The latest addtion to my collection of micro-scale (1:200) aircraft, an S-3B Viking ASW aircraft. It is shown here prosecuting a surfaced Akula-class submarine.
About this creation
I thought I'd try something a little different for this latest micro-scale aircraft and build an entire diorama around it. What you see here is an S-3B Viking banking away after it has dropped a pair of Mk 50 torpedoes. It looks like the Akula class submarine (in Russian, "akula" mean shark), which has surfaced due to mechanical troubles, is about make an unintentional dive.
In the Cold War era, S-3Bs were tasked mainly with ASW duties. Their payload typically included 4 Mk 46 or 2 Mk 50 torpedoes and several dozen sonobuoys. They also had a retractable MAD (magnetic anomaly detector, shown in the last picture) boom in the tail. Since the end of the Cold War, the Vikings have been re-purposed to a more conventional ground attack role.
Quoting Red October
The Akula is way cooler than the plane! But why is the Russian SSN surfaced?
Thanks! The main reason the Akula is surfaced is so that I would have something to build :-). You can assume that the Akula had some type of mechanical issue and had to surface at an inopportune moment.
Thanks, everyone, for the comments once again. I definitely appreciate the support. If anyone was curious about the bulb on top of the rear fin on the Akula, it houses a towed sonar array, which can be deployed as it moves slowly underwater.