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  1. Depicting carrier ops, ASW exercises, and images from the 1962 cruise to the West Indies. S-2F Trackers and S-55s.
  2. This is my Sword 1/72 TBM-3W Avenger. The TBM-3W was developed as the first US Navy Airborne Early Warning (AEW) aircraft during the latter part of WW II under Project Cadillac (named after the mountain in Maine where tests were performed, not the car). While the TBM proved a little cramped for the AEW task and was superseded by variants of the Douglas AD Skyraider in that role, when teamed up with a TBM-3S it served as part of a hunter/killer team in the Anti Submarine Warfare (ASW) role for several years until replaced by the AF-2W/S. While certainly not Hasegawa this Sword kit p
  3. This is my Ace 1/72 Grumman AF-2W. The AF-2W worked in the ASW role with the AF-2S in hunter (-2W) killer (-2S) pairs. Ace makes kits of both the -2W and -2S and I build the -2S back in 2014. The Ace kits are limited production plastic kits and are heir to all of the faults of limited production kits so, I won't belabor them. In addition to the plastic it comes with a PE sheet for the cockpit and other area. The decals were very thin and once placed were very hard, if not impossible to move. Despite its faults it took 15 days from start to finish and make an impressive model almost as large as
  4. This is my 1/72 Gyrodyne QH-50C DASH (Drone Anti-Submarine Helicopter) 3D printed by Shapways. My understanding is that these were used as anti-submarine homing torpedo delivery devices for ships had sonar and other submarine sensors but that were too small to carry a full size helicopter such as a SH-3 Sea King. As anyone that has tried to fly an RC helicopter can attest they were very hard to fly, especially with 1960's technology, so they were somewhat dangerous and accident prone and were eventually replaced by SH-2 Seasprites. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gyrodyne_QH-50_DASH for more
  5. This is my Italeri Sikorsky HSS-1N Seabat. Italeri is not my favorite model company but, in this case the kit had no major issues and went together in 10 days start to finish. The only issue I did have was that I was not able to completely seal the interior from paint dust infiltration so the cockpit ended up pretty dusty. I was able to partial fix this by using my compressor hose to blow it out, but there is still quite a bit of dust. I have to get one of those compressed air cans used to blow out dust from inside computers and see if it improves things. I also used the Eduard interior and Pr
  6. I was going to build the Italeri HSS-1 next, but I realized I had not purchased the after market accessories that I wanted for it, so I ordered them and built the Cyber-hobby (Dragon) Sikorsky SH-3D Sea King kit instead. This kit seems closer to a 3A to me with the short horizontal stabilizer and some other features, but it comes with a lot of extra parts so probably several versions could be built. It also gives you the option to display the rotor either open or folded, so I went with the folded version to save space and I never did them before. You get 3 decal options implemented with Carto
  7. Continuing my series of ASW helicopters this is my build of the Fujimi/Testor's kit of the Sikorsky SH-3H Sea King. The kit is an early 80s molding from Fujimi and is a bit crude by today's standard, about on par with Hasegawa kits of that era. This was pretty much OOB with the exception of a set of Microsacle 72-390 decals. The kit decals were nice but, were pretty old and had gone "stale". The Microscale decals were excellent with no silvering. There is an Eduard interior set (72256), but it is impossible to find, even on Ebay. On the whole a pleasant 17 day build. So on to the p
  8. Here's my entry, the new Airfix B-25D out of the box with kit markings: It looks like a really great kit, and I'm definitely looking forward to getting started on it...
  9. Hi guys, I thought there might be some among you that have an interest in the Alizé. If so, just be advised that Christophe Touzet have launched a subscription for the third edition of his book, the only monography concerning the Alizé. If you're interested yet have difficulties with ordering (the site's in French), just let me know, I might be able to wait.
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