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Lockheed C-130R Arctic VXE-6 Model

Lockheed C-130R Arctic VXE-6 Model

Item# : QMPC130RAVXE6

Manufacturer : Lockheed Martin

Wingspan : 15.90"

Length : 11.73"

This model will be delivered to you exactly as shown in the photographs, except for your personalized inscription plate. Please note delivery times. If you would like to customize this model, or any other model with your markings, colors and numbers, order our Custom Model.

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Retail Price: $299.95
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Product Overview

LC-130s are specially modified with a wheel/ski landing gear configuration for operation in Arctic and Antarctic regions. Originally built for the U.S. Navy, most of these C-130 variants are being handed over to the New York Air National Guard’s 109th Airlift Wing. Antarctic Development Squadron 6, more commonly known as VXE-6, supported Operation Deep Freeze for over 44 years!

The LC-130’s predecessor, the C-130D, was first introduced in 1956. During 1957, the U.S. Air Force conducted extensive testing of the wheel/ski configured aircraft (#55-0021) which could be operated from both conventional runways and snow/ice covered surfaces in Arctic regions and for resupply missions to units along the Distant Early Warning (DEW) line. The tests proved the aircraft could successfully do what had already been done by other wheel/ski configured aircraft, like the C-123J.

The wheel/ski configured C-130Ds were only built for the U.S. Air Force. They were, and still are, the largest aircraft to be equipped with skis. The modification involved installation of a nose and two main skis fitted around conventional landing gear. The nose ski measured 10 feet (3m) long by 6 feet (1.8m) wide, while the main skis were 20 feet (6m) long by 6 feet (1.8m) wide. The undersides were coated with Teflon to reduce surface friction and resist adhesion to ice and snow. Each ski weighed approximately 2,000 pounds (907kg).

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The model landed safely at my home the other day. I am absolutely delighted with it in every way. You and your people have managed to duplicate the colors and paint scheme perfectly. Well done! It has taken pride of place alongside the other models I own, although this one by a mile is the best of the bunch.

It's so nice that I now have to go down to the hangar and pull out the real one, wash it, then polish it so that it looks as good as the model!

Ian Fleming

Greeting From Minnesota! Please accept my thanks and gratitude for manufacturing this model for me. It was a long journey in the making, more so for you folks than me. You were all so very patient with me concerning the designs and colors I wanted and I'm am so pleased to be able to look at this replica that I had the privilege to be part of with my friend Asgeir. I have also shared pictures with those in Iceland and others in the USA that helped me get the color codes and all comments came back are very favorable. You all did a wonderful work and I hope you will share this with others if you so choose on line with you testimonials. Of course you may edit as you desire. Again thank you all and others I failed to mentioned that had been in contact with me. I love my model and I will forever be grateful for your kind and professional service. The only thing hard about looking at the model, is I can not get on board physically!!! :):):) Thank You for my memory!!!!

Best Regards and Happiness Throughout the Holidays and Years Ahead,

Greg Helm

P.S. I have been given addresses for Asgeir's sons in Iceland. Once I get a firm contact with them, I will be sharing photos with them. My daughter and I did have the privilege to meet them in year 2000, when we visited Iceland.