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1/144 Scale C-5 Galaxy

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  • Member since
    February, 2017
1/144 Scale C-5 Galaxy
Posted by armco1953 on Thursday, September 27, 2018 12:18 PM

While growing up at Fort Gordon (Augusta) Georgia during the early 1970s, my parents bought me a Otaki C-5 for Christmas.  This came after I had pestered them for a long time to get it for me.  As I was only 4 years old at the time, my mother made it for me and it sat in storage in the States for nearly 5 years while my father was stationed in the Netherlands and Heidelberg, Germany.  I kept this model until it wound up being broken during the early 1980s.  By which time, I had built a second issue of this kit issued by Entex, which was also lost sometime during the 1980s.  Jumping ahead, I purchased the Testors release of this kit during the early 90s, which my son wrecked as a toddler (in hindsight, I should have left it hanging from the ceiling).  With the new Roden release of the C-5B/C-5M and my turning 50 this year, I have been thinking about buying what would be my fourth kit.  I'm leaning more toward buying one of the older kits rather than the new kit.

My question is, does anyone really know why there never has been another release of the old Otaki kit?  I have read about rumors of the molds being destroyed but I don't know how true that is.  It was a really nice kit for its time, despite the annoying unrealistic front windscreen insert, but that could be easily rectified.  If my memory has not yet gone, I recall it also had recessed panel lines-something not commonly seen during the earlly 70s.

  • Member since
    April, 2014
Posted by B_one fixer on Thursday, September 27, 2018 1:03 PM

I am actually building one now, finishing her up as an M model with the new engines. I believe the moulds still exist. The Otaki L1011 moulds are the ones that were destroyed/lost. Alot of people get those mixed up with the C-5 one. I want to say that Either Revell or Testors had the moulds last. The kit does have recessed panel lines and the build is pretty simple. 

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    October, 2004
  • From: Orlando, Florida
Posted by ikar01 on Saturday, September 29, 2018 6:53 AM

If you do manage to get hold of another one, a couple things that could be fixed would be a new set of antennas on the top of the fuselage.  The kit had them way too thick and it was hard to tell there were actually two rows , side by side.

The other thing would be to fix the shape of teh landing gearr.  The kit had them as flat sided and they need to be rounded.

  • Member since
    February, 2017
Posted by armco1953 on Tuesday, October 02, 2018 1:38 PM

The one thing I do remember about the Testor's release of this kit is that it came with decals for the C-5B in camoflauge and the C-5A in its original MAC markings.  In addition, it also had another sheet that looked like it came from the original Otaki release that had a unrealistic blue and yellow shades of color.  That sheet did, however, have the word "Galaxy" in script as appeared on the prototype.  Although I knew it was not accurate, I did affix it to my model built in the gray/white scheme as I liked what it looked like.  Good luck on your build!

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