1/72nd Hasegawa Grumman Tracker S2F-1

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  1. Matt308

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    This one has been on the bench entirely too long. I've had this kit since the early 80's.

    The Grumman S2F-1 tracker was stationed at Los Alamitos, California, Naval Training Facility. Los Alamitos has been been a Naval Training Facility and a Naval Air Station (NAS). This S2F-1 was used for naval undersea warfare training off the coast of California in the late 1960s. This model is a representation of those airplanes.

    My apologies that my camera skills and staging SUCK. I have no patience and am unwilling to correct aggregious mistakes. Example. The retractable radar under the ventral side of the plane is fully extended in all pics. My model actually allows this to move and I thought it was retracted. Unfortanately, the little friction has resulted in its extension while posed in the ground. This is incorrect. In actuality, it is supposed to be snug almost flush with the ventral fuselage. :evil5:

    I lost interest in this kit over the summer and finished up just recently. Some might notice the odd exhaust stain tracks on the upper surface. These are actually historically correct, as I have numerous operational photos that depict the exact same curvature. Note also the upper engine exhaust shields to prevent loss of night vision. I'm sure these also contributed to the exhaust flow being somewhat out of the ordinary.
     

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    Looks like it's going to be great!! I've wanted to do the S-3 Viking by Italeri, I like planes like this and the Viking.
     
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    This is an out of box build with only a few exceptions. I have scratch built the wheel wells with thin card stock, as the original wheel wells were only depicted with two engine fairing halves. Other than that, she's stock. The cockpit glass was a pain to ensure proper fairing into the fuselage, especially since the cockpit was modelled mostly in clear plastic.

    Hope you like it. It is a fairly nice model of a much used USN aircraft that highly contributed to the cold war effort to hunt submarines and surface ships. The Tracker was capable of carrying torpedoes, mines, missiles and rockets. Not that she also has a magnetic anomaly detector (MAD), which is the stinger under the tail. This model shows it retracted, but it could extend about 20 feet. The rear of the engine nacelles also are armed with 16 sonobouys per side (for a total of 32) that were capable of being dropped for triangulation of undersea targets.
     

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    Ah, misunderstood! It looks great anyway!! Really nice job!
     
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    ...and some more.
     

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    Looking very interesting. Good work.:D
     
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    Dam Matt - That's pretty nice!
     
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    Beauty Matt ! I'd quite like to do that or a Hawkeye or similar in 1/48th scale.
     
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    Love the colour scheme Matt! I've always liked the old Tracker :cool:
     
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    Nice work Matt!
     
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    very nice Matt
     
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    Nice job. Growing up on a Navy base I could tell a stoof was around by its unique sound even before seeing it.
    Ed
     
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    Great work Matt, nice to see u gettin her done....
     
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    Thanks guys.
     
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    Nice Matt! 8)
     
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    Good work matt, looks good mate!:D
     
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