I’m in the mood for love . . . the KA3D Skywarrior by Hasegawa
It seems everyone likes the Whale, so I present another of my Skywarrior models, this time the KA3D.
Not much to say, except that this is the carrier borne refueling tanker version out of the box by Hasegawa. The diagonal stripes are a visual indicator that this is indeed a winged gas station!
Note the Navy preferred the probe and drogue method of transferring fuel. Thus the extra bump under the fuselage behind the wing. The hose would extend and the pilot of the receiver aircraft would fly his probe into the drogue. In contrast, the Airforce would use a rigid refueling boom which the operator would “fly” into the receiver aircraft’s receptacle.
(My Dad used to man this boom on the KC-97, and had many colorful stories of his stint as a boom operator. But that’s another story . . . .)
Again, a nice kit with few foibles to contend with, which I recommend to all.
3 additional images. Click to enlarge.