Grumman S-2 “Tracker” Target Tug
The Grumman S-2 was the first aircraft designed from the beginning for the Navy’s antisubmarine warfare carriers, whose mission was the destruction of submarines in high priority areas. First flown in 1952, S2F-1S went to the first operating squadrons in 1954. The aircraft was equipped to carry a variety of ASW weapons such as torpedoes, rockets and the “LULU” atomic depth charge. The aircraft’s sensor devices included APS-38 radar in a retractable dome for surface search, a “Jezebel” passive search sonar, as well as an ASQ-10 MAD boom in the tail. Over 800 S-2’s were built and some 200 planes were operated by foreign countrys’ naval forces.
The model is depicted as a taget tug near the end of it’s active life. I received this 1:59 scale kit as a gift in 1955 about the time it was released by Comet Models. The model came with no landing gear, rockets as I recall, a very simple build for the time. Somehow it survived in my folks basement and a lot of pieces were missing. I took it home and added new props, tail landing gear, canopy and fixed the port wing which was broken off from the fuselage. It was airbushed using Tamiya and Testors paints. The stand was a quick build using a piece of oak and some brass rod. As with many of my “rebuilds” it was a fun trip down memory lane.
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