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  • Member since
    April 2016
  • From: N. Burbs of ChiKawgo
C130 paint question
Posted by GlennH on Saturday, March 30, 2024 2:01 PM

Considering doing one similar to the ones I had a couple rides in decades ago. I was RVN time frame 69/70. Memory fades more each year but as I recal these were not camo at all, more like a plain gray color I believe. I really remeber the inside more than the outside of them. If I'm correct would a rattle can gray primer be a close approximation? It looks like it would be very similar to some of the Air Force grays offered on the modeling site that are used for air brushes. I have this in the cart in case it's a better choice.

https://www.scalehobbyist.com/catagories/Paint_and_Construction/as-7-neutral-grey-usaaf-spray/TAM00086507/product.php?kw=atomic,annie

A number Army Viet Nam scans from hundreds yet to be done:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/southwestdreams/albums/72157621855914355

Have had the great fortune to be on every side of the howitzers.

  • Member since
    May 2009
  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Saturday, March 30, 2024 7:40 PM

Hello Glenn!

I've been wondering about something like that for some time, too! From what I've seen some of the Herks have been natural aluminium finish or painted silver. most of them probably before '65 when they introduced the SEA camouflage.

I dug up an olf Tech order 1-1-4 and it says "All exterior areas except as specified" and then "Former system" colour 17178 and "Standard system" 16473 which I'd say are numbers also applicable to the FS-595. The first one would be silver, the second one ADC Gray.

Hope this helps - have a nice day, and by the way, Happy Easter everybody!

PaweĊ‚

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

www.vietnam.net.pl

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Saturday, March 30, 2024 8:04 PM

If it was grey it was most likely a two tone white top and I think ADC Grey sides and bottom, both gloss colors.  I have a lot of C-130 photos from that time frame and the most common early was natural metal, and later SEA camouflage.  I know there were some weather C-130's painted white/grey.  Here is a photo from 1975 of the white/grey scheme.

John

To see build logs for my models:  http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/mymodels.html

 

  • Member since
    April 2016
  • From: N. Burbs of ChiKawgo
Posted by GlennH on Saturday, March 30, 2024 9:40 PM

Found one taken just a couple years before my time. Maybe this is what I'm thinking. I can't tell if it's gray or just plain metal. If it's plain metal I have no clue what color that would be close to.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/13476480@N07/27238449454/in/photostream/

A number Army Viet Nam scans from hundreds yet to be done:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/southwestdreams/albums/72157621855914355

Have had the great fortune to be on every side of the howitzers.

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Saturday, March 30, 2024 11:12 PM

It would be natural metal, I would think.  Like this one leaving Da Nang.  Alclad II ALC 101 would be my choice over a dark gloss base.  There are lots of good options for natural metal now.  Below the C-130 photo is a C-123 I painted with Alclad II ALC 101.

John

To see build logs for my models:  http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/mymodels.html

 

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