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Current and Finished Projects => Physical Models => Aero-space => Topic started by: Rod The Fixer on October 29, 2021, 03:59:22 AM

Title: Curtiss SOC-3 Seagull - Hasegawa 1/72
Post by: Rod The Fixer on October 29, 2021, 03:59:22 AM
Hi everyone,
I'm starting to assemble this Hasegawa kit:

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by Rodolfo Masti (https://www.flickr.com/photos/rodthefixer/), on Flickr

to make this aircraft:

(https://www.history.navy.mil/content/history/nhhc/our-collections/photography/numerical-list-of-images/nhhc-series/nh-series/NH-50000/NH-50303/_jcr_content/mediaitem/image.img.jpg/1457078016710.jpg) (https://www.history.navy.mil/content/history/nhhc/our-collections/photography/numerical-list-of-images/nhhc-series/nh-series/NH-50000/NH-50303/_jcr_content/mediaitem/image.img.jpg/1457078016710.jpg)
VO-5 USS New York (BB-34) Source: Naval History and Heritage Command (https://www.history.navy.mil/our-collections/photography/numerical-list-of-images/nhhc-series/nh-series/NH-50000/NH-50303.html)

The Curtiss SOC Seagull was a biplane scout-observation aircraft that operated from US battleships and cruisers throughout the Second World War and was designed as a replacement for the Vought 02U. Each battleship carried three SOC's for the primary purpose of spotting long range of its 14-inch guns.
All cruiser carried four planes units and these were primarily for scouting.
All models of the SOC were convertible from floatplanes to landsplanes and operated on wheels from naval air stations ashore when their parent ship was in port.

The Seagull was used to support several shore bombardments, including Operation Torch, the invasion of Sicily and the Salerno landings. During these operations it proved to be very vulnerable to enemy fighter aircraft.
The Seagull was in use on US cruisers during the battle of the Coral Sea (4-8 May 1942), at the battle of Midway of June 1942, and on the fleet that supported the invasion of Gaudalcanal and Tulagi in August 1942. At Midway twenty-eight Seagulls equipped Cruiser Scouting Squadrons 4, 5 and 6 (VCS-4, VCS-5 and VCS-6). During the Guadalcanal campaign Seagulls were used to try and find the Japanese ships ferrying reinforcements to the island at night (the Tokyo Express), with at least one being shot down.

A quick look inside the box:

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by Rodolfo Masti (https://www.flickr.com/photos/rodthefixer/), on Flickr
VO-4, Battleship USS Colorado (Land Plane Version)

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 by Rodolfo Masti (https://www.flickr.com/photos/rodthefixer/), on Flickr
VO-5. Battleship USS New York (Seaplane Version)

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by Rodolfo Masti (https://www.flickr.com/photos/rodthefixer/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Curtiss SOC-3 Seagull - Hasegawa 1/72
Post by: robunos on October 29, 2021, 04:55:16 AM
Interesting, a new release with two kits in the box. I have the 'old' boxing, with different markings, and both wheels and floats.
Looking forward to seeing what you do with this . . .


cheers,
Robin.
Title: Re: Curtiss SOC-3 Seagull - Hasegawa 1/72
Post by: Rod The Fixer on December 05, 2021, 02:47:08 AM
I managed to buy this little gem to detailing the engine:

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by Rodolfo Masti (https://www.flickr.com/photos/rodthefixer/), on Flickr

but I couldn't buy the Starfighter resin cockpit interior and so I tried to detail the cockpit, what do you think about it?

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51725021910_754fd9e64d_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2mNLfWA)
by Rodolfo Masti (https://www.flickr.com/photos/rodthefixer/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51724794149_17556fc5a3_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2mNK6eF)
by Rodolfo Masti (https://www.flickr.com/photos/rodthefixer/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51724389373_b6bd6edda0_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2mNH1UM)
by Rodolfo Masti (https://www.flickr.com/photos/rodthefixer/), on Flickr

Title: Re: Curtiss SOC-3 Seagull - Hasegawa 1/72
Post by: apophenia on December 05, 2021, 04:20:57 AM
This looks excellent Rodolfo!

A few detail-y SOC-3 cockpit things come to mind ... but none that would be visible once the canopy was on. I'd say that your additions show everything you need in a 1/72 cockpit  :smiley:
Title: Re: Curtiss SOC-3 Seagull - Hasegawa 1/72
Post by: Old Wombat on December 05, 2021, 06:33:16 AM
1/72? Damned good work! :smiley:
Title: Re: Curtiss SOC-3 Seagull - Hasegawa 1/72
Post by: Rod The Fixer on December 11, 2021, 12:31:18 AM
Here is the Soc-3 Seagull seaplane embarked on the USS New York ...

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by Rodolfo Masti (https://www.flickr.com/photos/rodthefixer/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51737721368_8cb38eb19d_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2mPTm3L)
by Rodolfo Masti (https://www.flickr.com/photos/rodthefixer/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51738128164_0167d63f0c_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2mPVqYu)
by Rodolfo Masti (https://www.flickr.com/photos/rodthefixer/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51738128149_e7056e3fce_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2mPVqYe)
by Rodolfo Masti (https://www.flickr.com/photos/rodthefixer/), on Flickr

I applied a coat of black primer before painting it

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by Rodolfo Masti (https://www.flickr.com/photos/rodthefixer/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51736661457_8feb416b61_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2mPMUYr)
by Rodolfo Masti (https://www.flickr.com/photos/rodthefixer/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51738128074_e31fa50907_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2mPVqWW)
by Rodolfo Masti (https://www.flickr.com/photos/rodthefixer/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51737721238_5bf16afeaf_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2mPTm1w)
by Rodolfo Masti (https://www.flickr.com/photos/rodthefixer/), on Flickr

Title: Re: Curtiss SOC-3 Seagull - Hasegawa 1/72
Post by: Rod The Fixer on December 25, 2021, 01:59:52 AM
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by Rodolfo Masti (https://www.flickr.com/photos/rodthefixer/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51772908943_2c05986248_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2mSZG66)
by Rodolfo Masti (https://www.flickr.com/photos/rodthefixer/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51772908868_cff6081470_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2mSZG4N)
by Rodolfo Masti (https://www.flickr.com/photos/rodthefixer/), on Flickr

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by Rodolfo Masti (https://www.flickr.com/photos/rodthefixer/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Curtiss SOC-3 Seagull - Hasegawa 1/72
Post by: GTX_Admin on December 25, 2021, 02:03:52 AM
Looking good
Title: Re: Curtiss SOC-3 Seagull - Hasegawa 1/72
Post by: Frank3k on December 25, 2021, 05:07:02 AM
The canopy framing looks fantastic. Did you make the masks or are they aftermarket?
Title: Re: Curtiss SOC-3 Seagull - Hasegawa 1/72
Post by: apophenia on December 25, 2021, 06:16:12 AM
The canopy framing looks fantastic...

Yeah, the viewer really needs to enlarge the images to fully appreciate that  :smiley:
Title: Re: Curtiss SOC-3 Seagull - Hasegawa 1/72
Post by: Old Wombat on December 25, 2021, 08:16:46 AM
Ooh! Nice silver finish! 8)
Title: Re: Curtiss SOC-3 Seagull - Hasegawa 1/72
Post by: Rod The Fixer on January 05, 2022, 11:35:43 PM
Plane before weathering, rigging and .... a sea of resin

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51800522017_4ff1875634_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2mVrduz)
by Rodolfo Masti (https://www.flickr.com/photos/rodthefixer/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51801832804_781501b696_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2mVxW9m)
by Rodolfo Masti (https://www.flickr.com/photos/rodthefixer/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51801589038_c6083ddf4d_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2mVwFFu)
by Rodolfo Masti (https://www.flickr.com/photos/rodthefixer/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51800521922_eb41e2205f_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2mVrdsW)
by Rodolfo Masti (https://www.flickr.com/photos/rodthefixer/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51800521872_ec72040851_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2mVrds5)
by Rodolfo Masti (https://www.flickr.com/photos/rodthefixer/), on Flickr

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by Rodolfo Masti (https://www.flickr.com/photos/rodthefixer/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Curtiss SOC-3 Seagull - Hasegawa 1/72
Post by: GTX_Admin on January 06, 2022, 01:57:52 AM
 :smiley:
Title: Re: Curtiss SOC-3 Seagull - Hasegawa 1/72
Post by: Old Wombat on January 06, 2022, 04:15:24 AM
That "Show Room Shine" ... Pretty! 8) 8)
Title: Re: Curtiss SOC-3 Seagull - Hasegawa 1/72
Post by: Rod The Fixer on January 10, 2022, 12:21:23 AM
The Land Plane Version (VO-4, Battleship USS Colorado), is alsp ready for Weathering and rigging ...

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51810434434_8833af561f_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2mWj27j)
by Rodolfo Masti (https://www.flickr.com/photos/rodthefixer/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51809128272_19eaef443c_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2mWcjQh)
 by Rodolfo Masti (https://www.flickr.com/photos/rodthefixer/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51810434369_45b6ce6387_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2mWj26c)
by Rodolfo Masti (https://www.flickr.com/photos/rodthefixer/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51810083666_e51e0136b4_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2mWhdQA)
by Rodolfo Masti (https://www.flickr.com/photos/rodthefixer/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Curtiss SOC-3 Seagull - Hasegawa 1/72
Post by: GTX_Admin on January 10, 2022, 01:23:36 AM
 :smiley:
Title: Re: Curtiss SOC-3 Seagull - Hasegawa 1/72
Post by: Old Wombat on January 10, 2022, 01:53:48 PM
 8)
Title: Re: Curtiss SOC-3 Seagull - Hasegawa 1/72
Post by: apophenia on January 11, 2022, 09:49:52 AM
And a matching pair! Very nice  :smiley:
Title: Re: Curtiss SOC-3 Seagull - Hasegawa 1/72
Post by: Rod The Fixer on January 16, 2022, 02:51:24 AM
Rigging a 1/72 plane is a challenging task for my hands ...  ;)

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by Rodolfo Masti (https://www.flickr.com/photos/rodthefixer/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51822467098_46aeaac83c_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2mXnG13)
by Rodolfo Masti (https://www.flickr.com/photos/rodthefixer/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51823075550_1302f31f23_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2mXqNSA)
by Rodolfo Masti (https://www.flickr.com/photos/rodthefixer/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51822356011_1eb6cfdb1f_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2mXn7YK)
by Rodolfo Masti (https://www.flickr.com/photos/rodthefixer/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Curtiss SOC-3 Seagull - Hasegawa 1/72
Post by: GTX_Admin on January 16, 2022, 03:07:51 AM
That looks fantastic! :smiley:
Title: Re: Curtiss SOC-3 Seagull - Hasegawa 1/72
Post by: Old Wombat on January 16, 2022, 10:04:33 PM
I think they both look great & the rigging is excellent.


You would be grateful they weren't Airco DH.2's, Vickers FB.26's or Royal Aircraft Factory F.E.2's then, Rod. ;)

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