PV-1 Ventura (Adak, 1943)

Aircraft: Lockheed PV-1 Ventura 'X-6' of VB-136, Lt. R.R. Lawson, United States Navy, Adak Island, 1943

Reference: Scrivner, C.L. and Scarborough, W.E. 1981. PV-1 Ventura in Action. Squadron/Signal Publications, Carrollton, Texas.

Kit: Fonderie Miniatures #FM6040 1/48

Accessories/modifications: Quickboost gun barrels. Side openings on nose cut out and filled with windows made from bits of transparent CD case.

Paint: Tamiya acrylic, Tamiya fine surface primer from spray can, weathering by oil wash and silver Prismacolor pencil, Testor's Dullcoat from spray can.

Decals: Propagteam 00448 - US. National Insignia pre and early war styles, Techmod numbers.

Issues: this is a very difficult kit to construct - I failed to get the wings' dihedral angle correct, the turret is riding a bit high, and I did not attempt the complex antenna over the fuselage. On the other hand, the FM kit presents a more accurate shape of the forward fuselage, canopy et c. than the new Revell kit.


PV-1 Venturas (and one PBY-5A) at Adak, August 1943. X-6 is visible back right. USN photo.


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