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Romeo Alpha Yankee

Lockheed NP-3D (EATS) Orion: VX-30

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This is a Hasegawa NP-3D (EATS) Orion.

 

It is used as a missile range tracking aircraft and operated by the USN's VX-30 Bloodhounds.

 

I have a couple of these in the stash and was not keen on the kit scheme so I decided to finish it in the current scheme.

 

I used mainly the kit decals sheet supplemented by the Wolfhound graphic on the tail from an F/A-18 sheet (1/48 scale). I added the mostly correct antenna fit with a few scratch built blades and existing kit antenna.

 

The kit includes a resin EATS radar panel and shortened 'stinger'. HF wire antennas are Eziline,

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Edited by Romeo Alpha Yankee
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Nice work indeed, not too sure about the looks of the tail-fairing.........we really do need a 1/72 scale Lockheed Electra though!!

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RODH2, on 12 Nov 2015 - 03:51 AM, said:

Nice work indeed, not too sure about the looks of the tail-fairing.........we really do need a 1/72 scale Lockheed Electra though!!

Such as this one?

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Great job on an unusual subject, really nice work

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Very nice TT, I especially like the different look of the EATS Orion, it stands out that little bit more.......

(until placed beside one that was painted red and white) :coolio: . Great models,

Sean

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Hello,Trojan Thunder - My compliments to you on a fine looking build of your 'Orion'.Together with her stablemate,I love the quality and detail of the paint and finishing work and both models make an impressive line up.All the best,Paul.

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Very nicely done, never seen one of these built up, gives it a very ungainly look though, I wonder what the flying characteristics were like

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It's probably a lot more directionally stable than a stock aircraft, and a bit more prone to weathercocking when landing in a crosswind, but otherwise it's likely not terribly noticeable in flight.

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Very unusual subject, but beautifully made!

It's probably a lot more directionally stable than a stock aircraft, and a bit more prone to weathercocking when landing in a crosswind, but otherwise it's likely not terribly noticeable in flight.

I bet it rolls like a beggar!

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Very nicely done - the pair of them.

Cheers,

Mike

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Both look great. Nice choice of subjects.

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Love it!

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Nice work, they both look the business! I've got one in the stash to do as a CP-140 very soon once my Cormorant is finished. Looks like they build into decent looking models!

Bob

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Nice work, they both look the business! I've got one in the stash to do as a CP-140 very soon once my Cormorant is finished. Looks like they build into decent looking models!

Bob

Thanks Bob,

I also have a CP-140 to do in one of the Fincastle schemes. I rather like the scheme on the CP1-40s. Next one on the bench is an 11SQN RAAF P-3B

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Its still manages to hold on to it's good looks, despite that fin fairing!

Love that fire bomber :wub:

Cheers

John

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Its still manages to hold on to it's good looks, despite that fin fairing!

Love that fire bomber :wub:

Cheers

John

Cheers John, that other build was done back in 2011.

Here is a link to the RFI Thread

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