Matt Stein Models
Grumman S2F/ C-1/ E-1
TRACKER/ TRADER/ TRACER
in 1/550 scale
A unique Matty's Models "combination" casting, permitting easy conversion to the S2F TRACKER (left and center), C-1 TRADER (not shown above) or E-1 TRACER
(right); anti-submarine (ASW), carrier on-board delivery (COD) or
airborne early warning (AEW) aircraft, respectively, in (approximately)
1/550 scale; for your 1/500 to 1/600 scale carrier decks. Here is what
Each casting is delivered still in its native casting wafer (top left), which is quickly and easily removed
(top right). The casting, including separate radome for the E-1,
includes features - the dorsal radome pylon, rooftop radome, central
rudder, stabilizer-tip rudders and/or the wing-mounted Leigh Light pod
- which need only to be removed for conversion to any S2F, E-1 or C-1 configuration. On-line instructions for making these conversions are available here.
Look closely at all views including the underside (bottom left), to note the following features:
- Gloss-finish canopy/windows
- Raised canopy framing
- Scribed control surface lines
- Recessed engine nacelle openings
- Scored wing-fold-lines (hidden) on wing undersides.
- Locator dimples for landing gear**
Surface details are far easier to read in these pictures of completed, painted and decaled examples:
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resin does not need priming for most applications, however since purple
blocks the (yellow) internal reflections of the castings most
effectively, a thin undercoat of opaque purple is recommended - even
before removing the remnant casting wafer, as it also makes for easier
Propeller blades are to be provided by the builder*; from
readily-available materials. Here, the required props were obtained
from 3-bladed square-tipped brass props on the Revell Midwy/Forrestal/Essex fret, available from Gold Medal Models .
Landing gear are likewise to be completed by the builder**; from
readily-available materials. Here all landing gear were made using our
very simple, and recommended, "Glue Drop" construction method.
Decals for these examples came from spare leftover scraps, however
Matty's Models recommends using the excellent decals provided by Gold Medal Models; we recommend obtaining both their 350-6D and 700-3D
decal sheets which between them will provide an outstanding variety of
USN markings - sufficient to complete almost any USN aircraft from the
1920s through the '80s, in scales from 1/350 through 1/700.
PRICING(Excluding ONLY ACTUAL shipping and any applicable taxes)
- 4-Pak (four aircraft): $12.50 USD
- 9 or more aircraft: each $2.90 USD
* Rotor- and/or propeller blades to be provided by the builder;
from readily-available materials. For photo-etched brass (PE), Matt
Stein Models recommends using any of several "1/550 and similar" scale
frets made by Gold Medal Models
** Remainder of landing gear to be provided by the builder; from
readily-available materials. Instructions for a very easy "Glue Drop"
method for completing all required landing gear are available here.
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