by Scott Nagle
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The ES-3A Shadow was the short-lived (1991-1999)
electronic warfare and reconnaissance variant of the venerable S-3 Viking
anti-submarine aircraft. In addition, the aircraft provided airborne
refueling capability with an underwing buddy pod.
The AMT/ERTL kit is well-known for its excellent, crisp, recessed panel
lines and its excellent fit. It was therefore a pleasure to construct this
kit completely out of the box. The only downside is the poorly detailed
and incorrect cockpit. Thankfully, the darkly tinted canopy all but hides
the cockpit, which can only be seen with direct, bright illumination and
does not detract from the overall presentation.
The only potential construction pitfall arises from the misleading and
incorrect photographs of the completed model on the box cover. They show
the covers that replace the bomb bay doors being positioned so that the
vents face downward. All my photographs of the actual aircraft, as well as
the line drawings in the kit instructions, show these vents on the sides
of the aircraft, not the bottom. In order to accomplish this, a fair
amount of filling and sanding is needed between the panels and the
The markings for this aircraft have been produced by
both SuperScale and CAM Decals.
The original SuperScale sheet had some mistakes that
SuperScale partially rectified by providing a correction sheet at no
charge if you mail them the sheet identification decal. Unfortunately,
there are still some small errors and omissions -- most notably the lack
of a bat insignia for the nose, "slime" lights, and wing walkway markings.
The 1/48 scale CAM Decals sheet provides all of these
markings. I would recommend avoiding the SuperScale sheet and purchasing
instead the CAM Decals sheet if you decide to build this bird.
Paint was Model Master enamels with a panel line wash
of a mixture of diluted black and brown "The Detailer" acrylics.
Weathering was done with pastel chalk.
World Air Power Journal,
Vol. 34, Autumn/Fall 1998
Lock On No 23: Lockheed
S-3B Viking, Verlinden Publications
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by Scott Nagle
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