Model Airplane News
June, 1957

Model Airplane News Cover for June, 1957

Model Airplane News Cover for June, 1957
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This is lovely Carolyn Arnold modeling a model of the Lockheed P2V-5 "Neptune" built by Irwin Polk from a Eureka Kit. She is standing in front of a 1957 Plymouth Belvedere.

About the Modeler:

Irwin S. Polk was a model airplane pioneer who built exceedingly fine scale craft. He organized competitions, opened a celebrated hobby store, and formed clubs.

Photo of Irwin S. Polk

Irwin Polk
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He was a tireless force in advancing model building. Click here to read a biography of Mr. Polk.

About the airplane:

The Lockheed P2 "Neptune" was a Maritime patrol and ASW aircraft. It was developed for the United States Navy by Lockheed to replace the PV-1 Ventura and PV-2 Harpoon, and being replaced in turn with the P-3 Orion. Designed as a land-based aircraft, the Neptune never made a carrier landing, although a small number of aircraft were converted for carrier use and successfully launched. The type was successful in export, seeing service with several armed forces. The P2V-5 variant (subject of the model on the cover) had a nose turret.

 Lockheed P2V-5 Neptune     Lockheed P2V-5 Neptune

 Lockheed P2V-5 Neptune Turtle

Lockheed P2V-5 "Neptune"
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The third production P2V-1 set a 1946 record for long distance flight. Crammed full of fuel in extra tanks, the Turtle (see photo above)) flew 11,236.6 mi nonstop from Perth to Columbus, Ohio. The record held until 1986. The crew of four was joined by a baby kangaroo, a gift for the Washington, DC zoo. Click here for more information about the "Turtle". Here is some video featuring the P2V:

Click here for more information about the "Neptune".

About the Kit and Engines:

Here is an ad for the Eureka kit for the P2V-5 which cost $25.95 in 1957. In 2010 dollars, $26 then would have the same purchasing power as $400 today, so this was not a purchase that would be taken lightly.

Ad for the Eureka Kit for the P2V Neptune     Super Champion engine

It Started With a Kit
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About that Plymouth:

The lovely young lady is posed next to a Plymouth Belvedere, a bit of "product placement" as Plymouth sponsored a series of Model Airplane Contests. (See the October, 1949 issue writeup.


1957 Plymouth Belvedere

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