EC-135C/N ARIAH/ALOTS "Hog
C-135B T/RIA, 62-4128,
4950th Test Wing, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, 1971
Markings for this aircraft are included in the new AMtech kit
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||USD$44.98 Recommended Retail Price
|Contents and Media:
||132 pieces in long-run injection
moulded plastic; 19 parts in clear injection moulded plastic; markings for
||High quality mouldings (sourced from
AMT); impressively big; crisp recessed panel lines; optional parts
including engine nacelles; welcome variation on available kits; excellent
quality decals with four options.
||Much care will be required with
alignment; large sprue connectors on fuselage and some other large parts;
a few minor sink marks; you'll need a big display case!
Reviewed by Brett Green
AMtech's 1/72 scale EC-135C/N ARIA/ALOTS may be ordered online from
Additional Resin Correction Parts and Construction Notes
AMtech has decided to include additional resin parts to their
forthcoming EC-135N/E kit to add an accurate TACSAT housing and fuel dump
housing, with a housing base and fuselage plug also supplied.
The four resin parts are pictured above,
AMtech has also revised the instructions to include specific assembly
instructions for these variants. Construction photos and relevant
Reference shots are included with this supplement.
Finally, a short illustrated document describing how to fix the dreaded
"KC-135 Outer Wing Droop" will be included in the kit.
AMtech has taken advantage AMT's unreleased moulds for their
forthcoming 1/72 scale EC-135C/N ARIAH/ALOTS "Hog Nose".
I never saw the original C-135/KC-135 AMT kits, but I was mightily
impressed when I received the large box containing the sprues for the Hog
Nose C-135. This model is big, by any standards. The fuselage length is
56cm and the wing span is close to 58cm. You'll need some serious shelf
space to display this behemoth! Its size and the distinctive drooping "hog
nose" make this an impressive and compelling subject.
The kit comprises 132 parts in grey styrene and a further 19 parts in
clear. The fuselage halves almost leap out of the box. They are very
clean, high quality mouldings with a combination of raised ribs and
recessed detail as appropriate. The rest of the kit maintains this high
standard, with crisply engraved panel lines throughout. A few small
sinkmarks can be found on some smaller parts, but these should be quite
simple to fill and repair.
The fuselage halves and some other large parts have large sprue
connectors. These are best removed with a razor saw, and even then they
will need more cleanup.
Although much of the interior will be hidden in the dark behind small
windows, AMtech has supplied plenty of detail for the forward section.
Fabric textured wall surfaces, floors, convincingly contoured seats and
even a fully equipped latrine are packed into the nose of the EC-135. A
floor is supplied for the full length of the fuselage, but if you want to
depict the electronic gear and crew fitout in the main cabin, you'll have
to scratchbuild it yourself.
Click the thumbnails below
to view larger images:
Four J-57 powerplants are supplied, as is a full set of four TF-33
engines. Marking options for two J-57 and two TF-33 are
offered on the decal sheet, but either way you will have a few significant
additions to the spares box.
Click the thumbnails below
to view larger images:
The real test of this model will be how it fits together. The fuselage
halves, in particular, have the potential for heartbreak owing to their
length and flexibility. Fortunately, the bulkheads and floor will add
rigidity to the structure and should help align these large parts.
I have test fitted the halves, and I recommend gluing the fuselage halves
in stages, starting with the fin. Glue the fin halves, clamp the parts,
temporarily tape the whole fuselage and move forward when the rear
fuselage has set. The fuselage will still have enough flex to run a bead
of glue, or alternatively (if the dry-fit is good enough) you might
consider using liquid glue brushed directly onto the seam.
The decals are excellent. Four options are supplied:
EC-135N ARIA/ALOTS of 4556th Test Group, AF
Eastern Test Range, Patrick AFB Florida, 1970
C-135B T/RIA of 4950th Test Wing,
Aeronautical Systems Division, Wright-Patterson AAFB, Ohio 1971
EC-135N ARIA of 4950th Test Wing,
Aeronautical Systems Division, Wright-Patterson AAFB, Ohio 1977
EC-135E Aria of 4950th Test Wing,
Aeronautical Systems Division, Wright-Patterson AAFB, Ohio 1991
The decals are beautifully printed with admirably narrow edging of
carrier film. Even the decal instruments look good!
I can't comment on instructions as my review sample did
not come with the final version.
The AMtech kit is well moulded and will look very impressive when
finished due to its large size and its distinctive "hog nose". The
excellent decals are
also noteworthy. With patience and planning, you'll have a great looking,
big EC-135C/N in your collection!.
Thanks to AMtech for the review sample.
AMtech models are available
from good hobby shops and online retailers. For more information about AMtech
future releases, please see their
Preview page here on HyperScale
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