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Warbirds of World War II Diecast Military Aircraft

Warbirds of World War II Diecast Military Aircraft

They are the stuff of legend. They are the men and machines that fought to dominate the skies over Europe, North Africa and the Pacific at a time when the world quite literally hung in the balance. Amidst the carnage and destruction, these are the iconic aircraft that will forever be etched into the annals of mid twentieth century aerial warfare. These are the masters of aerial combat. These are the Warbirds of World War II.

From concept through to final production, we're sure you'll be proud to add any and all of the Warbirds of World War II models to your aviation collection. This series encompasses over 60 different models, some of which have been duplicated but clad in different liveries thus making them unique in their own right. Each introduction is produced in 1,002 piece lots and comes packaged in a handsome acrylic display case and etched display base. Best of all, each comes bundled with a numbered collector card, meaning they're available in very limited numbers.

Our goal is to re-produce six aircraft per month beginning this winter, until all of the original models produced under the Altaya brand name have been completely relaunched and reimagined. Once the series has run its course, we will then determine if additional aircraft and/or paint schemes are warranted and will continue to follow this strategy as long as collectors continue to show interest.

-- Updated October 11th, 2020 --

New Product Showcase

One of the nice things about our new site is that it now allows us to highlight some of the more noteworthy items being released by each manufacturer. In the case of Warbirds of WWII, what follows is a list of some of the more intriguing products that have just arrived which we feel would be of interest to the savvy collector.
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Polikarpov I-16 Fighter Soviet Polikarpov I-16 Fighter (1:72 Scale)

The Polikarpov I-16 was a Soviet fighter aircraft of revolutionary design; it was the world's first low-wing cantilever monoplane fighter with retractable landing gear to have attained operational status and as such "introduced a new vogue in fighter design."

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German Dornier Do 335 Pfeil Fighter German Dornier Do 335 Pfeil Fighter (1:72 Scale)

The Dornier Do 335 Pfeil ("Arrow") was a World War II heavy fighter built by the Dornier company. The two-seater trainer version was also called Ameisenbr ("anteater").

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USN Douglas SBD-3 Dauntless Dive-Bomber USN Douglas SBD-3 Dauntless Dive-Bomber (1:72 Scale)

The Dauntless was the standard shipborne dive-bomber of the US Navy from mid-1940 until November 1943, when the first Curtiss Helldivers arrived to replace it. Between 1942-43, the Dauntless was pressed into service again and again, seeing action in the Battle of the Coral Sea and the Guadalcanal campaign.

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Soviet Ilyushin IL-10 Ground Attack Aircraft Soviet Ilyushin IL-10 Ground Attack Aircraft (1:72 Scale)

The Ilyushin Il-10 (NATO reporting name: "Beast") was a Soviet ground attack aircraft developed at the end of World War II by the Ilyushin construction bureau. It was also license-built in Czechoslovakia by Avia as the Avia B-33.

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German Heinkel He 219A-0 "Uhu" Night Fighter German Heinkel He 219A-0 "Uhu" Night Fighter (1:72 Scale)

The He 219 has been described as the best night fighter operated by the Luftwaffe during World War II. In fact, the "Uhu" (Owl) may have been the best night fighter of the war. Only the American Northrop P-61 "Black Widow" shares the He 219's unique status of being designed for night operation.

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German Henschel HS-129 Ground Attack Aircraft - "Blue K", 5./Schlachtgeschwader 1, Blue K, Eastern Front, June 1942 German Henschel HS-129 Ground Attack Aircraft - "Blue K", 5./Schlachtgeschwader 1, Blue K, Eastern Front, June 1942 (1:72 Scale)

The Henschel Hs 129 was a World War II ground-attack aircraft fielded by the German Luftwaffe. The aircraft saw combat in Tunisia and on the Eastern Front.

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German Junkers Ju-87G-1 "Kanonenvogel" Dive-Bomber German Junkers Ju-87G-1 "Kanonenvogel" Dive-Bomber (1:72 Scale)

During the early to mid-stages of the Second World War, the Stuka (short for "sturzkampfflugzeug" or dive-bomber) struck terror in the hearts and minds of soldiers and civilians alike. The Stuka was a rugged machine, designed to swoop down and destroy its target using 500-lb bombs or tear into them using 37mm flak guns mounted underneath the wings.

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RAF Supermarine Spitfire Mk. Vb Fighter RAF Supermarine Spitfire Mk. Vb Fighter (1:72 Scale)

The Spitfire is the most famous British aircraft of all time. Although less numerous than the Hawker Hurricane, it is remembered as the sleek, thoroughbred fighting machine that turned the tide during the Battle of Britain. The Spitfire was among the fastest and most maneuverable prop-driven fighters of World War II, serving in virtually every combat theater.

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Italian Aeronautica Nazionale Repubblicana Macchi C.205 Veltro Fighter Italian Aeronautica Nazionale Repubblicana Macchi C.205 Veltro Fighter (1:72 Scale)

The MC.205 Veltro ("Greyhound") is considered the best Italian fighter of World War II. It was said that in the hands of a good pilot, it could defeat any allied plane. When the prototype of the Veltro was built, there were two other planes competing for the same contract: the Fiat G. 55 Centauro and the Reggiane Re 2005 Sagittario.

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USAAF Lockheed P-38J Lightning Interceptor USAAF Lockheed P-38J Lightning Interceptor (1:72 Scale)

It was fast, heavily armed and extremely versatile. And many believe the Lockheed P-38 Lightning  to be the finest American fighter of WWII. Its low-drag, aerodynamic shape and heavy weight enabled this twin-engine, twin-boomed aircraft to accelerate to high speeds faster than any previous warplane, making it a potent fighter and a superb fighter-bomber.

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German Messerschmitt Bf 109K-4 Fighter German Messerschmitt Bf 109K-4 Fighter (1:72 Scale)

Numerically the most abundant fighter produced by either side during WWII, the Messerschmitt Bf 109 formed the backbone of the Jagdwaffe on both the eastern and western fronts, as well as in the Mediterranean and North Africa. Of the eight distinct sub-types within the huge Bf 109 family, the most populous was the G-model, of which over 30,000 were built between 1941-45.

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Soviet Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-3 Fighter Soviet Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-3 Fighter (1:72 Scale)

The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-3 was a Soviet fighter and interceptor aircraft used during World War II. It was a development of the MiG-1 by the OKO (opytno-konstruktorskij otdel - Experimental Design Department) of Zavod (Factory) No. 1 to remedy problems found during the MiG-1's development and operations.

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