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April 2017 Releases


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US Navy Kitty Hawk Class Aircraft Carrier - USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) US Navy Kitty Hawk Class Aircraft Carrier - USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) (1:700 Scale)

The supercarrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), formerly CVA-63, is the second naval ship named after Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, the site of the Wright brothers' first powered airplane flight. Kitty Hawk was both the first and last active ship of her class, and the last oil-fired aircraft carrier in service with the United States Navy.

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Royal Navy Invincible Class Aircraft Carrier - HMS Invincible (R05) Royal Navy Invincible Class Aircraft Carrier - HMS Invincible (R05) (1:700 Scale)

HMS Invincible was the Royal Navy's lead ship of the three light aircraft carriers in her class. She was launched on May 3rd, 1977, as the seventh ship to carry the name. She saw action in the Falklands War when she was deployed with HMS Hermes and took over as flagship of the British fleet when Hermes was sold to India. Invincible was also deployed in the Yugoslav Wars and the Second Gulf War (Iraq War).

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People's Liberation Army Navy Surface Force Liaoning Class Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carrier - Liaoning (CV-16) People's Liberation Army Navy Surface Force Liaoning Class Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carrier - Liaoning (CV-16) (1:700 Scale)

The Liaoning (16), is the first aircraft carrier commissioned into the People's Liberation Army Navy Surface Force. It is classified as a training ship, intended to allow the Navy to practice with carrier usage.

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Star Trek Federation USS Enterprise - NCC-1701-J [With Collector Magazine] Star Trek Federation Starship - USS Enterprise NCC-1701-J [With Collector Magazine]

USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-J) was a 26th century Federation starship operated by Starfleet in an alternate timeline. The Enterprise-J participated in the historic Battle of Procyon V, wherein the forces of the Federation successfully drove the Sphere Builders back into their transdimensional realm.

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Star Trek Romulan Scout Ship [With Collector Magazine] Star Trek Romulan Scout Ship [With Collector Magazine]

The Romulan scout ship was a small starship used by the Romulan Star Empire for scouting missions during the late-24th century. They rarely ventured out as far as the Romulan Neutral Zone.

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Imperial Japanese Army Kawanishi N1K2-J Shiden-kai "George" Fighter Imperial Japanese Army Kawanishi N1K2-J Shiden-kai "George" Fighter (1:72 Scale)

The Kawanishi Shiden-Kai ("Violet Lightning") was one of the best fighters produced for the Japanese Navy during WWII, essentially a ground-based variant of the Kawanishi N1K1 Kyofu "Rex" seaplane. The N1K2-J and its predecessor, the N1K1-J, derived from Kawanishi N1K1 seaplane fighter (code name "Rex"), arose from a development ordered by the Imperial Navy in 1940.

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Imperial Japanese Navy Mitsubishi A6M5 Type 0 Model 52 Zero Fighter Imperial Japanese Navy Mitsubishi A6M5 Type 0 Model 52 Zero Fighter (1:72 Scale)

Aside from the early-morning raid on Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941, perhaps the biggest shock for American forces in the Pacific was the outstanding performance of the Imperial Navy's main carrier fighter, the beautifully proportioned Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero-Sen.

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German Messerschmitt Bf 109G-4 Fighter German Messerschmitt Bf 109G-4 Fighter (1:72 Scale)

Numerically the most abundant fighter produced by either side during WWII, the Messerschmitt Bf 109 formed the backbone of the Jagdwaffe on both the eastern and western fronts, as well as in the Mediterranean and North Africa.

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Imperial Japanese Army Nakajima Ki-43-II Hayabusa "Oscar" Fighter Imperial Japanese Army Nakajima Ki-43-II Hayabusa "Oscar" Fighter (1:72 Scale)

The Nakajima Ki-43 Hayabusa (Peregrine Falcon) was numerically the most important fighter used by the Japanese Army Air Force during the Pacific War. It remained in production from the beginning of the Pacific War until its end in August 1945.

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Imperial Japanese Army Mitsubishi J2M3 Raiden "Jack" Interceptor Imperial Japanese Army Mitsubishi J2M3 Raiden "Jack" Interceptor (1:72 Scale)

The Mitsubishi J2M "Raiden" ("Thunderbolt") was a single-engine, land-based fighter aircraft used by the Imperial Japanese Navy in World War II. The Allied codename was "Jack". The J2M was designed by Jiro Horikoshi, creator of the Mitsubishi A6M "Zero".

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USAAF Lockheed P-38J Lightning Interceptor - Major Maurice McLary, 55th Fighter Squadron, 20th Fighter Group, RAF Wittering, England, 1943 USAAF Lockheed P-38 Lightning Interceptor (1:72 Scale)

It was fast, heavily armed and extremely versatile. And many believe the Lockheed P-38 Lightning  to be the finest American fighter of WWII. Its low-drag, aerodynamic shape and heavy weight enabled this twin-engine, twin-boomed aircraft to accelerate to high speeds faster than any previous warplane, making it a potent fighter and a superb fighter-bomber.

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Imperial Japanese Army Kawasaki Ki-61 Hien Tony Fighter - Captain Teruhiko Kobayashi, 244 Sentai (2 Chutai), Chofu (Tokyo), Japan, January 1945 Imperial Japanese Army Kawasaki Ki-61 Hien "Tony" Fighter (1:72 Scale)

The Kawasaki Ki-61 Hien ("Swallow") fighter represented a major departure for Japanese aircraft design in World War II. While other Japanese fighters were designed with air-cooled radials and were optimized for maneuverability, the Ki-61 used a liquid-cooled in-line engine and was designed for speed and power.

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Imperial Japanese Army Nakajima Ki-84 Hayate "Frank" Fighter Imperial Japanese Army Nakajima Ki-84 Hayate "Frank" Fighter (1:72 Scale)

The Hayate (Gale) was specifically meant as the successor to the Nakajima Ki-43 Hayabusa. It was one of the best fighters of the Japanese forces during the closing stages of the War, and was available in useful numbers and without any teething problems.

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RAF Supermarine Spitfire Mk. Vb Fighter RAF Supermarine Spitfire Mk. Vb Fighter (1:72 Scale)

The Spitfire is the most famous British aircraft of all time. Although less numerous than the Hawker Hurricane, it is remembered as the sleek, thoroughbred fighting machine that turned the tide during the Battle of Britain. The Spitfire was among the fastest and most maneuverable prop-driven fighters of World War II, serving in virtually every combat theater.

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USAAF Lockheed P-38J Lightning Interceptor - "Little Buckaroo", Major Robert "Buck" Rogers, 392nd Fighter Squadron "Dynamite Gang", 367th Fighter Group, France, 1944 USAAF Lockheed P-38J Lightning Interceptor - "Little Buckaroo", Major Robert "Buck" Rogers, 392nd Fighter Squadron "Dynamite Gang", 367th Fighter Group, France, 1944 (1:72 Scale)

It was fast, heavily armed and extremely versatile. And many believe the Lockheed P-38 Lightning  to be the finest American fighter of WWII. Its low-drag, aerodynamic shape and heavy weight enabled this twin-engine, twin-boomed aircraft to accelerate to high speeds faster than any previous warplane, making it a potent fighter and a superb fighter-bomber.

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Royal Navy Hermes Class Aircraft Carrier - HMS Hermes (95) [With Collector Magazine] Royal Navy Hermes Class Aircraft Carrier - HMS Hermes (95) [With Collector Magazine] (1:1100 Scale)

HMS Hermes was an aircraft carrier built for the Royal Navy. The ship began construction during World War I and finished after the war ended. She was the world's first ship to be designed as an aircraft carrier, although the Imperial Japanese Navy's Hōshō was the first to be commissioned and launched.

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Imperial Japanese Navy Kuma Class Light Cruiser - Kuma [With Collector Magazine] Imperial Japanese Navy Kuma Class Light Cruiser - Kuma [With Collector Magazine] (1:1100 Scale)

Kuma was the lead vessel of the five Kuma-class light cruisers in the Imperial Japanese Navy. She was named after the Kuma River in Kumamoto prefecture, Japan.

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Imperial Japanese Navy Asahi Class Battleship - Asahi [With Collector Magazine] Imperial Japanese Navy Asahi Class Battleship - Asahi [With Collector Magazine] (1:1100 Scale)

Asahi was a pre-dreadnought battleship built for the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) in the late 1890s. As Japan lacked the industrial capacity to build such warships herself, the ship was designed and built in the United Kingdom.

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German Kriegsmarine Admiral Hipper Class Heavy Cruiser - DKM Prinz Eugen [With Collector Magazine] German Kriegsmarine Admiral Hipper Class Heavy Cruiser - DKM Prinz Eugen [With Collector Magazine] (1:1100 Scale)

Prinz Eugen was an Admiral Hipper-class heavy cruiser, the third member of the class of five vessels. She served with the German Navy (Kriegsmarine) during World War II.

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Chinese Air Force Curtiss P-40N Warhawk Fighter - Wang Kuang Fu, 7th Fighter Squadron, 3rd Fighter Group, Laohokow, China, Jan 1945 Chinese Air Force Curtiss P-40N Warhawk Fighter - Wang Kuang Fu, 7th Fighter Squadron, 3rd Fighter Group, Laohokow, China, Jan 1945 (1:72 Scale)

The P-40 was the best known Curtiss-Wright designed airplane of the Second World War. It was also one of the most controversial fighters, vilified by many as being too slow, lacking in maneuverability, having too low a climbing rate, and being largely obsolescent by contemporary standards even before it went into production.

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Chinese Air Force Curtiss P-40N Warhawk Fighter - Chiao Wu O, 29th Fighter Squadron, 5th Fighter Group, China, 1944 Chinese Air Force Curtiss P-40N Warhawk Fighter - Chiao Wu O, 29th Fighter Squadron, 5th Fighter Group, China, 1944 (1:72 Scale)

The P-40 was the best known Curtiss-Wright designed airplane of the Second World War. It was also one of the most controversial fighters, vilified by many as being too slow, lacking in maneuverability, having too low a climbing rate, and being largely obsolescent by contemporary standards even before it went into production.

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NASA Northrop T-38 Talon Chase Plane - N923NA, STS-3 Mission for Space Shuttle "Columbia", White Sands Space Harbor, New Mexico, March 30th, 1982 NASA Northrop T-38 Talon Chase Plane - N923NA, STS-3 Mission for Space Shuttle "Columbia", White Sands Space Harbor, New Mexico, March 30th, 1982 (1:72 Scale)

The Northrop T-38 Talon is a two-seat, twin-engine supersonic jet trainer. It was the world's first supersonic trainer and is also the most produced. The T-38 remains in service as of 2013 in air forces throughout the world.

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German Messerschmitt Bf 109E-4 Fighter - Major Helmut Wick, Jagdgeschwader 2 "Richthofen", 1940 German Messerschmitt Bf 109E-4 Fighter - Major Helmut Wick, Jagdgeschwader 2 "Richthofen", 1940 (1:48 Scale)

Numerically the most abundant fighter produced by either side during WWII, the Messerschmitt Bf 109 formed the backbone of the Jagdwaffe on both the eastern and western fronts, as well as in the Mediterranean and North Africa. Of the eight distinct sub-types within the huge Bf 109 family, the most populous was the G-model, of which over 30,000 were built between 1941-45.

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RAAF Boeing F-18A Hornet Strike Fighter - A21-27, 75 Squadron, RAAF Base Tindal, Australia, 2003 [Low-Vis Scheme] RAAF Boeing F-18A Hornet Strike Fighter - A21-27, 75 Squadron, RAAF Base Tindal, Australia, 2003 [Low-Vis Scheme] (1:72 Scale)

The F/A-18 Hornet is the true multi-role aircraft. It can vault from a carrier deck, bomb a target and stay to dogfight even the best enemy aircraft without missing a beat. It's the Navy's first modern-era jet intended for double duty against air- and ground-based adversaries.

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German Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-4 Fighter - Staffelkapitan Hptm. Siegfried Schnell, 9./Jagdgeschwader 2,  February 1943 German Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-4 Fighter - Staffelkapitan Hptm. Siegfried Schnell, 9./Jagdgeschwader 2, February 1943 (1:48 Scale)

Nicknamed the "Butcher Bird," the Fw 190 was Germany's best air-to-ground fighter. Faster and more agile than the British Spitfire, it dominated the skies over Europe as a fighter and was the Luftwaffe's most important ground-attack aircraft.

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USAAF Republic P-47D Thunderbolt Fighter - Major Glenn Eagleston, 353rd Fighter Squadron, 354th Fighter Group, France, 1944 USAAF Republic P-47D Thunderbolt Fighter - Major Glenn Eagleston, 353rd Fighter Squadron, 354th Fighter Group, France, 1944 (1:48 Scale)

Nicknamed the "Jug" for its bulky shape, the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt was considered a monster of a machine. Despite its size, the Thunderbolt proved to be a fast and maneuverable warbird able to hold its own in combat. In fact, when Allied pilots climbed aboard a P-47, they knew the were in control of a fighting machine with enormous power.

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USN Northrop Grumman E-2C Hawkeye AEW Aircraft - VAW-126 "Seahawks" USN Northrop Grumman E-2C Hawkeye AEW Aircraft - VAW-126 "Seahawks" (1:72 Scale)

The Northrop Grumman E-2 Hawkeye is an American all-weather, carrier-capable tactical airborne early warning (AEW) aircraft. This twin-turboprop aircraft was designed and developed during the late 1950s and early 1960s by the Grumman Aircraft Company for the United States Navy as a replacement for the earlier E-1 Tracer, which was rapidly becoming obsolete.

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USAAC North American B-25B Mitchell Medium Bomber - 40-2249, "Hari Kari-er," Doolittle Raid, USS Hornet (CV-8), April 18th, 1942 USAAC North American B-25B Mitchell Medium Bomber - 40-2249, "Hari Kari-er," Doolittle Raid, USS Hornet (CV-8), April 18th, 1942 (1:72 Scale)

Built by North American, with no previous experience on multi-engined aircraft, the B-25 Mitchell proved to be one of the most versatile combat aircraft to see action in World War II. So impressed with what they saw on the drawing board, the USAAC ordered 184 aircraft -- to be designated the B-25 -- before metal had even been cut on a revised design.

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Imperial Japanese Navy Battle of Midway Collection [With Collector Magazine] Imperial Japanese Navy Battle of Midway Collection [With Collector Magazine] (1:1100 Scale)

The four-ship Imperial Japanese Navy Battle of Midway Collection consists of the following aircraft carriers: Akagi, Kaga, Hiryu, Soryu.

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US Navy Northrop Grumman EA-6B Prowler Electronic Warfare Aircraft - Electronic Attack Squadron 209 (VAQ-209) "Star Warriors", 2010 US Navy Northrop Grumman EA-6B Prowler Electronic Warfare Aircraft - Electronic Attack Squadron 209 (VAQ-209) "Star Warriors", 2010 (1:72 Scale)

The Northrop Grumman (formerly Grumman) EA-6B Prowler is a twin-engine, mid-wing electronic warfare aircraft derived from the A-6 Intruder airframe. The EA-6A was the initial electronic warfare version of the A-6 used by the United States Marine Corps in the 1960s. Development on the more advanced EA-6B began in 1966.

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