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The Balloon Goes Up (1980 - 1989)

The Balloon Goes Up (1980 - 1989)


The Cold War was the continuing state of conflict, tension and competition that existed after World War II between the Soviet Union and its satellites and the powers of the Western world under the leadership of the United States from the mid-1940s to the early 1990s. Throughout this period, the conflict was expressed through military coalitions, espionage, weapons development, invasions, propaganda, and competitive technological development, which included the space race. The conflict included costly defense spending, a massive conventional and nuclear arms race, and numerous proxy wars; the two superpowers never fought one another directly.
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Russian T-72 Main Battle Tank - Parade Dress Russian T-72 Main Battle Tank - Parade Dress (1:72 Scale)

The T-72, which entered production in 1971, was first seen in public in 1977. The T-72, introduced in the early 1970s, is not a further development of the T-64, but rather a parallel design chosen as a high-production tank complementing the T-64.

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Russian BM-27 Uragan Multiple Rocket Launcher System Russian BM-27 Uragan Multiple Rocket Launcher System (1:72 Scale)

The BM-27 Uragan is a self-propelled multiple rocket launcher system designed in the Soviet Union. It began its service with the Soviet Army in the late 1970s, as its first modern spin and fin stabilized heavy multiple rocket launcher.

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Russian MAZ-535A Artillery Truck Russian MAZ-535A Artillery Truck (1:72 Scale)

The MAZ-535 is a Soviet/Russian army vehicle, an artillery truck designed and developed by MAZ in Belarus. Designed in the beginning of the 1960s. The MAZ-535A was capable of towing an R-14 IRBM.

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US M60 A3 Patton Medium Tank - Germany, REFORGER 1985 US M60 A3 Patton Medium Tank - Germany, REFORGER 1985 (1:72 Scale)

Development of the American M60 series of tanks began in 1956 following a decision to create an improved version of the M48 'Patton' tank. Built by General Dynamics, the M60 entered service in 1960, but was quickly superceded by the A1 to A3 versions. Over 15,000 vehicles have been produced, many of which are still serving in the armies of 22 countries.

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Swedish Stridsvagn 103B Main Battle Tank - Sweden, 1987 Swedish Stridsvagn 103B Main Battle Tank - Sweden, 1987 (1:72 Scale)

The Stridsvagn 103 (Strv 103), or S-Tank, was a Swedish main battle tank. It was known for its unconventional turretless design which required the entire tank to move in order to aim its main gun. The result was a very low-profile design with an emphasis on defence and heightened crew protection level.

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Russian BTR-60 Armored Personnel Carrier Russian BTR-60 Armored Personnel Carrier (1:72 Scale)

The BTR-60 is the first vehicle in a series of Soviet eight-wheeled armoured personnel carriers (APCs). It was developed in the late 1950s as a replacement for the BTR-152 and was seen in public for the first time in 1961. BTR stands for Bronetransporter (БТР, Бронетранспортер, literally "armoured transporter").

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Russian 2S19 MSTA 152mm Self-Propelled Howitzer Russian 2S19 MSTA 152mm Self-Propelled Howitzer (1:72 Scale)

The 2S19 "Msta-S" (Russian: after the Msta River) is a self-propelled 152 mm howitzer designed by Russia/Soviet Union, which entered service in 1989 as the successor to the SO-152.

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Russian BTR-60 Armored Personnel Carrier Russian BTR-60 Armored Personnel Carrier (1:72 Scale)

The BTR-60 is the first vehicle in a series of Soviet eight-wheeled armoured personnel carriers (APCs). It was developed in the late 1950s as a replacement for the BTR-152 and was seen in public for the first time in 1961. BTR stands for Bronetransporter (БТР, Бронетранспортер, literally "armoured transporter").

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Russian BTR-70 Armored Personnel Carrier Russian BTR-70 Armored Personnel Carrier (1:72 Scale)

The BTR-70 is an eight-wheeled armored personnel carrier (Russian: Bronetransporter, or literally "Armoured Transporter") originally developed during the late 1960s under the industrial designator GAZ-4905.

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Russian BTR-40 Armored Transport Russian BTR-40 Armored Transport (1:72 Scale)

The BTR-40 (Bronetransporter, literally "armoured transporter") is a Soviet non-amphibious, wheeled armoured personnel carrier and reconnaissance vehicle.

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Russian TOS-1 with T-72 Chassis Heavy Flame Thrower (Multiple Rocket Launcher) System Russian TOS-1 with T-72 Chassis Heavy Flame Thrower (Multiple Rocket Launcher) System (1:72 Scale)

TOS-1 (Heavy Flame Thrower System) is a Soviet 220mm 30-barrel (original system, Ob.634 or TOS-1M) or 24-barrel (Ob.634B or TOS-1A) multiple rocket launcher and thermobaric weapon mounted on a T-72 tank chassis.

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British Centurion Mk.3 Main Battle Tank British Centurion Mk.3 Main Battle Tank (1:72 Scale)

The Centurion was Britain's first attempt to produce a universal tank and do away with divisions between the infantry tanks, such as the Matilda, and cruiser tanks like the Comet.

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Russian PT-76 Amphibious Light Tank Russian PT-76 Amphibious Light Tank (1:72 Scale)

The PT-76 is a Soviet amphibious light tank which was introduced in the early 1950s and soon became the standard reconnaissance tank of the Soviet Army and the other Warsaw Pact armed forces.

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Russian BM-21 Grad Mobile Rocket Launcher Russian BM-21 Grad Mobile Rocket Launcher (1:72 Scale)

The BM-21 launch vehicle (Grad) is a Soviet truck-mounted 122 mm multiple rocket launcher, and a M-21OF rocket were developed in the early 1960s. BM stands for boyevaya mashina, combat vehicle, and the nickname grad means hail.

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Russian ZSU-23-4 Shilka Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Gun Russian ZSU-23-4 Shilka Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Gun (1:72 Scale)

The ZSU-23-4 "Shilka" is a lightly armored, self-propelled, radar guided anti-aircraft weapon system (SPAAG). The acronym "ZSU" stands for Zenitnaya Samokhodnaya Ustanovka, meaning "anti-aircraft self-propelled mount"; the "23" signifies the bore diameter in millimeters; the "4" signifies the number of gun barrels.

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Russian BRDM-1 Amphibious Scout Vehicle Russian BRDM-1 Amphibious Scout Vehicle (1:72 Scale)

BRDM is an initialism for Boyevaya Razvedyvatelnaya Dozornaya Mashina, literally "Combat Reconnaissance Patrol Vehicle". The BRDM is a four wheeled amphibious vehicle which is very lightly armoured by today's standards.

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Russian BTR-152 Armored Personnel Carrier Russian BTR-152 Armored Personnel Carrier (1:72 Scale)

The BTR-152 (also known as BTR-140) was a non-amphibious Soviet wheeled armored personnel carrier (BTR stands for Bronetransporter, literally "armoured transporter") that entered Soviet service in 1950.

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Russian 2S3-Akatsiya Self-Propelled Artillery Russian 2S3-Akatsiya Self-Propelled Artillery (1:72 Scale)

The SO-152 (СО-152) is a Soviet 152.4 mm self-propelled artillery developed in 1968. It was a response to the American 155 mm M109.

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Russian BTR-90 Armored Personnel Carrier Russian BTR-90 Armored Personnel Carrier (1:72 Scale)

The BTR-90 (GAZ-5923) is an 8x8 wheeled armoured personnel carrier developed in Russia, designed in 1993 and first shown publicly in 1994. It is a larger version of the BTR-80 vehicle, fitted with a BMP-2 turret.

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Russian ZSU-23-4 Shilka Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Gun - Camouflage Russian ZSU-23-4 Shilka Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Gun - Camouflage (1:72 Scale)

The ZSU-23-4 "Shilka" is a lightly armored, self-propelled, radar guided anti-aircraft weapon system (SPAAG). The acronym "ZSU" stands for Zenitnaya Samokhodnaya Ustanovka, meaning "anti-aircraft self-propelled mount"; the "23" signifies the bore diameter in millimeters; the "4" signifies the number of gun barrels.

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Italian Fiat Iveco Oto Melara Type 6614 Armored Personnel Carrier Italian Fiat Iveco Oto Melara Type 6614 Armored Personnel Carrier [EDG Packaging] (1:43 Scale)

The Italian-built Type 6614 is a 4x4 armored personnel carrier produced jointly by the FIAT and Oto Melara defense firms. The Type 6614 is commanded by a single individual (driver) with provisions for up to 10 combat-ready passengers, equipment or medical litters.

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British Centurion Mk.5 Tank - 'Diehard', 10 Troop, A Squadron, 4th Royal Tank Regiment, West Berlin, August 22nd, 1961 British Centurion Mk.5 Main Battle Tank - "Diehard", 10 Troop, A Squadron, 4th Royal Tank Regiment, West Berlin, August 22nd, 1961 (1:72 Scale)

The Centurion was Britain's first attempt to produce a universal tank and do away with divisions between the infantry tanks, such as the Matilda, and cruiser tanks like the Comet.

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US M60 A3 Patton Medium Tank - 1st Battalion, 37th Armored Regiment, 1st Armored Division, Germany, 1985 US M60 A3 Patton Medium Tank - 1st Battalion, 37th Armored Regiment, 1st Armored Division, Germany, 1985 (1:72 Scale)

Development of the American M60 series of tanks began in 1956 following a decision to create an improved version of the M48 'Patton' tank. Built by General Dynamics, the M60 entered service in 1960, but was quickly superceded by the A1 to A3 versions. Over 15,000 vehicles have been produced, many of which are still serving in the armies of 22 countries.

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British Challenger 1 Main Battle Tank British Challenger 1 Main Battle Tank (1:72 Scale)

The Challenger 2 is the current main battle tank of the British Army. The hull is similar to that of the Challenger I, as is the powerpack, but the turret has been redesigned to fit updated armament, and the tank is in many ways a coompletely new tank.

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British Land Rover 110 Personnel Carrier British Land Rover 110 Personnel Carrier (1:43 Scale)

Land Rover military vehicles are all designed to meet the needs of the modern army. For that reason they are especially suited to rapid response situations having the optimal external dimensions, high payload to weight ratios, special fixings and quick strip down.

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US M2A2 Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle - A Company, 3rd Squadron, 5th Cavalry, 1st Infantry Division, Germany US M2A2 Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle - A Company, 3rd Squadron, 5th Cavalry, 1st Infantry Division, Germany (1:72 Scale)

The M2 Bradley is the US Army's first mechanized infantry combat vehicle. The first production models appeared in 1981 (at the height of the Cold War), and they were soon being produced at the rate of 600 per year. The hull of the M2 is made of aluminum, with a layer of space laminated armor applied for added protection.

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East German T-55 Main Battle Tank - Europe, 1980s East German T-55 Main Battle Tank - Europe, 1980's (1:72 Scale)

The T-54 and T-55 main battle tanks were the Soviet Union's replacements for the World War II era T-34 tank. The T-54/55 tank series is the most produced in the world, and very widely employed, especially by former client states of the Soviet Union.

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USMC LAV-25 Piranha Light Armored Vehicle USMC LAV-25 Piranha Light Armored Vehicle (1:43 Scale)

The LAV-25 is an all-terrain, all-weather vehicle with night capabilities. It provides strategic mobility to reach and engage the threat, tactical mobility for effective use of fire power, fire power to defeat soft and armored targets, and battlefield survivability to carry out combat missions.

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French Renault VAB Personnel Carrier French Renault VAB Personnel Carrier [EDG Packaging] (1:43 Scale)

The VAB (Vehicule de l'Avant Blinde) front-line armored vehicle is an Infantry Corps tactical armored vehicle produced by the Euro Mobilite Division of Giat Industries with headquarters at Versailles in France.

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USMC LAV 25 Piranha TOW Under Armor Amphibious Assault Vehicle USMC LAV 25 Piranha TOW Under Armor Amphibious Assault Vehicle (1:43 Scale)

The LAV-25 is an all-terrain, all-weather vehicle with night capabilities. It provides strategic mobility to reach and engage the threat, tactical mobility for effective use of fire power, fire power to defeat soft and armored targets, and battlefield survivability to carry out combat missions.

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