C-130 J Engine Nacelles

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Product / Stock #
BRL 48123
Base Kit
Testors/Italeri C-130
Company: Brengun - Website: Visit Site

Attack Squadron from Poland had been producing some lovely resin kits and aftermarket items. Due to circumstances and the decision by their parent company (Arma Hobby) to get out of the resin business, their products started disappearing from the market place. Enter Brengun/Hauler and their check book. It would seem that Brengun/Hauler have purchased most, if not all, of Attack Squadron's molds and have been re-issuing those items ever sense.

One of these re-issued after-market offerings is a set of 1:48 scale resin replacement engine nacelles for Italeri's C-130 model. Theses replacement bits will allow you to build a Roll Royce engined C-130 J. Each nacelle comes as a outer shell with a separate front, spinner, and a small resin plug with two antennas and an exhaust deflector. These small bits have a pouring channel/bubble trap still attached so check your references and make sure you don't remove the wrong thing.

Curiously, Brengun seems to have made the same mistake that Attack Squadron did (in this scale) and DOES NOT include the composite scimitar propeller blades. To solve that issue you will need to break out your own casting gear and get busy. You're gonna need 24 propeller blades. From those of you that don't do resin casting you will need to source the blades from another source (Aires/Shapeways? ). Or, one can hope that Brengun will realize the error of their way and offer a suitable set of propeller blades in the near future.

The resin bits are very well cast with engraved panel lines. With the molded in cut line removing the pour plugs is a breeze. Just fit the pieces together and attach to the wing. The body of the nacelles (main section/nose cap) are cast hollow which allows the modeler to use the engine interior parts provided by Italeri.

You may need to pay some attention while attaching this after-market set. It is recommended that some material ( apx. 2.25mm) be removed from the Italeri kit part (wing) as the in-board nacelles are positioned differently than the outer engines. It should be noted that removing 2.25mm from the engine mount on the in-board position of the kit supplied part will place the nacelle on the leading edge. Dealers choice (of course) but, to my eye, removing that material may not be necessary. All this is covered in the instructions.

These C-130J engine nacelles from Brengun are a welcome re-introduction to the market. My thanks to Brengun/Hauler and IPMS/USA for the review copy.

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