1/48 Italeri C-130J

Gallery Article by Mike Quan

 

This kit started as a Italeri 1/48th C-130J and after seeing one of the first RAAF C-130J-30 at an open day at Sydney Airport I decided I would construct a RAAF version of this new transport. 

 

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The kit is of the standard Herc, so I used 'plugs' to increase the size of the fuselage forward and aft of the main wing. 

Armed with photos from the open day and material from Lockheed Martin, extra detail was added to the cockpit and inside of the main fuselage and with the detail inside I added cutaway on the starboard side. 

The figures came from the Hasagawa 1/48 USAF aircrew. 

To finish the kit off I added engines, lights and fibre optics running off an old Tamyia tank battery pack which plugs into a port under the rudder.

Mike Quan

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Photos and text by Mike Quan