VENTURA MODELLING NOTES
accessories to model RNZAF variants.
Peter Mossong and Anthony Galbraith (1:48)
The Kits - 1:72 Coming soon I hope!
KOSTER PV-1 VENTURA: Kit No. 23: Vacformed with resin and white metal details. Decals for US Navy (several options) and RAF (two options). The kit supplies optional parts to build all variants, including the Boulton and Paul turret for the RAF's Ventura I and II, so an example used by No.487 (NZ) Squadron can be built from this kit.
Quality is almost equal to that of Falcon and Dynavector, but is let down by poor resin (many air holes, and not very crisp in my two examples). The engines are only supplied as the front row (these need replacing with Hi-Tech, Aires, Vector, or Engines and Things R-2800's). The wheel bays are supplied as resin inserts. Undercarriage struts, tailwheel and weapons are supplied in nice crisp white metal.
Overall, a very good package, and I will be building several in various RNZAF markings using roundels from the Aeromaster RNZAF sheet as some of these are the correct size and style.
Fonderie Miniatures PV-1 Kit No. 6040: Injection molded with resin and metal details. An 'In-Box' review by Anthony Galbraith.
F.M are to be congratulated for producing an injection moulded kit of the PV-1 Ventura. Up until now only the Koster Vac
has been available and upon a quick look, appears quite nice too.
Next are the wings which have a rather nice resin wheel well to be glued in. Here though is where I have a little concern. The lower wings are fine but the upper wings seem to be very flat across the surface with little or no aerofoil cross section. I do feel though that if you were to either gently warm the plastic you could manipulate some curve but knowing me I would melt or distort it beyond repair, so I am going to run a spar through the wing and super glue the leading and trailing edges together. This should work fine with this soft plastic as I am sure
it won't need much.
Lockheed PV-1 Ventura 1:48
scale Kit 85-5531:
Finally, we have a buildable
1:48 scale injection moulded kit of the Ventura, thanks to Revell
average modeller (probably 95%) will be able to make a very nice replica
straight from the box, but those amongst us that prefer an accurate as
possible replica will have a bit of work to do.
well discussed skinny props also show up against those in the drawings -
now rectified by sets from Mike West at Lone Star, and the guys at
Vector who have also done engine 'noses' with the correct magnetos and
the missing prop governors. The wheels are pretty basic, and I
understand there are sets underway, along with ‘corrected’ cowls
from several other resin casters such as Lone Star, Vector,
It is keeping the ‘cottage industry ‘alive at present!
the fuselage breakdown of the kit, it is obvious that the 'bomber' nose
will apppear in the future, so the B-34/B-37 and Ventura I and II series
will all be able to be produced.
Zotz 'OCEAN RAIDERS' 48-009 (Also available in 1:72 scale): Has markings for NZ4525, NZ4540 and NZ4613, with relevant artwork and variations of the RNZAF roundels. Unfortunately, these have been printed in the darker US Insignia Blue but are still useable. Two 'faded' roundels with the correctly portrayed borderless white bars are provided for the upper wings of NZ4540.
One item that has been missed, is that only two of the narrow RNZAF style fin flashes are provided. On RNZAF PV-1's, these were applied to both inner and outer surfaces. The second set will have to come from the Aeromaster or RooDecals RNZAF sheets.
One other point Zotz/Albatross have missed, is that the roundels with the US Insignia Blue borders should be of the 'offset' style, as the RNZAF Blue centres were added directly over the 'Stars And Bars'. The colour keys at the top of the instruction sheet will also give an incorrect guide to the paint scheme if following the drawings. The colour notes below are correct.
My examples have no register problems, and will help to fill a gap in the scarcity of WWII RNZAF marking schemes.
My thanks go to Eli for doing something out of the ordinary.
Ventura 1:48 V4882. RNZAF PV-1 Venturas - two options: RNZAF PV-1 Venturas, Pacific Theatre, No.1 (BR) Squadron, June to November 1943. NZ4509, based in New Zealand, late June 1943 (US Navy Blue Gray and Light Gray scheme with RAF-style roundels) and NZ4511 "Slippery Sam" based at, Henderson Field, November 1943 (US Navy Mid-War ‘Three Tone Scheme’).
My feelings are very mixed with this sheet. Firstly the shade of blue that Ventura uses is far too light for the correct RNZAF Roundel Blue, and we have since discovered that 'Slippery Sam' should be NZ4512. That last one is easy to overcome with a change to the serials and fin codes, but the roundels are another matter entirely! I also believe the nose art's lettering is Yellow and white, not red.
Ventura 1:72 V7275 - RNZAF PV-1 Venturas - three options: RNZAF PV-1 Venturas, Pacific Theatre, No.1 (BR) Squadron and No.11 Servicing Unit. NZ4509, based in New Zealand, late June 1943 (US Navy Blue Gray and Light Gray scheme with RAF-style roundels), NZ4511 "Slippery Sam" based at, Henderson Field, November 1943 (US Navy Mid-War ‘Three Tone Scheme’) and NZ4624 of No.11 SU, 1944 (very faded (NZ) Blue Sea Grey and (NZ) Sky Grey scheme).
My comments to the 1:48 sheet also apply to this one.
Xtradecals: X48097 1:48 Lockheed Vega PV-1 Ventura (6): RAF AE936 SB-G 454 Squadron; USN 49486 No 486 'Miss-Us-Flak' Tarawa 1944; 132-B-1 VB-132 'Thumper' Port Lyutey 1944; RNZAF NZ4509 Red Devil 11 SU Gisborne 1944; NZ4511 1(BR) Sqn 'Slippery Sam', Henderson Field 1943;RAAF A59-85 SF-R 13 Sqn 'Reluctant Dragon' 1944.
This latest sheet from Hannant's Xtradecal range has options for most users of the Ventura, with the addition of an RAF Ventura II which will have to wait for the 'bomber nose' version to be released, or used with the Koster kit.
Unfortunately, the two RNZAF options are the same aircraft as those on the Ventura sheet, with one advantage being that the roundels are the correct shade of blue!
I must put my hand up and admit I had some input toward corrections to this sheet when Hannant's first released it at Telford in November. This was before I became aware of Dave Homewood's research regarding 'Slippery Sam' and the correct serial for this aircraft, so it is still incorrect on this revised sheet. My comments regarding correcting this have been noted on the Ventura sheets.
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