PV-2 Harpoon U.S.Navy
Special Hobby, 1/72 scale
S u m m a r y
||Special Hobby SH 72093
mid-grey plastic parts on four sprues, 12 clear plastic
parts on one sprue, 6 cream coloured resin parts plus a 10
page instruction booklet with history, parts plan, 17 build
diagrams and a 4 page, full colour, paint and decal booklet.
Will be available online from Hannants and specialist
model retailers worldwide
highly detailed, injection moulded clear parts, excellent
Aviprint decals and new colour paint guide.
||No locating pins, some
clean-up required of both flash and ejection pin marks.
Reviewed by Glen Porter
Special Hobby's 1/72 scale PV-2
Harpoon will be available online from Squadron.com
A Brief History
After the Hudson's early war success with the RAF, Lockheed decided to
design a new bomber based on the bigger Lockheed Model 18 Lodestar. This
aircraft entered service with the RAF as the Ventura Mk.I. The USAAF
eventually acquired some and called it the B-34 and B-37 Lexington
(depending on the engines fitted) and in the US Navy it was the PV-1.
The Navy ordered a new version with heavier armament, lengthened
wing-span, bigger tail-plane and increased fuel capacity. This was known
as the PV-2 and adopted the name Harpoon. Although its speed and rate of
climb dropped, its range and load capacity increased.
The first thing you will notice is the box. Not the usual end opening
affair we get from MPM/Special Hobby, but a nice sturdy top opening
item. The four main sprues are beautifully moulded with subtle engraved
panel detail, the tiniest amount of flash and a few ejection pin marks
that may have to be cleaned up to allow parts to fit together.
Click the thumbnails below to view larger images:
The “A” sprue has the two fuselage halves, nose cone halves plus a “not
for use” eight gun nose from a later Mk, most of the interior parts and
armament. B and C sprues are almost identical with an upper and lower
wing halve at either end and in between are all those parts where you
have identical bits left and right, one on each sprue. The D sprue
carries tail-plane, fins, drop tanks, engine nacelles and a few other
bibs and bobs.
The clear sprue comes wrapped in its own plastic bag, another thing I
haven't noticed from Special Hobby before. Two of the decal options have
no armament in the ventral position so you get an optional clear cover
for those aircraft. All parts on this sprue are very thin and
There are only six resin parts, the two engines, two carburetor intake
grills and two oil-cooler intake splitters. Again, all parts are well
moulded in cream coloured resin and separately bagged.
Decals, by Aviprint, are up to the usual excellent standard we've come
to expect and cover four options. A and B are both late-war aircraft in
the three colour scheme, A in the Aleutian Islands, March 1945 and B,
Hawaii, April 1945. C and D are post-war in over-all Glossy Sea Blue
with the red bars in the national insignia. C is at NAS Los Alamitos,
California with no date given and D at NAS St. Louis, 1950.
The colour guide is another new feature from Special Hobby in that its
in colour, although a little on the dark side, its still better than the
old line drawings we've seen so far.
Although Academy's respectable Ventura is available, as far as I know
there has never been a Harpoon in 1/72 scale.
Special Hobby's new kit is well
detailed with good clear parts and high quality decals.
Thanks to MPM/Special Hobby for the review sample.
Review Text Copyright © 2007 by Glen Porter
Images Copyright © 2007 by Brett Green
Page Created 03 June, 2007
Last updated 24 December, 2007
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