EC-135C help

EC-135C help

Joined: October 19th, 2008, 8:02 pm

June 25th, 2012, 1:17 am #1

I would like to build an EC-135C in 1/144 but no kits are available. I was thinking of converting the Revell KC-135 kit but wasn't sure if I could use that kit. Would this kit be a good base to start with? I was also wondering if anyone makes a conversion kit and decals for the EC-135C? Thanks for any help you could provide.
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Joined: March 6th, 2005, 7:44 am

June 25th, 2012, 1:38 am #2

If you are set on an EC-135C, you will need new engines for that kit. The EC-135C had TF33-P-9 turbofans, in place of the original J-57's.

FYI, the pic you show (58-0022) is an EC-135A
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Joined: October 19th, 2008, 8:02 pm

June 25th, 2012, 2:16 am #3

was the only one I could find that showed an EC-135 that I could post without violating copyright laws.

Would the Revell kit be appropriate for an EC-135A? Are those the correct engines on the Revell kit?
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Joined: March 6th, 2005, 7:44 am

June 25th, 2012, 2:52 am #4

The EC-135A was the early attempt at an airborne command post, and did, indeed, serve in the "Looking Glass" role, along with later EC-135C's. Of course, both the EC-135A and the EC-135C were versions of the KC-135 Stratotanker, and most of the airframes shared common parts. The most obvious changes from model to model were the engines, and the "C" was basically an "A" model with different engines.
With that, you can make many versions from the basic KC-135. Mission-specific equipment also altered the airframe with various sensor suites, antennas, and different paint jobs. Still, if you have the desire, the old Revll KC-135 can be made into a lot of different aircraft.

FWIW, the pic shows 58-0022 when it was an EC-135A. The was later re-engined with TF-33's and re-designated as an EC-135P (which, externally looks like an EC-135C).

You can probably find some resin TF-33's (civilian designation JT3D) on the airliner sites.
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Joined: March 6th, 2005, 3:23 am

June 25th, 2012, 7:02 am #5

I would like to build an EC-135C in 1/144 but no kits are available. I was thinking of converting the Revell KC-135 kit but wasn't sure if I could use that kit. Would this kit be a good base to start with? I was also wondering if anyone makes a conversion kit and decals for the EC-135C? Thanks for any help you could provide.
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I might have a set of Revell TF33 from the Revell AWACS kit. There's yours if I can find them I might have pictures from the one that use to go thru Hickam back in the 80's. I'll check, Darren
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Joined: October 19th, 2008, 8:02 pm

June 25th, 2012, 2:13 pm #6

The EC-135A was the early attempt at an airborne command post, and did, indeed, serve in the "Looking Glass" role, along with later EC-135C's. Of course, both the EC-135A and the EC-135C were versions of the KC-135 Stratotanker, and most of the airframes shared common parts. The most obvious changes from model to model were the engines, and the "C" was basically an "A" model with different engines.
With that, you can make many versions from the basic KC-135. Mission-specific equipment also altered the airframe with various sensor suites, antennas, and different paint jobs. Still, if you have the desire, the old Revll KC-135 can be made into a lot of different aircraft.

FWIW, the pic shows 58-0022 when it was an EC-135A. The was later re-engined with TF-33's and re-designated as an EC-135P (which, externally looks like an EC-135C).

You can probably find some resin TF-33's (civilian designation JT3D) on the airliner sites.
I will research more as to which specific airframe I want to do.
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Joined: October 19th, 2008, 8:02 pm

June 25th, 2012, 2:14 pm #7

I might have a set of Revell TF33 from the Revell AWACS kit. There's yours if I can find them I might have pictures from the one that use to go thru Hickam back in the 80's. I'll check, Darren
Thanks for the help, much appreciated.
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Joined: March 6th, 2005, 3:23 am

June 25th, 2012, 2:28 pm #8

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Joined: August 26th, 2006, 2:48 pm

June 25th, 2012, 3:48 pm #9

Please remember that the old Revell KC-135 kit is a 707-100 & is too long for a KC-135 I've seen a few great conversions built from it but you may want to start w/ the Welsh vacuform Kit or if it ever shows the Minicraft KC-135, if you can get hold of the Welsh kit & compare it to the Revell kit you'll see what needs to be changed,
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Joined: October 19th, 2008, 8:02 pm

June 26th, 2012, 12:53 am #10

have any of the kits yet but the Revell would be more affordable for me. I am trying to collect research material now before I tackle the project. I will look into the available options and see what I can afford. Thanks!
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