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About MrB17

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  1. Sorry, this is a set of 3D raised rivet decals for the Zvezda 1/72 C-130E/H. They could also be used on the upcoming C-130J-30, as I don’t believe that the extension plugs had any raised rivets.
  2. Simply Magnificent! Very realistic weathering. Photographed with a real background, one would be hard pressed to tell if it was a real C-130, or a model! Probably one of the best OOB builds I have seen, very inspirational indeed. I had the privilege to service the Montana ANG 106’s back in the 70’s, they had sky blue cockpits and seat cushions and the CO had a chrome ashtray! Cheers, Jeff
  3. Arma AM7293 Volumetric rivets set for the Zvezda C-130E/H. I ordered these in November! And this morning on April fools day I finally received them. These were available from Arma Russia if purchased with the Zvezda C-130 kit. An ebay seller by the name of “Ekatsmir” had these available, I don’t know if there are any more available, but here is a photo of the set, with the placement instructions from Arma. The number of the set is AM7293 if anyone is interested. I have never used these before, so if anyone has, I would appreciate any advice.
  4. Heads up on 1/72 C-130 aftermarket resin wheels. I have just been going over this with @Scooby, because of the upcoming release of Eduard Brassin 1/72 C-130 wheels. It seems that the US military C-130 fleet started upgrading to a new wheel and brake system by UTC Aerospace Systems (Goodyear), around the end of 2013. The new wheel is spoked as opposed to the solid type seen on most C-130’s. I have contacted Eduard to ask if they plan on releasing an “early” set, because the 3D rendering in the March issue of Info Eduard shows the UTC spoked wheels. Granted, a fully loaded C-130 would hav
  5. Oh my my my, that could have gone very wrong! The risks we took when we were young and (__________)! I went through boot camp with a combat arms platoon and I am lucky to have survived that. Although I had been in air cadets for five years, I learned a whole new level of respect! I personally would not have taken the chance, knowing the possibilities. Regimental Sargeants could make you quiver with fear for just looking at them the wrong way! Lucky SOB he was. “A man’s got to know his limitations”.
  6. Thanks for the photos and information @Jobbie I had a good chuckle over the Duck’s Ars*. My daughter gave me a book on Aussie slang, before my visit to Melbourne years ago, and I still have to ask my son-in-law what some things mean. They live here now and my grandkids still have have an accent, very cute. I can see that the Aussie CPI is slightly different from ours, in that ours had winglets that stuck out of the rear side edges, and were visible from the ground at certain angles. There are multiple different configurations for CPI’s depending on the user and aircraft. The photos illus
  7. This might be an indication of some logistical nightmare that Arma (Russia) has got themselves into. Myself and @Scooby ordered some raised rivet sets that were apparently only available from Arma if you ordered a Zvezda C-130 kit from them. An EBay seller (ekatsmir) had 6 of these rivet sets and Scooby ordered 2, I ordered 3, someone else ordered one. I ordered them on November 18 and still don’t have them. Scooby got a refund after inquiring about the status of the order, while I got a reply after my inquiry stating that he would send them via airmail. Sure enough, I got a tracking number th
  8. Excellent news! The walkway stencils are much sought after. Cheers Jeff
  9. I would like to compliment you @tnuag on the Argus conversion. I almost missed out, snagging the last one from Hannant’s. I have lived on Vancouver Island since 69, and the Argus was around quite a bit, sometimes flying radar patterns for the Navy, over my house. Made a few trips up to Comox as an Air Cadet, I even have 8mm of one taxiing around. A dish rattler she was! Also I remember one stopping in at CFB Namao when I was working on Herk’s. Towed into the hangar overnight, and 4 large metal drip trays were pulled from the forward weapons bay. Only aircraft I knew of that brought along its o
  10. Might have run across you then, I was in 676 Squadron in the 70’s, drum major and my gliding scholarship was in ‘75 in Nanaimo (Cassidy). I recall some 581 Squadron members there, probably have their autographs in my log book. Very good times! Lots of flights on the PWA 737’s, I was an airframe tech in Namao in the late 70’s and I would come home to Victoria every chance I got. Sometimes I got a flip on the “Sacred Sow” CC-137, and then connected in YVR to PWA, or sometimes PWA from Edmonton Municipal. Castlegar certainly has a reputation as an inhospitable airport when the weather is bad
  11. Agreed, they do look sharp in civilian liveries, considering the current greyout found everywhere. I had a couple of flights on Pacific Western Electra’s back in the early 70’s while in air cadets. This ex PWA Electra in US register, might have been one of them. They also operated a fuel tanker as well, it was overall NMF with the fin logo. We locals often referred to PWA as “Piggly Wiggly”. Cheers Jeff
  12. Wish I could take credit, but I found this on Wikipedia, while searching for RAAF Herk’s that might show the white CPI. This photo had the added bonus of one of our CC-130E’s right beside it, with our fluorescent red CPI for comparison. The other two were the cherries on top. Certainly, it’s a fine look at 4 different variegated camouflage schemes. Cheers, Jeff
  13. Any photos? That’s the first time I have heard that tail extension called a “duck’s bottom”. We called it the “beaver tail”, maybe because it’s Canada’s national animal, and I have heard the shorter extension referred to as the “platypus”. There were a lot of nicknames for the various parts of the Herk, and depending upon the user, some different from others. Thanks for the tip, I will be searching for a close up photo of the Australian one. Meanwhile here is a photo showing from the top, an IAF C-130H, RAAF C-130H, RCAF CC-130E, USAF ANG C-130E. As you pointed out, the RAAF
  14. @Scooby and any other CC-130 buffs; Regarding the CPI located on top of the CC-130E/H beaver tail, I still can’t find a good close up of it installed, but this photo shows what the underside looks like, and the colour prior to being refinished in fluorescent orange. The little winglets that were fastened to the top rear on each side, are not present in the photo. I will try to make a drawing. The close up of it I have here is too pixelated, but you get the general idea. The company that makes the CPI’s does make them for other aircraft including some US and other manufacturers, but I have only
  15. Being a B-17 aficionado, I can sympathize with you on the lack of scale lap joints and rivets. The only B-17 kit to even have lap joints and raised rivets, was the Lindberg 1/64 kit. While grossly inaccurate, the surface detail is pretty nice, even if it is overscaled. Getting back on track here, the IBG 1/32 PZL P-11C does have a lot more surface detail, which one would expect in 1/32 scale, however we see again the recessed lines to portray the lap joints. There are other features on this aircraft that would have been difficult to reproduce in smaller scale, such as the perpendicular fl
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