Scratchbuilt EggScale Grumman E-1 Tracer

Gallery Article by M Razali Ahmad on July 23 2020



This is my original Scratchbuilt EggScale model of the Grumman E-1 Tracer. I used Big Easter egg for the main Fuselage and 2 smaller sized Egg for the 2 engines. Propellers were made of Tamiya Plaplate sheets. The big flat radome was heat and stretched from a wooden mold. Decal were self print.

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The E-1 Tracer was the first purpose built airborne early warning aircraft used by the United States Navy. It was a derivative of the Grumman C-1 Trader and first entered service in 1958. It was replaced by the more modern E-2 Hawkeye in the early 1970s. The E-1 was designated WF under the old US Navy system; the designation earned it the nickname "Willy Fudd". Since the S-2 Tracker was known as S2F under the old system, that aircraft was nicknamed "Stoof"; the WF/E-1 with its distinctive radome gained the nickname "Stoof with a Roof”. The E-1 featured folding wings for compact storage aboard aircraft carriers. Unlike the S-2 and C-1 in which the wings folded upwards, the radome atop the fuselage necessitated the E-1 to fold its wings along the sides of the fuselage.

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M Razali Ahmad

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