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  1. I texted a couple of photos of my recently completed Ki-43 Hayabusa to one of my college ROTC buddies. He told me once that the Oscar was one of his favorite aircraft. After he saw the pictures, he asked me if I would build a model for him. He surprised me by asking for a C-130. He flew C-130s back in the 1980s, H models from Dyess AFB, Tx, and EC-130 Compass Call out of Sembach AB, Germany. He wants a basic trash hauler in Euro 1 lizard camo. I checked out what kits were available and the Zvezda 1/72nd C-130H seemed to be the fan favorite. I checked online shops and eBay and found that BNA Model World in Australia had the best price with shipping. I put in the order, along with Eduard canopy masks and a cockpit detail set. In a very short time the box arrived and it was Christmas in October. But, when I opened the box I thought maybe I should have gone for a 1/144 scale kit. The Zvezda kit is big. I usually build 1/48th fighters, so this one dwarfs my workspace. But I haven't started that 1/48th F-105 yet either. I had already started the kit when I took these first photos. Management of the workspace is important in the build. You can see the green dusting the spray booth filter. I glued some of the cargo bay side panels into the fuselage halves, sprayed the interior parts with Testors Model Master Sky Type S. I had an old bottle that was unopened. I thought it was too dark for use on a 1/48th Spitfire. Works well for that sickly "hospital green" that C-130 interiors were painted. I also painted the landing gear wells, struts, and wheels gloss white. After the main gear wells were painted I glued the multi-part sponsons (I think that's the term) to the fuselage sides. Fit is good, but I usually end up with seams to fill. There are insert panels forward of the main gear for different versions. This one does not have forward side doors. The white squiggle is some correction fluid. I find it fills fine seams well and wet sands very easily. I plan on cleaning up the majority of the fuselage seams before getting too far with the interior. But, when I join the fuselage halves, sanding the long seams will be a problem with keeping the interior clean. I'll probably tape the openings to try to keep the muck out. As you can see, the fuselage will be about 17 inches long once the nose cone and tail stinger are attached. The wings consist of 2-piece outer panels with a single upper mid-section that attaches atop the fuselage. The lower outer panels extend to meet up with the fuselage side, so it should be a strong joint with no wing droop in the future. Again, the size is impressive. I don't think it will fit in my spray booth. Also in the photo are the 2 external wing fuel tanks. There are only 3 seated crew members provided. I guess the Nav and Load Master are late for the flight. One of the crewmen looks a little like Freddy Mercury with the crew cut and mustache.
  2. After the - ref. SVM-14002 - Lockheed EC-130V Hercules - AWACS https://www.modelsvit-eshop.com/c/aviation-1/ec-130v-awacs-version-144 https://www.super-hobby.fr/products/EC-130V.html Original Amodel boxings from 2010: https://www.scalemates.com/kits/sova-m-svm-14002-lockheed-ec-130v--1288482 SOVA-M is to release two new variants from the mighty Hercules: - ref. SVM-14004 - Lockheed C-130W.2 Hercules - DERA "Snoopy" weather research aircraft https://www.modelsvit-eshop.com/c/aviation-1/c-130k-w2-snoopy-222 https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/SVM-14004 https://www.aviationmegastore.com/en/modelling/lockheed-c130w-2-snoopy-weather-research-aircraft-sova-models-svm-14004-201558.html - ref. SVM-14007 - Lockheed C-130Q Hercules - NSF/NCAR atmosphere research aircraft https://www.modelsvit-eshop.com/c/aviation-1/ec-130q-research-aircraft-223 https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/SVM-14007 https://www.aviationmegastore.com/en/modelling/lockheed-c130q-hercules--athmosphere-research-aircraft-sova-models-svm-14007-201559.html V.P.
  3. Zvezda is to release in 2020 a 1/72nd Lockheed C-130 Hercules kit - ref. 7321 Source: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235061306-zvezda-2020/ V.P.
  4. Hello! Great forum. First of all, I apologize for my bad English, I'm doing it with the help of Google. I'm not a very skilled modeller, but I try to make believable models. In my model list are many helicopters from "Operation Deep Freeze", Australian "King Fisher" and other "polar" machines. I am currently preparing a model of Qué Será Será - R4D Dakota and LC-130R Hercules on VXE-6. Naturally I get to the color problem. Many manufacturers of polar "camouflage" models give different colors, in many cases only approximately close to the real ones. I was able to find the US military aircraft paint standards, but the model and combat manufacturers interpretation is not accurate. It is commonly equated to the most desirable of those battle palettes. Paint manufacturers are also not quite precise. I would be grateful if you could share a menu on how to paint the planes.
  5. Minicraft is to release a 1/144th Lockheed C-130J-30 Hercules kit - ref. 14700 Source: http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/blog/1509254 V.P.
  6. Great Wall Hobby is to release a 1/144th Lockheed C-130H Hercules kit - ref. ? Source: https://hobby.dengeki.com/event/2090004/ V.P.
  7. Here are my new 1/72 models, an Italeri C-130 Hercules, an (old) Airfix Mirage III (both in Brazilian camouflage & insignia), and an (old) Revell F4F Wildcat in Royal Navy colours. The C-130 and Mirage are OOB, but the Wildcat (actually a Martlet) has been reworked with manually recessed panel lines, a new scratchbuilt cockpit, true belly windows, etc.. I preferred to represent "new planes" with minimal wear and tear. I'm not sure if I should have used the exact British (RN) colors for the Martlet, maybe I should have used the "equivalent" American colours. Hope you like it, and sorry about the (bad) quality of the pictures.
  8. A random selection of Canadian CC-130s. 130311 (C-130E USAF s/n 64-17630) of 435 Squadron, October 1980. Supporting a deployment of CF-5s at Nellis AFB. 130311 (again) now with 436 Squadron, June 1991. Supporting a deployment of CF-188s at Nellis AFB for Red Flag 91-5. That’s the tail of 130388 in the foreground. 130313 (C-130E USAF s/n 64-17632) of 435 Squadron, January 1984. Supporting a deployment of Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment CF-104 and CT-114 at Edwards AFB for USAF Test Pilot School qual flights. 130315 (C-130E USAF s/n 64-17634) of 436 Squadron, September 1980. Supporting a deployment of CF-5s at Nellis AFB. 130338 (C-130H) of 435 Squadron, June 1991. Supporting a deployment of CF-188s at Nellis AFB for Red Flag 91-5. Thanks for looking, Sven
  9. C-130 A97-008 of 36 Squadron Royal Australian Air Force out of RAAF Base Richmond. She was supporting the F-111C deployment to Red Flag 81-1 at Nellis AFB, November 1980. Thanks for looking, Sven
  10. I'm working on a MultiCast's resin conversion (1/72) of the Italeri C-130 Hercules to an RCAF C-130J-30. The MultiCast set is great, beautifully molded, and the decals are world class. I made things more difficult for myself by using and ancient and incomplete Testors boxing of the AC-130a Spooky. This meant I had to fabricate all the missing doors, and fill the extra gun ports. step one was, after cutting the fuselage apart, tape the whole thing together, and find the appropriate nose weight. The easiest way was to wire fishing weights to the forward cargo bulkhead. I wasn't sure how much would be visible in the cockpit, so I scratchbuilt a lot of details, adding side consoles, belts, flight engineer center, crew rest bunks, etc ... The resin stretch fuselage sections were attached with 5 minute epoxy, all locating pins removed, tabs installed, and because the fuselage shells were to flexible, I had to add a lot of bracing. A wing spar (wooden dowl) was added to prevent wing droop, and the bending moment and cracking from such a long wing. The airframe was completely rescribed, then filled (milliput white), scribing touched up, primed and the prominent external doublers were added. The doublers were added with .010" x .040" strip, then .003" thick tape placed on either side a sanded down to flush. The engines were attached ( the inboard kit engine nacelles had to be trimmed back by 2.25 mm to align all the engines) and faired in with milliput, and rescribed. At this point, I've installed and masked the fuselage windows - but not the canopy, filled the fuselage seams and primed again, loosely fit the wings, tanks, and stabs to check everything. Still miles to go, but it looks like and airplane. Hope you like so far ... Colin
  11. Source: http://sandmmodels.co.uk/misc-news/1144-scale-c-130-kits-arrive-2/ Source: https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/SMK44-68 Source: https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/SMK44-69 V.P.
  12. Popped into the 'Heath on our way over to East Anglia, some regulars flying and an interesting visitor from Mildenhall. There was a Hercules doing circuits at Sculthorpe on the Friday morning too, must have passed over the Hawk & Owl Trust nature reserve there about ten times.
  13. I am working on a 1/72 C-130, and want to add the ALE-40 dispensers on the fuel tank pylons, as well as the dispensers on either side of the nose wheel well. I am not going to show the dispensers loaded, so I was looking for the dimension of the blanking plates. With those dimensions, I can "guesstimate" the dimensions of the rest of the assemblies. An online search didn't turn up anything helpful. Can anyone help? Larry lengesath(AT)cox(DOT)net
  14. Some images of s/n 87-0128 of the 6518th Test Squadron, Spec Ops Combined Test Force at Edwards AFB in 1991. I assume that's some kind of IR suppressor above and behind the engine exhaust. In the end they went with this, seen on 89--0510 which joined the CTF a year later Thanks for looking, Sven
  15. Pictures taken at Mojave Airport in 1982. This is a commercial sale C-130, no 382-4888, call no. CNA-OP for the Moroccan AF. I think it was at Mojave for the installation of the side-looking aperture radar (SLAR) pod. The pod looks much like the one carried by OV-1 Mohawks. Thanks for looking, Sven
  16. OzMods is to release a new tool 1/72nd Lockheed C-130A Hercules conversion set - ref. OZCONV 7216 - for Italeri C-130E/H kit. Source: http://www.ozmods-kits.com/ozmods-conversions-upgrades-accessories-172 V.P.
  17. Just a few un-edited (apart from cropping) from the distant past .... 1. Little Rock AFB, Arkansas - May 1982 2. Jackson, Mississippi - October 1980 3. Mildenhall, UK - date unknown 4. Nashville, Tennessee - May 1982 5. Woodbridge, UK - February 1978 Martin
  18. I am working on a presentation model of a 1/72 C-130H. I hate the way the exhausts look on the Italeri kit. A search found that there are 2 aftermarket engine sets: from Engines & Things (72001) and from Flightpath UK (72103B). I have been unable to find pictures of either set. Does anybody have either set, and can supply a photo of the parts? I can get the Engines & Things T-56 set from Roll Models in the USA, but Engines & Things don't exactly have a reputation for "quality" products. Plus, Roll Models have a reputation for VERY slow service. Saying that, I am leaning towards getting the Flightpath UK set from Hannants. I would just like to see what I am ordering, before I spend the $$. Larry, in Florida
  19. Never really ventured into this part of the website before. I'm still relatively new here. Anyhoo, I took a few photos of a C-130K that I got to refuel a little while ago here in Winnipeg, Canada. I'll post a few photos here. The rest can be seen in my album up on Flickr. Just click on the photo to get there. Thanks for looking. -matt 20151123-MJS_3469-2 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr 20151123-MJS_3470-2 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr 20151123-MJS_3479-2 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr 20151123-MJS_3481 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr 20151123-MJS_3525 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr 20151123-MJS_3513 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr 20151123-MJS_3528-2 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr 20151123-MJS_3504 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr
  20. Hi all, Apologies for this being a (deliberately) open ended question: Does anyone know of any currently available decals (1/72) for an early C-130 in USAF service? I'm thinking something classic- either using a bog standard Italeri C-130E kit, or even backdating the same to an 'A' or 'B'. There really doesn't seem to be much out there- all the USAF schemes available seem to be grey machines from the 80s or 90s, and the earlier 60's schemes are usually Commonwealth... Failing that- does anyone know of a good scheme which would be easy enough to make up from spare decals/ generic sheets? Will
  21. Hercules C3 XV202 at RAF Cosford, pics thanks to Rich Ellis.
  22. I'm looking for a book on the subject more directed to the modeller, that is, highlighting clearly the differences between versions with drawings, dimensions, and so on... I am interested also in the newer "Super Hercules" versions, both the "normal" and the stretched ones. What did exactly changed in the later versions? Wing profile? Once more I am interested from a modeller's view, not in wiring systems. Good scale drawings would be a must. Does this book exist? Opinions, please! Carlos
  23. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/408138784952891025/ I'm assuming the picture will load without an Pinterest account. What's the story behind this then? I'm guessing the picture is real although my hunch is the guys were expecting it and it was staged. When was it? It must have been before 2006 (it's on a printed document I know was printed in 2006) though judging by the Landrover, portacabin, black and white image, plus grey underside cammo on the Hercules, my guess is early 1980s.
  24. Here are some from the Brize Norton photocall, only 200 places and I was very lucky to fill one of them! Very sad loss to our skies. I do have a few more to add, I will do once I have finished editing them. Hope they are of interest. MB9T9967 by Rainbow 1984, on Flickr ZA147 Vickers VC10 K3 - Brize Norton Photocall 22/09/2013 by Rainbow 1984, on Flickr ZA147 Vickers VC10 K3 - Brize Norton Photocall 22/09/2013 by Rainbow 1984, on Flickr ZA147 Vickers VC10 K3 - Brize Norton Photocall 22/09/2013 by Rainbow 1984, on Flickr ZA147 Vickers VC10 K3 - Brize Norton Photocall 22/09/2013 by Rainbow 1984, on Flickr ZA147 Vickers VC10 K3 - Brize Norton Photocall 22/09/2013 by Rainbow 1984, on Flickr
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