Leading Edge Models

1/48 CAF C-130 Tactical Camo Scheme decal sheet

product # 48.63

Review by Steve Bamford on May 6 2009



CAF C-130 Tactical Camo Scheme Circa 1980 - 1990's

This new decal sheet from Leading Edge Models includes markings for two different 1/48 CAF C-130.  These are the highest flight hour C-130's in the world.  But you also get full serial number stencils to make any of the CAF C-130's including the Hercs that were fitted with wing refueling pods to make them tankers for mid air refueling.  

The first aircraft is a C-130E #130315 originally purchased in 1965 and retired in 1995 after 45,277 flight hours.  

The second aircraft is a C-130H #130342 and is one of the 5 HC-130 tankers operated by the CAF.  This Herc has artwork of a camel and rider from it's time in Kuwait with "Operation South Watch" in 1998.  

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Side view line drawing profiles are included on the instruction sheet to help you get the proportions correct.  

The instructions are clear and include 2 views of each aircraft.  The decals are beautifully printed on 2 decal sheets.  One complete set of stencils is included on this decal sheet including propeller tip decals and a full set of serial number decals to make any CAF C-130's.

I have long wanted to built one of the CAF C1-30's in this Grey/Grey/Green Tactical Camo Scheme as I think this is the most eye catching scheme worn by the Canadian Hercs, so the release of this decal sheet is a very welcomed event.  This sheet is also available in 1/72 scale.


I would like to thank Leading Edge Models for providing me with this review sample.

Photos and text by Steve Bamford