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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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Soviet 2S4 Tyulpan Self-Propelled Mortar Soviet 2S4 Tyulpan Self-Propelled Mortar (1:72 Scale)

The 2S4 Tyulpan (English: tulip) is a Soviet self-propelled mortar. "2S4" is its GRAU designation. It was identified for the first time in 1975 in the Soviet army and so was called M-1975 by NATO (the 2S7 Pion also received the M-1975 designation), whereas its official designation is SM-240(2S4).

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Soviet PT-76 Amphibious Light Tank Soviet 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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Soviet BRDM-1 Amphibious Scout Vehicle Soviet 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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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 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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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. In 1943, after a succession of unfortunate tank designs, the British War Office commissioned a new specification calling for a tank weighing 40-tons that offered durability, reliability, and the ability to withstand a direct hit from a German 88mm gun.

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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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Soviet T-72 Main Battle Tank - European Camouflage Soviet 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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Soviet T-72A Main Battle Tank Europe 1980 Soviet 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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Soviet T-72B Main Battle Tank - Europe, 1989 Soviet 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 (ERA) - First Chechen War, 1995 Russian T-72B Main Battle Tank with Explosive Reactive Armor (ERA) - 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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Soviet TOS-1 Heavy Flame Thrower (Multiple Rocket Launcher) System - 1989 Soviet TOS-1 Heavy Flame Thrower (Multiple Rocket Launcher) System - 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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Soviet T-72B Main Battle Tank - Moscow, Russia Soviet T-72B Main Battle Tank - Moscow, Russia (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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Soviet T-72B with ERA Main Battle Tank, 1980 Soviet T-72B with ERA Main Battle Tank - 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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East German IFA G5 Truck East German IFA G5 Truck (1:43 Scale)

The IFA G5 is a three-axle conventional truck developed and produced by IFA in East Germany from 1952 until 1964. It was produced from as a prototype in 1952 until 1964 in VEB Kraftfahrzeugwerk "Ernst Grube" Werdau.

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Soviet T-72AV Main Battle Tank with ERA - 1980s Soviet T-72AV Main Battle Tank with ERA - 1980s (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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Soviet T-72B Main Battle Tank - 1980s Soviet T-72B Main Battle Tank - 1980s (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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Soviet T-72A Main Battle Tank - 1980s Soviet T-72A Main Battle Tank - 1980s (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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Soviet T-72A Main Battle Tank - 1980s Soviet T-72A Main Battle Tank - 1980s (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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Soviet T-55A Main Battle Tank - Soviet Naval Infantry, Ethiopia, 1980 Soviet T-55A Main Battle Tank - Soviet Naval Infantry, Ethiopia, 1980 (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 M60A1 Patton Medium Tank with Reliability Improved Selected Equipment (RISE) IR/White Light Spotlight - Snow with Trees MERDC Camouflage, 1980s USMC M60A1 Patton Medium Tank with Reliability Improved Selected Equipment (RISE) IR/White Light Spotlight - Snow with Trees MERDC Camouflage, 1980s (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 superseded 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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US M151A2 'MUTT' Military Utility Tactical Truck - 3rd Armored Division, "Convoy Follows" US M151A2 'MUTT' Military Utility Tactical Truck - 3rd Armored Division, "Convoy Follows" (1:48 Scale)

The M151 Military Utility Tactical Truck (M151 MUTT) was the successor to the Korean War M38 and M38A1 jeep Light Utility Vehicles. Commonly referred to as a "jeep" or "quarter-ton", it was produced from 1959 through 1982 and served in the Vietnam War.

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USMC M60A1 Patton Medium Tank with Explosive Reactive Armor (ERA) - "Genesis II", "Task Force Ripper", C Company, 3rd Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division, Operation Desert Storm, 1991 USMC M60A1 Patton Medium Tank with Explosive Reactive Armor (ERA) - "Genesis II", "Task Force Ripper", C Company, 3rd Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division, Operation Desert Storm, 1991 (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 superseded 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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USMC M60A1 Patton Medium Tank with Explosive Reactive Armor (ERA) - Temperate Open Terrain MERDC Camouflage USMC M60A1 Patton Medium Tank with Explosive Reactive Armor (ERA) - Temperate Open Terrain MERDC Camouflage (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 superseded 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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Argentine McDonnell Douglas A-4P Fightinghawk Attack Aircraft - Mariano Velasco, Falklands Conflict, 1982 Argentine McDonnell Douglas A-4P Fightinghawk Attack Aircraft - Mariano Velasco, Falklands Conflict, 1982 (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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USMC M60 A1 Patton Medium Tank with Reactive Armor - Unidentified Unit, MERDC Camouflage 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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USAF McDonnell F-4E Phantom II Fighter-Bomber - Captain G. M. Rubus and Captain J. L. Hendrickson, MiG Killer, 337th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 432nd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing,  Udorn RTAFB, 1984 USAF McDonnell F-4E Phantom II Fighter-Bomber - Captain G. M. Rubus and Captain J. L. Hendrickson, "MiG Killer", 337th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 432nd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, Udorn RTAFB, 1984 (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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