NewRay Sky Pilot Lockheed C-130 US Coast Guard 1/130 Scale Model Kit. Length: 9.5 inches Wingspan: 12.25 inches.
The NewRay Sky Pilot model kits are model kits that do not need glue or paints. The kits are different from the typical model kits with runners where one would cut away the parts and glue them together. These models come as disassembled toys/models. The parts such as the elevators and wings are snap fit. The two halves of the fuselage are held together by friction pins. They are pre-painted so they are ready to be displayed or played with right after assembly, which would usually take about 5 to 7 minutes. However, with a little bit of paint/permanent marker, one can greatly enhance the look of these models. All in all it would be a great gift to an 8 year old or a "low cost practice platform" for model builders trying to improve their painting/weathering/detailing techniques.
The Lockheed C-130 Hercules is a four-engine turboprop military transport aircraftdesigned and built originally by Lockheed, now Lockheed Martin. Capable of using unprepared runways for takeoffs and landings, the C-130 was originally designed as a troop, medivac, and cargo transport aircraft. The versatile airframe has found uses in a variety of other roles, including as a gunship (AC-130), for airborne assault, search and rescue, scientific research support, weather reconnaissance, aerial refueling, maritime patrol, and aerial firefighting. It is now the main tactical airlifter for many military forces worldwide. Over 40 models and variants of the Hercules serve with more than 60 nations.
The C-130 entered service with U.S. in the 1950s, followed by Australia and others. During its years of service, the Hercules family has participated in numerous military, civilian andhumanitarian aid operations. The family has the longest continuous production run of any military aircraft in history. In 2007, the C-130 became the fifth aircraft—after the English Electric Canberra, Boeing B-52 Stratofortress, Tupolev Tu-95, and Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker, all designs with various forms of aviation gas turbine powerplants—to mark 50 years of continuous use with its original primary customer, in this case, the United States Air Force. The C-130 is one of the few military aircraft to remain in continuous production for over 50 years with its original customer, as the updated C-130J Super Hercules.