Good build. The P3 and its variants did a lot of work in the day when there were lots of submarines crawling around under the waters of the world. Not exactly exciting paint jobs, though the USN anti-sub squadrons had classy tailfin badges to echo their squadron nicknames.
Never even got a ride in a P3, though went on a few on the ground. The Canadian Aurora version had much nicer internal layout and a very good galley!
Thankfully, the odd tales I have of P3 activity aren't exactly what this site goes in for
One of few is when we were patrolling in our Nimrod four jet off Oman and came across a USN P3 doing who knows what. It was ambling around with one outer prop stopped and feathered - anti-sub aircraft were always flying around on less than four engines - and we chatted awhile as we cruised along in loose parallel track formation. The P3 captain then announced she had someplace to go, wound up her three running engines and left us standing.
Our pilot compensated by smartly turning off in another direction so it didn't look too embarrassing, but it was somewhat not discussed that a P3 on three turboprops could easily outrun a Nimrod four jet...
Good luck with the build Brian. Have to see if I can figure out a visit to the DC sprawl and get to see you fly her one day.