ES-3A, Hasegawa kit with some extra detailing
ES-3A Shadow is the “electronic” variant
of the well known S-3A Viking.
It is the standard Hasegawa kit of the S-3 and Hasegawa added the parts needed to build this special version as metal parts in good quality.
The building is no problem and there are to version on the decal sheets, both very attractive CAG-birds. So I have to build the other one, too.
kit is mainly OOB, just some detailing was added inside the cockpit and as I
wanted to build the ES-3A with an Inflight Refueling Pod I had to build the pod
scratch. I have a buddy-buddy-ifr pod from flightpath, but it seems not to be
the correct one for the Viking.
the pod was not so difficult, taking a fuel pod, cutting both ends and attaching
the small rotor from a Prowler jamming pod and the basket and light panels made
from sheet and putty.
in all a fast project and a nice replic of an important variant of the S-3.
used Gunze colours and my airbrush and oil paints for the weathering, because I
was building a “used” aircraft. For fixing the colour before weathering and
to fix the decals i used some layers of future (actually I used the German
version: Aerdal Glaenzer) and a last layer of Gunze flat clear.
I hope you like it
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Photos and text © by Thomas Neuss