About the model
In 1997 when I started to build military aircrafts (at the time, I had 8 years old), one of my favourite aircrafts was the P2V-5 Neptune. Armed with torpedos, lot’s of rockets and missiles, it was always fun, “hunting” submarines in the garden or intercept enemy ship convoys. Time passed, and I never tried to build the P2V-5 again for many years.
On the other day, I remembered the idea of building the Neptune, and after some work, here it is. The most difficult thing on the plane was the landing gear. The landing gear of the Neptune is placed very forward and the aircraft had a very long and heavy tail. Eventually, I added some weight and it worked very well, I got the idea from Mad physicist when he made his impressive Martin Marauder.
The Neptune took me around one week to plan, research and build. During the summer holidays (2 weeks) of 2012, I built a total of seven new LEGO aircrafts.
The Lockheed P-2 Neptune (originally designated P2V until September 1962) was a Maritime patrol and ASW aircraft. It was developed for the United States Navy by Lockheed to replace the Lockheed PV-1 Ventura and PV-2 Harpoon and being replaced in turn with the Lockheed P-3 Orion.
Lockheed P2V-5 Neptune -> Portugal
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Starting April 1960 and extending through 1961, took place the transference from the Royal Dutch Navy to F.A.P. (Portuguese Air Force) of 12-twin engine Lockheed P2V-5 Neptune (SP-2E by the new American classifying system). These aircraft were prepared for the anti-submarine fight, equipped with sophisticated means of detection and attack, even to submerged submarines. The P2V-5 replaced the PV-2 Harpoon, re-equipping at the B.A.6 of the Squadron 61.
During the Portuguese Colonial Wars in Africa (1961-1975), two P2V-5 were based at the B.A.9, Luanda around 1968/69 doing bombing and coastal patrol missions, while other operated from S. Tomé during the Biafra conflict, surveying the ocean for suspect vessels. Two others, together with the C-47 no. 6155 adapted to bomber, operated from the B.A. 12 in Bissau.
These aircraft were later modified with the removal of the defensive dorsal turret with two 12,7mm (.50”) machine guns. Nevertheless, the offensive capacity formed by torpedos, mines, bombs and depth charges, besides the racks under the wings for either rockets or air-to-ground missiles, was also kept intact.
The P2V-5 remained operational in Portugal until 1978 after 18 years of excellent service, being replaced some years later by the much more advanced P-3P Orion.
Length: 91 ft 8 in (27.93 m)
Wingspan: 103 ft 10 in (31.64 m)
Height: 29 ft 4 in (8.94 m)
Wing area: 1,000 ft² (92.9 m²)
Empty weight: 22,650 kg
Max. takeoff weight: 36,238 kg
2 × Wright R-3350-32W Cyclone Turbo-compound radial engine, 3,500 hp each
Propellers: 4 bladed propeller, 1 per engine
Maximum speed: 572 km/h
Cruise speed: 180 kn (207 mp/h) (333 km/h) (max)
Range: 5,930 km
Service ceiling: 22,400 ft (6,827 m)
Guns: Defensive dorsal turret with two 12,7mm heavy machine guns;
Rockets: 2.75 in (70 mm) FFAR in removable wing-mounted pods
Bombs: 8,000 lb (3,629 kg) including free-fall bombs, mines, depth charges, and torpedoes;
Quoting Daniel Brilliant
Cool bomber with nice lines and proportions. The nose seems a bit shorter than the picture which you posted, but the wings and body are pretty true to life. I like the colors too.
You are right, the nose is a little shorter. The nose was the most difficult part of the aircraft, but I will make some modifications in the future.
Thanks Daniel ^^