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Re: A 'Virtually' Whiffed Herk
« Reply #15 on: June 30, 2012, 04:33:24 pm »
In theory, yes, but in practice it's not that easy, and I have time and budget restraints to think about........
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Re: A 'Virtually' Whiffed Herk
« Reply #16 on: June 30, 2012, 10:34:38 pm »
In hind-sight wouldn't it have been better to buy two C-130 kits from the same manufacturer. Then you could stretch one and shrink the other :banghead:
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Yeap the Italeri recent boxing included instructions for making the stretched C-130 using 2 kits, so Kit could make an extremely short Hercules with the rest of the other kit or fit the wings to a C-27J to make a longer span Spartan  :thumbsup:
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Re: A 'Virtually' Whiffed Herk
« Reply #17 on: June 30, 2012, 11:22:19 pm »
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Re: A 'Virtually' Whiffed Herk
« Reply #18 on: July 01, 2012, 01:24:28 am »
Yeap the Italeri recent boxing included instructions for making the stretched C-130 using 2 kits, so Kit could make an extremely short Hercules with the rest of the other kit or fit the wings to a C-27J to make a longer span Spartan  :thumbsup:

It's a practical proposition for the forward plug, but it's not that easy for the aft one.

There just isn't enough fuselage length available for the aft plug unless you hack HUGE chunks of the aft wing fairing off, and that leaves socking great gaps in the upper part of the fuse. I dunno why Italeri ddin't do a straight C-130J-30 anyay, it would just have taken two new fuselage halves. Then you could have made any Herk by cross-kitting the 'H' and 'J-30' kits AND they would have sold more kits!
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Re: A 'Virtually' Whiffed Herk
« Reply #19 on: July 01, 2012, 03:01:36 am »
I agree with the above comments

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Re: A 'Virtually' Whiffed Herk
« Reply #20 on: July 01, 2012, 10:56:37 am »
So do I, you might want to invest in a 3D printer. :banghead:

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Re: A 'Virtually' Whiffed Herk
« Reply #21 on: July 01, 2012, 01:13:47 pm »
This is a nice Gesture. Do you have accurate C 130 J engine nacelles?
Just wondering.
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Re: A 'Virtually' Whiffed Herk
« Reply #22 on: July 02, 2012, 05:46:21 am »
This is a nice Gesture. Do you have accurate C 130 J engine nacelles?
Just wondering.
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Re: A 'Virtually' Whiffed Herk
« Reply #23 on: July 02, 2012, 06:12:38 am »
Too late, mine are already in place. Isn't that always the way?

I'm less than keen on the prop blades being separate pieces either, the 'All-in-one' Italeri ones will do for me.

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Re: A 'Virtually' Whiffed Herk
« Reply #24 on: July 02, 2012, 10:24:51 am »
Some time ago I bought Jennifer Wright's excellent engine nacelle and props replacement set, IIRC the Aviation Workshop took the moulds over a couple of years ago. Not sure what's happened to them now though, but the OzMod stuff looks just like it.
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Re: A 'Virtually' Whiffed Herk
« Reply #25 on: July 02, 2012, 02:13:03 pm »
Some time ago I bought Jennifer Wright's excellent engine nacelle and props replacement set, IIRC the Aviation Workshop took the moulds over a couple of years ago. Not sure what's happened to them now though, but the OzMod stuff looks just like it.

Like many of Aviation Workshop's pattern makers, Jen may well still owns the masters. Batches are probably cast to order.
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Re: A 'Virtually' Whiffed Herk
« Reply #26 on: July 03, 2012, 12:51:18 am »
Rheged, you wouldn't BELIEVE the backstory to the Albion Group if I told you!  ;D

We actually started off as the RAF(v), meaning 'Virtual' of course, back in the late 90s and the MoD banned us from using the title after we became large enough to be noticed! Nowdays there are more than one similar Virtual Armed Forces organisations but don't seem to get the hassle we did back then. Albion grew out of RAF(v) and we have a few oddities in our virtual fleet as a result, like the only civilian owned and operated Canberra PR9. Guess who flies that most often?  ;D

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Re: A 'Virtually' Whiffed Herk
« Reply #27 on: July 03, 2012, 03:46:43 am »
There's a very thriving Virtual Dutch Air Force flying right now, and they're actually sponsored by the REAL Dutch Air Force, who see them as a recruitment aid. They have a permanent display at the Museum at Soesterborg (or however you spell it....) and display en masse at the FS weekend at Lelystad.

I'm a sort of honorary member of the VRNLAF, and have my own badge for my flying overalls.  ;D
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Re: A 'Virtually' Whiffed Herk
« Reply #28 on: July 03, 2012, 08:10:14 am »
I've finally fought the Flightpath resin bits into some sort of submission, managing  to get the styrene and resin to match where they touch, which isn't often! Lots of PSR will be needed, not to mention having to sheath the rear resin plugs at least in some styrene strip to bring them into line with the Italeri fuselage.

I abandoned the idea of leaving the port para-door open as the interior would then be visible and the resin plugs have no interior detail at all. It should also make the matching of the aft plug easier as I'll have an outline to work to. See the second piccie here for the HUGE gaps between the doors and the aft plug.

As the Italeri kit is an early rendition it has raised panel lines, but the plugs have none, and as the main thing about the model will be its colour scheme I sanded all the panel lines off the entire airframe. What a PAIN that is, time consuming and utterly boring on a model this size.  :banghead: :banghead:

I've also extended the cargo floor as it helps locate various other bits inside and I'm working on the cockpit at present.



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Re: A 'Virtually' Whiffed Herk
« Reply #29 on: July 03, 2012, 08:24:26 am »
You sure this is a hobby & not an obsession, Kit? :blink:

I thought hobbies were meant to be enjoyable..... That doesn't look enjoyable! :-\

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