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  1. I believe that the Italeri started as an AC-130A. To add to what others have said, the kit has basically a C-130E wing but with the engine nacelles for the A model. The engines for the C-130s until the J models were all the same, but on the A models (and Ds) the engines were set further into the wing. Hence they seemed shorter. So on the wing, the ventral fairings and exhaust are further back in the A.
  2. Da SWO, are you going to do a WC-130H? MET specific external differences, albeit quite small would be the drop tube, the black AN/APN-42 altitude radar and PRT-5 infrared sea surface temperature sensor, both behind the nose gear, and the very tiny AN/AMQ-34 dew point hygrometer, on the right side, under and behind the left side of the cockpit. The dewpoint hygrometer came from the USN who used it on the WC-121N. It was placed behind the radome so was less exposed to elements of a storm than on the WC-130s. We had some problems with the sensor that was cured by drying them out under heat in the shop. The total temp probe was standard on C-130s (but we (MET/ARE troops) were responsible for replacing them) and the ARWO also used a pressure altitude display, but we didn't have anything to do with it. Grant
  3. Have you looked up Skoshi Tiger program, AKA 4503 TFS (Provisional), redesignated 10th Fighter Commando Squadron. https://www.globalsecurity.org/military/systems/aircraft/f-5c.htm Grant
  4. Sorry, I don't. I think I got the info by looking at an HC-130H T.O. when looking up the rails on the cargo ramp. Looking at the Koku-Fan FAOW #79 on the C-130, there is a line drawing of the interior that suggests the location of the rail from a side view. The ODS cargo hold rails were long gone from the WC-130Hs when I was at Keesler. Sorry, Grant
  5. The two rails were for the overhead delivery system, which would lift and launch life raft packages out the rear. The rails were also attached to the ceiling of the cargo bay. The HC-130s also could have two, maybe four Benson tanks in the cargo bay. The HC-130s were to support the Apollo Space missions so needed very long range to reach and loiter over distant points in ocean. I think the Bensen tanks were the same as used on KC-97s. I remember that WC-130Hs had one on the right side of the cargo bay, between the Dropsonde station and the observer's window. WC-130Es didn't have them. The U-1 foils and the P-system were in the way. The P-system compressors were reputed to come from B-24s. The U-1 foils were built by Seeburg and perhaps Wurlitzer of jukebox fame. But I digress. Grant
  6. The HC-130H/P/Ns and WC-130Hs as well had the flare launchers and the rails for the ODS on the rear cargo ramp. The flare launchers were tubes embedded in the upper rear so that the flares could be re-loaded in-flight. Here is a shot showing the rails. Grant
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    C-119J (beaver tail)

    Are you aware of this WIP on Britmod? The bottom line is that the C-119J widened the aft fuselage so that the beaver tail was the full width of the fuselage whereas the previous C-119s had the rear fuselage narrowing. So the shapeways tail is useless w/o modifying the rear fuselage. Sorry can't give better news. https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235018081-catching-pictures-in-the-air/ TheBaron's build is awesome Grant
  8. Yes. Look at this photo. P-36 156? is OD/NG. The one on the left is a P-26. I believe that the other on the right is an A-12, ex 26th AS now a hack . Grant
  9. I guess it's a Star Wars reference.
  10. You can do an SEA camo F-4E piloted by USMC Capt Larry Richard who got a MiG kill in1972 with the 58th TFS, 432rd TRW out of Udorn. 67-0239 was the tail number. WSO was Lt. Com. Ettel, USN. Grant
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    Philippine Defenders

    I'll try to root out the two magazines tonight. It's really buried in my room and also look for my copies of Bloody Shambles. Grant
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    Philippine Defenders

    Here is a link to LIFE photos taken in the Philippines in 1941 by Carl Mydans. There are a few shots of P-40Bs and more on aircraft of the Philippine Army Air Force. http://images.google.com/hosted/life/b2ad1523a976e237.html http://images.google.com/hosted/life/75f76f2cb2957432.html This is a link to Corrigedor Then and Now site's forum page. Captured aircraft thread Unfortunately Photobucket has made many photos of limited value. http://corregidor.proboards.com/thread/691/captured-aircraft P-40E markings....3rd PS http://corregidor.proboards.com/thread/1073/40e-markings-3rd-ps AIRCRAFT IN THE PHILIPPINES 1 DECEMBER 1941 http://corregidor.proboards.com/thread/447/aircraft-philippines-1-december-1941 These are books with good information and some photos. Bloody Shambles, Vol. 1 and 2 by Christopher Shores (Author), Brian Cull (Author), Yasuho Izawa (Author) https://www.amazon.com/Bloody-Shambles-Vol-Drift-Singapore/dp/094881750X The section on the Philippines is very useful. Doomed at the Start: American Pursuit Pilots in the Philippines, 1941-1942 (Williams-Ford Texas A&M University Military History Series) Paperback – April 1, 1995 https://www.amazon.com/Doomed-Start-Philippines-Williams-Ford-University/dp/0890966796/ref=pd_sbs_14_t_2/137-2357599-2234906?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=0890966796&pd_rd_r=d502fb38-2531-4b70-a130-925d5eb6327a&pd_rd_w=bYZOV&pd_rd_wg=eLYJe&pf_rd_p=5cfcfe89-300f-47d2-b1ad-a4e27203a02a&pf_rd_r=TS50SYD8XG90NVCEG8X0&psc=1&refRID=TS50SYD8XG90NVCEG8X0 They Fought With What They Had: The Story of the Army Air Forces in the Southwest Pacific, 1941-1942 https://www.amazon.com/They-Fought-What-Had-Southwest/dp/0892010681 Some of the best sources of info is an article in IPMS and another in the old Wings/ Air Power magazine. Will have to dig out the issues. Will post it later. None of the above has the information about the two pilots that you are looking for. Grant
  13. The B-24H is a Ford built B-234 with the nose turret. An easy identifier is the lower bombardier window on the nose. If the rear of the window slants back then it is an airframe produced at the Ford Willow Grove factory. But Ford also sent knock down unassembled kits to other manufacturers to assemble. If the rear is perpendicular, then it is a Consolidated or a North American produced aircraft. Look at this BritMod thread; https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235035723-minicraft-b-24m-nose-on-hasegawa-b-24/ And this ARC thread; The Minicraft B-24L is a Consolidated machine but the Minicraft B-24M has a flawed version of the Ford nose. Hope that this helps. Grant
  14. Look here at Go Navy http://www.gonavy.jp/bbs1/index.cgi?page:645=v C-130f RG 9793 with bicentennial 76 flag on tail C-130F RZ 9805 " " " same C-130F RG 9805 " " " same WC-130H 50976 53rd WRS Keesler AFB , TDY to 54th WRS Guam, had a small patch on nose between where the fulton nose tines were. Blue patch, white 76 bordered above and on sides with white stars. Small plate under white top and red bottom, w/ two blue stars? Koku-Fan FAOW # 79 Nov. 1976. Grant
  15. Hasegawa repoped the Revell kit as Idolmaster and later JASDF kits. https://www.scalemates.com/kits/hasegawa-02076-f-22-raptor-jasdf--252505 Doesn't help you much, sorry.
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