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  1. Are you talking about the Radioplane RP-4 Drone? Don't think there's much of a demand for that. (yes, I realize you were probably being sarcastic) What I'm hoping for is a P-39 Airacobra. Pretty significant type without a modern up-to-date example in plastic. I know what Arma said about future releases not necessarily being tied to Polish heritage, but it's pretty significant in that regard too. Here's to hoping....
  2. I'd vote for a TBD-1 Devastator if they're sticking with a 1/72 USN/Midway theme. I'd love to see one get the same treatment as their Dauntless.
  3. I live in Georgia, USA and I ordered several kits, a decal sheet and a couple of aftermarket items from Hannants. The order itself arrived just 9 days after I received the “dispatched” notice. That is OUTSTANDING in today’s supply-chain challenged world. Everything was neatly packed and arrived undamaged. I was thrilled as I always am whenever I deal with Hannants. However, when I inspected the contents of the actual model boxes, I discovered an issue with the KPM La-5F model kit I’d ordered. The sprue contents in it were incorrect. I’d received 2 of one sprue and none of another when I should have had 1 of each. I contacted Hannants via the “E-mail Us” tab on their website and explained my situation. The “E-mail Us” tab links to their sales dept. Lee, in their sales dept, immediately responded and forwarded my e-mail to customer services. There, Kim remedied the situation by dispatching a new kit to me while notifying me it had been sent. A tracking number was also provided. All this happened within 22hrs of me sending the initial e-mail. This just reaffirms my belief that Hannants is one of the premiere on-line vendors in the world. I’ve been dealing with them for decades and I’ve never had a bad experience. Outstanding job Hannants, especially lee and Kim. Keep up the good work. It’s very much appreciated.
  4. Thanks Patrice. I'll be getting a few myself! Take care, Jay
  5. You may be correct about the forward dispensers. When I retired in '09, there were only two inside the "U" shaped fairing but there were discussions about expanding them to four. In the pic of the damaged fairing I posted, it looked like it had been expanded, so I'd assumed it had been. I can't verify that it has been, though. Some of the antenna underneath belong to the ALR-69A(V) radar warning receiver (RWR). Unfortunately, I don't have any good pics of it available and my Dash-1 is packed up and in storage. The items are new from Hannant's newletter this morning. There were 2 on hand when I notified you. They must've sold out in a hurry.
  6. Hi Larry, Have you seen these at Hannant's https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/ASQ72090? Also, the dispensers at the rear of the external tank pylons face aft: not left or right. They are arranged side-by-side but with each dispenser oriented vertically (unlike the horizontal orientation of the armpits). I hope the drawing below help clears it up. I don't have the exact measurements, but I'd estimate the dimensions of the blanking plate to be 14-15" wide and 9" tall. Remember to take into the account the width of the pylon that the triangle fairing blends into. If you don't, it can create a visual illusion of the fairing being shorter and more highly angled than it actually is. Also, don't forget the canisters are only 9" deep so there's ample room for them to fit.
  7. Hi Larry, Here are some pics I took of the pylon dispenser today. Hopefully they're sufficient as I was racing to get them after work before a TStorm rolled in.
  8. Hi Larry, Yeah, the Spec Ops birds almost always had different equipment and configurations. i wouldn't rely on them for modeling a "vanilla" trash hauler. I'm here at Warner Robins, GA so I'll see if I can get by the Museum tomorrow and take some pics of the pylon dispensers on the one they have displayed. It's an E model but should be configured the same as Maxwell's H2s, The only other aftermarket dispenser set I know of is Tecnik 7201. It's also photo etch and is long out of production. My recommendation would be to model them with the cover plates installed. Beavertail and armpits would only require simple line scribing. That would leave only the pylon dispenser assembly and the fairing for the forward dispensers to scratch if they aren't supplied by the kit. I was attached for flying to the Maxwell unit for 7 years (02 thru 09) so I can assure you they have all the dispensing locations. The receiver antenna for the AAR-47, ALR-69 and LAIRCM are the assorted bumps/lumps around the front, on the beaver tail, and underneath the fuselage. The large bulges on the side of the fuselage aft of the troop doors are for the LAIRCM transmitters. Again, I don't know what the kit contains. A good site for C-130 pics is here: http://www.c-130hercules.net, It has pics of just about every tail# built. Jay
  9. Yeah, you could say that. More pics here: http://photo.fayobserver.com/?ssid=3663&sid=1
  10. Hi Larry, Depending upon the model and country of C-130 you’re modeling, the C-130 defensive systems layout can be quite different. If you’re looking at a “vanilla” (non-special purpose) C-130H3 USAF trash hauler that your Cheyenne Guard Herc pic depicts, there are actually 22 countermeasure dispensers located in 7 areas around the aircraft. I’ve marked your Cheyenne Herc pic with them. The AN/ALE-40 is the entire dispensing system consisting not only of the dispensers (the buckets into which the flare/chaff canisters are placed), but the wiring and switches/boxes on the flight deck as well. In the mid to late ‘90s, the AN/ALE-40 began being replaced by the newer AN/ALE-47. Fortunately for the modeler, there are no external differences between the AN/ALE 40 and AN/ALE 47 systems as they used the same size buckets and locations. Dispenser Standard procedure is if there are no countermeasures being carried, the buckets are covered with a blanking plates. One plate covers two buckets. If modeling them plated over, a simple line scribing would be sufficient. All you would have to be concerned about is the two fairings in the forward locations and the shape of the pylon sites. Here is a pic of one type canister that the Herc uses. All of the types used by the Herc have the same external dimensions: how it is segmented internally depends upon what kind of countermeasure is being used. This particular one is designed for 1” by 1” expendables. Here is a pic of canisters loaded in the buckets at the C-130 armpit location. Armpits with the plates on Beaver tail w plates on Pylon w plates on (actually rectangular, camera distorts it to trapezoid shape) Forward location (plated over) Forward location (Fairing damaged in air to air collision w/C-27J) Hope this helps, Jay
  11. My question was answered on ARC. Here's the link to the new kit's contents: http://www.moxing.net/bbs/thread-46978-1-1.htmlif you're interested. Initial look is that it is quite nice. Jay
  12. Is it a completely new mold or based on their earlier attempt to model the Flying Leopard? If it’s the latter, there’s no way I’ll spend one cent on that monstrosity. Fool me once….. Thanks, Jay
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