tracks true and the take off roll is dead straight. To tell the truth this bird scared me before I got to know her. The P-38 looks wicked and that's how I thought she would be. The exact opposite is the truth. Take the time to set the control surfaces as instructed, balance her per plan, and mix in the down elevator for flap deployment and I assure you this Wicked looking aircraft will be butter in your hands. My maiden flight was awesome. I gave her full power and let her roll out long before any inputs were made. Even box stock she is a fast bird. At first let her go. when she reaches full speed gently pull back on the elevator and she climbs out so beautiful it's a sight to behold. I set up 3 rates, mild, wild, and wicked. First flight was mild but with enough authority to really wring her out. She heads upstairs fast and rolls so smooth it's just amazing to feel, and incredible to watch. No bad tendencies whatsoever. As mentioned this P-38 is a speed merchant so let it keep it's speed until you get to know her. the P-38 will tip stall if you let too much speed bleed off. High angle banks will get dicey as well if you let her get too slow. Check her flap tendencies upstairs before attempting landings with flaps to avoid ground interactions or soil sampling. Get to know this airplane first and it will deliver all the excitement one would expect from this incredible airframe. On last thing! You must remember is to keep the power up on landings. Once you get the rate of decent established slowly bring the power back to about 1/3 to 1/4 and the P-38 will settle into her dihedral and land as smooth as silk. Motion RC and Flightline hit this one way out of the park. Treat her with respect and this bird will deliver the thrills you wanted when you got into our hobby and will continue to deliver flight after flight! Thanks Motion!
This is my initial review of the unpacking and assembly of the Flightline 63" P-38 Lightning. As usual Motion RC got the plane to me in short order. As I unpacked this bird the quality of the finish was incredible. If I didn't know it was foam there was practically no way you could tell. All the parts were perfect. This bird went together so easy it was great. All the parts fit with precision and with tight tolerances making for an incredible looking aircraft. The wiring was extensive but understandable and fit as shown. Hook everything up as the plans specify and all systems will work perfectly. I installed the metal retracts and those were surprisingly easy as well. Watch the upgrade video and it's a breeze. At this point I am quite pleased with this fine model. I plan on her maiden flight sometime next week and will do a follow on review to share my results. If she flies like she looks I'm in for a great day at the Flying Field!
Really nice airplane but not for the newbies
First of all i am just a 14 year old by now just to clarify and this plane flies beautifully. My first flight i barely had to trim the thing our just a tick or two of down elevator trim not cause it needed it but just to keep my fingers on the stick the thing is with this plane is its extremely high wing loading. This is not a light bird you do not glide it in like with smaller aircraft she needs power at least 1/3rd throttle to land it and right before you touch down cut the throttle and do a light flare. Overall great plane to fly but its scary cause it looks so nice i'm afraid to wreck it <.>
P-38 from Flightline
I purchased this plane from Motion along with the strut upgrade about a month ago. I currently have about 20 flights. The building experience wasn't too bad, I followed along with the build video. There is a set of screws for the boom that was omitted in the video that is required in the manual. The newer version has an excellent wiring harness that makes assembly, disassembly and transport very easy. There are multiple wires which can be daunting, just stick with it, one step at a time and you wont have an issue. The plane is very impressive to look at once complete. I flew the first 6 flights with the stock gear to see how they handled on grass, turf and pavement. No issues, and cycled well. All wiring, lighting and servos performed as expected. I have flown with 2 Admiral 2500s, and 2 Admiral 3000s. 5 to 5.5 minute flight times with each. I couldn't get the standard Admiral 3600 to fit, but you could get them to fit with a little carving. I was able to get the Admiral Pro 3600 to fit without any modification, and I can get 6 minutes and great performance. The kit went together very well. I would give it very high ratings for fit and finish. I was very nervous about how the flight performance would be since it is heavy, but it flies VERY well! it doesn't roll like the Spitfire, but it is fast. Vertical performance is 5 star. I do dial in 3 and 6 percent down elevator for flap settings. I wouldn't recommend trying to dead stick the landing. It is a twin and should be flown like one. Keep a little throttle on final and you will be surprised how docile landings are. I couldn't be happier with this plane.