Lockheed PV-1 Ventura 1/48 Scale Mahogany Model
Introducing the ready-built APV1TE Desktop Model. This 1/48 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 16.5 inches and a length of 12.75 inches. This model features a very accurate paint scheme with realistic panel lines.
This collectible model represents the PV-1 Ventura,a World War II maritime patrol bomber based on the Lockheed Model 18. Painstakingly built from Philippine mahogany by skilled craftsmen using a wealth of detail, this 1/48-scale model PV-1 Ventura makes a great gift for any pilot, naval aviator, aviation enthusiast or history buff.
During the early months of 1942, the primary responsibility for anti-submarine warfare in the United States was shouldered by the Army Air Force. This irked the Navy, as it considered the oceans its responsibility. To carry out such a task, the Navy sought a long-range, land-based patrol and reconnaissance aircraft with a substantial bomb load.
This goal was always resisted by the Army Air Force, which carefully protected its monopoly on land-based bombing. This forced the navy to use long-range floatplanes for these roles. The Navy was unable to upgrade to better planes until the Army Air Force needed the Navy plant in Renton, Washington to manufacture its B-29 Superfortress. In exchange for use of the Renton plant, the Army Air Force would discontinue its objections to Naval land-based bombers, and provide planes to the Navy. One of the clauses of this agreement stated that production of the B-34 and B-37 by Lockheed would cease, and instead these resources would be directed at building a navalised version, the PV-1 Ventura.
The PV-1 began to be delivered in December 1942, and entered service in February 1943. The first squadron in combat was VP-135, deployed in the Aleutian Islands in April 1943. They were operated by three other squadrons in this theatre. From the Aleutians, they flew strikes against Paramushiro, a Japanese island. Often, PV-1s would lead B-24 bomber formations, since they were equipped with radar.
The PV-1 left military service following the end World War II, supplanted by more advanced patrol craft, such as the P2V Neptune.