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PV-1 Ventura Cockpit, Nose & Turret Armament (4467 & 4469 for Revell/Academy)

1:48 CMK by Special Hobby

 

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It’s hard to believe that the Revell 1:48 Lockheed PV-1 Ventura was released as far back as 2011, but I’ve still got both of mine and haven’t built either, to my shame.  It’s a nice kit, even by today’s standards, but as with all injection-moulded models, its level of detail can be improved upon by the application of resin casting, which is what CMK’s artisans have done.  The two sets we have for review arrive in the familiar clear vacformed box, with the resin parts safely inside, and yellow-themed instructions sandwiched between the header card at the rear.  Decals and Photo-Etch (PE) when included are separated from the resin parts by a clear piece of acetate to prevent scratching and damage during transit.

 

 

Pilot Cockpit (4467)

This set includes eighteen grey resin parts, two 3D printed control yokes, a small sheet of printed acetate instruments, a decal sheet with instrument dials, and a sheet of Photo-Etch (PE) that contains an instrument panel and seatbelts.

 

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Construction begins with thinning the cockpit side walls in a thick L-shape that matches the new resin inserts, which are glued into position once they are suitably deep.  The rear cockpit bulkhead has the door support cut out, and this is glued to the cockpit floor, adding two instrument clusters in the centre, plus a throttle quadrant on a tall stand, adding eight PE levers into the grooves on top.  Two resin control columns are mounted on the floor, and are topped with the 3D control yokes, and the crew seats are built.  The pilot’s seat has a high back and arm rests moulded in, adding four-point seatbelts from the PE sheet, then mounting it on the bulkhead behind it on a pair of projecting supports. The co-pilot’s seat is less luxurious, with no arms, and utilising the kit legs to attach it to the floor, adding lap-belts to the completed seat, as we must presume that his head is of lesser value than the pilot’s even though he has full controls to fly the aircraft.

 

The instrument panel is made up from layers, depending on how you prefer to create your panels, starting with the resin back plane, which has the instrument dial recesses moulded-in, and you have the choice of either decaling that, or using the acetate film and painting the rear white, adding the PE layer over the top after painting it.  Alternately, you can mount the PE panel over the decal.  It’s entirely up to you.  The pilot’s rudder pedals are well-detailed resin parts and are suspended from the rear of the panel, as are the co-pilot’s pedals, although they are simplified L-shaped rods that mount on a cross-bar, one end of which fits into a slot in the rear of the instrument panel.  The completed panel is glued to the central quadrant box, which is glued to the forward section of the floor.

 

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Nose and Turret Armament (4469)

This set is well-detailed, but straight forward in use, replacing the kit barrels in the belly gunner and top turret positions.  The belly gunner uses the rear portion of the kit part, supplanting the barrels with the twin perforated resin barrels provided in the new set.  The upper turret is a replacement for the kit parts, consisting of the two barrels linked together, adding a pair of resin breech parts to the rear.  The other barrels are for the two nose guns in the upper portion of the nose, which are straight replacements for the kit parts and add extra detail there.  The three barrels under the nose are installed in a resin fairing, adding three angled shrouds to the fairing before inserting the barrels into them, taking care to align them all in the direction of flight and at the same angle.  This fairing is then mounted under the fuselage within the lines detailed on the accompanying drawings.

 

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Conclusion

A great and cost-effective update to the kit, with more sets available to upgrade the flying surfaces on the tail and ailerons.

Highly recommended.

 

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