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Old 05-05-2019, 04:35 PM   #1
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REVIEW: Inflight200 RCAF CC-130J-30 Super Hercules

RCAF CC-130J-30 Super Hercules *#130610
No. 436 “Tusker” Squadron, 8 Wing Trenton, Ontario, 2017
Special Tail Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of 426 “Thunderbird” Squadron (which is the CC-130J O.T.U.)
1/200 Scale with Stand

As announced by Inflight200 October 2018

Available April 2019

Canada and the C-130

Canada is the third largest Operator of the venerable Lockheed C-130 Hercules (after the U.S. and the U.K.) with 61 aircraft having served in RCAF/CAF colours since 1960. Four C-130B models were first purchased in 1960 but were quickly replaced by an order for 24 C-130E models in 1964. Five of of the more powerful C-130H versions arrived in 1974-75.

A further four C-130H Hercules were delivered in 1985-86 – two new aircraft and two used from the UAE. In 1991, a further order was made for another five 'H model Hercules fitted with outer wing pylons for air-to-air refuelling drogues as CC-130H(T) tanker-transports (One of the Tankers was written off after suffering an airborne hydraulic fire - thankfully, no one was hurt).

In 1997 two new stretched 'H models – CC-130H-30s were purchased from Lockheed Martin which had been manufactured but had remained unsold.

By 2012 the C-130Es were mainly retired and replaced by 17 modern C-130J models. Twelve of the C-130H models remain in service today primarily in the Search and Rescue and Air-to Air Refuelling roles.

The C-130 Super Hercules

The C-130J is the newest version of the Hercules and the only model still in production. Externally similar to the classic Hercules in general appearance, the J-model features considerably updated technology. These differences include new Rolls-Royce AE 2100 D3 turboprop engines with Dowty R391 composite scimitar propellers, digital avionics (including head-up displays (HUDs) for each pilot), and reduced crew requirements. These changes have improved performance over its C-130E/H predecessors, such as 40% greater range, 21% higher maximum speed, and 41% shorter takeoff distance. The J-model is available in a standard-length or stretched -30 variant.

The Canadian Armed Forces signed a US$1.4 billion contract with Lockheed Martin for seventeen new C-130J-30s on 16 January 2008, as part of the procurement process to replace the existing C-130E and H models. The C-130J is officially designated as the CC-130J Hercules in Canadian service. The first C-130J was delivered to CFB Trenton on 4 June 2010. The final C-130J was delivered on 11 May 2012.

The Model

Inflight200 has released several C-130J Releases over the years with this one being the best in my opinion.

Overall the tooling is a good one and accurately represents Lockheed’s work horse well. Gear up and gear down (magnetically held in place) options are provided along with an attractive display stand. The rear cargo door and ramp can also be displayed open or closed.

One of the major failings of the tooling has been corrected on this release. The “J” model Hercules propellers are a key visual difference between the Classic and the “Super” Hercules and unfortunately Inflight’s previous “J” model releases all suffered from abysmal props. The propeller dome in particular was way too small and didn’t look anything like the real thing. As can be seen in the photos below the retooled propellers are a huge improvement.

Below: photo of the “J” model Dowty Composite Scimitar Propellers.

Below: Photo of previous Inflight’s propellers on the U.S. Coast Guard release.

I suggested the scheme seen on Inflight’s RCAF CC-130J which has a specially painted tail recognizing the 75th Anniversary of 426 “Thunderbird” Squadron.

In 1942 No.426 Squadron RCAF was first formed at RAF Dishforth, England on October 15, 1942, with Vickers Wellington Mk IIIs and Mk Xs. Later the squadron operated Halifaxes and Lancasters as part of the famous No.6 RCAF Bomber Group. After the war 426 Squadron operated the North Star Transport aircraft with the RCAF’s Air Transport Command last based at Trenton in Ontario.

Today 426 Training Squadron is the Operational Training Unit for all aircrew employed in the RCAF’s transport role. While the squadron doesn’t have aircraft specifically assiged to it - the Squadron is able to borrow any number of aircraft located on the Wing from the Operational Squadrons to fulfil the training mission.

Overall the model is excellent. All the details are present with correctly represented stencils all over the aircraft. The wheel hubs are even correctly painted white!

Highly recommended.


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Old 05-08-2019, 01:55 PM   #2
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Nice pictures! The blades definitely look better on this model compared to the Coast Guard bird.

Thanks for sharing

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