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Vehicle ID: That’s not a C-130J, it’s still the old C-130H!

“When we add these modifications to all of our aircraft, we will greatly increase the reliability and performance of the C-130H, and the overall lethality of the United States Air Force.”-Colonel Justin Walrath, Wyoming Air National Guard’s 153rd Airlift Wing

You can’t count on those eight bladed props to tell you that you’re looking at a C-130J Super Hercules anymore.  The following pics are an old school C-130H upgraded with C-130J engines, and a few other things.

The Wyoming Air National Guard is proud to be the first operator of the first C-130H upgraded with ‘J’ components.  Wyoming was chosen in 2008 to get and try out upgraded C-130Hs.

Most obvious are the ‘J’ style engines and air-screws (evil British empire Rolls-Royce T56 series 3.5/NP2000 props).  The modifications took place over 18 months at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas.

Initial testing took place at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.  Supposedly the C-130H modifications mean various state National Guard units will save taxpayer money versus buying the C-130J.






1:72 Shock & Awe Lockheed F-104 Starfighter, or, Why You Can’t Trust Scale Drawings! Plus massive historical confusion about Revell-Monogram!

I’m an idiot; a nut for the combat ineffective F-104 ‘Missile with a Man in it’ Starfighter so I’ve collect too many, and then I went and spent what precious little money I have on a book of scale plans.  And now those scale plans might actually be wrong!

I checked my collection of 1:72 (1/72) scale F-104s against the Mushroom Modeling Publications (MMPBooks) Scale Plans:  Academy, ESCI (ERTL, Italeri), Hasegawa, Heller, Matchbox and Monogram (not Revell), with interesting results.

Click the pics in the gallery to see more:

Conclusion: I’ve compared only the canopy, fuselages and wings because there is a plethora of aftermarket detailing sets out there, so all you really need are decent canopy, fuselage and wings.

All kits had fuselages longer than the MMPBooks Scale Plans, but both Academy and Heller have the largest fuselages in length and circumference.  Academy is the worst offender due to the obviously oversized cockpit and canopy.

Despite being an old kit (almost as old as the Heller kits) the ESCI kit still looks good.  Matchbox looks toy like but seems to be shaped right.

Everybody likes Hasegawa, so much so that many kit builders find it heresy to even question the accuracy of their kits.  But I remember the days when their kits were junk!  This Hasegawa kit is definitely not from their junk days in the 1970s.  It’s the best two seater F-104 available in 1:72 scale.

The 1990s issue Monogram kit is the winner for straight out of the box appearances.   What’s interesting is that there are some reviews out there about the Monogram F-104C that complain of too many rivets, canopy defects and even that the Monogram kit is the same as the Revell F-104G kit with raised panel lines. My kit has fine recessed panel lines and neither too many rivets or a defective canopy and is hands down the best looking of the bunch.  I believe there is confusion because before Revell merged with Monogram (prior to the 1990s) they issued their own F-104 which was an old kit with raised panel lines and lots of rivets.  Since the merger many kit bashers think every Monogram kit was originally a Revell kit, or vice versa.  In 1996 Monogram issued a new tooled F-104C, it is not the older Revell kit.  Lets confuse you even more by talking about Revell Germany.  Currently it’s known as Revell Germany here in the U.S. and since 2000 they’ve issued a lot of Hasegawa kits under their label.  However, through the 1970s to early 1990s Revell Plastics, or Revell AG (what we now call Revell Germany) issued a lot of junky kits, old Revell kits with raised lines and masses of rivets, crappy old Frog kits, and even Matchbox kits when they bought all the Matchbox molds.  From 1980 to 83 Revell was owned by a French company called CEJI, sometimes kits were issued with the label Revell-CEJI.  In the 1990s Revell Germany (officially Revell KG, or Revell GmbH) was issuing almost anything under the sun regardless of how crappy the quality was (or is, as they are still issuing old Frog and Matchbox kits).  Clue, since the late 1990s Revell Germany has been using blue bordered end opening boxes.  And for even more confusion, in 2006 Revell Germany became officially independent of what we now call Revell USA (or Revell-Monogram), however, between 2007 and 2012 both Revell-Monogram and Revell Germany were taken over by Illinois based Hobbico.  And don’t forget there’s also ‘Revell-Japan’ sometimes Takara sometimes Gunze Sangyo, ‘Revell-Mexico’ Lodela and ‘Revell-Brazil’ Kikoler!  So, the only way to tell the quality of the kit is to open the box and look at the parts, something hard to do when many surviving brick-n-mortar shop owners would shoot you for doing so, and when most kit purchases are now made through the mail or internet.

Another indicator that the MMPBooks 1:72 Scale Plans might be wrong is that all the kits had main wings and elevators (horizontal tails) that were identical to each other dimensionally, and were slightly larger in span and cord than the Scale Plans.  For even more evidence that the Scale Plans are wrong; when you compare the kit fuselages to the overhead view they’re even longer than in the side view! This could put me off buying anymore MMP Scale Plans books.

For those who love math, to find out how long the F-104 fuselage should be in 1:72 scale do it yourself!

1:72 comparison F-86 Saber Fujimi vs Heller, or, Nobody is Perfect!

Martial Law U.S.A. : Walmart hires military contractor to spy on employees!

25 November 2015, 17:35 UTC-07 Tango 01 (05 Azar 1394/13 Safar 1437/15 Ding-Hai 10th month 4713)

Claimed to be the world’s largest military contractor, Lockheed Martin was hired by Walmart, back in 2012, to spy on its own rebellious employees.

That’s according to a report titled  How Walmart Keeps an Eye on Its Massive Workforce The retail giant is Always watching.

Walmart administrators did not hire a military contractor to protect customers from possible terrorist attack, but to prevent cash strapped employees from going on strike!  In April of this year I wrote how Walmart suddenly, without warning, shutdown several stores across the country resulting in several thousands of layoffs.  I discovered that some of those stores had employees that had successfully organized and were about to go on strike, however, Walmart insisted the stores had major “plumbing problems” and would be re-opened as soon as the problems were fixed.

The new Bloomberg Business report is based on more than 1-thousand documents (as part of an upcoming National Labor Relations Board hearing) showing that when Walmart says it’s concerned for security it does not mean your security against a violent attack, it means a ‘terrorist’ strike by slave wage labor Walmart employees.

World War 3: Iran reveals U.S. Stealth drone, shot down by cyber bullets. Iranians are expert reverse engineers now they have latest U.S. military technology. Is the U.S. planning a commando raid?

“It carries a variety of systems that wouldn’t be much of a benefit to Iran, but to its allies such as China and Russia, it’s a potential gold mine.”-Peter W. Singer, author of Wired for War

Iran has put on public display the Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel stealth UAV.  The vehicle in the Iranian video matches photos taken of a Sentinel possibly operated from Pakistan’s Shamis air base.  Could it be that the real reason for U.S. forces evacuating Shamis is because their precious stealth UAV, nicknamed The Beast of Kandahar, got shot down by Iranians?

Back in January of this year, the buzz on the internet, concerning the appearance of the Beast in Afghan skies, was what was it doing there, it’s just a high tech and highly expensive recon vehicle?  It was first spotted over Afghanistan back in 2009.  Now, Iranian media says Afghan officials told the Iranian government the Beast was being used to spy on Iran.

The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps was ordered to hunt down the Beast, and they did.  But instead of using real bullets or missiles, they used their Iranian designed electronic warfare computers.  This explains why U.S./NATO operators lost control of the UAV: “The operators of the UAV lost control of the aircraft and had been working to determine its status.”-NATO statement

In fact, reports say that the possibility that the Beast was a victim of remote cyber hacking never crossed the minds of those operating the multi-million dollar UAV.

One reason they didn’t think it was hacked is that, according to John Bumgarner of research company U.S. Cyber Consequences Unit, the UAV should have self destructed if it was hacked.

Another UAV ‘expert’ from the United States said “…what the Iranians have is a pile of wreckage, many small and damaged pieces from which they could glean little in the way of technological insights.”-Loren Thompson, Lexington Institute

That was before the Iranians released the video of a near intact aircraft, boy does that UAV ‘expert’ have egg on his face!

So since the ‘experts’ say the Beast should have self destructed if it sensed it was being hacked, and, even if it suffered a malfunction it should’ve crashed into a thousand tiny bits, yet, the Iranians have a nearly intact Beast to publicly display, it strongly suggests that they not only hacked it, but were able to disable any self destruct and land it!

Islamic Revolution Guards Corps say they will reverse engineer the UAV.

By the way, flying a military aircraft into another country’s airspace, without permission, constitutes an act of war under international law.  So officially the United States is at war with Iran.

U.S. offers Unmanned Helicopter to remove Nuclear Fuel Rods

The K-Max has been offered to help remove spent fuel rods from damaged fuel pools at the Fukushima Daiichi plant.  The helicopter is remote controlled.

The helicopter will help set up large cranes, that will be used to remove the fuel rods.

The offer was made by Admiral Robert Willard, commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, in late March.