The RCAF (Formerly Canadian Forces - Air Command) purchased 4 CC-177s (C-17s) Strategic Airlift Aircraft in 2007. Notably these aircraft have been used to support the Canadian Forces in Afghanistan and were critical in supporting the fast deployment of Canadian CF-18s to Sicily during the recent Libyan "No Fly Zone" campaign.
The first thing any collector will notice is that this model is very detailed - all the antennas and various small bits are represented here. It is however, primarily made of plastic and this is what helps with the detail (and more reasonable price compared to the Gemini Macs all Metal C-17 of the same scale). In fact unless you pick up the model you would never be able to tell that it wan't metal.
Hogan has incidentally done a fantastic job with the paint here. Early Pre-Production pictures showed a very glossy appearance. However, the final product has the realistic flat paint but with a bit of sheen that appears on the real aircraft. The tampo printing is sharp and clear as well.
By the way the stand has "RCAF C-17" printed on it. This must have been some kind of prophecy on Hogan's part because when the Pre Production pictures were released early last year the RCAF hadn't existed since 1968. This all changed this past August when the Canadian Government righted a terrible wrong and returned the Services to their rightful titles of RCAF, RCN, and Canadian Army.
(Note: in 2015, a fifth C-17 was purchased by the Canadian Government for the RCAF.)
All in all a great model and one that I highly recommend.