E-flite P-38 Lightning

Brand: E-flite

Overall:
3.85
Ease of assembly:
3.8
Build quality:
3.4
Flight performance:
4.6
Value for money:
3.6

READER REVIEWS
shades  |  Oct 21, 2008

Strengths:
Flys superbly and smoothly. Easy to assemble, though nearly all of the work is wiring and radio fitting. It just looks so good in the air. A good first twin I feel.
Weaknesses:
As it is foam, it is just weak. A bit fiddly to install all the wiring. Battery compartment is too small. .
Overall:
I am so glad I bought it. Looks and flys great. The battery compartment needs work with a dremel to get even a 2200 lipo in. You are just as likely to damage it carring it around as when flying it.

Overall:
3
Ease of assembly:
3
Build quality:
3
Flight performance:
4
Value for money:
4
Mike K 3  |  Mar 01, 2008

Strengths:
Quick assembly, great looks, gentle flight, wide speed range, overall great engineering, add the rudder for coordinated turns, easy to do and works well. . . .
Weaknesses:
spar joiner loosen and can lead to catastrophic wing failure-- reglue it! A tail low landing with tail strike will likely break the tail but it will be stronger after repair. . . .
Overall:
One of my favorites both in looks and flight. Big enough to be seen at altitude by middle-aged eyes. Another success by E-Flite. .

Overall:
4
Ease of assembly:
5
Build quality:
3
Flight performance:
5
Value for money:
3
Trevor Crook  |  Feb 26, 2008

Strengths:
Excellent fit of parts. Good scale performance on geared 480 brushed motors. Easy to hand launch if you leave off the u/c. Superbly applied paint and markings.
Weaknesses:
Usual polystyrene foam issues - moulding marks, prone to hangar rash. Wing spar joiner really should be glued. Pilot should be bigger. .
Overall:
Excellent scale appearance in the air with no real vices. Perhaps a little expensive for a foamie with no power train, but competitive with others with similar types (eg Alpha). . .

Overall:
3
Ease of assembly:
3
Build quality:
4
Flight performance:
5
Value for money:
3
David Ashby - moderator  |  Dec 27, 2007

Strengths:
Flies well and is pretty forgiving, looks and sounds good, pretty much pre-built. . . .
Weaknesses:
It's a foamie so go easy on those landings even if you choose to fit wheels. Hangar rash ahoy!. . .
Overall:
A nice model and a good twin for those who prefer scale subjects. Not really a park flyer (too big) but she's at home on the club flight line. Use some expo' as the elevator is powerfull. .

Overall:
3
Ease of assembly:
4
Build quality:
3
Flight performance:
4
Value for money:
3
sharpy1071  |  Dec 27, 2007

Strengths:
stablity, helped by reverse running propeller. . . .
Weaknesses:
rudders very thin and week I made my own from depron, four sheets with continuous hinge between 2nd - 3rd. . . .
Overall:
I would buy another if any thing happened to this one, great presence in the sky and quite arobatic. . . .

Overall:
4
Ease of assembly:
4
Build quality:
4
Flight performance:
5
Value for money:
5
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