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SMC LVT(A)-2 Amtank Amphibious Vehicle - "Beach Greeen 1," 3rd Marine Amtrack Battalion, Tarawa, 1943 USMC LVT(A)-2 Amtank Amphibious Vehicle - "Beach Greeen 1," 3rd Marine Amtrack Battalion, Tarawa, 1943 (1:72 Scale)

The Landing Vehicle Tracked (LVT) was a class of amphibious vehicles introduced by the United States Navy, Marine Corps and Army during World War II.

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Russian Kliment Voroshilov KV-1E Heavy Tank - Unknown Unit, Leningrad Sector, Winter 1942 Russian Kliment Voroshilov KV-1E Model 1941 Heavy Tank - Unknown Unit, Leningrad Sector, Winter 1942 (1:72 Scale)

Design on the KV-1 heavy tank began in 1938, with the intention that it should be the successor to the T-35 heavy tank. The first models of the KV-1 were field-tested during the Red Army's disastrous 1940 campaign in Finland.

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German Messerschmitt Bf 109G-2 Fighter - Oberleutnant Gunther Rall, Staffelkapitan 8./Jagdgeschwader 52, Gostanovka, August 1942 German Messerschmitt Bf 109G-2 Fighter - Oberleutnant Gunther Rall, Staffelkapitan 8./Jagdgeschwader 52, Gostanovka, August 1942 (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. 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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German Junkers Ju-87G-1 Stuka Dive-Bomber - GS+MH, 10.(Pz)/SG 1, Dubno, Ukraine, June 1944 German Junkers Ju-87G-1 Stuka Dive-Bomber - GS+MH, 10.(Pz)/SG 1, Dubno, Ukraine, June 1944 (1:72 Scale)

During the early to mid-stages of the Second World War, the Stuka (short for "sturzkampfflugzeug" or dive-bomber) struck terror in the hearts and minds of soldiers and civilians alike. The Stuka was a rugged machine, designed to swoop down and destroy its target using 500-lb bombs or tear into them using 37mm flak guns mounted underneath the wings.

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USMC McDonnell Douglas A-4E Skyhawk Attack Aircraft - VMA-211, Chu Lai, Vietnam, 1969 USMC McDonnell Douglas A-4E Skyhawk Attack Aircraft - VMA-211, Chu Lai, Vietnam, 1969 (1:72 Scale)

The A-4 Skyhawk is an attack aircraft originally designed to operate from United States Navy aircraft carriers. Fifty years after the type's first flight, some of the nearly 3,000 Skyhawks produced remain in service with smaller air arms around the world.

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USAF North American F-86F Sabre Jet Fighter - Major John Glenn, "MiG Mad Marine," 25th Fighter Squadron, Suwon AB, 1953 USAF North American F-86F Sabre Jet Fighter - Major John Glenn, "MiG Mad Marine," 25th Fighter Squadron, Suwon AB, 1953 (1:72 Scale)

The first swept-wing airplane in the U.S. fighter inventory, the F-86 scored consistent victories over Russian-built MiG fighters during the Korean War, accounting for a final kill ratio of 10-to-1. Interestingly, all 39 United Nations jet aces won their laurels in Sabres.

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Polish Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21PFM "Fishbed" Fighter - 1st Squadron, 62nd Fighter Regiment, Poznan-Krzesiny AB, 1994 Polish Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21PFM "Fishbed" Fighter - 1st Squadron, 62nd Fighter Regiment, Poznan-Krzesiny AB, 1994 (1:72 Scale)

The MiG-21 saw frequent action in the Vietnam War and was one of the most advanced aircraft at the time. However, many North Vietnamese aces preferred flying the MiG-17, due to the high wing loading on the MiG-21's. With high wing loading, the MiG-21 was not as agile or manueverable as the MiG-17.

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Czech Mikoyan-Gurevich Mig-21PFM Fighter - Zatec AB, 1990s Czech Mikoyan-Gurevich Mig-21PFM Fighter - Zatec AB, 1990s (1:72 Scale)

The MiG-21 saw frequent action in the Vietnam War and was one of the most advanced aircraft at the time. However, many North Vietnamese aces preferred flying the MiG-17, due to the high wing loading on the MiG-21's. With high wing loading, the MiG-21 was not as agile or manueverable as the MiG-17.

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USAF McDonnell F-4D Phantom II Fighter-Bomber - 433rd Tactical Fighter Squadron, 8th Tactical Fighter Wing, Ubon AFB, Thailand USAF McDonnell F-4D Phantom II Fighter-Bomber - 433rd Tactical Fighter Squadron, 8th Tactical Fighter Wing, Ubon AFB, Thailand (1:72 Scale)

Known as the "MiG Killer," the F-4 Phantom was an unlikely hero given its unique design. Unlike traditionally smaller and sleeker single-seat fighters, the Phantom broke all the rules. It was huge, had bent wings, and a two-man crew, and was one of the first aircraft to carry missile armament.

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USMC Chance-Vought F4U-1 Corsair Fighter - Lt. Kenneth Walsh, VMF-124, Munda, 1943 USMC Chance-Vought F4U-1 Corsair Fighter - Lt. Kenneth Walsh, VMF-124, Munda, 1943 (1:48 Scale)

Its gull-wing shape made it instantly recognizable. Its characteristic sound while in an attack dive led the Japanese to call it "The Whistling Death." Combined with its high speed, agility and toughness, the Vought F4U Corsair was one of the finest fighters ever built.

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USAAF Republic P-47D Thunderbolt Fighter -  Col. Neel Kearby "Fiery Ginger IV", 348th Fighter Group, New Guinea, March 1944 USAAF Republic P-47D Thunderbolt Fighter - Col. Neel Kearby "Fiery Ginger IV", 348th Fighter Group, New Guinea, March 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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USAAF Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress Heavy Bomber - A Bit O Lace, 709th Bomb Squadron, 447th Bombardment Group, Rattlesden, Norfolk, 1945 USAAF Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress Heavy Bomber - "A Bit O' Lace", 709th Bomb Squadron, 447th Bombardment Group, Rattlesden, Norfolk, 1945 (1:72 Scale)

The B-17, arguably World War II's most famous heavy bomber, first flew on July 28, 1935, before a crowd of reporters eager to see Boeing's new bomber take wing. It was dubbed the "Flying Fortress" by the members of the press in attendance because of its (at least for the time) heavy defensive armament.

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US Navy Northrop Grumman EA-6B Prowler Electronic Warfare Aircraft - Electronic Attack Squadron 136 (VAQ-136) "Gauntlets", Late 2011 US Navy Northrop Grumman EA-6B Prowler Electronic Warfare Aircraft - Electronic Attack Squadron 136 (VAQ-136) "Gauntlets", Late 2011 (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.

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US Navy Northrop Grumman E-2C Hawkeye AEW Aircraft - VAW-117 "Wallbangers," USS Nimitz (CVN-68), February 2008 US Navy Northrop Grumman E-2C Hawkeye AEW Aircraft - VAW-117 "Wallbangers," USS Nimitz (CVN-68), February 2008 (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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US Navy Grumman F-14D Tomcat Fleet Defense Fighter - VF-31, Final Cruise "Christine," March 2006 [Low-Vis Scheme] US Navy Grumman F-14D Tomcat Fleet Defense Fighter - VF-31, Final Cruise "Christine," March 2006 [Low-Vis Scheme] (1:72 Scale)

Built for speed and armed with ultra long-range weapons. It's no wonder that the F-14 Tomcat is the main defender of the US fleet. The Tomcat's AWG-9 radar has the ability to engage as many as six targets at once, which is the same number of targets that can be engaged by three F-18 Hornets. Additionally, it's Phoenix air-to-air missiles can kill hostile bombers 90 miles away -- before they can launch their attacks.

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RSAF F-16C Fighting Falcon Set - "Black Knights" RSAF F-16C Fighting Falcon Set - "Black Knights" (1:144 Scale)

Even at the ripe old age of 20, the F-16 Falcon remains a fast and potent favorite among fighter pilots, and one of the best fighters in its class. Designed originally as a no-frills, single-engine "hot rod", the addition of improved radar and weaponry have made the Falcon a super, lightweight jet.

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