4 x E-2C Hawkeyes airborne early warning
aircraft were acquired in 1985 to provide extended early warning and control platform for the RSAF to augment her land based surveillance and command and control capabilities. These
aircraft served with the 111 SQN “Jaeger” in Tengah Air Base. They performed their role well both locally as well as in overseas participation. The fleet was finally replaced by the Gulfstream G550-AEWs which have improved capabilities and performance over the older E-2C in phases from 2010. In all, the E-2Cs served a steadfast role as the “Eye in the Sky” in support of RSAF operation for 25 years before their retirement from service.
Painted the finished kit with a two-tone Gray with a mix of basic Tamiya/Mr Hobby acrylics. Decals and stencils were self-made for aircraft S/N 012 (USN BU No. 162794). Two coats of Future were applied followed by two coats of flat finish after allowing for the curing in between coats to smoothen out the overall look. As these aircraft were older E-2Cs, the engines are known to be pretty smoky and hence heavy weathering was applied on the undersides of the main wing near to the exhaust outlet as well as the tail area in line of the exhaust fumes.
I missed the distinct low drone of the engines when they fly from a distance even before the aircraft came into sight.
Enjoy the photos.
S K Loh
Photos and text © by S K Loh