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Walkaround Number 32
C-130 Hercules

by Lou Drendel


Squadron/Signal Publications


S u m m a r y

Title, Description & Publisher C-130 Hercules, Walkaround Number 32, Squadron/Signal Publications
ISBN: 0-89747-455-4
Media and Contents: 80 pages plus soft cover; landscape format
Price: USD$13.47 from Squadron.com
Review Type: FirstRead
Advantages: Good layout and logical format; 106 colour photos; good description of variants; three pages of  colour profiles
Recommendation: Recommended

Reviewed by Rodger Kelly

C-130 Hercules Walkaroud is available online from Squadron.com




New from Squadron/Signal Publications in their excellent Walk Around series is number 31, covering the C-130 Hercules.

The Walk Around is authored by Lou Drendel and Don Greer, names that are more than familiar to most modellers. Artwork is by Dave Gebhardt and Darren Glenn.

The book is laid out in a logical format that begins with general photographic coverage of the main C-130 types (-A with the Roman nose,-A, -B, -E, -H and J) to give the reader an understanding of the salient differences between them. From there, the aircraft is covered from nose to tail and wingtip to wingtip in nice, sharp and clear photographs.

The photographs are supplemented with line drawings that show details that are difficult to portray in photographs; eg the inside surfaces of the landing gear doors and the undercarriage legs.

There are also text boxes that list what engine is used on each type of C-130 as well as one that details what each of variants were used for; eg the WC-130 was a weather reconnaissance machine, the MC-130 is a special operations transport capable of landing and recovering personnel etc.

Fans of the esoteric will be pleased with the coverage given to the EC-130 as it not only provides photographs of the various antennae mounted on the exterior of the aircraft but also the various consoles in the highly modified cargo bay. Similar coverage is provided for the AC-130 "Spectre" variant of the C-130.

The book consists of 80 pages between cardboard covers in the familiar landscape format used so successfully by Squadron/Signal. The use of colour photographs is liberal with 106 in all. Three pages of colour profiles with three aircraft on each page are also provided.


This is a good reference book. for both modellers and aircraft enthusiasts alike. It provides a history of the aircraft without going too deep as well as great photographic coverage.


Review Copyright 2003 by Rodger Kelly
Page Created 05 August, 2003
Last updated 15 August, 2003

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