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S-3 Viking
Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, May 10, 2003 4:32 PM
I have always liked the S-3 Viking, and with George Bush being landed on the Abraham Lincoln in one, it made me think of building one. I'm wondering if you have ever built a model Viking, and if so, what kit you might recommend.

Thanks!
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  • From: Canada / Czech Republic
Posted by upnorth on Saturday, May 10, 2003 4:48 PM
There aren't a whole lot of viking kits out there.

From what I've heard, one of the best is the old Esci 1/48 kit, I believe AMT reissued it with some upgrades about 8 or ten years ago. Not long after AMT also released a 1/48 ES-3B Shadow ECM variant.

Hasegawa has a 1/72 kit, but I think its getting a bit dated by todays standards unless they've made a new tooling.

About 5 years ago, there was a feature in FSM about a fellow in the Netherlands that superdetailed an S-3 in 1/48. He used the Esci kit and the result is a jaw dropper, so the Esci kit obviously has workability going in its favour.

Thats the sum total of my knowledge of S-3 kits, hope its helpful.

Good luck
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  • From: UK
Posted by gregers on Saturday, May 10, 2003 4:59 PM
Airfix releasd an S3 viking in 1/72. I havn't built it since i was a kid but i remember that it went together well and looked good, thats all i can say on this as i have not got the model anymore so i can't testify on its accuracy.... Gregers
Why torture yourself when life will do it for you?
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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, May 10, 2003 7:00 PM
Revell have just issued a reboxed version of the 1/72 Hasegwa moulding in Europe with new decals

Kit no 04327.

Can't comment on the quality, as I haven't built one!

Rob M.
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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, May 10, 2003 9:45 PM
http://www.Megahobby.com just put viking in the search box. This is the old esci kit which is very good
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  • From: Abbotsford, B.C. Canada
Posted by DrewH on Sunday, May 11, 2003 5:13 PM
I built the hasagawa kit a number of years ago. as I recall it has droped flaps and excellent detail w/recessed lines.

Remember: any model purchase is a good one!
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  • From: Panama City, Florida, Hurricane Alley
Posted by berny13 on Sunday, May 11, 2003 8:03 PM
The ESCI kit in 1/48 was a good kit. I just happened to get one with warped wings and it took a little bit ot work to get them straightened out. Other releases I have seen did not have the wing problem. It will build into a nice kit, but don't build the IFR boom so it will move.

Berny

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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, May 14, 2003 11:47 AM
Dans; Recent re-pop in 1/48 of viking is good although needs resin cockpit in my opinion. Lots of colorful scemes for the S-3A version in aftermarket decals...
Chief John
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  • From: Canada / Czech Republic
Posted by upnorth on Wednesday, May 14, 2003 2:07 PM
Just saw a 1/48 S-3 under the Italeri label in a local hobby shop, its a new release, but I don't know if its new tooling or someone else's old molds.

One more option for you anyway.
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, May 14, 2003 6:39 PM
Upnorth - Italeri is reissuing old ESCI kits these days. The 1/72 Backfire bomber is due out at any time. I'd hope that they would make improvements over the originals, but I'm not holding my breath over that one!
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  • From: Oak Harbor, WA
Posted by Kolja94 on Wednesday, May 14, 2003 7:35 PM
Resin cockpit for an S-3? Seems if you tinted the canopy to match the prototype, you wouldn't be able to see much of the cockpit....

Karl

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