Still on the subject of older kits, Bill Gilman, prompted by Mark Smith's Zero, very kindly sent me these images of his 1/72nd PB4Y, built, incredibly, from the rivet encrusted Revell kit of 1965, a veritable Gramps in plastic. A PB4Y, here? you ask. Well yes I say, offering the excuse that Bill's model provides a neat visualisation of the aircraft flown by Gordon Forbe's characters, a previous diversion in this place, if somewhat tenuously as it replicates an Atlantic rather than Pacific prowler.
The efforts Bill went to in order to turn out this beauty are logged here and here, also providing a real good look at the places occupied by Lt j.g. Carl Iverson and other crew members of VPB-400 in those long, dangerous patrols - as well as open mouthed admiration for Bill's attention to detail.
If the definition of a successful model is imparting the inspiration to go out and buy the same kit in the naive aspiration of being able to duplicate it, then Bill's PB4Y is an unqualified success.
Image credits: Model photos © 2015 Bill Gilman; Box art Revell