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Looking to give that perfect gift for the holidays? Then we suggest you check out our brand new gift-giving idea section. We're sure that one of these fine selections will bring a smile to someone near and dear to your heart!

#HA6903 - USAF Lockheed U-2R Reconnaissance Aircraft - 80-1084, 9th Reconnaissance Wing, Fairford AFB, England, 1990s (1:72 Scale)

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US Navy Grumman F-14A Fleet Defense Fighter - "Red 31", VF-126 "Bandits" [Weathered Version] US Navy Grumman F-14A Fleet Defense Fighter - "Red 31", VF-126 "Bandits" [Weathered Version] (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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US M4A3(75) Sherman Medium Tank with VVSS Suspension - Training Vehicle, C Company, 10th Tank Battalion, 5th Armored Division, New York, 1943 [Bonus Ford GAA V-8 Engine] US M4A3(75) Sherman Medium Tank with VVSS Suspension - Training Vehicle, C Company, 10th Tank Battalion, 5th Armored Division, New York, 1943 [Bonus Ford GAA V-8 Engine] (1:32 Scale)

The M4A3 was fitted with a long-barrel M1A1 76mm gun, which replaced the shorter and less effective 75mm gun, and sported a larger, more angular turret to house the bigger gun. In addition, the slope of the M4A3's frontal armor was changed to 47-degrees to increase frontal protection and simplify the production process.

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US Navy Lockheed S-3B Viking Anti-Submarine Aircraft - Bu.No. 160581, VX-30 "Bloodhounds", "100 Years of Naval Aviation", Naval Air Station Point Mugu, California, 2011 [Anniversary Scheme] US Navy Lockheed S-3B Viking Anti-Submarine Aircraft - Bu.No. 160581, VX-30 "Bloodhounds", "100 Years of Naval Aviation", Naval Air Station Point Mugu, California, 2011 [Anniversary Scheme] (1:72 Scale)

The Navy began what became the S-3 Viking program in 1964 to replace the piston-powered S-2 Tracker. Known originally as VSX - for "carrier-based antisubmarine warfare aircraft-X" - a formal request for proposal was issued in April 1968.

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RAF Vickers VC-10 Strategic Transport - No.101 Squadron, RAF Brize Norton, England, 2007 RAF Vickers VC-10 Strategic Transport - No.101 Squadron, RAF Brize Norton, England, 2007 (1:144 Scale)

The British Aircraft Corporation Tactical Strike/Reconnaissance 2 (TSR-2) was an ill-fated Cold War strike aircraft developed by the British Aircraft Corporation (BAC) for the Royal Air Force (RAF) in the early 1960s.

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German Early Production RW61 Sturmtiger Rocket Assault Mortar with Loading Crane - Prototype Presentation, Ehrenfriedhof Arys Proving Grounds, East Prussia, October 20th, 1943 German Early Production RW61 Sturmtiger Rocket Assault Mortar with Loading Crane - Prototype Presentation, Ehrenfriedhof Arys Proving Grounds, East Prussia, October 20th, 1943 [Bonus Maybach HL 210 TRM P45 V-12 Water-Cooled Engine] (1:32 Scale)

On August 5th, 1943, a self-propelled vehicle was proposed by senior Army officials based on the Tiger I chassis but mounting a 38cm mortar. Alkett was placed in charge of the design. The Company managed to complete a prototype by October 20th, which was run through a series of field tests for approval.

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German Early Production Sd. Kfz. 181 PzKpfw VI Tiger I Ausf. E Heavy Tank - "Alwin", "121", schwere Panzerabteilung 501, Deutsches Afrika Korps, Tunisia, 1943 [Bonus Maybach HL 210 TRM P45 Engine] German Early Production Sd. Kfz. 181 PzKpfw VI Tiger I Ausf. E Heavy Tank - "Alwin", "121", schwere Panzerabteilung 501, Deutsches Afrika Korps, Tunisia, 1943 [Bonus Maybach HL 210 TRM P45 Engine] (1:32 Scale)

The German Waffenamt issued an order to design the VK4501(H) (as the PzKpfw VI Ausf. E was then known) in May 1941, just one month prior to the commencement of Operation Barbarossa. Interestingly, Henschel und Sohn of Kassel was charged with building the heavily armored chassis while Krupp, by far the largest munitionwerks in Germany, was given the task of developing the turret.

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USAAF Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress Heavy Bomber - "Swamp Fire", 534th Bombardment Squadron, 379th Bombardment Group, Kimbolton, England, 1944-45 USAAF Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress Heavy Bomber - "Swamp Fire", 534th Bombardment Squadron, 379th Bombardment Group, Kimbolton, England, 1944-45 (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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USAAF Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress Heavy Bomber - "Miss Conduct", 481st Bombardment Squadron, 100th Bombardment Group, Thorpe Abbots, Norfolk, England, 1943-45 USAAF Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress Heavy Bomber - "Miss Conduct", 481st Bombardment Squadron, 100th Bombardment Group, Thorpe Abbots, Norfolk, England, 1943-45 (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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NASA Lockheed ER-2 High Altitude Research Aircraft - "809", Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards AFB, CA, 1999 NASA Lockheed ER-2 High Altitude Research Aircraft - "809", Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards AFB, CA, 1999 (1:72 Scale)

A derivative of the U-2 known as the ER-2 (Earth Resources 2), in NASA's white livery, is based at the Dryden Flight Research Center (now Armstrong Flight Research Center) and is used for high-altitude civilian research including Earth resources, celestial observations, atmospheric chemistry and dynamics, and oceanic processes. Programs using the aircraft include the Airborne Science Program, ERAST and Earth Science Enterprise. Landings are assisted by another pilot at speeds exceeding 120 miles per hour (190 km/h) in a chase car.

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USAF Lockheed U-2R Reconnaissance Aircraft - 80-1084, 9th Reconnaissance Wing, Fairford AFB, England, 1990s USAF Lockheed U-2R Reconnaissance Aircraft - 80-1084, 9th Reconnaissance Wing, Fairford AFB, England, 1990s (1:72 Scale)

The Lockheed U-2, nicknamed "Dragon Lady", is an American single-jet engine, high altitude reconnaissance aircraft operated by the United States Air Force (USAF) and previously flown by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). It provides day and night, high-altitude (70,000 feet, 21,300 meters), all-weather intelligence gathering.

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German Late Production RW61 Sturmtiger Rocket Assault Mortar with Loading Crane and Zimmerit - Panzer Sturmmorser Kompanie 1002, Berlin, Germany, May 1945 [Bonus Maybach HL230P45 V-12 Water-Cooled Engine] German Late Production RW61 Sturmtiger Rocket Assault Mortar with Loading Crane and Zimmerit - Panzer Sturmmorser Kompanie 1002, Berlin, Germany, May 1945 [Bonus Maybach HL230P45 V-12 Water-Cooled Engine] (1:32 Scale)

On August 5th, 1943, a self-propelled vehicle was proposed by senior Army officials based on the Tiger I chassis but mounting a 38cm mortar. Alkett was placed in charge of the design. The Company managed to complete a prototype by October 20th, which was run through a series of field tests for approval.

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US Navy Grumman F-14A Fleet Defense Fighter - "Red 31", VF-126 "Bandits" [Clean Version] US Navy Grumman F-14A Fleet Defense Fighter - "Red 31", VF-126 "Bandits" [Clean Version] (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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USAF Republic F-105F Thunderchief Fighter-Bomber - 63-8301, Lt Col. Leo Thorsness, 357th Tactical Fighter Squadron "Dragons", 355th Tactical Fighter Wing, Takhli Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand, April 1967 USAF Republic F-105F Thunderchief Fighter-Bomber - 63-8301, Lt Col. Leo Thorsness, 357th Tactical Fighter Squadron "Dragons", 355th Tactical Fighter Wing, Takhli Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand, April 1967 (1:72 Scale)

The Republic F-105 Thunderchief was a supersonic fighter-bomber used by the United States Air Force. The Mach 2 capable F-105 bore the brunt of strike bombing over North Vietnam during the early years of the Vietnam War.

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US Navy Grumman F-14A Tomcat Fleet Defense Fighter - VF-74 "Bedevilers" [Weathered Version] US Navy Grumman F-14A Tomcat Fleet Defense Fighter - VF-74 "Bedevilers" [Weathered Version] (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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US Navy Grumman F-14A Tomcat Fleet Defense Fighter - VF-74 "Bedevilers" [Clean Version] US Navy Grumman F-14A Tomcat Fleet Defense Fighter - VF-74 "Bedevilers" [Clean Version] (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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USAAC Consolidated Catalina PBY-5A Flying Boat - 14-P-5, Patrol Squadron 14 (VP-14), Kaneohe Bay, Oahu, Hawaii, December 7th, 1941 [80th Anniversary of the Pearl Harbor Attack] USAAC Consolidated Catalina PBY-5A Flying Boat - 14-P-5, Patrol Squadron 14 (VP-14), Kaneohe Bay, Oahu, Hawaii, December 7th, 1941 [80th Anniversary of the Pearl Harbor Attack] (1:72 Scale)

The PBY Catalina was the US Navy designation for an American and Canadian-built flying boat of the 1930s and 1940s. PB stands for Patrol Bomber, with Y being Consolidated's manufacturer identification. It could be equipped with depth charges, bombs, torpedoes, and .50 caliber machine guns and was one of the most widely used multi-role aircraft of World War II.

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Royal Navy McDonnell F-4 FG.1 Phantom II Fighter-Bomber - No. 892 Naval Air Squadron, HMS Ark Royal (R07), November 1978 Royal Navy McDonnell F-4 FG.1 Phantom II Fighter-Bomber - No. 892 Naval Air Squadron, HMS Ark Royal (R07), November 1978 (1:48 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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Royal Navy McDonnell F-4 FG.1 Phantom II Fighter-Bomber - No. 892 Naval Air Squadron, HMS Ark Royal (R07), November 1978 RAF McDonnell F-4 FG.1 Phantom II Fighter-Bomber - XV592/L, No.111 Squadron, Leuchars, Fife, Scotland, Late 1970s (1:48 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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RAF Avro Lancaster B Mk. III Heavy Bomber - LM739 / HW-Z(2) "Grogs the Shot", No.100 Squadron, RAF Elsham Wolds, England, April 25th, 1945 RAF Avro Lancaster B Mk. III Heavy Bomber - LM739 / HW-Z(2) "Grogs the Shot", No.100 Squadron, RAF Elsham Wolds, England, April 25th, 1945 (1:72 Scale)

Entering service at the beginning of 1942, the Lancaster's design grew out of a failed predecessor, the Avro Manchester. While its' airframe offered a stable platform for heavy bombing assignments, the Manchester's twin engine design was inadequate to the task.

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RAF Short Stirling Mk. III Heavy Bomber - "The Gremlin Teaser", No.199 Squadron, RAF North Creake, England, 1944 RAF Short Stirling Mk. III Heavy Bomber - "The Gremlin Teaser", No.199 Squadron, RAF North Creake, England, 1944 (1:72 Scale)

The Short Stirling was the first four-engined British heavy bomber of the Second World War. The Stirling was designed and built by Short Brothers to an Air Ministry specification from 1936, and entered service in 1941.

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