Revell 1/48 pv-1 ventura
Quick review here. My father trained bomber pilots during WWII in Beaufort, S.C. I asked him why the noses on his PV-1s looked different. He explained the radar units were in short supply and couldn’t be wasted on training aircraft. So the bulbous noses were replaced with sheet metal cones. My father passed away in 1968 so unfortunately I have few stories to share.
Great kit with amazing fit on par with Tamiya in most areas except for the bomb bay doors and main landing gear doors(lacking in attachment areas) Getting the gear doors at the correct angles can be trying.
Just a few tips on how I built my PV-1. I hope you find them helpful.
1. Glue the nose sections on the fuselage before putting the fuselage halves together. This will eliminate awkward filling/sanding. Install the tail wheel doors closed at this time also.
2. Sand off ‘eyebrows’ off the left crew door.
3. Cut and reposition the right side mini window. Revell has this too high.
Aftermarket parts used:
1. Vector cowls
2. Eduard masks
3. Quick Boost props(I bought a Vector set but they were horribly warped).
4. Ultra Cast covered wheels and exhausts.
A very enjoyable build with very few challenges. Just the way I like it.
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