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PostSubject: C-130H USCG---Revell 1/144 C-130 kit   Sat 31 Jan 2015, 10:50 pm

I guess I need to build another wing thing. When I moved here from New England I was pleasantly
surprised to find out I would be buzzed daily by Coast Guard Hercules C-130. I live a few miles from USCG Air Station Clearwater and am on the approach to the runway. I have always liked these birds, back in the early 70s my older brother was a lieutenant in the USAF in charge of maintaining a fleet of C-130Es. So here goes, this is the old Revell 1/144 kit, I have the Aeroclub metal upgrade kit to fix the incorrect engines, engine faces and props. This will take a bit longer than the Twin Mustang.---John




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PostSubject: Re: C-130H USCG---Revell 1/144 C-130 kit   Sat 31 Jan 2015, 11:41 pm

You must live in an interesting part of the world John! Looking forward to seeing how you put this one together.
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PostSubject: Re: C-130H USCG---Revell 1/144 C-130 kit   Sun 01 Feb 2015, 6:54 pm

When I was in the Army I was a paratrooper. I have jumped out a big bunch of those C-130's. Good choice.
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PostSubject: Re: C-130H USCG---Revell 1/144 C-130 kit   Mon 02 Feb 2015, 4:22 am

You jumped outta a perfectly good plane? My older brother maintained them
and he use to get peeved at the Army guys that vomited their breakfast all over
"his" planes that he oversaw. My oldest son was with the 82nd Airborne, he had
the same affliction, jumping out of perfectly good aircraft but he says he never
"lost" his meal. ---John
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PostSubject: Re: C-130H USCG---Revell 1/144 C-130 kit   Mon 02 Feb 2015, 10:05 am

Smart looking colour scheme on those USCG Herks. In the pile of stalled builds here is a 1/48 Herk.
That's a big kit, with a 33" span.

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PostSubject: Re: C-130H USCG---Revell 1/144 C-130 kit   Tue 03 Feb 2015, 6:19 pm

Fuselage halves assembled, cargo doors glued shut. I put a bulkhead inside with the intent
of putting in a cockpit, but when I looked through the windows it was like looking through
prismed glass, very distorted, so I just painted the interior gray and the bulkhead will help
keep it from being a see through. Now you won't see the white walls of the tail area. I also
put some lead weight in the nose, shouldn't need it with the white metal engine parts.---John

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PostSubject: Re: C-130H USCG---Revell 1/144 C-130 kit   Tue 03 Feb 2015, 7:58 pm

Looking good John Never hurts to have a little extra nose weight.
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PostSubject: Re: C-130H USCG---Revell 1/144 C-130 kit   Tue 03 Feb 2015, 9:23 pm

Thanks. I cut off engine top nacelles and test fitted the white metal ones, they look good.
Then I assembled the wings and added the horizontal stabs and wings. I had to do more
puttying on the fuselage and stab to fuselage joint. Next up is adding white metal top
engine nacelles and white metal cowls.---John



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PostSubject: Re: C-130H USCG---Revell 1/144 C-130 kit   Wed 04 Feb 2015, 2:58 am

When I realize that at 1/144 scale, it's half the size of 1/72. Yet, it's still good size! One big plane! I'm surprised the engine shape cowlings were wrong, but I suppose maybe the model company "fudged" the shape or it was of a different year 130. They have been around for many alterations over the decades. Thanks again!
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PostSubject: Re: C-130H USCG---Revell 1/144 C-130 kit   Wed 04 Feb 2015, 5:17 am

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PostSubject: Re: C-130H USCG---Revell 1/144 C-130 kit   Wed 04 Feb 2015, 10:36 am

Yup a big plane. I've had an Airfix 1/72 Hercules in my stash for about 35 years because after its built I've got no where to store something with that wingspan.
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PostSubject: Re: C-130H USCG---Revell 1/144 C-130 kit   Tue 17 Feb 2015, 9:54 pm

I have the upper engine white metal parts on. Next thing is to cut
off the lower plastic engine parts then add the white metal cowl.
The Aeroclub kit has no instructions as to how to go about this, so
I am winging it and using some common sense.---John
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PostSubject: Re: C-130H USCG---Revell 1/144 C-130 kit   Wed 18 Feb 2015, 4:22 pm

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PostSubject: Re: C-130H USCG---Revell 1/144 C-130 kit   Mon 09 Mar 2015, 11:52 pm

The engine parts are all super glued on. It is now super nose heavy, no worries about
this one tail sitting. Now comes the fun, sanding and filling and sanding and filling.....---John

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PostSubject: Re: C-130H USCG---Revell 1/144 C-130 kit   Tue 10 Mar 2015, 11:23 am

I have seen on some of the You Tubes where some of the panel lines and such are scribed with a hobby knife with a broken blade to emphasize the look, since paint can partly fill them if many layers of paint are applied. Which scale(s) would that be true for?
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PostSubject: Re: C-130H USCG---Revell 1/144 C-130 kit   Tue 10 Mar 2015, 11:55 am

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PostSubject: Re: C-130H USCG---Revell 1/144 C-130 kit   Wed 01 Apr 2015, 4:15 pm

A bit of sanding, more like filing. I am blending the metal engine parts
to the plastic. It's playing hell on my sanding sticks. The few low spots
will have to be filled then re-sanded.---John
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PostSubject: Re: C-130H USCG---Revell 1/144 C-130 kit   Wed 01 Apr 2015, 4:53 pm

A small Mill File would help with the wear and tear on the sanding sticks. Cheap at any Hardware Store. Looking Good.
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PostSubject: Re: C-130H USCG---Revell 1/144 C-130 kit   Wed 01 Apr 2015, 10:20 pm

I am taking a break from filing, the exhausts needed help. Revell just left a big
gaping hole in the end of the engine. I had some Evergreen tube that fits, so I am
cutting exhaust pipes for the gaping holes, looks more like it should.---John

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PostSubject: Re: C-130H USCG---Revell 1/144 C-130 kit   Thu 02 Apr 2015, 12:55 am

Great extra detailing on what could've been just ordinary!  Keep going!
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PostSubject: Re: C-130H USCG---Revell 1/144 C-130 kit   Thu 02 Apr 2015, 10:45 am

I agree with Harron John.

Nice fix on the exhausts too!!

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PostSubject: Re: C-130H USCG---Revell 1/144 C-130 kit   Thu 30 Apr 2015, 8:37 pm

I have been jumping all over the place from model to model. I am back
to working on this one, the engines are almost done. I filled the gaps
between the plastic and metal parts with super glue and have a few small
holes to fil with putty then blend in. I am not sure what to use for paint,
it's going to be overall white but I don't want gloss, it will look "toyish". I am
Thinking of Tamiya TS rattle can paints, they are a semi gloss sort of. Almost
like a lusterless look. Anyways that is not for a while, still have props, wheels
and a front landing gear door to scratch build.---John

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PostSubject: Re: C-130H USCG---Revell 1/144 C-130 kit   Fri 01 May 2015, 2:01 pm

Public radio did a story on a Vietnam flight of refugee children that crash landed after rear doors blew off and took controls to the tail out.  Horrible, sad tale of good intentions gone wrong.  I think you're right in going away from bland "toy" white.  maybe a light/off white or lt. grey with mild weathering and/or accenting flap and rudder panel lines.  It will be good, I'm certain.  Best o' luck.
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PostSubject: Re: C-130H USCG---Revell 1/144 C-130 kit   Fri 01 May 2015, 2:05 pm

I'm with Harron on the colour, off white or light grey would do it justice... white, i think, would be too bland and take away from the time and effort you've put into it.
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