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Fonderie Miniature's 1/48 scale
Lockheed PV-1 Ventura

by Mick Evans


Lockheed PV-1 Ventura


Fonderie Miniature's 1/48 PV-1 Ventura is available online from Squadron.com



Here is my Fonderie Miniature 1/48 scale Lockheed PV-1 Ventura.

Please refer to my earlier in-box review for comments on the detail and breakdown of parts.

Construction required some very extensive cleanup of all of the mating surfaces of every part, except for the resin. This job continued with the sanding of the fuselage halves until the dimensions equaled the width of the transparencies for the cockpit and lower rear gunners window. Once this was complete the fuselage walls were thinned down to accept the cockpit floor and bulkheads. This process requires constant thinning and trial fitting until a snug fit is achieved.

The cockpit and navigators area is quite a complex build requiring a fair amount of cleanup work and painting. The detail here is very good and requires little extra work. The control column indentations on the floor are in the wrong place as photographs show the columns mounted close to the sidewalls. Once this process is complete, the fuselage assembly is a very easy assembly process.



The wings then become the next big challenge. The halves need a huge amount of sanding to achieve the correct thickness at the leading and trailing edges. Once this is achieved a process of thinning the upper wing area above the wheel well area to allow the resin wheel well tubs to fit correctly. The wings also become a simple assembly process at this point. The same process was repeated for the horizontal and vertical tail planes. The wings, horizontal tail, and rudder were added after some cleanup of the mating surfaces and very little filler was required.

The next major task was the transparencies. Firstly all parts were dipped in Future. The transparencies were an easy fit with super glue. The frames were all masked and any seams were filled and sanded. The masking was left on until after the kit was completely painted. I spent a lot of time blowing all of the sanding dust out of the fuselage, and a final complete immersion in water ensured that when the masking was removed no dust adhered to the inside of the transparencies due to static caused by the tape removal.

The last major project was the engines. No instructions are given for the 19 parts that make these up, except showing the completed units being installed on the kit. The kit has individual metal cylinders for both rows and these fit into the resin crankcase. The crankcase has 36 holes cast at the front and back to receive the ignition harness and pushrods. I had to refer to the instructions for the 1/32 Technics R2800 engine to get the detail correct, but the end result was worth it. The ignition leads were made from fine solder while the push rods were from stretched sprue.



The final assembly was the gun turret. This was a straightforward construction and paint.



Painting and Markings


The kit was finished in Xtra Colors for the standard US Navy 3 tone scheme of Dark Sea Blue/Intermediate Blue and White. The aircraft was finished in the Octopus scheme of VPB-150 Devilfish P-Viators based at Tarawa and Tinian in 1944-45.



The Octopus was masked up and sprayed painted and the suction cups hand painted. The kit was over sprayed with semi gloss before the cabin windows were filled with Krystal Klear, as the supplied transparencies were a bit average.





The end result was well worth the effort.

I can highly recommend Fonderie Miniature's 1/48 scale Lockheed PV-1 Ventura to experienced modellers.

Thanks to Squadron for the sample.


Model, Images and Text Copyright 2005 by Mick Evans 
Page Created 03 January, 2005
Last Updated 03 January, 2005

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