Revell 1/48 Lockheed PV-1 Ventura
I guess I can’t just work on one model at a time. This is Revell’s Lockheed Ventura. The kit is nicely detailed externally with a nice representation of the front office. The only low point is the area aft of the cowl flaps. I simply carved a radius on the nacelle sections here. Unfortunately, this isn’t like the older Monogram kits where the rest of the interior was finished. (Lone Star Models makes a very nice replacement crew entry hatch complete with a life raft, however, the rest of the interior would need to be made from scratch.)There are parts for a nose compartment and the forward fuselage is a separate part as is the section of fuselage surrounding the turret. When the kit came out there was much speculation on future variants being released. Now we know for sure as the RAF Hudson has just been released!
The kit goes together without any issues. My wings and tail were painted off the plane to make painting the nacelles and tails easier. The horizontal tail joins the fuselage at natural breaks and the fit is superb. (Mine in fact isn’t even glued on, just pressed into place!) The only fiddly bits are the bomb bay doors. I would suggest not following the instructions like I did. Instead, glue the inner and outer doors to each other, then attach to the fuselage. (LSM also makes a one piece part should you want the doors closed.) The tricolor scheme was a fun one to do, and was done freehand. Getting everything nice and tidy and straight was a chore for Mr. Caffeine here! I just wish I would have pre-shaded the lower surface a little bit, especially the flap sections. The decals went on without any gloss coat and settled down to the flat paint with no silvering and look painted on. They are glossy however. I simply brushed some Testors dullcoat from a jar over them as I didn’t want to cover the whole plane. The three colors have different sheens to them and are not all flat.
I look forward to doing the Hudson and I hope a PV-2 Harpoon is in the works! (If possible. They are similar, but not the same. The Harpoon might be a little bigger!)
Now I just need to find out what I did with the gear doors on the starboard side! I think they fell off during one of the post restoration flights!
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