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Number and Description:
48-063 - Viking Valhalla
|Contents and Media:
sheets; instruction sheet with a colour cardboard header
complete set of stencils supplied - readable under magnifying
glass; decals sharply printed and in perfect register
required to depict the "B" model; couple of minor glitches (see
fixes in text)
Reviewed by Rodger Kelly
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This is another S-3 from
Custom Aeronautical Miniatures (Cam Decals). This time it is one of
their earlier sheets. It covers ES-3A Bureau number 159404, when it
was the CAG bird of VQ-5 aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln in 1999. I
say was because VQ-5 is now disbanded and their aircraft
The aircraft was finished in
the standard scheme for S-3s, overall FS 36375, Light Ghost Grey.
Unlike other S-3s it lacks the light yellow/tan applied to the leading
edges of the wings, horizontal stabilizers, engine, and weapons
The bottom of the rudder, tips
of the horizontal stabilizers, electronics canoe, wing tip pod
antennae and the surround to the canopy were all painted in semi gloss
On this basic canvas were
added the colourful markings that a CAG bird is expected to wear. Cam
Decals have thoughtfully provided each of them as decals.
CAG flash of red,
orange, yellow, green and blue over the black of the rudder.
Purple fin cap and
leading edge to the vertical stabilizer.
bolt edged in the same purple as the fin cap for the sides of the
Yellow-eyed black bats and black NK
airwing identifiers to be applied over the top of the lightning bolt.
White CAG14 for the top of the
Black 727 modex for the fuselage
sides (most S-3s don’t seem to wear modex numbers on the tops of their
Black 27s for the top of the rudder
Black USS Abraham, and NAVY titles
Black VQ-5 CVW -14 DET-14 titles
(note that these are different on either side of the fuselage).
Black VQ-5 titles for the drop
Black bureau numbers
Black “back seater” and Plane Captain
White crew names to show against the
black of the anti-glare panel
A further black bat for the nose.
Stencil data is fairly
comprehensive (read – all the most visible data is there - apart from
the dashed “no-step” markings for the top of the wings) and should
satisfy all but the most ardent fans of 100% accuracy. The data
includes some fairly anaemic slime lights as well as the grey walkway
for the top of the fuselage and black stripes for the arrestor hook.
National insignia is in black for the fuselage sides and grey for the
wings (top left and bottom right).
Decal placement and painting
is guided by an A-4 sized sheet that shows a black and white left hand
side profile as well as a plan view of the upper surfaces.
Although not noted on the
sheet it looks as if the decals themselves have been printed by
Microscale. They are sharp and there is minimal carrier film to each
design. The stencil data is so sharp, that it can be read under
magnification. A quick “dry fit” shows that the designs are of the
right size. The rudder decal is a tad too wide but only by the
tiniest amount. This is good as it allows you to position the decal
so that the leading edge is on the hinge line and then wrap the
trailing edge around the rudder, so that you cover it completely. The
same applies to the purple fin cap decal.
The decals, placement guide as
well as the stiff cardboard header are packed in the ubiquitous clear
plastic zip-loc bag. The header card is the standard one that Cam
Decals use for their S-3 sheets. The front is in colour and shows a
banking S-3 as well as the insignias of each of the squadrons that
flew the S-3. The rear of the header gives a set of detailed
instructions on the best way to apply the decals – worth a read for
both newcomers to the hobby and the “olds and bolds” in need of a
The sheet has been made for
the AMT ES-3A kit. Be aware however that you need to effect a few
modifications to the kit so that it accurately portrays the one-to-one
scale version. A quick search using Google as the search engine
reveals a host of sites with photographs a plenty to guide you.
Once again, an excellent sheet
from Cam Decals and it is recommended. As stated previously, it is
one of there earlier S-3 sheets. The later ones provide the dashed
“no steps” for the wings on a separate, smaller sheet. Let’s hope
that Cam Decals see fit to add it to this sheet at a later date.
Finally, the placement guide
states that the aircraft was “heavily weathered overall”. I was
fortunate enough to photograph it on 4 November 1998. Unfortunately
though, the tail was folded down so it was not possible to get a good
photograph of it.
I have included two shots
taken that day to illustrate the term “heavily weathered”. Note too
that it is yet to receive the attention of the man with the can of
black paint and it has different names stencilled on it.
Brookhurst Hobbies for
the review sample.
CAM Decals are available online
from their website at
http://www.camdecals.com and from
CAM Decals 59 page 2002 color
catalog of decals and resin parts is also
now available through the CAM Decals website
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