C-130 for grandson

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Project by DonB posted 12-09-2015 12:31 PM 780 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A picture of a C-130 in a wood mag tempted me, so I made one. Everything except the wire for the front wheel is done by hand. Props were a pain – I broke two of them cutting them out on my HF jig saw. I forgot to tape the back of the wood. Engine pods are MDF. Wings are 1/4 project board and the body are dressed 2×4s. Dowels for the wheels pass through the wheel pod, the wheels, and into the plane’s body – for strength. The horizontal stabilizer and the wing are both glued and pinned. The vertical stabilizer fits into the horizontal stabilizer and the body for strength. Chrome paint for the plane and black for the windshield and radar nose. Viewed from straight on, the nose looks a little like a Vietnam era Huey. All the extra strength efforts are because the plane will be in the hands of a 6 year old. But thats OK, the build was for him to play with, not to admire on a shelf.

-- DonB

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#1 posted 12-09-2015 01:13 PM

Very nice, your grandson will very happy.

-- Chris K

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#2 posted 12-09-2015 01:14 PM

Somebody is going to have fun with that

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#3 posted 12-09-2015 04:17 PM

Looks great.

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#4 posted 12-09-2015 05:44 PM

Nice model. Nicely coloured propeller.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 12-09-2015 07:12 PM

Nice Job, sure grandson will be happy with it

-- bkseitz, Washington "if everything is going well, you've obviously overlooked something"

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#6 posted 12-09-2015 10:30 PM

Donb you got some great toy builds coming on the site thanks so much for sharing them.

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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#7 posted 12-11-2015 08:03 PM

Very Nice job . Your right it does kind of look like the old Huey from the front but that’s Ok. I Love the Herky Birds they can do a lot of work where no other plane can.

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#8 posted 12-26-2015 07:29 PM

Oh yes. He’ll have fun with that

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#9 posted 01-27-2016 12:11 PM

htl; Thanks.

-- DonB

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