Grumman S-2A Tracker in 1/48 scale by Kinetic
Well another one finally complete. This is the Kinetic issue of the early version S-2A, basically short body and short wings to keep the description simple. I went all out on this kit using Quickboost engines that were wired and had the pushrods added. The interior got some help with the Steelbeach seats that are not exactly correct for this model but look a heck of a lot better than those in the kit. To that I added the Eduard etch set, also not quite correct. Steelbeach supplied a searchlight, non-existent in the kit.
I used a Terry Dean nose weight, that fit perfectly and held balance until I installed the wings in the folded configuration.
I scratch built the wingfold supports and added the various and numerous antenna cables using EZ Line-first time for me but great stuff to work with. I used it for the anti-static wires too.
Paint, the usual MM Glossy Sea Blue thinned about 60% and applied in several thin coats. Eduard masks were used. An overcoat of Future provided a nice base for the excellent Caracal decals. I used an old Microscale sheet of flat black film for the wingwalks. One more coat of Future to seal everything off and then a final “topside only” coat of Pollyscale semi-gloss for the final finish. I used pastels for the exhausts, also from Quickboost.
Special thanks and a tip of the old headgear to Jim Sullivan. I highly recommend his excellent In Action book on the Tracker. Also another tip of the headgear to the Tailspin Topics Blog from Tommy Thomason and some photos by Steve Ginter, who has a Tracker book coming out soon.
I appreciate all of your comments.
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