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Lockheed P2V-5 Neptune
The anti-submarine P2V-5 Neptune aircraft
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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.






General characteristics
Crew: 8-10
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
Powerplant:
2 × Wright R-3350-32W Cyclone Turbo-compound radial engine, 3,500 hp each
Propellers: 4 bladed propeller, 1 per engine
Performance
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)
Armament
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;

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Comments

 I made it 
  October 11, 2012
Quoting theDeano Rama very nice representation of an aircraft that gets very little attention in any level of modeling
I agree with you. It´s an aircraft so beautiful... Thanks theDeano Rama!
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  October 8, 2012
very nice representation of an aircraft that gets very little attention in any level of modeling
 I made it 
  September 19, 2012
Quoting michael k. Nice! i really like the top turret. i've never seen one built like that.
Thanks michael k. ^^
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  September 19, 2012
Nice! i really like the top turret. i've never seen one built like that.
 I made it 
  September 15, 2012
Quoting Lego 4 Life You never fail to impress me XD
Thanks! So do you Lego 4 Life! ^^
 I like it 
  September 15, 2012
You never fail to impress me XD
 I made it 
  September 14, 2012
Quoting Mike C Nice job on this build.I love all the detail work
Thanks Mike C!
 I like it 
  September 14, 2012
Nice job on this build.I love all the detail work
 I made it 
  September 13, 2012
Quoting Tamaki Kumauchi I like the Lockheed Ventura also Looks Great!!!
I agree with you!
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  September 12, 2012
I like the Lockheed Ventura also Looks Great!!!
 I made it 
  September 12, 2012
Quoting arwenromel hanna wow very nice work and you made 5/5 shape & color
Thanks arwenromel!
 I made it 
  September 12, 2012
Quoting Ultramarine . Very nice as always! I still appreciate your ability to bring to life lesser-known aircraft types in such wonderful style! Great job on this one as well, keep it up! -Ultra
Thanks Ultra! Thanks for always supporting me! ^^
 I like it 
  September 12, 2012
wow very nice work and you made 5/5 shape & color
 I like it 
  September 12, 2012
Very nice as always! I still appreciate your ability to bring to life lesser-known aircraft types in such wonderful style! Great job on this one as well, keep it up! -Ultra
 I made it 
  September 12, 2012
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 ^^
 I like it 
  September 12, 2012
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.
 I made it 
  September 12, 2012
Quoting MortalSwordsman . Fantastic moc. excellent shape and details
Thanks MortalSwordsman! ^^
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  September 12, 2012
Fantastic moc. excellent shape and details
 I made it 
  September 12, 2012
Quoting Hrvoje Majetich Nice one...
Thanks! ^^
  September 12, 2012
Nice one...
 
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