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1/72 WC-130J "Hurricane Hunter" Conversion

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Following my C-130H "Screaming Eagle" build that appeared in the Mar/Apr issue of the IPMS Journal, I got inspired to pull out my Testors/Italeri C-130J kit.

 

The Testors boxing of the C-130J was the first J to hit the shelves back in the 90's. Basically, this kit is the same old Italeri C-130E with the new 2100 engines and 6 blade props.

It should come as no surprise when I say, adding 2100 engines and 6-blade props does not a C-130J make. There's a lot more to it.

To make this conversion work, you need Parts Tree F from the Italeri boxing of the C-130J or just start out with that kit. If you already have a either the Testors boxing or the C-130E/H kit, you can contact Italeri through their website and request for this tree. Explain why you want it and they will be happy to supply it to you for $7.50. Getting this tree makes the process a lot easier. If you have the E/H boxing, you will need to either get aftermarket engines and props or request the engine and prop tree for Italeri.

Here is the beginning of the WC-130J conversion:

First, the forward sponsons are in the wrong location. The forward sponsons need to be moved forward. The left side of the aircraft is very easy to do this since the forward sponson is a separate piece. The right side forward sponson is not so easy as it is molded to the side of the fuselage. Notice there are some other changes to the right side forward windows that are going to have to be addressed as well. Also, all the NACA intakes need to be filled.
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The right side forward sponson needs to be removed. Carefully use a scribing tool and razor saw to remove the forward sponson. Then use sheet styrene to reconstruct the side of the fuselage. The newly separated piece will need to be modified using Parts Tree F, Part Number 15F (AC Pack Intake Scoop)to match the C-130H/J configuration.
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Here is the dry fit of the new forward sponson locations:
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To fix the left side, I am going to use both left side sponson parts. I am going to use the GTC part with the NACA intake and modify the APU part.

Here are the differences in the two left side forward sponsons. The left one is the GTC (Ground Turbine Compressor) version for early aircraft. The right one is the APU (Auxiliary Power Unit) version for H1-H3 and J aircraft.

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Here is the left side extended. I used Parts Tree F part 1F. Modify the APU part (1F) by cutting approximately 5/8" measured from the aft side of the part. This becomes the plug. This is also the APU exhaust. Graft the two pieces together then fill and sand.
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Same area primed and aft window relocated
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Left side observer/escape hatch square window cut in.
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The right side sponson extension in place and the A/C pack scoop getting filled and faired in.

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I got the square tubing sleeve installed so the model can be in its in-flight configuration and the base is complete.
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I also added the forward inlet scoop on the right side of the fuselage.
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The revised J beaver tail mounting is also done.
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Off to a great start! We've got a couple of Herc fans in our local club that I'm going to notify of this build!

 

GIL :smiley16:

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Hello there! I have a few questions about this build.. First, it looks like you have used resin engines. Who is the manufacturer and where can one get them? Second, how thick is the styrene sheet you used in addition to the plug on the left side forward sponson? And, how thick are those on the right side forward sponson? I followed your earlier C-130H build to model a Tulsa herc as I am from Oklahoma. It turned out well and I enjoyed it! Thank you so much for your time and help!

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Hello there! I have a few questions about this build.. First, it looks like you have used resin engines. Who is the manufacturer and where can one get them? Second, how thick is the styrene sheet you used in addition to the plug on the left side forward sponson? And, how thick are those on the right side forward sponson? I followed your earlier C-130H build to model a Tulsa herc as I am from Oklahoma. It turned out well and I enjoyed it! Thank you so much for your time and help!

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Good work Steve ! :-)

 

Is it scale 1/72 ?

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Some more Herk work...

APU Fairing left sponson

Real aircraft
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Model - Styrene cut to shape and filled and faired in.
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Overall
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A/C pack
Exhaust/Vent...pilot hole drilled
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Stiffeners on top of fuselage
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Overall shot on stand with 53d WRS patch
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Good work Steve ! :-)

 

Is it scale 1/72 ?

Yep. 1/72 Italeri kit.

 

Thanks!!

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Way cool. Am following this with interest - !

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I am following this as well especially since my father was a Hurricane Hunter and Typhoon Chaser. I would love to be able to build one of these to represent his aircraft. Thanks for showing this, I'm looking forward to seeing more.

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Thanks Mark!

 

See my AC-130A build as well.

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Lots of nicely done mods..... looking forward to more and thanks!

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Thanks Mark!

 

See my AC-130A build as well.

Just found it! I'm following that one with interest as well since he also had 115 combat missions in Laos; over 100 were in that -A model bird. Thanks!

 

This one is really looking good!

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