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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.












Comments

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  August 19, 2014
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.
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  August 18, 2014
The Akula is way cooler than the plane! But why is the Russian SSN surfaced?
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  March 4, 2014
Shark caught, by the looks of it.... nice work.
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  March 2, 2014
Nice, amazing water - the way torpedoes are made is really creative.
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  March 2, 2014
Very nice work Matt, and the main image is amazing :-D
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  March 1, 2014
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.
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  March 1, 2014
Great work!
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  March 1, 2014
Excellent job on the Viking Matt! the Akula looks great too!
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  March 1, 2014
Spot on for the Viking and very well done in so few bricks.
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  March 1, 2014
Utterly fantastic.
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  February 28, 2014
Great use of the fez, lipstick, and paintbrush.
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  February 28, 2014
Red Storm Rising! It's great to see them in a full display . Excellent work!
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  February 28, 2014
Nice work! I like the S3 and the Akula.
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  February 28, 2014
Great work!
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  February 28, 2014
wow, very very great
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  February 28, 2014
I've never seen anything like the water trails!
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  February 28, 2014
Great strike from the S3, I guess it´s too late to dive.
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  February 28, 2014
Love the plane!
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  February 28, 2014
Excellent job as ever!!
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  February 28, 2014
Great plane! Your version shows off the stubby front very well, I think.
 
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