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  1. After its beautiful Grumman S-2E/G Tracker (http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=74094&hl=tracker), Kinetic is now working on the short version of the Stoof, the S-2A, with catalogue ref.48039. Source: http://s362974870.onlinehome.us/forums/air/index.php?showtopic=257024 V.P.
  2. Freedom Model Kits (FMK) is to release a 1/48th Grumman S-2T RoCAF Turbo Tracker kit. Announced as a new tool kit !! To be followed. Source: https://www.facebook.com/groups/8586041972/permalink/10155446805336973/ V.P.
  3. This is my 1/72 Hasegawa S2F-1, AKA S-2A, Tracker. This is a pretty old mold from Hasegawa dating back to 1975 and it shows its age with more then the usual amount of flash, raised panel lines and somewhat sparse on the interior. But that being said it went together it went together well with good fit. I also had the Pavla and Eduard interiors, Quickboost engines and after market decals from PrintScale, MicroScale and Blackbird. The Pavla interior had a detailed cockpit and the electronics compartment behind the cockpit. The Eduard interior had their usual color panels, seat belts and other doo-dads. The Pavla interior required major surgery to the fuselage and so was incompatible with the Eduard. Luckily last year I build the Mach 2 E-1B and had purchased another S2F kit to use arts parts. Left over from that I had a second complete fuselage. So I built one with the Pavla and one with the Eduard. In the end I had problems with the fit of the Pavla and with warping or the resin so I went with the Eduard. But I did use the excellent seats from the Pavla so it wasn't a total loss. For the decals I was originally going to go with the all blue scheme, but I also had decals for the gray and white scheme. After much thought and indecision I figured that most of its service life would have been in the gray and white scheme so I went with the Printscale decals. This was a bit of a mistake. The Printscale decals were nice, but they were extremely thin and tended to wrinkle and roll into a little ball at the slightest attempt to move them, so in the end I ended up stealing from the Microscale set and should have used it to begin with. In the end I am happy with it, so take a look: Next up is the Planet Models XF10F-1. Enjoy
  4. Hi all, Inspired by Paul's Portsmouth thread I thought I'd post a couple from the Aussie visit: A-4F Skyhawk Wessex Mk31 S-2F Tracker Sorry about the scratches!!!! Martin
  5. With the darker nights setting in I have finally begun sorting out my 2016 digipix. These are some shots I took at Sacramento earlier in the year and show the S-2T Trackers and OV-10A/D Broncos in use by the Californian State Fire teams. By way of background here's the history of this aerial fire fighting unit. The possibility of using aircraft for fighting wildland fires in California was first proposed in 1931 and again in the late 1940’s after World War II. In the interveninhg years a number of ex mil types were utilised including O-2s and P-3 Orions. Currently with its HQ at the former McClelland AFB at Sacramento the Cal Fire emergency response air program includes 23 Grumman S-2T 1,200 gallon airtankers, 11 UH-1H Super Huey helicopters, and 14 OV-10A air tactical aircraft . From 13 air attack and nine helitack bases located across the state of California aircraft can reach most fires within 20 minutes. The past few years have seen the state of California suffer near drought conditions with the effect that much of the forestry and grasslands are tinderbox dry and raging fires are an unfortunate and sometimes tragic reality. The Cal Fire aerial firefighters are therefore kept extremely busy and maintained at a high state of readiness. The airtactical planes fly overhead directing the airtankers and helicopters to critical areas of the fire for retardant and water drops. The retardant used to slow or retard the spread of a fire is a slurry mix consisting of a chemical salt compound, water, clay or a gum-thickening agent, and a coloring agent. While both airtankers and helicopters are equipped to carry fire retardant or water, the helicopters can also transport firefighters, equipment and injured personnel. All CAL FIRE Aircraft are strategically located throughout the state at airbases and helicopter bases. During high fire activity, CAL FIRE may move aircraft to better provide statewide air support. The average annual budget of the CAL FIRE Aviation Management Program is nearly $20 million. A total of 18 CAL FIRE personnel oversee the program with an additional 130 contract employees providing mechanical, pilot and management services to the program. CAL FIRE's current support contractors are DynCorp and Logistics Specialties Incorporated (LSI). DynCorp provides airtanker and airtactical plane pilot services, and all aircraft maintenance services. (All CAL FIRE helicopters are flown by CAL FIRE pilots.) The main types by number used by Cal Fire and which are featured in this photo essay are the S-2T Tracker and OV-10A Bronco. The S-2T Tracker In 1996, CAL FIRE acquired 26 S-2E/G planes from the Department of Defense. CAL FIRE converted the planes to a fire fighting configuration and fitted them with modern, powerful turboprop engines. The completely reconditioned S-2Ts are faster, safer, more maneuverable, and carry a larger retardant payload than the S-2A airtankers CAL FIRE had used since the 1970s. The final three S-2Ts were completed and delivered in 2005. CAL FIRE has 23 S-2T airtankers. One is permanently stationed at the Sacramento Aviation Management Unit facility for maintenance relief. CAL FIRE uses the S-2T airtankers for fast initial attack delivery of fire retardant on wildland fires.The aircraft carry a crew of just one pilot. S-2T Tracker N442DF/94 was formerly US Navy BuNo 152826. S-26 N426DF ex USN BuNo 152824 Ex AMARG S-2E BuNo 149259 which is understood to have been acquired by CAL FIRE for conversion to S-2T to replace one of the unit's aircraft written off in 2014. The OV-10 Bronco Originally used by the U.S. Navy/Marines from 1968-1993, the OV-10A was used as a counter-insurgency aircraft and close air-support to military ground forces. In 1993, CAL FIRE acquired 15 OV-10A/Ds from the Department of Defense. Of those 15, 14 have been converted and are available for use as air attack planes. The OV-10s replaced the original Cessna 0-2As that CAL FIRE had been using for air attack. The OV-10s are newer, larger, faster, provide a larger field of vision for the crew and are more manueverable than the older O-2As. CAL FIRE uses the OV-10s as command and control of aircraft on wildland fires. The crew provides tactical coordination with the incident commander on the ground, providing information on the movement and spread of the fire. The OV-10 crew then directs CAL FIRE’s airtanker and helicopterpilots on where to make their retardant and water drops. OV-10A N400DF/410 ex BuNo 155454 OV-10D N470DF/505 ex BuNo 155502 Cockpit of OV-10 N413DF Believed to be for spares recovery is this OV-10D N6I7NA ex BuNo 155406. These three Huey cabs were also seen in a compound at the CAL FIRE facility and they comprise UH-1Vs 67-19494, 68-16115 and 69-15145. Hope this report was of interest. Some of the schemes would certainly make eye for some colourful models! C&C always welcome. Mark
  6. Finished this a few weeks ago but only just got arounbd to uploading pics. Not quite the correct grey (which was totally my fault) but still looks ok. An enjoyable build, so much so that i have also bought the F version.
  7. Had a great time last night... tiring, but good! The Tracker was a highlight, but I loved the Cessna from the Belgium Police! Anyway, onto the photos. Tracker F-ZBEY at the Northolt Nightshoot. by Totallyrad.co.uk, on Flickr Tracker F-ZBEY at the Northolt Nightshoot. by Totallyrad.co.uk, on Flickr Tracker F-ZBEY at the Northolt Nightshoot. by Totallyrad.co.uk, on Flickr Tracker F-ZBEY at the Northolt Nightshoot. by Totallyrad.co.uk, on Flickr Cessna 182Q Skylane G-01 Belgium Federal Police by Totallyrad.co.uk, on Flickr Cessna 182Q Skylane G-01 Belgium Federal Police by Totallyrad.co.uk, on Flickr Cessna 182Q Skylane G-01 Belgium Federal Police by Totallyrad.co.uk, on Flickr Cessna 182Q Skylane G-01 Belgium Federal Police by Totallyrad.co.uk, on Flickr ZD621 Royal Air Force British Aerospace HS-125 CC3 by Totallyrad.co.uk, on Flickr ZD621 Royal Air Force British Aerospace HS-125 CC3 by Totallyrad.co.uk, on Flickr ZE700 British Aerospace BAe-146 CC2 by Totallyrad.co.uk, on Flickr ZE700 British Aerospace BAe-146 CC2 by Totallyrad.co.uk, on Flickr RAF BAe 146 ZE707 by Totallyrad.co.uk, on Flickr RAF BAe 146 ZE707 by Totallyrad.co.uk, on Flickr Irish Air Corp PC-9 - 260 by Totallyrad.co.uk, on Flickr Irish Air Corp PC-9 - 260 by Totallyrad.co.uk, on Flickr XX337 by Totallyrad.co.uk, on Flickr Royal Navy ZA166 Westland Sea King HU.5 by Totallyrad.co.uk, on Flickr Royal Navy ZA166 Westland Sea King HU.5 by Totallyrad.co.uk, on Flickr
  8. Grumman S-2 Tracker (this is actually a US-2B), pics by Bootneck Mike.
  9. Hi, I am thinking on starting one of these and just wonder if there opinions out there are aftermarket must haves and things to look out for? For instance is it worthwhile adding to the standard cockpit? Can much be seen once it is built up? Any advice gratefully received. Cheers FF
  10. Grumman S-2A Tracker Kinetic Models 1:48 History The Grumman S-2 Tracker (previously S2F prior to 1962) was the first purpose-built, single airframe anti-submarine warfare (ASW) aircraft to enter service with the U.S. Navy. The Tracker was of conventional design with twin engines, a high wing and tricycle undercarriage. The type was exported to a number of navies around the world. Introduced in 1952 the Tracker saw service in the USN until the mid-1970s with a few aircraft remaining in service with other air arms into the 21st century. The last operating fleet is maintained by Argentina and Brazil. Intended as a replacement for its predecessor, Grumman's AF-2 Guardian which was the first purpose-built aircraft system for ASW, using two airframes, one with the detection gear, and the other with the weapon systems, the Tracker combined both functions in one aircraft. Grumman's design (model G-89) was for a large high-wing monoplane with twin Wright Cyclone R-1820 nine cylinder radial engines, a yoke type arrestor hook and a crew of four. Both the two prototypes XS2F-1 and 15 production aircraft, S2F-1 were ordered at the same time, on 30 June 1950. The first flight was conducted on 4 December 1952, and production aircraft entered service with VS-26, in February 1954. Follow-on versions included the WF Tracer and TF Trader, which became the Grumman E-1 Tracer and Grumman C-1 Trader in the tri-service designation standardization of 1962. The S-2 carried the nickname "Stoof" (S-two-F) throughout its military career; and the E-1 Tracer variant with the large overhead radome was colloquially called the "stoof with a roof”. Grumman produced 1,185 Trackers. Another 99 aircraft carrying the CS2F designation were manufactured in Canada under license by de Havilland Canada. U.S.-built versions of the Tracker were sold to various nations, including Australia, Japan, Turkey and Taiwan. The Tracker carried an internal torpedo bay capable of carrying two light weight torpedoes or one nuclear depth charge. There were six underwing hard points for rocket pods and conventional depth charges or up to four additional torpedoes. A ventrally mounted retractable radome and a Magnetic Anomaly Detector (MAD) mounted on an extendable rear mounted boom were also fitted. Early model Trackers had an Electronic Surveillance Measures (ESM) pod mounted dorsally just aft of the front seat overhead hatches and were also fitted with a smoke particle detector or sniffer. Later S-2s had the sniffer removed and had the ESM antennae moved to four rounded extensions on the wingtips. The engine nacelles carried JEZEBEL sonar buoys in the rear (16 in early marks, 32 in the S-2E/G). Early Trackers also carried 60 explosive charges dispensed ventrally from the rear of the fuselage used for active sonar (JULIE) with the AN/AQA-3 and later AQA-4 detection sets, whereas the introduction of active sonar buoys and AN/AQA-7 with the S-2G conversion saw these removed. Smoke dispensers were mounted on the port ventral surface of the nacelles in groups of three each. The Model Due to the fact that Kinetic seem to stick to a standard sized box, this kit is veritably stuffed into it, with the box top visibly bulging. The attractive box art shows a Tracker at the point of leaving an aircraft carrier. Inside there are nice sprues of light grey styrene, one sprue of clear and quite a large decal sheet. The moulding appears to be very nice, with crisp details and quite fine recessed panel lines. Even though the kit is stuffed into the undersized box, there doesn’t appear to be any damage as the sprues are contained in their individual poly bags. There is some flash, but mostly around the sprue centres, although the engine nacelles have small amounts, but this won’t take more than a few swipes with a sanding stick to remove. There are, however, quite a lot of moulding pips and these have quite thick attachments to the parts which will need some careful removal and a bit of cleaning up. Due to the earlier release of the S-2F there are quite a few unused and also optional parts that will go straight to the spares box. The clear parts are very clear for the windscreen and roof windows, but the side glazing of the cockpit sections is quite wavy, looking like it’s been removed from the mould too quickly. The same can be said of the searchlight glazing, but not quite so marked. These may be remedied by carefully sanding and polishing the areas with micromesh then dipping in Kleer or Aqua Gloss. From research for this review it appears that there are some quarters that feel the kits fuselage is too long aft of the wing. Having checked the relative positions of parts and compared them with several drawings doesn’t appear to be the case, although it could be that this reviewer isn’t able to see the imperceptible differences. The length for the fuselage forward of the wing has definitely been shortened when compared with the previous S-2F kit. Construction begins with the cockpit, which in all honesty is a bit sparse, with just the cockpit floor with moulded in rudder pedals, the pilots and co-pilots seats, instrument panel and yokes. There are no seatbelts which are needed at the very least. The cockpit canopy is made up of the two clear parts joined together at the centre with the overhead console fitted inside. Fortunately the area of the join on the roof is quite large and will be pained so there shouldn’t be too much of a problem removing the seam. The difficult bit will be to try and hide the join between the windscreens. With the cockpit and canopy constructed, then the other sub-assemblies are built up, these include the searchlight housing, and radome with nose light. Construction then moves on to the fuselage with the cockpit fitted to one half along with the cockpit bulkhead, bomb bay roof, the main aft radome, which can be positioned either retracted or extended, the arrestor hook well. With these parts fitted the fuselage can then be closed up, along with as much weight as it’s possible to fit in forward of the main undercarriage legs, after which the two air intakes on either side aft of the wing are attached as is the canopy sub-assembly and nose radome with the clear nose light fitted. Turning the fuselage over the two lightweight torpedoes and assembled and fitted to the bomb bay along with the bay doors, whilst the MAD boom is assembled and slid into the tailcone. The crew access door is then fitted with its handle and attached to the opening on the starboard side. Construction of the nose wheel assembly includes the single piece oleo, scissor link, front bay door panel and struts, two three piece wheels, with the hub sandwiched between the two tyre parts. The completed assembly is then fitted to the nose wheel bay, followed by the two rear bay doors and what looks like a VHF aerial just to port of the bay. Because of the folding arrangements the assembly of the wings is a little more complex than standard builds. Firstly the inner wings, consisting of top and bottom halves and the fold joint rib are built up. These come complete with pre-moulded spars which attached to corresponding slots in the fuselage, giving a good solid joint. To these the engine nacelles, made up of inner and outer halves, main wheel bays, rear sonar buoy magazines, cooling doors and exhaust are attached. For those modellers who were worried about the pen nib fairings not being included, worry no more as they are giving more options to modellers who may wish to us aftermarket decals for other operators. The main wheel assemblies are constructed of the main oleos, actuator struts, and the main wheels, built in the same way as the nose wheels. These assemblies are then fitted to the main wheel bays as are the two bay doors. The engines are then assembled, with the engine, cowling and propeller. The engines themselves could do with a little bit more detailing, such as the addition of the ignition harness, although the modeller doesn’t really need to do too much as the cowling is quite tight around the engine, so they may be content with just a good paint job. With the engines complete these too are attached to the nacelles and the whole lot attached to each inner wing. At this point in the instructions, they call out for the two horizontal tailplanes to be assembled; these come as top and bottom halves and just need to be joined together. The inner wing and tail assemblies can then be joined to the fuselage which is finished off with a selection of communications and ILS aerials. The radome above and just behind the cockpit comes with optional parts depending on which operator the modeller is choosing to model. The outer wings are then constructed, again out of top and bottom halves and fold joint rib. To the wing tip the clear navigation light parts are attached and there are optional parts to add if modelling the Canadian version to be added here. There is a separate outer slat part that is attached to the leading edge and the radome is fitted just inboard of the slat on the starboard wing. The kit comes with six pylons and six rocket pods should you wish to add them. If the wings are to be displayed folded then the hinges are first fitted to the outer wing and allowed to set well before slotting the other end into the inner wing section. For the unfolded condition there is a rib shaped mating piece that is added to the inner section before sliding the outer section into place and keeping it steady until the glue has set. The model is now complete bar the painting and decaling. Decals The large decal sheet provides insignia for three aircraft. These being:- • S2F-1 US Navy VS-32, USS Lake Champlain, 1962 • CS2F-1 Royal Canadian Forces 1983 • S2F-1 Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force 1975 The decals have been printed by Cartograph, to their usual high standard. The decals are glossy, with very good opacity, in register and have a very thin decal film, so should settle down nicely when using your favourite softening/setting solutions. Apart from the national insignia there is a full set of stencils for one aircraft and included the large walkway markings on the upper centre section of the wings, propeller warning stripes and propeller tip stripes. Conclusion This is a very nice looking kit of an important aircraft in its genre and I think Kinetic have done it justice. Yes it could be more detailed in the areas mentioned above, but on the whole I think it will make a nice addition to any collection. The instructions are clear, but they look a little like a sketch book, a style which I’m not overly keen on and it’s a shame that the colour chart with the three aircraft is not in colour as that would have been much more helpful than shades of grey. Recommended In association with
  11. Grumman S-2F Tracker Detail Sets 1:48 Quickboost and Aires for Kinetic Continuing their theme of producing several sets of parts for a single model kit Aires have released these five. Designed to be used with the Kinetic S-2F Tracker each set replaces specific kit parts with something that is more hopefully more detailed and more in scale than injection moulding an achieve. Aires Wheel Set (4593) contains the two nose wheels and the larger main wheels all moulded onto one casting block. The attachments to the block are by a very thin web of resin where the very slight bulge on the bottom of the tyre. Once removed, very little cleaning up with a sanding stick will be required. Since they are direct replacements they are already have holes drilled out, although the nose wheels could do with a bit more depth. The details are very nicely moulded with well defined hubs and brake units on the main wheels and inner and outer hubs in the nose wheels. The set also comes with a full set of masks for the wheels which will make spraying them a doddle. the single ASz-62IR 9 cylinder single row engine. The moulded detail is very nice including the cylinder cooling fins, bolt heads and other details on the crankcase. The modeller will still need to add the wiring harness and other details, but it is a good base to start from. Engines (QB 48 512). The two Pratt and Whitney R-1820 engines included in this set are once again direct replacements for the kit items and do look very nice. The cooling fins on the cylinders are very refined and the details on the crankcase cover are very nicely done. Having said that, you will still have to add the wiring harness and other details but since they are going to be mostly covered by the cowlings only the fronts are going to be open to view. The set also comes with a pair of mounting rings that are fitted between the engine and the bulkheads. Whilst the engines only really need the casting blocks sanded away, the rings need to be removed from theirs. Fortunately the attachment points are very thin so it won’t take much work with a scalpel to remove them. One thing that has been noticed is the similarity between these engines and the ASz-62IR engine for the Antonov AN-2 reviewed HERE, to the point that they look like the same engine, which is a bit of a cheat even if the Russians did copy the R-1820 from equipment sent to them on the Lend Lease program. Saying that, it will only be a problem to people in the know and that are able to compare the two. Radar (QB 48 529), is actually the MAD boom, which comes with a separate MAD detector end. This still gives the modeller the option of having it extended or retracted. Whilst nicely moulded, there doesn’t appear to be much in the way of detail but the shape of the MAD head seems more accurate in shape compared to the kit part. Tail Wheel (QB 48 530), or more correctly the tail bumper wheel is another direct replacement for the kit parts and comes with a new wheel, yoke and actuator. It does look a little finer than the kit part and should be as easy to install. Pylons (QB 48 531), contains six replacement pylons with some very fine details on the sides and on the weapon attachments, allowing the pylons to be left empty should the modeller wish. Conclusion Whilst I applaud Aires/Quickboost for releasing these sets I’m still unsure whether they are completely warranted. But these days having the choice of improving the overall detail of a kit, is always good, and these sets certainly give the modeller that. It also allows the modeller the choice on how far they want to go and how much they want to spend then mixing and matching their priorities to what is for sale. Recommended. Review samples courtesy of distributed in the UK by Hannants Ltd.
  12. Last September during my trip to Arizona, I stumbled upon Marsh Aviation who re-built Trackers as Turbo Trackers for various air forces and navies around the world, not to mention the US Forest Service. Being of the opinion that the worst they could say was no, I knocked on the office door and asked if I could take a look around. They said yes and left me to wander around the yard at my own pace, although they did give me two pieces of advice: 1. Don't step over the yellow line, that takes you onto the active airfield and you'll probably get chewed up or run over 2. Don't pick up any of the wings laying on the ground, that's where the rattle snakes live! I hope you enjoy the pics, more can be found here: http://www.hanger51.org/airfield-visits/marsh-aviation-falcon-field-mesa/?logout=1 S-2 Tracker by tony_inkster, on Flickr S-2 Tracker by tony_inkster, on Flickr S-2 Tracker by tony_inkster, on Flickr S-2 Tracker by tony_inkster, on Flickr S-2 Tracker by tony_inkster, on Flickr S-2 Tracker by tony_inkster, on Flickr
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