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Colin Latta
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RCAF CC-130J-30 'Stretched Hercules' in 1/72

December 7, 2019 · in Aviation · · 13 · 3.9K

This is a build from this spring - MultiCast's resin conversion (1/72) of the Italeri Hercules to an C-130J-30. The MultiCast set is great, beautifully molded, and the decals are world class.
I made things more difficult for myself by using and ancient and incomplete Testors boxing of the AC-130a Spooky. This meant I had to fabricate all the missing doors, and fill the extra gun ports. Never do things the easy way! It took a lot of weight to get the balance right, and a lot of internal bracing to get a solid fuselage (the Italeri plastic is thin and flexible - not good news for seems!) It is painted with Tamiya acrylic, weatered with oils and pastel. Hope you like,

Build log here -

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  1. Excellent work Colin, even without a standard C-130 parked next to it you can see how much longer the fuselage is on this version. Major surgery to modify an existing kit to a different version is quite an endeavour. In the end a beautiful Hercules is a result of that project. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Nice result to all that work, Colin.

  3. Hey Colin- beautiful build! Well done!
    Do you have any idea if multicast produces sets of just the C-130J propeller blades to improve on the Italeri C-130J kit propeller blades? Can't find a multicast website, been trying for a while...

  4. This is an outstanding build, solid build. The conversion part just blends in and the finished model looks like a one cast piece, and that is the best compliment I can give your model Colin

  5. Great work Colin, that looks a beast to build. Really nice cockpit detailing too.

  6. Some strong work in making a conversion kit look invisible. Colin, appreciate you pulling back the curtain and showing some of your progress photo's. It give a an idea of what went into making this kit.

    Two thumbs up.

  7. Nice job Colin!

  8. The elbow grease paid off nicely - a beautiful model!

  9. Thanks everybody, it was a fun project.

  10. Good looking Herc' Colin, well done.

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