1:250 Scale – Lockheed P-3 Anti-submarine and Maritime Patrol Plane - Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force – Length: 5.75" Wingspan: 5”
This Orion model is made of a combination of metal and plastic parts. The landing gear is fixed in the extended position and there is no stand included. There is a small transparent plastic plate that displays the model's type, however this is all in Japanese.
This is a Japanese import so all the labeling and branding are in Japanese.
The maker of the model, DeAgostini, really did a good job with the model, the panel lines and details are very crisp and one can see the little dots that represent the rivets holding down the panels.
This is really a "no-play" model or a "display-only" model. It is mostly metal and very heavy. It also has a number of antennas which look great but are very fragile. If you have small kids that like to play with your models, save yourself some frustration (and money) and wait till later to get a model like this one. The box is labeled as not suitable for children under 14.
The package measures 6.5" x 7" x 2"
The Lockheed P-3 Orion is a four-engine turboprop anti-submarine and maritime surveillance aircraftdeveloped for the United States Navy and introduced in the 1960s. Lockheed based it on the L-188 Electra commercial airliner. The aircraft is easily distinguished from the Electra by its distinctive tail stinger or "MAD Boom", used for the magnetic detection of submarines.
Over the years, the aircraft has seen numerous design advancements, most notably to its electronics packages. The P-3 Orion is still in use by numerous navies and air forces around the world, primarily formaritime patrol, reconnaissance, anti-surface warfare and anti-submarine warfare. A total of 734 P-3s have been built, and in 2012, it joined the handful of military aircraft including the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress, Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker and C-130 Hercules that have served 50 years of continuous use by the United States military. The U.S. Navy's remaining P-3C aircraft will eventually be replaced by the P-8A Poseidon.