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Boeing KC-135A
Statotanker
Inflight-Refueling Tanker/
Cargo/Transport Aircraft


Serial No. 57-1423
"Javelina"
93rd Bomb Wing - Castle A.F.B

"The only time you have too much fuel
is when you're on fire."


AMT/ERTL

This model added to kgwings.com on November 03, 1997

Still frontline equipment more than 35 years after it entered service ­ it now proudly wears the low-visibility "Shamu" paintjob.
A great view of the flying boom refueling system -
this is what the stratotanker is all about.
This "A" model is powered by four J57 turbojet engines.
Even at 1/72 scale it's 22.5" long with a 21" wingspan. We're talkin' BIG here. In fact it was really hard to capture any details as far away as I needed to be to get the whole bird in the frame.
As if AMT/ERTL's KC-135A wasn't cool enough by itself, they've also released four other variations including two I'm building - a KC-135R with the big CFM-56 turbofan engines (kit #8909) and a RC-135V with Side Looking Airborne Radar and TF-33 torbofan engines (kit #8956). You know I'll be showing them off when (or if) I finish them



AMT ERTL KC-135A Stratotanker 8848

Kit: AMT/ERTL #8848

Scale: 1/72
Decals: stock (one of two options)
After Market Parts: None
Customizations: Masking Tape Seatbelts, Styrene aerials, glass (clear plastic) replacements in the boom operator area because of fit problems.
Cost: I paid only $12.00 (us) for this kit at Toy Liquidators before they were bought and ruined by Kaybee Toys. It still usually sells for around $24.00 at the time of writing.
Value: For what I paid... AWESOME. It's still really nice kit for under $25.
Comments: Injection molded. Nice recessed panel lines. As you might expect on something this big, there was a little warping on a few parts, but it doesn't take much to bend back into place. The interior is nicer than I'd expect and it was a shame to seal up all the extra goodies, especially the toilet and Charmin roll molded on the wall. I omitted the landing gear (actually very nicely done) since I decided to hang mine from the ceiling. Some cool options include a hose with a drogue basket and open crew and cargo hatches.



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