Lockheed Martin P-3C Orion (Low-vis Gray) 1/85 Scale Model
Introducing the ready-built AP03LVTR Desktop Model. This 1/85 scale model was handmade with precision and accuracy to produce the finest model that will be the centerpiece of your collection for years to come. This model is a perfect gift for pilots and aviation enthusiasts alike. Not too big or too small, this model features a wingspan of 14 inches and a length of 16.25 inches. This model features a very accurate paint scheme with realistic panel lines.
This collectible model represents the P-3C Orion,the Navys standard maritime patrol and anti-submarine warfare aircraft. Painstakingly built by skilled craftsmen using a wealth of detail, this 1/85-scale model P-3C Orion makes a great gift for any pilot, naval aviator, aviation enthusiast or history buff.
In February 1959, the United States Navy awarded Lockheed a contract to develop a replacement for the aging P2V Neptune. The P-3 Orion, initially designated P3V, was based on Lockheed's successful L-188 Electra airliner and had its maiden flight on November 1959.
Service deliveries of the P-3 began in in 1962, and the aircraft is still in front-line use. Over the years, more than 40 combatant and noncombatant variants of the P-3 have been developed due to its proven reliability.
The P-3 is 116 feet long, with a wingspan of 99 feet. With a range of almost 5,000 miles, it is capable of very long patrols, and can carry a variety of weapons. The P-3 has an internal bomb bay under the front fuselage which can house conventional Mark 50 torpedoes or Mark 46 torpedoes and/or special (nuclear) weapons. Additional underwing stations, or pylons, can carry other armament configurations including the AGM-84 Harpoon, AGM-84E SLAM, AGM-84H/K SLAM-ER, the AGM-65 Maverick, 5 in (127 mm) Zuni rockets, and various other sea mines, missiles, and gravity bombs.
Since its production in July 1962, it has had three major models: the P-3A, the P-3B and the P-3C. Paint schemes have changed from overall postwar blue, to white and gray in the 1960s and low-vis gray in the 1980s. The last P-3 Orion aircraft rolled off the production line at the Lockheed plant in April 1990.