we have an Orion with a bit of a twist: itís a P-3F, the variant sold to Iran
in the late 1970s, before the Shah was deposed.
I canít be certain but from the markings on the tail I think this one
may be post-revolution.
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Hasegawaís old stalwart, the P-3C, in one of the earliest 1980s boxes, built
from that box apart from the camera fairing under the nose - which is almost
totally wrong, I believe, but perhaps they re-fitted it or something. The
national markings come from an old Superscale sheet; cost me an arm and most of
a leg, but Iíd wanted to do this particular colour scheme for over twenty
years, so ... The rest are from the box, and they stood up pretty well to
sitting around for all that time, apart from being irretrievably yellow.
Amazing what a coat of pastel dust and a careful choice of camera setting can
model should be a learning experience or itís no fun. So, what did I
learn making this?
If you have engraved panel lines - and especially if you take a
month to engrave your own - clean them out after every
coat of paint. Itís tedious but itís vital.
However much weight you think you need, you need more. This thing has
weights inside the propeller spinners.
Future isnít smooth. If you brush it on, take care to spot bubbles
and wipe them over, or you get pimples.
The more you add to your aerials, the more theyíll sag, unless theyíre
wire-taut to begin with. I recommend not
spraying them with matt varnish.