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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!
  3. I started this one as part of the Maritime Patrol and Coastal Command Group Build earlier this year, but was unable to finish in time due to lack of enough free time. I did however push on to eventually finish it. The WIP thread is here. Cheers Jimmy
  4. I'd like to join this GB with this kit. I intend to build a WWII SAAF Ventura with it. I have only done about 45 mins of research so far, but I think that I should be able build a SAAF Ventura from this kit, with relatively minor modifications. I do believe it was used for maritime patrol, so should fit nicely into the criteria of this GB. I'll post the mandatory sprue shots as well as some reference photos later. Cheers Jimmy
  5. I have decided to complete the 1/72 Academy Lockheed Ventura II using the new DK decals for RAF/RNZAF/RAAF examples as operated in NW Europe. One example appears on DKD 72030, AE660, with the port wing and port side of the fuselage painted black (possibly for Operation Starkey), as an aircraft of 487 (New Zealand) Squadron with the code EG-Y (and the letter 'H' blacked out) in 1943. This seemed an interesting choice. However, the Imperial War Museum website has a photo of this aircraft (with port side painted black) but they say it was with 21 Squadron with the code YH-Y (and a blacked out letter 'H'), though the codes cannot be seen given the angle of the photo. Of course it's possible that AE660 was transferred between the two squadrons and 21 and 487 both were stationed at Methwold at this time - but the possibility that this happened with the port side painted black seems remote. My instincts are to follow the IWM website and complete the model as YH-Y of 21 Squadron but wondered whether anyone might have any other information to confirm one way or the other.
  6. Revell-USA is to release in first quarter 2014 a 1/48th Lockheed Ventura Mk.II RAF "Promodeller" kit - ref. 85-5533 Source: https://www.facebook.com/RevellUSA/photos_stream#!/photo.php?fbid=671343499564587&set=pb.105923262773283.-2207520000.1383675581.&type=3&theater V.P.
  7. Venturas in Canada 4 1:48 & 1:72 Aviaeology by Skygrid Studio This decal set is for post war Venturas used in Canada for Bombing & gunnery training, as well as Target Tugs. The sheet features marking for two B&G trainers, and two Target Tugs. As usual with sets from Aviaeology there are copious instructions. To be honest for me they are in very small print on photocopied pages which are not the best to read. Different styles of national markings are provided given the changes at this time in the RCAF. Full details of these are provided in the text. The decals are printed on a pale blue background with a slightly mottled patina, and are of good quality as you'd expect. Registration, colour density and sharpness are up to snuff, just as you'd expect and the clear carrier film is pretty tight to the edges of the printing. Conclusion If you are a fan of all aviation things Canadian, want something a little different, or you are a big fan of stripes then these decals are for you. Recommended. 1:72 1:72 Review sample courtesy of
  8. Hallo to all! I'm glad to present you my last work: a Lockheed PV-1 Ventura in the RNZAF colors. The base kit is the Revell in the 1/48 scale... but I made some modification. The engine nacelles and propellers were wrong in the kit, so I corrected it with the Vector resin set. I also used the following aftermarkets... Ventura001 by valerio, su Flickr Ventura002 by valerio, su Flickr And following... the result after 7 months of work! VenturaEnd05 by valerio, su Flickr VenturaEnd04 by valerio, su Flickr DSC_0544 by valerio, su Flickr VenturaEnd03 by valerio, su Flickr VenturaEnd01 by valerio, su Flickr VenturaEnd02 by valerio, su Flickr VenturaEnd12 by valerio, su Flickr VenturaEnd11 by valerio, su Flickr VenturaEnd10 by valerio, su Flickr VenturaEnd09 by valerio, su Flickr VenturaEnd08 by valerio, su Flickr VenturaEnd07 by valerio, su Flickr VenturaEnd13 by valerio, su Flickr VenturaEnd06 by valerio, su Flickr Hoper you enjoy. Thank you for the attention! Ciao! Valerio from Rome, Italy.
  9. Hi, To complete items of my archive Lockheed shelf (after L9 Orion, L10 Electra, L12 Electra Junior, L14 Super Electra, P38 Lightning and YP80A Shooting Star) - the last but the least - PV1 Ventura. Kit from Academy, 1/72 not corrected by shape (I've learnt later, that something is wrong with tail in this kit...) . Age of model? - a teenager or even 20. Following my records or notes the markings are are of VPB 133 (ex VPB 150). I am not sure if "Octopus" was not a hallmark of VPB 155 - perhaps not. Machine based on Tinan and then Iwo Jima, March-April 1945. Octopus painted, individual markings (not "nose art" but "side art") - painted on decal. Comments welcome Regards Jerzy-Wojtek
  10. Finished today, the nice Tamiya F4U-1D Corsair built as an RNZAF example using Ventura Decals, otherwise OOB with just a couple of bits of wire on the engine. Painted with Gunze,then weathered with True-Earth products, Mig Oil washes, AK Interactive potions and Mig and AK Pigments to try and get the 'i've lived in the Solomon Islands' look. I like how it's turned out, as the Ventura decal instructions state that the dark blue had faded to very close to the intermediate blue and to my eye that's how it's turned out. Build thread is available here Peter
  11. Just a reminder that we have a clearance section with kits and accessories at a marked down price, that we need to clear! At the moment we everything is in 1/72 and it's priced so low we barely break even. The current kits on there are the Academy F-16C, Valom Dassualt Ouragan, Minicraft Ventura and 3 different types of Fine Molds' excellent Kawasaki Ki-61 kit, we've actually just dropped the prices of the Ki-61's a bit more too! We've just added a selection of Quickboost 1/48 resin parts and we'll be adding more over the coming week or so. So there will be plenty of bargains to look out for! http://www.mjwmodels.co.uk/clearance-bargains-244-c.asp thanks Mike
  12. We've lowered all the prices of our remaining Minicraft Liberators and Venturas to a mere £15 per kit! See the clearance section on our website to see what's left. http://www.mjwmodels.co.uk/clearance-bargains-244-c.asp thanks Mike
  13. To have a nice simple kit after the fun and games with the Lightning, i've chosen a Tamiya F4U-1 Corsair. But to have some difference i'll be using the Ventura decals so that I can do it as an RNZAF aircraft Today was mainly making the engine, adding some wiring I've also primed and sprayed the interior green areas, and started work on the cockpit. Peter
  14. PV-1 Ventura Wheels (for Revell) 1:48 Eduard Brassin (648068) The wheels on the new Revell kit aren't exactly a tour-de-force, so this set will be most welcome in order to spruce that area up a little. The set arrives in Eduard's familiar clamshell box, and contains two wheels, two hubs, a small Photo-Etch (PE) fret and a set of Kabuki tape masks. The first thing you notice when the wheels drop out of their packaging into your hand is their weight - They really are quite heavy for their size. A quick look at the tyres and the impressive diamond tread leaps out, and the hub detail is very crisp. The maker's mark is reproduced in raised detail, but whether it is my eyes, the moulding process or Eduard not wishing to breach copyright, the tyres appear to be made by GOOB YBAR? The casting block is positioned at the bottom of the tyre, and consists of a flimsy outrigger, and a main tube that will of course result in missing detail. As this will be on the ground however, don't worry about it, and either sand the stub to the shape of the tyre, or sand a flat spot where it touches the ground to give the tyres the appearance of realistic sag without overdoing it. Detail on the brake hub is very good, and the outer spoked hub is a separate part, fitting snugly into the hollow hub and resulting in some very realistic detail. Remember to punch through the flash over the triangular gaps between spokes before you glue the part in, as it will ease clean-up at the rear if you leave it loose during this process. A PE hubcap is supplied for realism, but to me it would be a shame to cover over those lovely hubs. PE brake-lines are also included on the sheet, and a pair of scrap drawings show the position of the lines as well as the correct mounting of the wheel and the corresponding position of the brake assembly with the gear leg and ground. The masks are die-cut from the usual flexible Kabuki tape that Eduard use, which has been compared with Tamiya's tape on many an occasion. The masks are doughnut shaped, and allow for painting of the hub after the tyre has been painted. You will have to mask the remainder of the tyre as well if you are spraying the hubs if you are worried about over-spray. Conclusion A complete package that is a drop-in replacement for the rather lacklustre kit tyres, and adds plenty of value in the process. The inclusion of masks for the fiddly process of painting the tyres, and a PE fret of detail parts is very helpful, and all adds to the detail, and it is these small details that make our models look more realistic. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
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