Da SWO Posted February 5, 2021 Share Posted February 5, 2021 My stash has expanded rapidly since joining this forum. The shelf of doom only has two models left, and the final parts for future builds are inbound (I hope). I was going to build a KC-135R for a friend (guy I gave the C-9 too, but he passed away unexpectedly, so that project needs to be put off for awhile). Strike Eagle, P-61, F-22, 3x F-16's and a Squadron of 130's to choose from. Parts and decals coming in from all over the globe. So after thinking about it, I decided to go with a 130, and in a go big or go home moment decided to build it as a WC-130A, with a goal of entering it in the local IPMS Squadron contest next January/February. I am starting with the Italeri C-130E/H in 1/72nd scale. My Ozmods engines and fuel tanks are in customs, so they should arrive this month. I have to cast a couple extra crew seats, then scratch build the ARWO, Drop stations and a Benson Tank, a couple antennaes, and an external rack; this will be my first time doing this kind of stuff. Things I still need: Colors, my google-foo is weak and I can't find a color schematic for a VN era C-130. This image on scalemates is as close as I can get: Does this look accurate? The Air Force had exactly 3 WC-130A's, (56-0519, 56-0522, 56-0537) they were assigned to the 54th Weather Reconnaissance Squadron (my old unit). Their primary mission was (at the time) the Top Secret Operation MOTORPOOL/POPEYE. This was the attempt to increase rain rates over the "Ho Chi Minh Trail". Aircraft 56-0522 will be my subject. Quote Link to post Share on other sites
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