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  1. 65-0958 started as an HC-130H and was modified to a WC-130H in the early 70s and had the weather equipment removed when the WC-130Js replaced it. Grant I said it was 568 above, but I was wrong.
  2. I worked on 568 (MET/ARE) while it was a WC-130H at Keesler and also I think when it was TDY to Guam. The weather equipment has since been removed, but as I guess most of the other HC-130Hs were modded for Special Ops, the old WC-130Hs may still be referred to WC-130Hs and not HC-130Hs or C-130Hs. At Keesler, you could still see the painted over red (arctic) on the nose from its days in Alaska. 71st ARRS. Thoughts and prayers to the families. Grant
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    Converting AC-130A to C-130H...help!

    Depending on how picky you are about accuracy, the Caracal decals all depict 74 super Hs. From 1974 and on all C-130Hs had the main landing gear sponsons lengthened. On the left side, the gtc was replaced with an apu and on the right side, an air conditioning inlet was added. The easy way to confirm this is to look for the red prop warning line on the fuselage. It cuts across the sponsons, whereas 73 Hs and earlier versions have the red line before the sponson. CC-130 (C-130E) Left side. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Lockheed_C-130E_10327_CAF_LGW_18.04.70_edited-2.jpg YC-130A right side https://imgur.com/gallery/f916P Compare with these C-130Hs; Top picture, Camo C-130H, right side. Note Italeri did not address this in their C-130H kit and even in the J kit, it isn't quite right. http://cspropeller.com/2016/07/28/history-c-130-part-one/ Same link as for the YC-130A, scroll down to the second picture. LC-130H ski bird. Left side. Italeri has a replacement part in their J kit and I believe some versions of their H kit. https://lockheedmartin.com/us/products/c130/History.html Attack Squadron replacement sponsons for a better view. Sorry, but they went out of business. http://www.attacksquadron.pl/en/2015/03/16/c-130-hercules-upgrade-sets/ This thread kinda gives a survey of the available kits with some of their problems' http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234910469-which-c-130-kit-is-best/ You may be interested in fixing the kit engines, they are too short. Can't find anything on correcting the engines. Damn you Ph***bucket. But here is a post talking about the engines that I made earlier. 1. Engines - The kit engine nacelles are too short. The C-130A had the T-56-9 engines, the B/E had T-56-7s and the H had T-56-15s. They are externally the same but the T-56-9s were set further into the wing. So it would appear shorter. The Italeri kit apparently started as an AC-130A. so the nacelles are correct for the T-56-9s but are too short for a later C-130. BUT, the part of the engine nacelle that protudes from the lower wing is correct for the later models and not correct for an A model. Part of the nacelle on the C-130A extends onto the flaps. The others are nice to correct, but not necessary. 2. There is a step or line on the lower fuselage, about level with the bottom of the forward crew door. That way you could have a wider cargo floor with the minimum fuselage diameter. The Arfix kit has it on the right side but it was largely removed when the landing gear housing was extended. Perhaps you could get away with scribing a line or adding a strip of plasticard and fairing the top into the fuselage. 3. The fuselage top ahead of the wings should be rounded like the Airfix kit. The Italeri kit has this area flattened. Not really noticable until you know about it. 4. The Italeri kit fuselage is wider around the rear cargo door compared with the Airfix kit. I think that the Airfix cargo door was a bit narrow, so the Italeri kit might be OK. There are other points, but it is up to you on how much you are willing to do. Sorry that I can't be of more encouraging news. Grant
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    F-4E TISEO-equiped

    The TISEO was tested on a few earlier E models. I saw one, a 68 model, I believe, in the late 70s. The fairing remained but the TISEO had been removed and the front capped. Grant
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    RF-101C NMF Voodoos in Vietnam?

    Silver. The first PACAF grey aircraft only had the PACAF badges. Grant
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    RF-101C NMF Voodoos in Vietnam?

    Yes, but that depicts an earlier version of 60084. Able Mable version would have two stripes, no name flash and 84 on the door. Also add the leaping tiger. From T.Matsuzaki's book. I'll have to dig up this book to get the proper title. Hope he doesn't mind my posting this pic. Don't have a link to where I got this picture anymore. (x56-085 RF-101C-65-MC Georgia Peach III Ostrowski v Nankivil) Notice it has the tail hook mod but no nose camera window V mod. Georgia Peach III on red? door. The above photo was from The Fighter Writer: Ron Easly's Aviation Blog. I should have googled 60085 before I made this post. I apologize. http://fighterwriter101.blogspot.jp/2014/06/ Grant
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    RF-101C NMF Voodoos in Vietnam?

    If you want an early Pre-Tonkin Gulf RF-101C Voodoo, the Caracal sheet on the RF-101C has markings for both the 45TRS and 15th TRS that were used in the first few rotations for Able Mabel at Don Muang, Thailand. The tail and nose markings were later toned down to just a PACAF badge on the tail. Link to first 45th TRS Able Mabel TDY to Don Muang. https://lghoelson.wordpress.com/2015/09/23/able-mable-reconnaissance-task-force/ 45th TRS from Misawa AB. This thread from Britmodeler has some good info on early SEA Voodoos, but the photos are photobucketed. http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/33240-rf-101c-voodoo/& You can get the tail markings from Caracal Decals. http://caracalmodels.com/cd72047.html 45TRS RF-101C 60084 has the polka dot tail and nose markings but has the Thai F-86D tiger added above the fuselage roundel (back side) as well as a dark (blue or red) main landing gear door with a white 84 on it. You can get the tiger from this decal sheet. It also has two blue stripes on the rear fuselage. http://www.printscale.org/product_414.html Although the early PACAF voodoos appear to be painted in silver, the panel lines are very noticeable in some. This 15th TRS voodoo seems to be in NM. https://hiveminer.com/Tags/rf101c/Recent Hasegawa added some tweeks when they went to the box with camo Kathy's clown markings in 1988. They added the RHAW bumps on the nose, tail but not the wing tips. They added 'v' shaped glass bit for the nose camera window as well as added the two large ventral camera windows behind the cockpit. You need to remove the RHAW pips and not add the 'v' shaped nose window part as it was a later mod. Too bad the Valom kits are so expensive. Grant
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    C-141B Colours

    Some Latin America don't want camo aircraft in their air space. I think that's why the WC-130 aircraft remained in grey for so long. Now the WC-130Js are in the darker gray.
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    Are these P40E schemes legitimate?

    Here is a photo of Beckwith's P-40E on a Britmodeler thread, http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235028279-p-40bc-hawaii-early-1942-markings/ The vertical marking on the tail might be a recognition marking. Squirt II had two stripes. Grant
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    B-25 Modeling Reference Book Recommendations

    Not quite a detailed guide to the B-25J but very useful on the B-25 as a whole. Better for information on the earlier versions. B-25 Mitchell: The Magnificent Medium. Norm Avery https://www.amazon.com/B-25-Mitchell-Magnificent-Norm-Avery/dp/0962586056 B-25 Mitchell: Warbird Tech Vol. 12 Frederick Johnson also has illustrations from various tech manuals. https://www.amazon.com/North-American-B-25-Mitchell-Warbird/dp/0933424779/ref=pd_sim_14_3?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=0933424779&pd_rd_r=S24SZ6B1XX03MH6KVB07&pd_rd_w=iMvgK&pd_rd_wg=3KHcU&psc=1&refRID=S24SZ6B1XX03MH6KVB07 Grant
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    8-gun nose conversion for Acc Min 1:48 B-25G?

    The 41st BG had some B-25Gs refurbished by the HAD on Oahu to receive the 8 gun nose. This was after the 41st BG returned from the Gilbert Islands. The 8 gun B-25Gs, all save one OD/NG were used from Okinawa. The exception was natural metal and was lost with all hands on a mission. I think that they might have been modified with the rocket pylons under the wings. Air power magazine had a good article with several good, albeit small photos. grant The 41st BG B-25Gs also had the non-staggered waist gun positions like the later H and J models as well as the addition of a tail gunner position with a single 50 cal gun.
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    18 WG 44FS (ZZ) F-15C Decals in 72nd Scale

    Try this; Afterburner Decals 1/48 F-15C Eagle Wing Kings Decal They are for the 18th Wing Commander's bird with smaller squadron patches. Hasegawa released !/72 F-15C Eagle 'Okinawa ZZ' 00036, but in 1999. My decals have yellowed a little and it's for the 12th TFS with yellow fin stripe. Google 18th Wing and you can see at least one with the 44th TFS insignia in a solid black color, not the outline version in the kit. Hope that this is useful. Grant Plenty of 8th TFW F-16 kits by Hasegawa and Fujimi. Maybe not recent versions.
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    Anyone tried building Sharkits

    SBARC, belated thanks for deleting the video. vjhl2000, thanks for the link. I notice that it hasn't been updated since 2010. Not a good sign and also that sold out kits aren't removed from his site. Grant
  14. Thanks, I posted it but couldn't delete the video. Grant
  15. Has anyone ordered from Sharkits? The 1/72 SM-62 Snark looks interesting. A youtube bit showing some artwork had the following comment; Renaud, how do I order a kit or more? I've been trying to do so by clicking on the appropriate icon, but nothing happens. In fact, the only icons I can click on are the purple colored ones, which the blue icons I click on, and nothing happens. I like what you sell, and even though the prices are a tad dear, that would just mean I'd have to save more pennies in order to buy a kit from you. You have some really nice kits, and some that other outfits like Unicraft don't carry. Fropm 2015. Thanks Grant Sorry, I don't know how to delete this video. Video is deleted. SBARC
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