History: The P-3 Orion was designed for use by the US Navy as a submarine hunter and replaced the Neptune. The P-3 was nearly twice as fast as the Neptune and its range increased by almost 60% over that of the P2V. The first Orion was delivered to the US Navy Squadron VP-8 in July 1962 and within six months this unit was fully equipped with P-3's. This kit is a reissue of the old Revell kit that was first released in 1965.
What's in the box: Upon opening the box you will find a lot of white plastic, 48 pieces, attached to parts of sprues. The detail is raised and there are many rivets, also there is a lot of flash, pin marks and some sink marks to boot. (Face it, some of us that are this old OR OLDER have some of these same issues!) The decal sheet is printed cleanly and in register and you get a 4 page fold out for instructions.
Construction: Before starting construction, I decided to sand, or at least attempt to sand off all the rivets....I got most but not all. 7 steps and you have a P-3 for your collection starting with the fuselage, horizontal stabilizers and tail stinger. The main problem here is the fit of the stinger as it leaves a gap that needed to be filled. I also added 6 size 5 fishing weights as this is tail heavy. Step 2,3 and 4 are the construction of the engines & propeller and the landing struts. I left the props off until after the aircraft was painted though. Steps 5 & 6 are the wing assembly and there is a lot of cleanup needed for the seams in the wings. Step 7 is the final assembly....landing gear, gear doors, underwing radar, and tail stand. No problems here except the gear doors need a lot of patience as the really is no location points for them. Since I used weight in the nose, I didn't bother with the stand.
Finishing: You are given two marking options in this kit:
A: VP-8, the first squadron operate the P-3. VP-8 was based out of Patuxent, Maryland at that time.
B: VXN-8 of the U.S. Naval Oceanographic office.
I chose to do the VP-8 markings and the decals went down quite easily. Tamiya white and True Colors Light gull grey were used.
Conclusion: Another fun old kit re-boxed by Atlantis. Yes, it has a lot of flash and no, there is not much detail. SO WHAT! It was fun and this is the first time I have built one. (Never built it as a kid....didn't have gun turrets!) I recommend this kit to any modeler, young or old.
I would like to thank Atlantis Models for not just supplying it but for brining it back after all these years, (Looking forward to the 1/104 PBY-5A!!) and the review corps for letting me build it!
The McDonnell/Douglas F-4 Phantom is arguably one of the best all time fighter aircraft ever made. Developed for the US Navy as a long-range all-weather fighter aircraft the Phantom saw a large number of variants for the Navy, Air Force and a host of foreign users. This book tells that story in a concise, well written and interesting manner.
Written by British author Martin B. Bowman the book The Phantom F-4 is a soft bound volume that contains 144 pages in four chapters in addition to acknowledgement and introduction sections. There are 120 black and white photos throughout. Brought to us here on this side of the Atlantic by Casemate Publishers the color cover, by Dominic Allen features two German Phantoms, two Marine birds and two in flight photos.
The book opens in typical fashion with acknowledgements by the author. The next few pages contain the introduction to the Phantom. It's short and to the point and covers the development and basic upgrading of airframes to develop the numerous variants produced over the Phantom's lifetime.
Chapter 1 goes into greater detail on the airframes flown by the US Navy and Marine Corps. It details the timeline and upgrades from the first naval production version, the B model and culminating is the much-improved S model. Changes to avionics, threat radars and on-board weapons are also discussed.
Chapter 2 contains information on US Air Force models and their development. The Air Force requirements were much different than Navy needs, as there was no need to operate from sea off carriers. Additional differences were incorporated into Air Force birds, such as one pilot station which freed the back seater to function as a Radar Intercept Officer (RIO), weapons officer and a valuable extra set of eyes when needed.
In Chapter 3 is all about the British versions of the Phantom. The first British aircraft were K version variants that were designated FG.Mk1 for the Royal Navy to replace the Sea Vixen. Powerplants were changed from the American Pratt and Whitney J 79 engines to the British Rolls Royce-Spey replacement. Various versions followed ensuring the Phabulous Phantom would serve Britain well for many years,
The Chapter 4 focus is on other foreign users such as Israel, Germany, Greece, and South Korea among others just to name a few.
In summary, the Phantom has had an exceptionally long and distinguished career in many combat situation and theaters of operations. It has been flown by both the US Air Force Thunderbirds and US Navy Blue Angels proving it meddle many times over. This book covers a good deal of the Phantom's glorious history in interesting text with some amazing accompanying photos. Whether your interest in in Navy or Air Force birds or that of another operator you will not be disappointed with the visual impact of the pictures included in this book. I was impressed with the details and operational environments that are represented in the many photos. I highly recommend this book to all lovers of the Phantom either modeler or anyone with a past involvement or ongoing love affair with the F-4!! And I must confess, I fall into the latter category!!
My thanks to our friends at Casemate Publishers and IPMS/USA for supplying this sample for review.
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This is my first exposure to this series of photo reference guides and I kind of like the format. There is a brief one page Introduction and explanation of the format- and a reasoning of why this particular volume- which ties in to Tamiya's recent release of the P-38 F/G. From there we get right to the meat of the guide- the many photos.
Mr. Marmo gives a brief explanation of how to navigate the photo thumbnails and then you're set free. When you click on a thumbnail, you are brought to a whole page version of it, complete with a caption explaining what you're seeing and a credit reference for where the photo originated from.
Things begin, as do most aircraft kits, with the cockpit. The photos represent all of the listed variants and give you a close up of the details. I only wish there were some color photos, or at least references to paint directives as that would be useful information as you go to detail these areas. In many cases, some of the photo information is surmised based on the limited information available about the photo, but the author appears to be quite knowledgeable about the subject material so it doesn't get in the way of the usefulness of the photos.
I've included a series of them here, and can say that as valuable as these might be when you are trying to detail your P-38 model, many of the photos serve an even greater purpose in giving you some great ideas of how to display your model in a diorama if you so choose. There are plenty of fascinating settings included that have me thinking of how to possible display my kit when I get to building it.
This is a neat new format for a model reference book. I usually am one to go for a paper copy that I can pick up at my leisure, but this format is certainly very intuitive and useful, and it sure doesn't take up much bookshelf space. There are a select number of other guides available, and if you have ideas of other similar guides you might like to see, the author is open to suggestions. As this volume stands though, it's a useful addition to your reference material for whatever P-38 kit you might have in your stash and I highly recommend it. My thanks to Scale Publications and IPMS-USA for the sample PDF copy.
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HERE'S A VERY INTERESTING CHAT VIDEO in which Greg's Airplanes and Automobiles talks about a childhood meeting at the Revell company's factory. Lucky kid!
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