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  1. You would have to re-scribe the forward Cargo door present on C-130A, B and 61 year C-130Es. The C-130A also needs engines set further into the wings plus the extra forward fuselage window aft of the crew door. (four instead of three windows) 55 year birds and earlier had three upper windows on each side plus one above the cockpit. The cockpit is very different and the cockpit ladder is slightly twisted plus lots of exposed black box areas. The nose radome on the A models lacked the curved strip where the upper part of the radome joined the fuselage. If Zvezda wants to do an AC-130A there is
  2. The 509th FIS at Clark AFB started getting config. 8 F-102As from about 63/64 and had them in the ADC grey scheme. What is little known was that the 16th FIS out of Naha apparently had a few with the IR balls for their sudden 1964 deployments to Clark and SEA before they were sent WOPE to Conus after Oct. 64. This is from a photo of a grey one at Naha w/ the IR ball in a Japanese aviation magazine, I believe. None of the other PACAF F-102 units got configuration 8 aircraft before redeploying to CONUS under Project Clearwater (Gold Flow) The 64th and 82nd were deployed to PACAF in 66 to make
  3. 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.
  4. 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 th
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. I guess it's a Star Wars reference.
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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.c
  15. 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
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