My main photo is a high-quality rendering of my design for this classic WWII fighter. This is my first design of an aircraft with fully-retractable landing gear. A close look shows that the starboard-side wheel seems to be missing - because it is in its wheel-well behind the engine. The actual aircraft is SO skinny that it led me to omit wheel-well doors which would have added too much bulk to my design.
Above: My built-out LEGO model, "buzzing" the porch in my apartment residence. Note that the engine nacelles are 4x4 in studs in keeping with the P-38's very slender design.
Above: A closer look at the front of the P-38.
Above: With rear wheels retracted, they fold up entirely within the tail booms. I simplified my design by not attempting to build operating doors for the wheel wells.
Above: When the front wheel is retracted, just a small bit of the tire remains visible.
Above: Two Lego 4 x 4 half-cylinders put together form the engine nacelles. I was pleasantly surprised my finished model sits without tipping onto its tail -- if it did, I would have hidden ballast in the cylinders. The use of long tiles placed horizontally on the tail booms accents the slender bodies of the tail booms.
Above: The top-down view shows my effort to closely replicate the plane's actual profiles from every angle.
Above: The front-on view show that the wings are no more than 3 plates thick. Outside the engine nacelles / tail booms, they are two plates thick.
The pilot's canopy lifts to seat/remove the minifigure. I added a small instrument panel facing the pilot. Although the model's tail is very skinny in most places, I completely avoided what I thought would be the necessity of gluing some pieces. The model shown has 318 elements (by comparison, I found the Brickmania model of the P-38 -- which seems to be roughly the same scale as mine here -- to be advertised as over 900 elements!). I enjoyed the challenge of this design - I hope you enjoy seeing the outcome.
Quoting john lamarck
Well that's not your best model but the Lightning is a difficult plane (i know it for sure 'cause I build three of them).
I built it with real LEGO after designing in LDD because I wanted to see if it held together (see also 'My Modeling Goals' on my homepage). I started this hobby in mid-2016 and only began posting MOCS in November 2017, so I still have much to learn about advanced LEGO techniques. I learn much from MOCS by builders like you who have been designing much longer. You are quite accomplished at decals, for example, whereas I have only tried that a few times. I am currently eyeing models where I must incorporate more Technic elements - a recent example is my Sikorsky S-38. Thanks for commenting.