1/72 scale Hasegawa US-3 COD of the US NAVY
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|The S-3 Viking
was developed for the US Navy as carrier-borne ASW aircraft. It was to
replace the Grumman Tracker. The Viking got two jet engines and modern
avionics and ASW systems with two pilot and a system crew of two. It also
had an internal weapons bay and a retractable MAD boom at the rear. A simpler
version of the S-3 was a carrier on board delivrey transport on, called
the US-3 COD "carrier on-board delivery (COD)" for the cargo / personnel
transport role. Anti submarine systems were removed and crew stations of
the SENSO and TACCO removed. The US-3A could carry six passengers in this
compartment (with extra small window) or up to about 2100 kg. It was also
often fitted with a couple of large travel pods "blivets" on wing pylons.
The main COD US Navy aircraft remained however the C-2 Greyhound.
In 1/72 scale several kits were issued of the S-3 Viking. Airfix was the first with a 1/72 Viking and later on Hasegawa followed. The Hasegawa kits are the best ones and appeared in various boxes (like no. 00921 for the S-3A also issued by the Minicraft USA) with different decals. Hasegawa later on thought to re-issue this kit in special markings in expensive boxes on so many occasions, I lost track.
First Vikings had the standard US NAVY schemes with FS16440 Gull grey and white FS16875 undersurfaces. Later on, overall grey Vikings appeared. Weathering also is quite apparant depending on their service career and colour painting maintenance state.
Over 20 years ago, I once made the
Hasegawa S-3A kit (see pictures at end of page). Now I decided add another
Viking and to do a simple build of the US-3 COD version, of which Hasegawa
issued kit no. K-23.
Overall white VRC-50 COD
US-3 VRC-50 with fueltank
The decals are OK, except for the too blue' ish US Stars-and-bars, these were replaced with better ones from CAM decals.
All Hasegawa kits have raised panels
lines but there are fine and the kit fits reasonably well. The only thing
is that ejector pin marks are in awkward places, like the insides of the
engine intakes and insides of wheel doors.
Aft of the cockpit there is no detail
and it has no weapons bay nor the option to have the outher wings folded.
On the other hand it has separate trailing edge flaps.
So I first started with basically assembling the airframe. Cockpit detailling was left for later on, I only added the cockpit tub.
The cockpit is sparsely detailed with
very simple ESCAPAC seats and no side consoles. For the instruments decals
are provided. The Vikings had tinted glass and this is in the kit, but
still a lot of detail can be seen.
The engine intakes have ejector pins
marks, I decided to cover the intakes with protecting plates made from
thin metal household foil later on. Of one of the external US-3 pods,
I cut open the doors to add some interest. Also, some minor detail was
added inside the bare wheelbays. The engine pods and transport pods were
kept separate, to be painted in one go but not yet attached.
A lot of work are the buff coloured
bits of anti-icing on various leading edges of wings, tails and stabilizers.
These were masked off with TAMIYA masking tape
and sprayed. The inner flap sections were painted red after being masked
of as well.
After decalling was done, the rest of the model was to be completed.
The cockpit area was detailed with
some seat straps (you could add resin ESCAPAC seats available from eg.
Pavla or others). Also added were tiny bits of equipment made of stretched
sprue and rod and painting the lot. The main color in the cockpit area
was mid grey with black details.
The wheel undercarriage was now added and these went on fine complete with their doors. I added a few brake wires on the gear leges. The stabilizers, engines and travel pods were now set on the model.
Tiny bits were now only left to add, like a couple of windscreen wipers made from thin stretched sprue and navigation lights on top of the fuselage and wingtips.
The grey emergency ejection panels
aft of the cockpit were cut out from grey decal.
The result is fine.
A nice US
NAVY model is now in the collection with relatively limited effort.
LOCK ON no.23, Verlinden, 2000
WORLD AIR POWER JOURNAL, Elward, Volume 34 / 1998.
AIR INTERNATIONAL, Jon Lake, May 2002
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