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  1. 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.
  2. Lockheed C-130 Wheels (672263 for Zvezda) 1:72 Eduard Brassin ` Kit wheels are generally in two halves, which means you have the resultant joins to deal with, possible mould-slip issues on single part wheels, and sometimes less than stellar detail due to the moulding limitations of styrene injection technology, especially in the tread department. That's where replacement resin wheels come in, with their lack of seamline and superior detail making a compelling argument. They are also usually available at a reasonable price, and can be an easy introduction to aftermarket and resin handling, as they are usually a drop-in replacement. This set arrives in Eduard’s standard flat packaging with a card insert and instructions behind the four resin wheels within. The wheels are attached to their blocks by the contact patch, with narrow out-riggers to each side that improve casting reliability and mould release. The detail is pretty good, deep circumferential tread is engraved and the wheels have the right amount of sag you seem to see on a full loaded Herc In addition, you get a sheet of yellow kabuki tape (not pictured – it doesn’t photograph well) with six pre-cut donut masks ready to assist you in cutting the demarcation between tyre and hub with as little effort as possible. Conclusion It’s a drop-in replacement for the kit parts, and the detail is excellent, adding some welcome realism to your model, while simplifying construction and making painting easier. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  3. Here is my 1/72 Italeri Lockheed Hercules C5, ZH883 of 47 Sqn, RAF Brize Norton from 2016. Built OOB using the Xtracolor decals set for the '50 Years' of Hercules operations. The only whitling that was done was moving the position of the prop blades to the feathered position as they would be normally on the ground, from the fined in flight position for flight as they are in the kit. Painted with Xtracolor enamels, mainly NATO Green with some white and blacks added to try and get the change in shades that are evident on the real aircraft. Maybe not an exact match but I don't think it's come out too bad. It's a large model so doesn't fit into the cabinet , didn't realise that the wing span was so large. Photo's not great as were taken on my iPhone.
  4. My first build will be an L-100-20 Hercules in the colours of TAAG Angola Airlines in 1/144. I'll be using the Minicraft kit with a Welsh Models fuselage. I'll photograph it before I start but for now here's a link to a photo of the real thing: https://aviation-safety.net/photo/292/Lockheed-L-100-20-Hercules-D2-THA Can't wait to get started!
  5. Can anyone suggest where I might find images of the C-130J cockpit. I am looking for the general layout to try and improve on the 1/72 Italeri kit for the RAF version. Thanks Alasdair
  6. RAF Hercules C1 1/144 Minicraft It was partly memories of the old Airfix kit that inspired me to build this one. You know, the one with the 'crud and custard' colours. with a Land Rover towing a bloodhound missile towards the loading ramp. I remember receiving this kit on Christmas, when it first came out. This is the Minicraft kit, recently re-released by S&M Models at a very reasonable price. Apparently it has some faults, I'm happy with it, it looks like a Herk and I have finished it in the colours of XV196, the one on the Airfix box art. I even found a little Land Rover! My usual 'with something else' shot T'aint that big! Thanks for looking John
  7. 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
  8. Here's my 1/72 Italeri/Wingman C-130J-30 Stretched Hercules operated by the RCAF. It started out as a Testors/Italeri AC-130a 'Spooky' with a lot of scratchbuilding and modifications. I'm very happy with how it turned out, hope you like ... Thanks for looking, Colin
  9. 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.
  10. Hi, all. I've recently picked up a copy of Italeri's 1/72 Hercules in its KC-130F boxing, aka Fat Albert. I got a bargain, but unfortunately that means I didn't get an instruction sheet with the kit. Does anyone know where I can find one online? 1999.co.jp is my usual go to, but I've had no luck there for this kit. Thanks in advance.
  11. I recently got another eBay bargain, the 1/72 Italeri Hercules, which of course I'll be doing as the RAF C.1 option, as much OOB as possible (XV215). However, the decals have the 'last three' of the serial number for the nose and tail fin in black, despite painting instructions being for light aircraft grey undersides. I want to build the kit as circa 1980-85, light a/c grey undersides, am I correct to believe that all RAF Hercs at this time had white last three serial numbers, which only went black with wrap round camo in the 90s? Also, is the upper grey camo medium sea grey or dark sea grey? It looks a bit lighter than the DSG on Buccaneers or Jags for example.
  12. Morning all Is it still possible to get a 1/72 Herc kit that can be built almost OOB as an RAF Herc from the 70s to 90s period? There seem to be a few American ones but are they suitable to build as a C-130K?
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. My ongoing project is to build an example of each RAF Squadron in existence at the time of the 2010 SDSR. So, to represent 24 and 30 Squadron here are a Hercules pair. The original plan was to use a second airframe for the C4 extensions, but since the release of the Wingman Models conversion, the spare airframe is in reserve in case of any cock ups on my part when performing surgery. Here's the start. The parts. Getting ready for cutting. More tomorrow.
  18. dwh

    1/72 RAF Hercules

    I am wishing to model a early version of the C-130 Hercules when serving with RAF in Sand/Brown scheme. My question is what would be the best kit to obtain for modelling such aircraft, I have oportunity to purchase a Airfix 1970's boxing at good price, is this the best kit? Any help/recommendations appreciated Derek
  19. NF130FF is an Ex USN EC-130Q TACAMO aircraft. Modified for the Air Tanker Fire Fighting role by Coulson Aviation USA Ltd. This aircraft is FAA Certified for 3,500 USG Retardant. Pics thanks to Iwan Bögels.
  20. Hercules C3 XV202 at RAF Cosford, pics thanks to Rich Ellis.
  21. C-130B Fuerza Aerea Uruguaya FAU592 Escuadron Aereo No.3 (Transporte) Pics thanks to Marcelo Cal
  22. RAF Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules, pics thanks to Alex.
  23. 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
  24. Hello all, I've decided to build somewhat of a tribute to recognise the drawdown of 13 years of Op Herrick by building some of the equipment that was used in the conflict. Multiple builds in multiple scales, not all will be aircraft though! This is what I've decided on so far: 1/144 C-17 1/72 C-130J 1/48 WAH-64D 1/48 Harrier GR-9 1/35 Jackal 2 I'll add all the builds to this thread instead of starting several. First up will be the C-17. Comments and suggestions welcome. Dave
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