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P-3C Orion Decals VP-40

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I am building a P-3C Orion for a navy friend that was a member of VP-40. I ordered the 1/72 Hasegawa kit and thought all was well. However, after asking her if the decals were correct, she told me the tail emblem of the Marlin had changed by the time she got to the squadron. I want this to be as accurate as I can make it. Does anyone have any ideas as to how I might go about getting the tail emblem correct?

 

Apparently this is the emblem that was on her plane and of course it is not what is included in the kit:

 

https://www.alamy.com/150814-n-qr600-145-coronadoaug-14-2015-a-p-3c-orion-aircraft-from-the-fighting-marlins-of-patrol-squadron-vp-40-was-on-display-during-the-naval-base-coronado-change-of-command-the-fighting-marlins-are-conducting-their-operational-readiness-evaluation-ore-while-participating-with-the-stennis-carrier-strike-group-during-their-composite-training-unit-exercise-and-joint-task-force-exercise-us-navy-photo-by-mass-communication-specialist-2nd-class-jillian-lottireleased-image215481487.html?pv=1&stamp=2&imageid=0925BC5C-7692-420F-811E-0D380758A8B1&p=652321&n=0&orientation=0&pn=1&searchtype=0&IsFromSearch=1&srch=foo%3dbar%26st%3d0%26pn%3d1%26ps%3d100%26sortby%3d2%26resultview%3dsortbyPopular%26npgs%3d0%26qt%3dfighting%2520marlins%26qt_raw%3dfighting%2520marlins%26lic%3d3%26mr%3d0%26pr%3d0%26ot%3d0%26creative%3d%26ag%3d0%26hc%3d0%26pc%3d%26blackwhite%3d%26cutout%3d%26tbar%3d1%26et%3d0x000000000000000000000%26vp%3d0%26loc%3d0%26imgt%3d0%26dtfr%3d%26dtto%3d%26size%3d0xFF%26archive%3d1%26groupid%3d%26pseudoid%3d%26a%3d%26cdid%3d%26cdsrt%3d%26name%3d%26qn%3d%26apalib%3d%26apalic%3d%26lightbox%3d%26gname%3d%26gtype%3d%26xstx%3d0%26simid%3d%26saveQry%3d%26editorial%3d1%26nu%3d%26t%3d%26edoptin%3d%26customgeoip%3d%26cap%3d1%26cbstore%3d1%26vd%3d0%26lb%3d%26fi%3d2%26edrf%3d%26ispremium%3d1%26flip%3d0%26pl%3d

 

Sorry about the long kinks wanted to make sure you guys could see it.

 

any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks!

 

- Jim

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If you can wait, I will include this unit in one of my upcoming P-3 sheet - due to be released sometime in the April-May timeframe. If not, you might want to get it custom designed by someone who does such work. 

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That's a very interesting new "retro" version I hadn't seen before.  Yes, Kursad, please do include it in both 1/72 & 1/144.

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