Hi, New to the group. Can anyone tell me where I can find a scale model kit of the Martin P6M Seamaster? Also, any Special Ops aircraft, e.g., MH-53 Pave Low, MH-60 Pave Hawk, Ac-130U Spectre gunship? Thanks for any and all guidance. Gunship
According to the instruction sheet it's 1/136th scale. That's close enough to 1/144th for me. They were re-issued sometime in the '80s in the Masterpiece Models (?) series. I'm not sure of that last title and I don't have the box about anymore. Check your references to find out exactly which P6M the kit represents. IIRC, the decals suggest one that the parts do not.
Interesting colour problem. I always thought it was in Sea Blue Gloss and it looks that way in most pictures I have. I wonder if the pictures were adjusted because the adjusters thought it 'should' be blue.
I am surprised no one has mentioned the forthcoming Anigrand all resin kit of this beautiful bird. In 1/72nd this is going to be a rather big model, but what a fantastic subject.
Due out in June and suspect it will be a bit expensive, but short of an unexpectedly outrageous price it is on my "gottahave" list.
I have several Anigrand kits and I think they are very nicely done. Being all resin, they are not for the casual or inexperienced, but since the bigger stuff comes with thin fuselages and very little excess resin, they are quite comparable with plastic construction.
The P6M-1s were gloss blue, but the Airmodel kit is the P6M-2. Either the colour scheme was changed (and ISTR that all navy seaplanes went to the Engine Grey/White scheme for a while), or it never flew at all and that's a conjectural paint job. The last time I looked at the Ginter book was too long ago : (
In 72nd scale, Italeri makes a range of H-53 kits including a MH-53J Pave Low III. Most reviews seem favourable. Again in 72nd scale, Hasegawa make a MH-60G Pave Hawk. I'm not aware of any OOB Pave Hawk in 48th scale by Cobra Company make a conversion kit of Italeri etc UH-60 kits.
I've got a little Marlin that I'm doing in Engine Grey/White. Pretty attractive scheme. I do firmly recommend Stan Piet's book. All the pictures inside are B&W but the information there is just fabulous. There's one great pic of a model of the assembly line. Hard to tell what scale it is but the planes are fairly big.