This mythological hero has been
reasonably well supported in 1/72 scale, but only Italeri has brought out
injection moulded C130 kits in 1/48 scale.
Having developed a taste for large scale endeavours with the Vulcan, I obtained
Italeri's C130H and Flightpath's etched brass details from Hannant's model shop
in London. This comes in an even larger box than the Vulcan and is packed
with parts for the exterior and a reasonable interior which is improved by the
Flightpath details. The decal sheet with this version of the Italeri kit
came with low vis decals for USAF, Canadian, Italian, French and RAF "Fat
Alberts" with some common stencils. The RAF
version was a Desert Storm aircraft in overall "Desert Pink"
with small low vis roundels and two code numbers - not that interesting!
The fuselage is moulded in four sections split vertically and just in front of
the wing root. The kit is designed for the fuselage to be assembled in
front and rear portions which then "snap" together, however I though
that the fit would not be particularly good and so I carefully assembled the
parts to form complete fuselage halves with a smooth join between the front and
rear parts. The interior parts were painted and assembled and the
Flightpath details added. The excellent Flightpath set contains details
for the cockpit console, throttle quadrant, pilot and co-pilot's seats and the
side and rear entry doors/steps. The etched brass fret was quite thick
however and so the parts were not easily separated using a sharp blade. I
eventually found success in removing them using a razor saw over a timber offcut,
which had the added advantage of not having the etched parts "ping"
off into sub-space once detached.
The canopy is provided as a large
injection moulded part including part of the fuselage roof. Once the
interior had been fitted and the fuselage halves joined, the canopy was masked,
glued in place and the edges faired into the fuselage with filler. The
interior had been painted "approximate" interior green using an auto
spray can (no more brush painting large areas for me!) and the masked canopy was
similarly painted before the outer finish was applied.
The wings have extended flaps thanks to Flightpath and they and the engine pods
were completed as separate modelling exercises. I separated the rudder and
elevators and re-attached them in deflected positions. The wings fit over
a strengthening spar provided with the kit, which passes through the fuselage.
I did not glue the wings in place as they fit relatively snugly to the fuselage
and can be removed to allow the completed model to be transported.
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The kit represents an RAF Hercules
C1-P of No. 70 Squadron at RAF Lyneham in 1982 following "Operation
Corporate" in the Falklands. It features the in-flight refuelling
probe rapidly developed to enable the aircraft to fly across the South Atlantic
and which Italeri provide on a separate sprue. The camouflage pattern of
dark sea grey and dark green was applied using Humbrol spray enamel, paper masks
and large quantities of masking tape. The underside light aircraft grey
was brush applied as Humbrol apparently do not do a spray can of this colour (I
suppose I should get an airbrush some day). Once dry the underside was
weathered along the panel lines. The decals
came from various sources: codes and stencils from an Airwaves "RAF Desert
sheet for a Hercules C3-P, roundels from an Xtradecals sheet and more
stencils from the kit decal sheet. The upper surface walkway lines were formed
using Xtradecal red and yellow stripes with the red stripe applied first, made
dashed by brush painting over with the camouflage colour, and then applying the
yellow stripe! The whole was then sealed in with Johnson's Kleer -
followed by a large drink and a lie down.
As the stereo display stand is full this model gathers even more dust on top of
a filing cabinet.
If making this kit again I would probably sand down the panel lines (especially
around the nose) and illuminate the interior. The RAF Meteorological
Flight "Snoopy" would make an interesting model...Hmmm.