COBI P38H Lightning Set (5726)
The COBI P38H Lightning Set (5726) is a high quality, made in Europe, brick set that is fully compatible with LEGO. The COBI P38H Lightning features a unique assortment of Lego compatible parts and easy to read detailed instructions in english. Regardless if you are an experienced brick collector or new to military bricks, COBI bricks will become your go to for highly detailed display and play military and historical bricks.
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The COBI Lockheed P38H Lightning’s parts are all pad printed so no messy decals are necessary. Just make sure you place the marked parts in the appropriate place per the detailed COBI instruction booklet so that the desired appearance is achieved.
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How many parts does the COBI P38H Lightning Set (5726) have?
The COBI P38 Lightning (5726) has 545 parts.
How many COBI Mini Figs come with the set?
The COBI P38 Lightning comes with 1 mini figure.
How do COBI bricks compare with LEGO?
COBI bricks are fully compatible with LEGO Bricks and are made from the same high quality EU made resins. The main difference you will notice is that COBI bricks feature many unique parts that are specifically made to make their military brick sets as realistic as possible. This means there are many smooth top pieces and parts that are made specifically for each set.
Additionally, COBI bricks feature many more parts per set due to their layered approach to building sets. You can learn more about the similarities and differences between COBI and LEGO here.
How Long is the COBI P38H Lightning Set (5726)?
The COBI P-38 lightning is 13.8″ long
How Wide is the COBI Lockheed P38 Lightning Set?
The COBI Locked P38 lightning is 19.7″ wide.
Both adults and brick collectors of all ages will get hours of enjoyment from this COBI P38H Lightning Set (5726) . Whether you are buying to display or play, Cobi Brick sets will not disappoint. Ships quickly from Billings, MT USA with tracking number.
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P-38L Lightning History History:
The Lockheed P-38 Lightning is a World WarII era American piston engined fighter aircraft. Developed for the United States Army Air Corps, the P-38 had distinctive twin booms and a central nacelle containing the cockpit and armament. Allied propaganda claimed it had been nicknamed the fork-tailed devil by the Luftwaffe and “two planes, one pilot” by the Japanese. Along with its use as a general fighter, the P-38 was utilized in various aerial combat roles including as a highly effective fighter-bomber, a night fighter, and as a long-range escort fighter when equipped with drop tanks. The P-38 was also used as a bomber-pathfinder, guiding streams of medium and heavy bombers; or even other P-38s, equipped with bombs, to their targets. Used in the aerial reconnaissance role, the P-38 would account for 90 percent of the aerial film captured over Europe.
The P-38 was used most successfully in the Pacific Theater of Operations and the China-Burma-India Theater of Operations as the aircraft of America’s top aces, Richard Bong (40 victories), Thomas McGuire (38 victories) and Charles H. MacDonald (27 victories). In the South West Pacific theater, the P-38 was the primary long-range fighter of United States Army Air Forces until the introduction of large numbers of P-51D Mustangs toward the end of the war.
Unusual for a fighter of this time, the exhaust was muffled by the turbo-superchargers, making the P-38’s operation relatively quiet. The two turbo-superchargers also provided the P-38 with good high-altitude performance, making it one of the earliest Allied fighters capable of performing at such altitudes. It was extremely unforgiving and could be mishandled in many ways, but the rate of roll in the early versions was too low for it to excel as a dogfighter. The P-38 was the only American fighter aircraft in large-scale production throughout American involvement in the war, from Pearl Harbor to Victory over Japan Day. At the end of the war, orders for 1,887 more were cancelled.
You can read all about the real aircraft that inspired the COBI P38H Lightning Set (5726) here at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lockheed_P-38_Lightning
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ronan.lynch07 (verified owner) –
Not my first Cobi set yet nonetheless an amazing set. The only complaint I have is the cockpit bubble will fall out occasionally. It works perfectly with Lego.
Frederick Kitz (verified owner) –
Another great set from Cobi! An impressive model of the P38. Been waiting anxiously for this set to come out, and it doesn’t disappoint. Looks great when completed. Would recommend to anyone who likes iconic WW2 US aircraft.
Ron Newell (verified owner) –
The P-38H Lightning “Pluto” (Set 5726) was over all a fun build. The out come for me although it is a large plane with lots of cool, but it has two drawbacks. Neither are something to veer away from this set if you like P-38s.
The first item is the simplistic approach to the superchargers atop of the twin booms. They are literally molded pieces mounted on a peg to hold them in place. I would have much better liked an assembly that made the supercharger parts inlaid into the plane, not a pin on adornment.
Cobi is far too able to attend to such details with greater effect than that particular example was. Again, this is not a deal breaker. It’s just me knowing they can do better than that.
The other mentionable bothersome detail was a little depressing. The three struts for the tricycle landing gear were a bit shorter than ought to have been. I checked & rechecked the instructions finding no visible error on my part, or missing parts. With the aircraft resting on its natural landing gear, the two propellers were not able to spin. The prop blades hit the deck. A correction was made simple enough to raise the plane by using spare parts. 2 single thin 1×1’s stacked as spacers for each strut fixed the issue. Not only did it bring up the height to sufficient elevation to allow the props to spin freely without striking the “ground”, it also made the P-38’s stance look more accurate. The original profile without the augmented struts was dissatisfying in addition to not clearing the propellers.
The fix made my distain go away. Perhaps others who get this set will not have this issue, maybe I did do something wrong. However, if you experience what I did, it is correctable without taking away from the integrity of the finished product.
There is a third pet peeve I have with this airplane. However, it is not specific to the P-38. It is a thing I find annoying about most of Cobi’s air arsenal. This is the issue of the plane’s wings lead edge being vertically flat & boxy. I would so more enjoy rounded edges.
Cobi has produced rounded wing edges on the Stuka, as example. The new Bf-109E3 has some rounded areas to its wing’s forward edge, which even part of the wings having that is great.
I do not discount the fact of the matter that everything Cobi puts out is a brick construct & it is amazing just how good & gratifying these models are. That said, I list this observation about the wings as a pet peeve. It is not a complaint to dissuade others from picking up the planes that attract them.
My four star rating of the P-38 rests in the landing gear being short, at least in my build, & the superchargers being too much of an add on after thought.
One last observation about Cobi classic warbirds, some of them need to be rethought on the nose transition from the propeller hubs to the contours of the aircraft. Such as the Spitfires, P-40’s & even to some extent the P-38. The nose on certain planes look so boxy it hurts to know that Cobi can do better. In fact, the new Bf-109E3 is evidence of forward design notions to address that issue.
My enthusiasm for Cobi is a passion to be able to have so many historic vehicles that look great & are very entertaining to build. To me, Cobi is the number one brand of bricks & the provider of innovative Sets that are getting better as they come out. Quality, fit, finish, & pricing puts them in a higher league than the other guy who cannot do much about it but to keep working on the big ticket merchandising licensed pop culture stuff.
My idea of the coolest pop culture are the vehicles that made history. On to the next Cobi build!
Tom Pruitt (verified owner) –
I like the look of the P38 and the kit does not disappoint. It is surprisingly stable given the size and shape. The only week points I noticed are the nose assembly easily comes loose and the wheel struts twist easier than I like. The landing gear are too short to spin the propellers so it would have been nice to have a display stand. Still a great kit.
Robert J Noth (verified owner) –
Excellent quality and fun to build. Love building history!
Walt White (verified owner) –
Who doesn’t like a P38 lighting. Special in the O.D. and gray color. Is reminded me of Glacier Girl. It is a great builded of the airplane. Any one that loves P38, will like this block kit.
Walt White (verified owner) –
Who doesn’t like a P38 lighting. Special in the O.D. and gray color. Is reminded me of Glacier Girl. It’s a fun building anyone will enjoy it.
Kevin Johnson (verified owner) –
As Ron Newell stated in his review:
“The other mentionable bothersome detail was a little depressing. The three struts for the tricycle landing gear were a bit shorter than ought to have been. I checked & rechecked the instructions finding no visible error on my part, or missing parts. With the aircraft resting on its natural landing gear, the two propellers were not able to spin. The prop blades hit the deck. A correction was made simple enough to raise the plane by using spare parts. 2 single thin 1×1’s stacked as spacers for each strut fixed the issue. Not only did it bring up the height to sufficient elevation to allow the props to spin freely without striking the “ground”, it also made the P-38’s stance look more accurate. The original profile without the augmented struts was dissatisfying in addition to not clearing the propellers.
The fix made my distain go away. Perhaps others who get this set will not have this issue, maybe I did do something wrong. However, if you experience what I did, it is correctable without taking away from the integrity of the finished product.”
I too thought it was odd, and was missing a piece. I did the same and added 2 round 1 dot pieces to each landing strut and not only brought up the height to clear the props, but I think it looks better. I thought it was too squat. (The image on the side of the box looks squat.) This model does look quite nice when finished, but to be careful, everything is thin and this build is more delicate than anything I have previously built. It’s not going to fall apart, but it is definitely not going to hold up to kids playing with it, as most other Cobi models can. All-in-all, a nice model (after raising the struts [easy fix]) and I do like it. It will not deter me from more models.
ghost_target (verified owner) –
The set looks great and I like it but, my son does not like playing with it due to some minor issues
-The cockpit bubble has very little clutch power and falls off easily
-The nosecone is held on by a 1X2 brick and side plates by the pilot are not sturdy, and it falls off when bumped.
-I’m not a fan of how the Landing gear struts attaches to wheels, which is another fragile connection