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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 2S5 Giatsint Self-Propelled Gun Russian 2S5 Giatsint Self-Propelled Gun (1:72 Scale)

The 2S5 Giatsint-S is a Soviet/Russian 152 mm self-propelled gun. "2S5" is its GRAU designation. It is NBC protected. The 2S5 is capable of engaging targets at longer ranges and at a higher rate of fire than the more widely produced 2S3 Akatsiya 152 mm self-propelled gun, and is capable of firing nuclear projectiles.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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USMC Boeing F/A-18A+ Hornet Strike Fighter - VMFA-333 "Fighting Shamrocks", Late 1980s [Low-Vis Scheme] USMC Boeing F/A-18A+ Hornet Strike Fighter - VMFA-333 "Fighting Shamrocks", Late 1980s [Low-Vis Scheme] (1:72 Scale)

The F/A-18 Hornet is the true multi-role aircraft. It can vault from a carrier deck, bomb a target and stay to dogfight even the best enemy aircraft without missing a beat. It's the Navy's first modern-era jet intended for double duty against air- and ground-based adversaries.

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USN Boeing F/A-18C Hornet Strike Fighter - Naval Air Depot, NAS North Island, San Diego, CA, 2008 USN Boeing F/A-18C Hornet Strike Fighter - Naval Air Depot, NAS North Island, San Diego, CA, 2008 (1:72 Scale)

The F/A-18 Hornet is the true multi-role aircraft. It can vault from a carrier deck, bomb a target and stay to dogfight even the best enemy aircraft without missing a beat. It's the Navy's first modern-era jet intended for double duty against air- and ground-based adversaries.

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German Kampfpanzer Leopard 2 Main Battle Tank - Panzerbataillon 63, Panzerbrigade 6, 2.Panzergrenadierdivision, Hofgeismar, Germany, 1982 German Kampfpanzer Leopard 2 Main Battle Tank - Panzerbataillon 63, Panzerbrigade 6, 2.Panzergrenadierdivision, Hofgeismar, Germany, 1982 (1:35 Scale)

The Leopard 2 was an offshoot of the MBT-70 -- a cancelled joint development project between the USA and West Germany undertaken in the late 1960s. Even though the US had withdrawn from the project, the West Germans, under the auspices of Krauss-Maffei, continued research and development on the renamed Leopard 2 project.

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German Kampfpanzer Leopard 2A4 Main Battle Tank - Panzerabteilung 24, Panzerbrigade 2, 1.Panzer Division, Braunschweig, Germany, 1986 German Kampfpanzer Leopard 2A4 Main Battle Tank - Panzerabteilung 24, Panzerbrigade 2, 1.Panzer Division, Braunschweig, Germany, 1986 (1:35 Scale)

The Leopard 2 was an offshoot of the MBT-70 -- a cancelled joint development project between the USA and West Germany undertaken in the late 1960s. Even though the US had withdrawn from the project, the West Germans, under the auspices of Krauss-Maffei, continued research and development on the renamed Leopard 2 project.

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German M48A2GA2 Patton Medium Tank - Panzerbataillon 363, Panzergrenadierbrigade 30, 10. Panzer Division, Kuehlsheim, West Germany, 1984 German M48A2GA2 'Patton' Medium Tank - Panzerbataillon 363, Panzergrenadierbrigade 30, 10. Panzer Division, Kuehlsheim, West Germany, 1984 (1:35 Scale)

When the Korean War began, the US military had no medium tanks in production. The M47 appeared as an interim measure but work immediately began on the M48. The first 'Pattons' were completed in July 1952. Unfortunately, the speed of development resulted in numerous teething troubles for the early Pattons, including poor reliability and a short operating range.

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East German T-72A/M-1 Main Battle Tank - Panzerregiment 16 Leo Jogiches, 7.Panzer Division, Dresden, East Germany, 1988 East German T-72A/M-1 Main Battle Tank - Panzerregiment 16 "Leo Jogiches", 7.Panzer Division, Dresden, East Germany, 1988 (1:35 Scale)

The T-72, which entered production in 1971, was first seen in public in 1977. It was not intended as 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 - Unidentified Unit, May Day Parade, Moscow, Soviet Union, 1981 Soviet T-72A Main Battle Tank - Unidentified Unit, May Day Parade, Moscow, Soviet Union, 1981 (1:35 Scale)

The T-72, which entered production in 1971, was first seen in public in 1977. It was not intended as 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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