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1/144 Minicraft EC-121R Complete

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  • Member since
    April, 2003
  • From: USA
1/144 Minicraft EC-121R Complete
Posted by keavdog on Sunday, January 06, 2019 4:36 AM

I built this kit for the Eye In The Sky group build. 

This is a 1/144 Minicraft EC-121R from the Batcat 553 Reconnaissance wing stationed at Korat during the Vietnam war.  They were running a top-secret mission dropping listening devices along the ho chi minh trail and these birds would circle on station listening for activity.  My dad was a senior master sergeant in avionics with this squadron.

Not the greatest kit - a few fit issues, flash etc.  Anyhow - here she is

Still figuring out the black basing

Sausage masking at this scale is a bit difficult

A bit of bleed from the black basing I had to correct

Glossed and decals on - Mig filter applied and ready for dull coat

And the final product.  Super finicky gear door issues with this kit.  Anyhow - here she is












  • Member since
    May, 2009
  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Sunday, January 06, 2019 7:03 AM


It's a beauty, I like it a lot! Thanks for sharing and have a nice day


All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

  • Member since
    March, 2003
  • From: Towson MD
Posted by gregbale on Sunday, January 06, 2019 7:06 AM

Great work, John!

She really looks 'ready for business' in the SEA camouflage, which you've rendered beautifully.

A very nice tribute to your father's service.Yes


 George Lewis:

"Every time you correct me on my grammar I love you a little fewer."
  • Member since
    November, 2003
  • From: State of Mississippi. State motto: Virtute et armis (By valor and arms)
Posted by mississippivol on Sunday, January 06, 2019 7:50 AM
Sweet !
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Posted by Keyda81 on Sunday, January 06, 2019 8:16 AM

I did the same kit, and I agree not the greatest.  I had fit issues as well.  With some work it still turns out to be nice.  Great job!

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    September, 2017
  • From: western North Carolina
Posted by kensar on Sunday, January 06, 2019 2:23 PM

Nice results, John.  I have not see a military plane based on the Conny.




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    November, 2003
  • From: Naples, FL
Posted by tempestjohnny on Sunday, January 06, 2019 5:02 PM
Another beauty


  • Member since
    April, 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Sunday, January 06, 2019 7:00 PM

Pawel - Thanks for the kind words.  You have a nice day too

Greg - I love the look of the SEA camo.  I need to practice with my double action.  Sausages are tedious especially doing 4 colors

Mississippivol - thanks

Keyda - I really want to do a navy bird blue/white/orange.  I got the decals for it.  What scheme did you do yours in?  BTW - those gear doors were the most fiddley.

Kensar - thanks.  The connie was the eye in the sky for some time.  Other variances have large radar blisters, towers and the iconic giant disc - all bristling with antennae.  Google it, some really pretty birds.

TempestJohnny - thanks man




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