S u m m a r y
|Contents and Media:
||67 parts in light grey styrene
||Cockpit, engine and other details okay
straight from the box; looks accurate; surface texture should aid paint adhesion
||Ejector pins need to be removed;
transparent parts are not completely clear; decals slightly fuzzy; flash on most
||Recommended for experienced modellers
Reviewed by Mick Evans
Mach 2's 1/72
scale Grumman Tracer is available online from
The E-1B Tracer was developed from the S2 Tracker. The Tracer was almost
identical externally except for the twin tails and the unusual aerodynamic
shaped radome housing an APS-82 search radar. Grumman built 88 E-1B Tracers
powered by Wright 1820-82WA Cyclone engines.
This is the first review of a Mach 2 kit. I must say that I was quite
However, do not expect these kits to go together without doing some basic
cleanup work. The parts all have some flash and some of the edges are a bit
The kit is moulded in a brittle light grey styrene and contains 67 parts. The
surface detail is finely moulded and has a slightly rough finish, reminiscent of
having been lightly sandblasted. This will aid in paint adhesion, and the
texture should completely disappear under a coat of paint.
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Cockpit detail is adequate, but would be improved by extra detailing if
desired. Even so, I doubt that much will be visible when the windscreen is
The engine fronts contain good detail. Once again these could be improved by
an aftermarket engine quite easily. In the scheme of things the details are
probably better than the Hasegawa Tracker, which is now 20 odd years old.
One thing that is very apparent is the mould ejector pin tags will have to be
removed from all internal surfaces of the parts.
The odd aerodynamic shape of the radar dish has been captured well, and this
shape is the main distinguishing feature of the Tracer.
The transparencies are a bit on the opaque side but should come up crystal
clear with a pit of polishing and a coat of Future.
The markings are for an aircraft attached to the USS Roosevelt in the typical
gull grey and white scheme of the 1960/70s. The decals are a bit on the fuzzy
side but should suffice the average modeller.
Overall, I would recommend this kit to experienced modellers who like
1960/70s USN subjects.
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