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  1. With a couple of almost dones waiting for the last few tweaks, I'm casting around for a new building adventure, and I'm drawn back to these Lockheed Twins. I love 'em I spent some time last year doing several in 1.72,:- Academy Ventura, MPM Lodestar and Hudson, and even the ancient Airfix Hudson which became an L14 Super Electra. A lot of information gathered along the way, and plenty of input and refs from the BM community What I also have in this style is a couple of the big Revell 1.48 PV1 Ventura kits. They're a great big box of modelling joy, and for some reason they don't seem to have taken the kit scene by storm. They turn up in toy shop chains and online for "cheap-as-chips" money. Well, suits me I've started into the first one and then left it in limbo while I cracked on with the little ones, and drifted on to other things. It's going to be a fairly straightforward Ventura build. If you think of all the warsurplus airframes flooding onto the civil scene and becoming available at a bargain price, plus all the vast aviation and maintenance expertise looking for a job, it must have been a remarkable time. (I suppose I'm thinking about the Americas now, and Australia and New Zealand. Africa and Asia too. Everywhere really except for the UK, which seems to have crushed almost all opportunities, either to make them or fly them ) A lot of the PV1 Venturas were civilised by specialist companies and made over into executive and private aircraft, and their products often had many changes. Howard Venturas in particular featured basically a new fuselage, and some have ended up with tricycle undercarriage. Some were altered much less however, and still had features like the ventral gun bulge and top turret Reinforcement plates, and the bomb bay doors. And that's the kind of Ventura I'm having a go at. My 1.72 Academy PV1 got done in the same style - I even left the long-range tanks on. So, I'm going to do a bit more on the big one in the same way, get those big Fowler flaps going, and bare metal finish. I'll dig out some pictures from the Flickr archives to show what I've done so far, And then I'll outline what I have in mind for the second kit. Still only a pipe dream
  2. I have a bit of an enthusiasm at the moment for these twin - tailed, twin - engined planes from the Lockheed Co. They played a major role in taking the makers from the brink of collapse and closure right up to the top of the global plane - making industry. The more I find out about them, the more I like them. I've got a collection of kits to work on, and I don't think it's all going to be in one nonstop frenzy of plastic bashing. But there could be a fair bit of Lockheed ahead for me and my tube of glue. Here's what I've got, so far... (I know...!) And I got 2 of these boxes of joy... So, the idea is to put anything I do in this ongoing project on here, and thus keep it all in one place. I'm not visualising anything military with these, apart possibly from the 2nd Ventura, maybe... This sums up the vision I have of what I'm trying to achieve... Silver Birds! I've made a start on the Airfix Hudson kit (!) to be an L14, and I've been knocking 7 bells out of a PV1 to civilian-ise it without trying to make a fancy Howard 500 conversion. I took a few pictures on the way, and I'll get the progress so far on here as time permits. There's a Curtiss C46 on the bench right now, waiting patiently for progress and completion, and she's put up with quite a lot of me fooling around with the Lockheeds already!
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