Italeri 1/48th scale

Hercules C-130

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     This kit has an interesting history. After I bought the AC-130OU kit from EBay I was on the look-out for the FlightPath Photo-etch set to detail it. Some time later this item appeared on EBay - it was an entire kit that happened to include the Photoetch set. The set costs well over 25 GBP but I think I got this entire kit for just 5 GBP. An excellent bargain. True - I could have thrown this kit away. However, it is almost complete (missing only one wing tank) hence I took pity on it. There are some interesting resin conversion sets out there for the 1/48th scale Italeri Hercules so this could turn into another interesting Project. The EBay seller had partly constructed and painted the model - although his efforts were not very expert - to be fair it does look as if he had experimented on the kit with little serious attempt to build it properly. He partly rescribed some panel lines before giving up. My sympathies. The few accessories you can get are:

 

Italeri 1/48th scale Hercules C-130

Kit Photos

Italeri 1/48th scale Hercules C-130 Italeri 1/48th scale Hercules C-130 Italeri 1/48th scale Hercules C-130
Various bits and pieces in the box and out of it. Two assembled fuselage halves have been sitting around the attic for a couple of years until one recently broke in two.... The remaining intact joined fuselage half. It has been painted and rescribed in places by the previous owner. It will be stripped and reconstructed in future. The inside of the built-up fuselage half showing some of the internal details that were added and painted. The cockpit and cabin sub-assemblies partially constructed.
Italeri 1/48th scale Hercules C-130 Italeri 1/48th scale Hercules C-130 Italeri 1/48th scale Hercules C-130 Italeri 1/48th scale Hercules C-130
The cockpit and cabin sub-assemblies partially constructed. A bag of bits inherited from the previous owner. The other half to the fuselage. This was inherited in one-piece but later snapped in half. Same again - the other half to the fuselage.
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The Instruction sheet. The curled up decals. I doubt I will have cause to use these although few alternatives have been found. Some of the de-bagged sprues showing large numbers of parts missing. They are all loose somewhere in new bags. It is all there (apart from one wing tank) - honestly!
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Some of the de-bagged sprues showing large numbers of parts missing. Some of the de-bagged sprues showing large numbers of parts missing. Some of the de-bagged sprues showing large numbers of parts missing. The wings - one of which was assembled and the flaps removed ready to accept the one in the FlightPath photoetch set.
Italeri 1/48th scale Hercules C-130 Italeri 1/48th scale Hercules C-130 Italeri 1/48th scale Hercules C-130 Italeri 1/48th scale Hercules C-130
The wings - one of which was assembled and the flaps removed ready to accept the one in the FlightPath photoetch set. The tail showing some of the rescribing that happened. It is way too deep and needs filling and doing again. A few bits and pieces. The one remaining wing tank - I will need to scratch build the other using this as a template. More bags of bits.
Italeri 1/48th scale Hercules C-130 Italeri 1/48th scale Hercules C-130 Italeri 1/48th scale Hercules C-130  
More bags of bits. Part of the FlightPath Photoetch set being used on the boarding steps already installed by previous owner. Various reference photo's I took at airshows over the years.  

Aftermarket Extras

FlightPath photoetch detail set Paragon Resin Wheels Eduard Mask EX438
The FlightPath photoetch detail set is quite expensive and difficult to find. Those Paragon Resin Wheels. Scale Aircraft Conversions white metal undercarriage purchased in March 2010. A dissappointing copy of the kit undercarriage with no obvious improvement other than strength. Eduard Mask EX438 (for C-130J but they are all the same) purchased from Hannants May 2016.

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