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RCAF CC-137 Refueling Pod Info

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One of the projects sitting in the queue is to convert Minicrafts 1/144 E-3/E-8 kit into a RCAF CC-137. I have decals but I've come up short on obtaining information on the refueling pods hung under the wing tips. Is there a good diagram showing shape and dimensions that would allow me to scratch a pair in 1/144? If I understand they were manufactured by Beech.

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Don...When I did the master for the pods in the Leading Edge 1/72 decal set there was very little info available (almost pre-internet days) and I worked from lots of pictures from airshows and such comparing same to the 1/72 Heller 707 kit wing and trying to get the proportions right. I cut up an extra fuel tank from somewhere, scratch built the arm in the retracted position and the nose "rotor" and borrowed a retracted basket from a Fujimi A6 buddy pod. Dave Koss reworked it a bit to strengthen for making the mold and we were quite happy with what he got. I recall that only after it was done did we actually find some real info on measurements but recall that what we got was almost dead on in 1/72 scale. I've moved recently and much is still packed away but the Heller 707 kit is fairly easy to get to due to its size and I believe my copies of the tanks are in the kit box. I will pull them out and give you the measurements when I get a chance but can't help further as I can't recall were we got the actual measurements other than it was in a book or magazine, not on line. They may be on line somewhere now but I've never searched as I was happy with what was produced in 1/72. Yes they were made by Beech and I believe they were also used by the Israelis at one time too so there may be info with a search in that regard. Basically you just need to make it half as big :whistle:/>/> ...Will get back to you on this....

Cheers

Bruce

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Bruce,

Too bad I didn't know Dave in those days, I had access to the Boeing pods and could have obtained all that information.

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Bruce, that would be fantastic to get dimensions even in 1/72. Just have to scale down by half and I'm good.

Bill, I've been using both of those builds you referred as my inspiration. I love that early look with the lightning bolt insignia down the sides. I picked the complete set of CC-137 decals from CanMilAir and can't wait to get started.

Don salute.gif/>

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I actually have a set of these I 1/72. I was looking for some and a guy just set them to me. I tried to ask several times what he wanted in return, never heard back from him. One day I'd love to do it.

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One of the projects sitting in the queue is to convert Minicrafts 1/144 E-3/E-8 kit into a RCAF CC-137. I have decals but I've come up short on obtaining information on the refueling pods hung under the wing tips. Is there a good diagram showing shape and dimensions that would allow me to scratch a pair in 1/144? If I understand they were manufactured by Beech.

Many years ago I took photos of the Beech 1080 pod at the RCAF Museum, 8 Wing, CFB Trenton. They use to be in the Walkaround section here but I don't see them now. If you want to PM me with your email addy I'll send you what I have.

Cheers,

Tom

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Don Take Tom up on his offer as all the photos I took for the project (while in my basement somewhere) certainly aren't digital. I will pull out the 707 kit tomorrow afternoon...

Cheers

Bruce

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Additional photos (B&W) can also be found in the book, In Canadian Service-Aircraft, Boeing CC-137 (707-347C).

Cheers,

Tom

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Don......Sorry to be late here but didn't have access to a computer yesterday. The 1/72 pods are physically 3 and 2/16 ths of an inch long (from front tip to end of basket) and if I use my 1/72 scale ruler that works out to about 18.5 feet long in real life. The diameter (at widest) is about 3/8 ths of an inch or 2 ft 3 inches in real life using the 72nd ruler again. The mounting pylon is about 1 and 5/8 ths inches long at the tank (about 9 feet in real size and about 8 feet 3 inches where it fits on the wing due to the greater angle of slope at the front of the pylon than the rear. I guess in 1/144 the overall length would be about 1 and 9/16 ths of an inch long. HTH

Cheers

Bruce

P.S. I notice the Leading Edge Decals are copyright 1993, so it was quite a while ago......

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Thanks Bruce and Tom and everyone else that has provided information. It has been extremely helpful. I should be able to scratch build this pod now with relative ease.

Don :salute:/>

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Don, How's your 1/144 RAAF 707-338C & CAF CC-137C tanker projects coming along?  RAAF pods are Sergeant Fletcher, so I think you should be able to rob a set from either the Airfix 1/144 VC10 tanker kit, or from the new Roden VC-10 tanker.  CAF CC-137s used Beech IFR pods, which I do not know a source in 1/144.   I do have a 1/72 Leading Edge set and am willing to copy the directions and take some photos of the pods for you. Interested? R/ Dutch

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