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  1. Agusta Bell Utility Helicopter (I=Italy) from Italeri The AB 204 helicopter, was in service by the Royal Netherlands Navy from 08 june 1962 until 17 march 1978. Operations: search and recue, transport,firefighters,communication. Crew: 1 or 2 pilots (1 officer-1 NCO) + 1 flight technician. They operated from the Naval Air Station "Valkenburg" and "De Kooy" with SQ 7. The turbine engine had a maximum trust of 1050 HP, cruising at 200 km/h, with a radius of 400km. Seven were on service, two crashed. These were replaced with two Agusta Bell's from the Vatican (Air Force) Sikorsky SH-34G/J from Revell The West German Navy received 27 helicopters. 22 G type and 5 (all weather) J type. Operations:Anti Submarine, search and rescue (many F-104 Starfighter pilots), communications, Medical Evacuation from the Islands and transport. These airframes were divided over two squadrons MFG4 and MFG 5. (MFG=Marine Flieger geschwader) In 1973 still 23 airframes were operational. In 1974 they were replaced by the Westland Sea King MK41. Volkswagen Crew bus is from PJ productions with decals from the old box. Landrover Ambulance is from JB Models. Baseplate is from Trumpeter Figurines from Fujimi Belcher Bits rotorblades with the correct lenght for the AB 204B. Xtra colour enamel paints. (Excellent paints) Hope you enjoy the scenery. Regards, Derek The Netherlands.
  2. THE NEPTUNE P2V-7/SP-2H IN SERVICE WITH THE ROYAL NETHERLANDS NAVY: NAS=Naval Air Station NAF=Naval Air facility RNLN=Royal Netherlands Navy MLD= Marine Luchtvaart Dienst (Naval Air Arm/ Royal Netherlands Navy) On the 21 off august 1961, it was decided by the Dutch Ministry of Defense that the Royal Netherlands Navy was to acquire 15 Lockheed Neptunes air frames type P2V-7B. These aircraft were to be numbered 200/214. The reason for this acquisition was a large conflict with Indonesia over the Dutch colony Papua New Guinea. To strengthen the presence of the Dutch armed Forces in the region, the choice fell on the Lockheed Neptune. These aircraft were to be armed in the nose section with four Hispano 20mm machine guns. Eventually eleven aircraft were flown from Lockheed Burbank to Naval Air station Biak in Netherlands New Guinea. The chosen route was: Burbank-NAS Alameda-NAS barbers Point-NAF Kwajalein to Biak, a flight from more than 6000 miles. They were to form Squadron 321. Four Neptunes (209-210-211-2120) were flown directly from the factory to the Netherlands for crew training and evaluation. Neptune registration number 200, crashed on the 11th of May 1962 at the airport of Mokmer, after fire in the starboard jet-engine. On landing, it lost all hydraulic pressure and ended in a ditch. It was written off. In august 1962, the conflict came to an end. In that same year the Neptunes flew back from NAS Biak via Tan-Son-Nhut-Katunayake-Karachi-Basra-Athens and finally to NAS Valkenburg. Only ten aircraft were to return. After the return to the Netherlands, the strength was fourteen aircraft. All were posted to the 320 squadron at NAS Valkenburg. Eventually, the machine guns in the nose were removed and replaced by the transparent nose section and after further anti submarine modifications renamed SP-2H. On the 23 of January 1965, Neptune (212) crashed in the North Sea. It was then decided to increase the squadron with four ex- French Navy Neptune aircraft. These were numbered 215/218. To note: Is that the 212 was “hijacked” by two aircraft mechanics. After take-off from the runway at Naval Air Station Valkenburg, the 212 crashed in the North Sea. Both mechanics lost their lives. The Navy lost a very precious airframe. After this incident, you were shot without any questions if you got near the parked Neptunes. Taking part in many military exercises and patrolling the oceans in the cold war period In 1982, the last operational Neptunes were phased out and replaced by the P-3 Lockheed Orion. For thirty years, this beautiful aircraft did sterling service for the RNLN.The specific sound of the Wright R-3350 18 cil, accompanied by the Westinghouse J34-WE jet engines were over. LONG RANGE MARITIME PATROL AIRCRAFT (LRMPA) THE COCKPIT ACCESS PANEL IN OPENED POSITION, FOR A BETTER VIEUW IN THE "OFFICE". NOTE ACCESS LADDER "THE OFFICE" THE EDUARD BOMB BAY. ALWAYS OPEN AFTER THE AIRCRAFT WAS SHUT DOWN. FRONTAL VIEUW OF THIS BEAUTIFUL AIRCRAFT. NETHERLANDS NAVY STENCILS AND THE ROUNDELS. (EXCELLENT DECALS IN THE REVELL BOX) IF ANY QUESTIONS ARISE, JUST SHOOT. FOR MORE PICTURES SEE " THE AIRLINERS NET " SEE ALSO THE GROUP BUILD OF THE NEPTUNES IN "WORK IN PROGRESS" REGARDS FROM THE NETHERLANDS, ORION.-
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