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Cal Fire Grumman S-2T Turbo Tracker Build

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  • Member since
    April, 2003
  • From: USA
Cal Fire Grumman S-2T Turbo Tracker Build
Posted by keavdog on Thursday, May 04, 2017 11:04 PM

I live in a fire danger area in souther Cal.  Our local little airport took delivery of two S-2T Tankers

I ordered a Hasegawa S2F-1 1/72 kit on e-bay - very nice little kit BTW. 

I ordered the Wolf Model turbo conversion kit which is exceptionally molded.

And finally the Draw Decal S2-T Cal Fire set

Here's the conversion kit - really well done

I've got the nacells on and I cut a little wider than intended so lots of filling to do - my mistake. 

I'll shoot some pics of the decals when the come in and post up on progress.  Love the look of the Cal Fire birds but I've never been a fan of spraying white or red!

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by PFJN on Friday, May 05, 2017 12:46 AM

Hi,

I'm really looking forward to seeing more of of this build.  It looks like a fascinating topic. Smile

Pat

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    May, 2009
  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Friday, May 05, 2017 3:50 AM

Hello!

Indeed, very interesting stuff! That resin really looks good. Having the real thin in your neighbourhood sure is an inspiration. Good luck with your build and have a nice day

Paweł

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

www.vietnam.net.pl

  • Member since
    December, 2003
  • From: 37deg 40.13' N 95deg 29.10'W
Posted by scottrc on Friday, May 05, 2017 9:23 AM

Oh yea, I'm in for watching this build.  I think the Turbo Tracker is a cool looking plane.  

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    March, 2015
  • From: Streetsboro, Ohio
Posted by Toshi on Friday, May 05, 2017 10:08 AM

Nice start, unique build.  I'll be following.

Toshi

 

Retired due to work related injury

Married to the most caring, loving, understanding, and beautiful wife in the world.  Mrs. Toshi

 

ON THE BENCH:

Revell B-17G Flying Fortress 

NEXT BUILD:

Mrs. Toshi just purchased for me a Tamiya 1/48 Ki-61 via eBay, when it arrives, as always, I’ll do a WIP.  Thanks to M.Brindos and Model Maniac for the heads up and the inspiration in obtaining this kit for my next build.

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  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Saturday, May 06, 2017 2:23 AM

Great pic of the retardant stains, I'll try to simulate this

 

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  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Saturday, May 13, 2017 12:02 AM

Working on the nacelles - still a ways to go.  Mocked up the fuselage to check the wing fit - very nice.

 

 

 

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Posted by keavdog on Sunday, May 14, 2017 10:20 PM

Decals arrived - very nice

 

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Posted by lewbud on Monday, May 15, 2017 1:30 AM

Keavdog,

Glad to see this under way.  The resin looks fantastic.  How long did it take to get the conversion kit once you ordered it?  If you want to lose a couple of hours, go to YouTube and search for fire bombers, lots of cool videos.

Buddy- Those who say there are no stupid questions have never worked in customer service.

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Posted by lewbud on Monday, May 15, 2017 2:32 AM

Don't You Tube fire bombers, look for air tankers instead.

Buddy- Those who say there are no stupid questions have never worked in customer service.

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Monday, May 15, 2017 4:18 AM

Nicxe subject, and some very nice work on this.

''I am a Norfolk man, and i glory in being so''

  

On the bench: Hasegawa 1/32nd Fw 190D-9    

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    April, 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Monday, May 15, 2017 11:57 AM

lewbud

Keavdog,

Glad to see this under way.  The resin looks fantastic.  How long did it take to get the conversion kit once you ordered it?  If you want to lose a couple of hours, go to YouTube and search for fire bombers, lots of cool videos.

 

 

It came within a week or two - from Germany.  It's some of the nicest crip resin casting I've seen.

I've been doing a lot of research on line and ya - easy to get lost in way to many great subjects in interesting markings. 

 

All the surgery is done - now I've got a boatload of sanding ahead

 

 

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    April, 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Sunday, August 27, 2017 10:38 PM

Went over to my local airport and took a look at the Cal Fire aircraft - I think I'll do #70

 

Still working on sanding and filling after the surgeries :)

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    July, 2003
  • From: Cincinnati, Ohio
Posted by ridleusmc on Sunday, August 27, 2017 10:54 PM

I like the project.  It looks like a unique topic.  I look forward to seeing your progress.  Those tail numbers are cool.  They remind me of NASCAR numbers.

 

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    August, 2013
Posted by Jay Jay on Monday, August 28, 2017 9:52 AM

Now that's a unique and interesting project,cool looking aircraft too.

 

 

 

 

 

 I'm finally retired. Now time I got, money I don't.

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Posted by 7474 on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 12:38 PM
Looks like an awesome project, can't wait to see it finished
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  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Sunday, October 08, 2017 9:52 PM

Wing on, test fitting the horizontal stablizers.  The extension on the wing and stablizers really make the flying surfaces dramatic.  I have the tank on and the rear filler adapter as well.  I just need to clean up all the surgery with sanding and filling.

 

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    May, 2009
  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Monday, October 09, 2017 12:08 AM

Hello!

Lookin' good! Whole lot of surgery is going on here! Good luck and have a nice day

Paweł

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

www.vietnam.net.pl

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    April, 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Saturday, October 14, 2017 3:56 AM

Just about ready for paint.  Horizontal stabilizers on.  Lots of finish sanding. Looking pretty clean... or clean enough!

 

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  • From: Streetsboro, Ohio
Posted by Toshi on Saturday, October 14, 2017 7:33 AM

Nicely done sir.  I can’t wait till the first coat of primer/paint goes on.  Everything looks fantastic.

Toshi

 

Retired due to work related injury

Married to the most caring, loving, understanding, and beautiful wife in the world.  Mrs. Toshi

 

ON THE BENCH:

Revell B-17G Flying Fortress 

NEXT BUILD:

Mrs. Toshi just purchased for me a Tamiya 1/48 Ki-61 via eBay, when it arrives, as always, I’ll do a WIP.  Thanks to M.Brindos and Model Maniac for the heads up and the inspiration in obtaining this kit for my next build.

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    December, 2010
  • From: Salem, Oregon
Posted by 1943Mike on Saturday, October 14, 2017 11:04 AM

I'm enjoying watching your build. Interesting aircraft.

OT: Back on Friday the 13th of October 1972, as a young man (29 at that time) I moved from Manhattan (NYC) to live with a friend of the family's in Rancho Santa Fe which, I believe, is about 30 miles from Ramona where I think your aircraft are residing. I never visited Ramona but I did drive to the airport in Carlsbad from time-to-time to feed my used, 1969 Mercury Marquis Brougham with a 429 some 100 octane high lead aircraft fuel since I'd advanced the spark to the point where it would run best on that gas Big Smile. The price of the gas was outrageous but I used it a few times. ($.80/gallon)Smile. I always tipped the guy who was kind enough to break the rules and pump it into my car.

Mike

"Le temps est un grand maître, mais malheureusement, il tue tous ses élèves."

Hector Berlioz

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  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 3:25 AM

Nice!  Did you run that beast at the raceway?  Im also a car guy. My 09 charger ran 11.5 at fontana.  Since then ive done a new build on her.  Forged motor, 1000 hp trans and lots of other fun stuff.  Dyno said 760 rwhp on q16 and the race tune.  Yet to get her on the track but should be in the low 10s.

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  • From: Streetsboro, Ohio
Posted by Toshi on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 3:46 AM

Wow keavdog, rwhp at 760?  That’s very cool.  Back in the day I had a ‘66 Mustang 289 bored 30 over that I rebuilt with a friend.  It was a classic!  That was my first car.  My second car was a ‘79 Mercury Zephyr straight six (Remember those) that I rebuilt to original specs. (It was my dads car purchased brand new in’79) two toned gray.  It was a nice car to drive around as a daily driver.  Both cars were nothing close to your car in terms of hp.  But I learned a lot about cars from those rebuilds.  Today I’m just driving around a 2008 Kia Sedona LX.  lol!  

Toshi

 

Retired due to work related injury

Married to the most caring, loving, understanding, and beautiful wife in the world.  Mrs. Toshi

 

ON THE BENCH:

Revell B-17G Flying Fortress 

NEXT BUILD:

Mrs. Toshi just purchased for me a Tamiya 1/48 Ki-61 via eBay, when it arrives, as always, I’ll do a WIP.  Thanks to M.Brindos and Model Maniac for the heads up and the inspiration in obtaining this kit for my next build.

  • Member since
    June, 2008
Posted by lewbud on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 11:41 AM

Looking good Keavdog!

Buddy- Those who say there are no stupid questions have never worked in customer service.

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    December, 2010
  • From: Salem, Oregon
Posted by 1943Mike on Thursday, October 19, 2017 11:34 PM

"Did you run that beast at the raceway?"

Keavdog, No, I didn't ... LOL - that old Mercury was so heavy and I'm not a car guy - at that time ..young, full of p__s and vinegar, and always broke .. I just did the basic tune ups myself. I had some basic tools, bought a timing light and did the best I could just to keep it running. It was a monstrously heavy car with a large engine but a 2 barrel carb. No way would it ever race. I did burn rubber after leaving my favorite bar in Cardiff by the Sea ... The Kraken. Oh what an idiot I was in those days Big Smile.

How's the build progressing?

Mike

"Le temps est un grand maître, mais malheureusement, il tue tous ses élèves."

Hector Berlioz

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    September, 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Friday, October 20, 2017 12:00 AM

Want to see that Tracker when she's finished.

Fire Eaters are great subjects.

We live in a fire state, I'll take an earthquake over that any day.

Those jets are really making a difference now, the BaE's.

 

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    September, 2017
  • From: western North Carolina
Posted by kensar on Friday, October 20, 2017 6:40 AM

Very cool subject, Keavdog.  The resin parts do look very good.

I'll be following your thread.

Kensar

 

Kensar

 

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    April, 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Saturday, November 11, 2017 4:04 AM

Difficult two piece canopy from the hasagawa kit is on.  Shot primer and its coming along!

 Last bit of surgery - cut off the bulb under the tail and inserted a bit of brass tube to represent the retardant tank fill hookup.

Cal Fire S2T Tracker

First time trying Alclad chrome and its impressive.  I had painted these with testors chrome and I shot the Alclad over it just as an experiment - pretty impressive.  Next time I'll do the proper gloss black undercoat.  These need a bit of polishing when they dry

 

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    April, 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Saturday, November 11, 2017 7:57 PM

A couple years back Cal Fire lost a pilot and one of the S2-T birds.  Here's the story  - man, what a project.

 

 Here's the story: ( Link to the video - https://youtu.be/G5ZGzzwllBw )

 

 

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    April, 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 2:32 AM

Back on this build.  I shot the gloss white tonight - turned out nice, really liking Mr Color paints.  I'll let this cure for a couple of days before the heavy masking starts.  None of the red stripes are provided as decals Indifferent

 

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