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Lockheed XP-388 Fighter Low Operations Pusher - F.L.O.P

Immediately post post War, Lockheed wanted to get faster with a heavier hit using what tooling they had. By using many of the existing, well tried P-38 components, this aircraft came off the Fingerpainting table.. err drawing board in 1947. Envisaged to fulfill the low level interdiction role, it used pusher technology to protect the engines a little more from ground fire which allowed a fair amount of additional firepower to be added in. Sadly this Aircraft did not fulfill this or any role as the prototype was found to be unstable in the air and on the ground and the only prototype suffered a ground loop  and was subsequently placed into storage for a review of the design.
If only they had paid more attention to initials of the Military Designation it received. Fighter Low Operations Pusher - F.L.O.P


Started with a Frog kit that appeared 7 years after me, about when I was first getting into models. Clearly garage time has not been kind to this kit.


After a session of hacking and mayhem, this is the plan at the moment.


For starters I think the tail will get a bit shorter before I add more control surfaces, rudders, etc. Plus every chance it will become a turboprop.

Still trying to work out where I can put some spats in, but hopefully this enough off the Wall, that Brian Da Basher may have had a chuckle at it
« Last Edit: July 02, 2020, 12:50:16 PM by buzzbomb »

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Re: Lockheed XP-388 Fighter Low Operations Pusher - F.L.O.P
« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2020, 04:56:17 PM »
Wow that's some Transformation !

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Re: Lockheed XP-388 Fighter Low Operations Pusher - F.L.O.P
« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2020, 06:30:41 PM »
Neato F.L.O.P. configuration   :smiley:

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Re: Lockheed XP-388 Fighter Low Operations Pusher - F.L.O.P
« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2020, 02:36:08 AM »
 :smiley:
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Re: Lockheed XP-388 Fighter Low Operations Pusher - F.L.O.P
« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2020, 02:46:32 AM »
A nice spatted wheel under each engine and one under the nose would give a nice BdB feel.
I think you are hitting the nail right on the head with this one!

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Re: Lockheed XP-388 Fighter Low Operations Pusher - F.L.O.P
« Reply #5 on: June 19, 2020, 03:07:49 AM »
 :smiley:

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Re: Lockheed XP-388 Fighter Low Operations Pusher - F.L.O.P
« Reply #6 on: June 19, 2020, 03:15:11 AM »
That's a very Brian-esque transformation! That Frog kit - despite it's age - is actually not a bad kit. They tried...

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Re: Lockheed XP-388 Fighter Low Operations Pusher - F.L.O.P
« Reply #7 on: June 19, 2020, 10:22:25 AM »
That's a very Brian-esque transformation! ...

Indeed! Looking forward to this one  :smiley:
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Re: Lockheed XP-388 Fighter Low Operations Pusher - F.L.O.P
« Reply #8 on: June 26, 2020, 11:19:34 AM »
After a couple of small side tracks, back on the BdB build

This is just about it as far as it will go as far as bits and bobs



Token underside shot of the bizarre undercarriage arrangement, which might get some Mig-23/27ish type wheel doors. So, sort of spatish

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Re: Lockheed XP-388 Fighter Low Operations Pusher - F.L.O.P
« Reply #9 on: June 26, 2020, 01:31:26 PM »
Great features everywhere - Charming.   :)

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Re: Lockheed XP-388 Fighter Low Operations Pusher - F.L.O.P
« Reply #10 on: June 26, 2020, 10:48:03 PM »
That's a very Brian-esque transformation! That Frog kit - despite it's age - is actually not a bad kit. They tried...

I like old Frogs - and since I now see that this has two different set of nacelles, it's one more I will keep an eye out for...

This a great looking build so far.

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Re: Lockheed XP-388 Fighter Low Operations Pusher - F.L.O.P
« Reply #11 on: June 27, 2020, 03:13:22 AM »
Looking damn fine! :)
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Re: Lockheed XP-388 Fighter Low Operations Pusher - F.L.O.P
« Reply #12 on: June 27, 2020, 03:33:27 AM »
This is turning into an odd but attractive looking plane!

Craig - this old Frog kit is fairly nice, and still relatively inexpensive on Ebay.

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Re: Lockheed XP-388 Fighter Low Operations Pusher - F.L.O.P
« Reply #13 on: June 28, 2020, 10:15:12 AM »
Craig - this old Frog kit is fairly nice, and still relatively inexpensive on Ebay.

There are six Frog P-38 kitss listed on eBay right now. Most from the US, averaging around US$25.

https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=m570.l1313&_nkw=FROG+%22P-38%22&_sacat=0
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Re: Lockheed XP-388 Fighter Low Operations Pusher - F.L.O.P
« Reply #14 on: June 28, 2020, 06:25:25 PM »
 :)

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Re: Lockheed XP-388 Fighter Low Operations Pusher - F.L.O.P
« Reply #15 on: July 02, 2020, 12:50:03 PM »
Not a stellar build construction wise, but calling it done.
nondescript colour scheme
Still Brian, wherever you are.. here is cheers  :smiley:







One thing I did learn is that my decal stock does not appear to have a lot US markings.

Cheers all
Brian T

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Re: Lockheed XP-388 Fighter Low Operations Pusher - F.L.O.P - Done
« Reply #16 on: July 02, 2020, 03:05:04 PM »
Has flavor of Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow.   Wish I thought of configuration.   Paint scheme fits XP-388 well.   Like it....  :smiley:

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Re: Lockheed XP-388 Fighter Low Operations Pusher - F.L.O.P - Done
« Reply #17 on: July 02, 2020, 11:48:42 PM »
Looks very BdB worthy! The nacelles and guns look great! The paint scheme is eye catching!

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Re: Lockheed XP-388 Fighter Low Operations Pusher - F.L.O.P - Done
« Reply #18 on: July 02, 2020, 11:59:51 PM »
Beautifully unconventional  ;) :smiley: ;D

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Re: Lockheed XP-388 Fighter Low Operations Pusher - F.L.O.P - Done
« Reply #19 on: July 03, 2020, 02:59:35 AM »
And a stunner at the finish! Reminds me a little of some of the design studies for the XP-67. ( I think.)

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Re: Lockheed XP-388 Fighter Low Operations Pusher - F.L.O.P - Done
« Reply #20 on: July 03, 2020, 03:11:58 AM »
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Re: Lockheed XP-388 Fighter Low Operations Pusher - F.L.O.P - Done
« Reply #21 on: July 03, 2020, 08:45:21 AM »
This is so cool!  8) Wouldn't look out of place in Crimson Skies.  :smiley:
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Re: Lockheed XP-388 Fighter Low Operations Pusher - F.L.O.P - Done
« Reply #22 on: July 03, 2020, 09:53:18 AM »
Wow! That cleaned up really well. It looked great before (in a brilliantly twisted kinda way) but looks even slicker in its war paint  :smiley:
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Re: Lockheed XP-388 Fighter Low Operations Pusher - F.L.O.P - Done
« Reply #23 on: July 03, 2020, 10:36:54 PM »
Wow! That cleaned up really well. It looked great before (in a brilliantly twisted kinda way) but looks even slicker in its war paint  :smiley:

I'll second that ---  :smiley:

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Re: Lockheed XP-388 Fighter Low Operations Pusher - F.L.O.P - Done
« Reply #24 on: July 04, 2020, 05:42:29 AM »
Wow! That cleaned up really well. It looked great before (in a brilliantly twisted kinda way) but looks even slicker in its war paint  :smiley:

I'll second that ---  :smiley:

Yep,,,  I'm with them  :smiley: