Author Topic: Curtiss SOC-3 Seagull - Hasegawa 1/72  (Read 221 times)

Offline Rod The Fixer

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Curtiss SOC-3 Seagull - Hasegawa 1/72
« on: October 29, 2021, 03:59:22 AM »
Hi everyone,
I'm starting to assemble this Hasegawa kit:


by Rodolfo Masti, on Flickr

to make this aircraft:


VO-5 USS New York (BB-34) Source: Naval History and Heritage Command

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:


by Rodolfo Masti, on Flickr
VO-4, Battleship USS Colorado (Land Plane Version)


 by Rodolfo Masti, on Flickr
VO-5. Battleship USS New York (Seaplane Version)


by Rodolfo Masti, on Flickr

Offline robunos

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Re: Curtiss SOC-3 Seagull - Hasegawa 1/72
« Reply #1 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.
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Offline Rod The Fixer

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Re: Curtiss SOC-3 Seagull - Hasegawa 1/72
« Reply #2 on: Yesterday at 02:47:08 AM »
I managed to buy this little gem to detailing the engine:


by Rodolfo Masti, 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?


by Rodolfo Masti, on Flickr


by Rodolfo Masti, on Flickr


by Rodolfo Masti, on Flickr


Offline apophenia

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Re: Curtiss SOC-3 Seagull - Hasegawa 1/72
« Reply #3 on: Yesterday at 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:
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Offline Old Wombat

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Re: Curtiss SOC-3 Seagull - Hasegawa 1/72
« Reply #4 on: Yesterday at 06:33:16 AM »
1/72? Damned good work! :smiley:
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