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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 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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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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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 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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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 BTR-80 Armored Personnel Carrier Russian BTR-80 Armored Personnel Carrier (1:72 Scale)

The BTR-80 is an 8x8 wheeled armoured personnel carrier (APC) designed by the Soviet Union. Production started in 1986 with the intent to replace two previous versions, the BTR-60 and BTR-70, then in service with the Soviet army.

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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 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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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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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 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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Russian BTR-80 Armored Personnel Carrier - 1994 Russian BTR-80 Armored Personnel Carrier - Imperial Guard Troops, Battle Dress, 1994 (1:72 Scale)

The BTR-80 is an 8x8 wheeled armoured personnel carrier (APC) designed by the Soviet Union. Production started in 1986 with the intent to replace two previous versions, the BTR-60 and BTR-70, then in service with the Soviet army.

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US M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tank - European Theatre of Operations, 1988 US M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tank - European Theatre of Operations, 1988 (1:72 Scale)

The M1 Abrams was the next stage in American tank development after the M60 series. Chrysler completed the prototype in 1978 and the first production vehicles appeared in 1980 with 30 tanks a month being built in the years that followed by General Dynamics, then a division of Chrysler Motors. Its advanced Chobham armour makes the M1 the best protected US main battle tank yet devised.

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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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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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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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Royal Canadian Army Centurion Mk.5/2 Main Battle Tank - 2nd Platoon, C Company, Royal Canadian Dragoons, Germany, 1980s Royal Canadian Army Centurion Mk.5/2 Main Battle Tank - 2nd Platoon, C Company, Royal Canadian Dragoons, Germany, 1980s (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 T-72 Main Battle Tank - European Camouflage Russian T-72 Main Battle Tank - European Camouflage (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 T-72A Main Battle Tank Europe 1980 Russian T-72A Main Battle Tank - Europe, 1980 (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 T-72B Main Battle Tank - Europe, 1989 Russian T-72B Main Battle Tank - Europe, 1989 (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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Syrian T-72M1 Main Battle Tank - Syria, 2013 Syrian T-72M1 Main Battle Tank - Syria, 2013 (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 T-72B Main Battle Tank  with Explosive Reactive Armor - First Chechen War, 1995 Russian T-72B Main Battle Tank with Explosive Reactive Armor - First Chechen War, 1995 (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 T-90SM Main Battle Tank with Kontakt-5 Explosive Reactive Armor - Nizhny Tagil, Russia, 2012 Russian T-90SM Main Battle Tank with Kontakt-5 Explosive Reactive Armor - Nizhny Tagil, Russia, 2012 (1:72 Scale)

The T-90 is a Russian third-generation main battle tank that is essentially a modernisation of the T-72B, incorporating many features of the T-80U (it was originally to be called the T-72BU, later renamed to T-90).

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Russian TOS-1 Heavy Flame Thrower (Multiple Rocket Launcher) System  Soviet Army, 1989 Russian TOS-1 Heavy Flame Thrower (Multiple Rocket Launcher) System Soviet Army, 1989 (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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Russian TOS-1A with T-72 Chassis Heavy Flame Thrower (Multiple Rocket Launcher) System  Russian Army, 2008 Russian TOS-1A with T-72 Chassis Heavy Flame Thrower (Multiple Rocket Launcher) System Russian Army, 2008 (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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USMC M60 A1 Patton Medium Tank with Reactive Armor - Unidentified Unit, MERDC Camouflage 2nd Issue: USMC M60 A1 'Patton' Medium Tank with Reactive Armor - Unidentified Unit, MERDC Camouflage (1:32 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.

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