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S-2GT Turbo-Tracker in RAN Service

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S-2GT Turbo-Tracker in RAN Service


In 1967, the Royal Australian Navy received the first of its 18 S-2E Tracker ASW aircraft. In 1976, 13 of these aircraft were written off or damaged in a deliberately lit fire in their hangar at the Nowra Naval Air Base in Australia in an act of sabotage. Those 13 aircraft were replaced with S-2G tracker aircraft purchased from the USN stocks in the United States. In 1980, the decision was taken to replace HMAS Melbourne with a new, larger carrier. In 1983, the decision was taken to update the S-2G to turbine engines, Pratt and Whitney PT-6 engines being chosen, to give the RAN an all turbine fleet, removing the necessity to carry two types of fuel onboard the carrier.


This is the kit I'm starting with:




This is the S-2G conversion kit, from Uncle Les over at Beyond the Sprues forum:




This is the Turbo Firetracker conversion kit to bring it up to a Turbo Tracker:




The build is finished:















The Model


As you can see, this was a Hobbycraft S-2 Tracker kit, married to an Uncle Les S-2G conversion kit, plus two new Turboprop engines from Lone Wulf models. The decals came from a set I purchased off of Ebay. Painted with a hairy stick, using Tamiya and Vallejo Acrylic paints.

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That would have been something to see in real life. Saw the RAN trackers in my youth at a couple of Nowra airshows.


The Tracker looks great with turbo props! :thumbsup: You've done a great job the R

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