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Neptune Kit

Hasegawa 1/72 P2V-7 Neptune Kit First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review December 2017 Manufacturer Hasegawa
Subject Lockheed P2V-7 Neptune Scale 1/72
Kit Number 02258 Primary Media Styrene
Pros Easy build, unique subject Cons See text
Skill Level Basic MSRP (USD) $54.95

First Look

Neptune Kit
Neptune Kit
Neptune Kit
Neptune Kit

The Lockheed P2V Neptune started its life during World War Two to meet the requirements for a long-range maritime bomber and submarine hunter to replace two earlier Lockheed designs, the PV-1 Ventura and PV-2 Harpoon. While its predecessors were evolutions of pre-war transport designs, the Neptune was designed from the ramp-up for its mission. Full-scale development started in 1944 with a first-flight in 1945, production in 1946, and entered service with the US Navy in 1947. The design evolved over time with later variants being refitted with two jet engine pods to provide additional take-off power for higher gross weights without having to resort to RATO. The seventh major model, the P2V-7 would be built with the jet engines installed on the production line. In the early 1960s, the Pentagon dictated that the services would standardize their weapons systems designations, the P2V became the P-2 and the P2V-7 would become the P-2H.

While the Neptune never had to fire a shot in anger (officially) as an ASW aircraft in its USN cold war service, the aircraft did see combat in Vietnam as a number were modified for interdiction missions along the famous 'Ho Chi Mihn Trail'. The Argentine Navy used their Neptunes during the Falklands war until they ran out of spare parts and grounded the type. Several Neptunes in Taiwan service were shot down by the Peoples Republic of China. Even after the Neptune was retired in favor of yet another Lockheed design - the P-3 Orion, Neptunes did continue service as bombers fighting forest fires around the US.

Here is another Hasegawa classic kit. First released in 1972 (when I graduated from high school), this kit has been reissued a number of times over the years (decades) including in Minicraft boxes (while Minicraft imported the Hasegawa line into the North American market, also many moons ago) and at least one Revell/Germany boxing. It is interesting how this common sight around the globe has never been produced in injection-molded styrene by anyone other than Hasegawa in anything larger than 1/144. With the interesting variants that would also make good releases like the OP-2 sensor-dropping Neptune and the AP-2H gunship, both veterans of the Vietnam war, this subject is long overdue for some new tooling. Nevertheless, the Hasegawa tooling has held up well over the years and exhibits minimal mold flash, and Hasegawa has released a one limited edition version with special parts to replicate a special Japanese testbed variant.

The kit is molded in light gray styrene and presented on four parts trees, plus one tree of clear parts. Due to the age of the mold designs, the kit's surface detailing is raised. The kit offers the following features and options:

  • Basic flight deck
  • Choice of rear dorsal turret or overhead window insert
  • Optional pilot, copilot, and nose observer figures
  • Solid wing spar structure through the fuselage for good strength
  • Positionable rudder
  • Ailerons molded into wing in neutral position
  • Elevators molded into horizontal stabilizers in neutral position
  • Flaps molded up
  • Positionable cowl flaps
  • Jet engine pod front spring-loaded doors molded closed

As with many kits this old, cockpit detailing is minimal though you can do a little detailing of your own if you're so inclined. Eduard helped out with set 72364 that detailed up the cockpit and a number of exterior areas including the wheel wells. The set also includes the boarding ladder in the nosewheel well. Eduard also released set 72365 to provide for the interior of the weapons bay (non-existent in the kit as the bay doors are molded closed).

The kit includes decals for two examples:

  • SP-2H, 143173, VP-30, LL/43
  • SP-2H, 147963, VP-69, PJ/5

If neither of these subjects are of interest, Caracal Models recently released two decal sets for this kit to offer a total of 13 different marking options as well as color schemes.

This is a great kit and I'm glad to see it still in circulation. I'd love to see a version of this kit with the turboprop engines as flown by the JMSDF, but the combination two R3350 radial engines and two J34 jet engines makes for a powerful combination.

My sincere thanks to Hasegawa USA for this review sample!

Here is a list of paints Hasegawa identifies for the colors of this kit and the equivalent colors from other brands:

 
AMMO
AV
GSI
HAT
LC
MIS
MRP
TAM
TES
XTRA
White
0050
71.001
C001
H001
N001
A528
C528
LC001
MMP001
004
LP02
X02
1745
 
Red
0049
71.269
C003
H003
N003
A276
C276
LC006
MMP003
002
LP07
X07
1705
 
Silver
0195
71.062
C008
H008
N008
A003
C003
LC074
MMM006
128
LP11
X11
 
X038
Flat Black
0046
71.057
C033
H012
N012
A041
C041
LC002
 
020
LP03
XF01
1749
 
Orange
0129
71.083
C059
H014
N014
A704
C704
LC005
 
 
TS12
X06
 
 
Steel
0191
71.065
C028
H018
N018
 
 
MMM002
030
X10
1780
X502
Flat Base
 
 
C030
H040
N040
 
 
 
 
LP22
X21
 
 
Flesh
RAL 8031
0026
71.117
C051
H044
N044
 
 
 
 
LP30
XF15
 
 
Burnt Iron
0187
71.073
C061
H076
N076
A106
C106
 
MMM01
147
LP54
XF84
 
X508
Deck Tan
0132
71.141
C045
H085
N085
 
 
 
 
XF55
 
 
Clear Red
 
70.934
C047
H090
N090
 
 
 
266
LP72
X27
 
 
Clear Blue
 
70.938
C050
H093
N093
 
 
 
267
LP68
X23
 
 
Deep Gray
0908
71.314
C301
H301
A030
C030
UA030
 
241
XF24
1788
 
Gray
0241
71.121
C315
H315
A048
C048
 
MMP069
 
XF20
1729
X137
XA1137
White
 
71.279
C316
H316
A049
C049
 
MMP104
099
AS20
XF02
1745
X141
XA1141
Gray
0205
71.277
C317
H317
A044
C044
UA033
MMP064
100
 
1740
X131
Radome Tan
 
 
C318
H318
 
 
MMP070
394
 
1709
 
Red
0121
71.084
C327
H327
A219
C219
 
 
002
 
 
X103

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