Hasegawa 1/72 CP 121 Tracker
Re-shoot day ! Originally build 2008. This kit was highly modified and detailed to produce an accurate Canadian service aircraft. The paint is a self produced version of 501-109 grey using Model Master as a base and referencing the I. P. M. S. Canadian Colours Guide paint chip catalog. The Canadian markings are the old Trident Products Flight Colours set 72A02.(long out of print I’ll wager). All of the stenciling is self produced. The wind screen required a lot of polishing which destroyed the panel lines, so I had to make masks as well. I think they are available now. The lads were nice enough to spin up the starboard engine a couple of times while I was taking the pictures.
DeHavilland Canada built 99 Trackers for Canadian operation with the first seeing service in May, 1956. Following the decommissioning of the HMCS Bonaventure in 1970, all Canadian Trackers became shore based, and gradually had their ASW equipment removed. (note the missing MAD boom on this model). They were also re-designated CP 121 from CS2F at that time, and were used for coastal patrol and sovereignty enforcement. The Trackers continued to see service in varying formats into the late 1990’s. The Shearwater Aviation Museum is currently restoring a Canadian Tracker.
5 additional images. Click to enlarge.