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82Whitey51

1/48 DC-130A, VX-30 Bloodhounds

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OK, I think I'm just gonna call this one done. Going back to the "In Progress" page (link below) , it looks like it's been about a year or so working on it, with a break or two in there to build a couple of smaller projects.

 

This is aircraft 497, the last DC-130 used in combat. On the opening night of the 2003 Iraq war, it took off out of Masirah , Oman and launched three BQM-34-53 drones. Five BQM-34s were modified specifically for the job, two being launched from ground mounted units and the remaining three from 497...which is why I only mounted three drones. I recently found the photo below of her taxiing out on the mission.

 

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On to the model:

 

The kit drones, modified some to -53 type

 

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The Drone Control Operator stations. I made a master, and cast three other;

 

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It was a lot of work and took longer than I had anticipated (a lot of time shooting yellow paint! . ) Not a prize winner but it'll still make the trek out to the Nats in August with me...I just gotta find a big box to put it it! I

 

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Andy, Still and all, one to be proud of!  And she is BIG!  Way to go capturing an important and little known part of history!  Congrats!  R/ Dutch

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Nice build.

Great piece of history.  I knew about the ground launched drones, but didn't know they also did air launched.

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Congrats Whitey on a job well done, she looks awesome and, a rare piece of history.

 

Steve

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Can't wait to see this one in person.  Awesome.

 

Cheers

Collin

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16 hours ago, Collin said:

Can't wait to see this one in person.  Awesome.

 

Cheers

Collin

Man I gotta build a cradle to transport it to the next meeting.

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awesome airplane!

 

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Sweet build!  Love the interior details.

 

-Derek

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Great result, well worth the work!

 

 

HAJO

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Absolutely NOICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I had one of those kits and sold it at the last Omaha Nats. I knew I would never build it. After seeing yours, I'm glad I sold it. I couldn't match the results you got.

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20 hours ago, Darren Roberts said:

Absolutely NOICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I had one of those kits and sold it at the last Omaha Nats. I knew I would never build it. After seeing yours, I'm glad I sold it. I couldn't match the results you got.

 

Haaaaa!! Thanks man. I'm sure you could have pulled it off. I don't think I'd do all the interior work if I did it again.

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That is so COOL!!!!!!

 

Great job!

 

Jake

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Fabulous build  DC-130 in 1/48!

I didn΄t I knew about the ground launched drones and this type of modification.

Well done Sir!

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Great work.....now I’m intrigued about this aircraft. I had no idea.

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Nice to see this one finished. You did awesome work and the final result shows. Now, to find a display place for it without getting dusty...hmm lol. That is a challenge we all face. Especially as big as this kit. Thanks for share and cannot wait to see what comes next. ;) Mike

 

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Andy, I saw the DC-130 at IPMS Nats in Chattanooga.  I took several photos.  Very impressive build with the interior and the modified drones.  It looks really nice!   I was only there for a few hours on Friday before seeing the grandkids and picking up my son on his cross-country helo flight.  How'd you do?  R/ Dutch

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