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PV-1 Ventura

  •  I am kinda stuck on the insides where the door enters and the door itself. Just wondering what you see going in the door and if there are walls or you can see the turret. That kinda stuff. Also trying my hand on opening up the bomb bay. Not many pics of those doors open.

     Don't want to put you to any trouble but if you got some pics handy I surely bet the Ventura guys here would enjoy them. I know I could surely use the look. Laugh [(-D]  This is about as close as I caqn get to one here in Texas. Thumbs Up [tup]

     

  •  sfcmac wrote:

     I am kinda stuck on the insides where the door enters and the door itself. Just wondering what you see going in the door and if there are walls or you can see the turret. That kinda stuff. Also trying my hand on opening up the bomb bay. Not many pics of those doors open.

     Don't want to put you to any trouble but if you got some pics handy I surely bet the Ventura guys here would enjoy them. I know I could surely use the look. Laugh [(-D]  This is about as close as I caqn get to one here in Texas. Thumbs Up [tup]

     

    I'm gonna give my old boss a call next week to see if he happens to know the owner. He flies into that airport all the time, and I bet he does. I might also have a couple pics of the one in Dayton Ohio, but they're not real good as I took the wrong camera with me.

        Is the plane in the photos a PV-1 or a PV-2? Where's it at in Texas? Anyway I'll be over in Dayton sometime in the next six weeks or so.

    gary

  • The pics are of a PV2-C. If I remember correctly, there were only about 35 of them built when the war ended and the contract was cancelled.  The air tanker outfit I worked for years ago had one (with out the weapons of course).  There's an awsome amount of space when you drop the nose on one of those things (bottom half of the nose drops down about 6 feet and moves (actually rotates) forward about 3 feet)
    Quincy
  •  This aircraft is at the Galveston Flight Museum. Right next to Schillerbahn Water park, Great place to visit while the family waterslides as I know I bore mine to death looking at these old birds. There are many Aircraft there and most are kept in Flying condition. The collection includes a B-17G, a PBY Catalina, Dauntless, Hellcat, Thunderbolt, Spitfire even a B-58 Hustler to name a couple. They have turrets and engines out to see along with period vehicles and motorbikes. Really cool place only about 30 minutes away from me.  Great inside displays from the pilots as well.

     

    It is no trouble for me to get better pics of the outside stuff. Maybe I should follow squeakie's lead and try to befriend some of those fellows down there.  Museums usually need volunteers and most people don't mind taking a few pics.

  •  sfcmac wrote:

     I am kinda stuck on the insides where the door enters and the door itself. Just wondering what you see going in the door and if there are walls or you can see the turret. That kinda stuff. Also trying my hand on opening up the bomb bay. Not many pics of those doors open.

     Don't want to put you to any trouble but if you got some pics handy I surely bet the Ventura guys here would enjoy them. I know I could surely use the look. Laugh [(-D]  This is about as close as I caqn get to one here in Texas. Thumbs Up [tup]

     

    Here are a couple of pics of the scartch built interior I di don my 1:48 PV-1 last year.  I am not a rivet counter, I just kind of made up the detail to give some visual interestt.

    I know it ain't the greatest looking job, but when viewed through that little tiny door, it's kina convincing.  I have a Pavla  1:72 interior detail set for a Minicraft kit that served as a basisi for this....hope these are of help!

    Brian  Cowboy [C):-)]

    "I won't be wronged, I won't be insulted, and I won't be laid a hand on. I don't do these things to other people and I expect the same from them." John Bernard Books (The Shootist)
  • you know this is turning out to be a great thread! Pics are begining to pop up here and there, and I just found another museum to vist that's not all that far from where I like to redfish (just east of the Sabine Pass). Funny thing about Venturas is that I figured I was about the only guy interested in them! After Monogram came out with the B-25 and B-26 the was a strong rumor floating around that they were tooling up a Ventura and an Invader in 1/48th (back in the late seventies and early eighties before there ever was an FSM). Must have fell the way Dragon's Ontos went.

        I plan on doing a lot of searches this week on the internet, and like I said give the boss a ring (gotta go out to his place anyway to look at a fuel injection unit setting under his work bench).

    gary

  •  Thank you Brian, That is a huge help as I had near to nothing to go on. Actually knowing that kit as I now do , that is a pretty well done interior.Thumbs Up [tup] The fuselage is so thick and uneven inside and that plastic tends more to crumble than sand.  I was shocked at how much of the resin pieces I had to grind and butcher. You got the pit together and it looks great which is a major achievement getting the fuselage to dry fit together. Banged Head [banghead] The wing fit looks to be equally as terrible.

    That,s about as far as I've gotten with mine. Getting the two halfs to fit.  Took forever to get some engines. Did you use the kit ones?  They looked like too much work to me.

     Well squeakie I think you may have started a monster thread. Thanks! Thumbs Up [tup]

  •  sfcmac wrote:

     Thank you Brian, That is a huge help as I had near to nothing to go on. Actually knowing that kit as I now do , that is a pretty well done interior.Thumbs Up [tup] The fuselage is so thick and uneven inside and that plastic tends more to crumble than sand.  I was shocked at how much of the resin pieces I had to grind and butcher. You got the pit together and it looks great which is a major achievement getting the fuselage to dry fit together. Banged Head [banghead] The wing fit looks to be equally as terrible.

    That,s about as far as I've gotten with mine. Getting the two halfs to fit.  Took forever to get some engines. Did you use the kit ones?  They looked like too much work to me.

     Well squeakie I think you may have started a monster thread. Thanks! Thumbs Up [tup]

    I got good news (well what little of it there is so far!!!) I found a picture of the dash and controlls. Plus some photos of the engines uncovered. I'm going to send them into Photoshop to see if I can make them better tonight.

    THE HUNT IS ON!

    gary

  •  Hey Gary I do have the Squadron  Pv-1 Ventura in Action book.  If anyone would like any refs from that.

    Looking in said book I can Identify the Aircraft at the Galveston Museum as a PV-2 D Harpoon.

     Main differences are the missing lip on the bombay doors, A redisigned tail with out the Flat Stabilizers going through the Verticle fins.  Payload, Fuel and Armament changes which resulted in a slower speed.

  •  sfcmac wrote:

     Hey Gary I do have the Squadron  Pv-1 Ventura in Action book.  If anyone would like any refs from that.

    Looking in said book I can Identify the Aircraft at the Galveston Museum as a PV-2 D Harpoon.

     Main differences are the missing lip on the bombay doors, A redisigned tail with out the Flat Stabilizers going through the Verticle fins.  Payload, Fuel and Armament changes which resulted in a slower speed.

    I didn't know Squadron ever did one. I have two books that have extensive cutaway drawings in them for just about everything but a Ventura! Yet they did a few pages on the Ventura / Hudson. The Hudson was a little different in the turret (s). But from what I can glean most of the Canadian ones that flew the northeast coast used the U.S. style turrets, and even the Brits went with the U.S. style later. They have one British plane in there with radar hanging from the wings and nose that would be interesting.

        Apparently most all the British planes were camoed while the U.S. planes were in the blue colors. There were some British planes that were painted a light grey color as well. And I've now noticed that some planes had two styles of glass in the nose while others had a solid nose.  I think now I gotta build two of them! I'm heading over to Hobbytown in a few minutes, and will see if they have that book in stock. I did find one on Amazon that I'm going get. I like the idea of sharing data, and as I said "I really like the way this thread is going."

    gary

  • Aaron,

    Buy LOTS of Squadron White (or whichever putty you like best), you are gonna need it!  I have to say that this is the biggest challenge I have ever had in a kit, and I took nearly 4 months to complete it (a LOT of cooling off time Angry [:(!] ), but I am proud to say that I managed to beat it into submission!  One caveat, the styrene is very soft and easily damaged.  I did use the kit engines, which didn't dome out too badly, but were a LOT of fiddly work.  The fitting of the resin office into the fuselage is probably the worst part, lots of stock removal on the fuselage and the resin both.  Also, the wheel wells were too deep on my kit, i nearly ruptured the upper wing before I realized that....check the dry fit carefully......

    I learned a lot and it is one of my showpiece kits (and one of my fav a/c - I have 7 1:72 kits in the stash!) I'll be watching for progress pics, keep up the good work, looks great so far!

    Brian  Cowboy [C):-)]

    "I won't be wronged, I won't be insulted, and I won't be laid a hand on. I don't do these things to other people and I expect the same from them." John Bernard Books (The Shootist)
  •  brain44 wrote:

    Aaron,

    Buy LOTS of Squadron White (or whichever putty you like best), you are gonna need it!  I have to say that this is the biggest challenge I have ever had in a kit, and I took nearly 4 months to complete it (a LOT of cooling off time Angry [:(!] ), but I am proud to say that I managed to beat it into submission!  One caveat, the styrene is very soft and easily damaged.  I did use the kit engines, which didn't dome out too badly, but were a LOT of fiddly work.  The fitting of the resin office into the fuselage is probably the worst part, lots of stock removal on the fuselage and the resin both.  Also, the wheel wells were too deep on my kit, i nearly ruptured the upper wing before I realized that....check the dry fit carefully......

    I learned a lot and it is one of my showpiece kits (and one of my fav a/c - I have 7 1:72 kits in the stash!) I'll be watching for progress pics, keep up the good work, looks great so far!

    Brian  Cowboy [C):-)]

    at first I thought you were speaking of the FM kit, but now I gather it's the one from Minicraft. Not a good sine, but I'll make do. I probably won't be starting mine for a couple months as I have a couple projects in the works right now. Also where did you get the Pavla interior?

    gary

  • Eduard makes a canopy mask for the Ventura; for those who want a set.

    gary

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  • Squeakie,

     I have a 1/72nd Academy/Minicraft PV-1 in the stash that I keep dragging out to ogle and threaten to build! I love this plane and will be following your efforts with great anticipation! Good luck with it all!Dinner [dinner]