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Bleriot Monoplane 1910

Published: July 8, 2014
Company: Round 2 Models


On July 25, 1909 Louis Bleriot assembled a tiny monoplane of his own design on a farm in Les Baraques, France. Weighing in at 500 lbs. and powered by a 25 HP Anzani three cylinder motorcycle engine, the airplane was the picture of utility. Still limping from a recent crash (one of many Bleriot had) he climbed into the monoplane after a short warm up flight and set out… more

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Mirage III BE/BD/DS/D2Z Kit and Detail Set for IIIS/RS/DS Versions

Published: May 26, 2014
Company: PJ Production


The Mirage III’s history has been well covered in numerous other places, so I won’t dwell on it. Suffice it to say, it was introduced into service in 1961 and proved its worth in the hands of the Israeli Air Force in the 1967 Six-Day War and the 1973 Yom Kipper War. It’s been used by 20 of the world’s air forces, and it is, quite frankly, one of the most elegant fighters… more

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Lockheed A-12

Published: March 26, 2014
Book Author(s): Paul F. Crickmore
Company: Osprey Publishing

The story of the Lockheed A-12 began with a bright orange fireball 70,000 feet over Sverdlovsk in the Soviet Union. This explosion, 1500 miles deep into Russian territory, would start a diplomatic crisis with repercussions that directly impacted the A-12 and SR-71 operations for the rest of their service lives. That explosion severed the tail from a Lockheed U-2 reconnaissance aircraft and… more

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Transparent Bull Frog

Published: March 11, 2014
Company: Round 2 Models


The American Bullfrog (Lithobates Castbeianus} are the largest frogs found in North America. The bullfrogs title is derived from the low frequency mating call of the males. These frogs can weight as much as a pound and a half and measure up to eight inches long! They are found just about anywhere in the U.S. although they are latecomers to the western U.S. having been… more

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Tommy Grove Mustang Funny Car

Published: March 2, 2014
Company: Polar Lights


Tommy Grove drove this 1969 Mustang based funny car through two seasons. The car depicted in this kit was one of the first funny cars to break the 200mph barrier. Running a 1500hp blown 427ci single overhead cam (SOHC) Ford, this car was hard to beat in its time.

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Harkening back to the days when artwork sold models, this box is graced with a cool… more

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Bigfoot 4x4x4 Ford F-150

Published: February 17, 2014
Company: AMT


First introduced in 1979, “Bigfoot” started the monster truck craze that is still going strong today. Created and owned by Bob Chandler as a promotional billboard for his 4X4 truck accessory business, Bigfoot #1 was based on a Ford F-250 4X4. The real innovation came when Chandler built the first 4X4X4, which is a four wheel vehicle with four-wheel-drive and four-wheel-… more

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Hot Rod Ford Mustang Funny Car

Published: February 16, 2014
Company: Round 2 Models


Round 2 continues to re-release some of those oldies some of us loved way back when. For builders like me this truly is a second chance. I was not a car builder when these kits were initially released. This time we get a release with a twist. A Hot Rod Magazine inspired, Hemi powered 1972 Mustang. The twist is a coupon good for a year of Hot Rod Magazine when sent it in… more

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Fokker E.IV

Published: February 16, 2014
Company: Wingnut Wings, Ltd

Built on the principle of more is better, the Fokker E. IV was an attempt to improve on the legendary aircraft responsible for the “Fokker scourge” of 1915. First was the addition of a twin row 14 cylinder Oberursel engine which developed 160 hp. Then, at least in the prototype, three IMG machine guns were installed on the upper cowl firing through the propeller arc via an interrupter gear (… more

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Cessna 150

Published: November 21, 2013
Company: Minicraft Model Kits


For those of us who've learned to fly, there's nothing like the first time you line up with the runway and apply full take off power. You race down the runway till you feel the wing start to do its magic. With a slight backward pull of the wheel, your flying! Likewise, the aircraft you learn to fly in stays with you the rest of your life. The Cessna 150 has filled that… more

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SH-3D Sea King

Published: July 16, 2013
Company: Cyber-Hobby


The Sikorsky Sea King first flew in 1959 and entered service in 1961. It served in many roles, including SAR, troop transport, and perhaps most memorably as the helos that recovered the Apollo missions after splashdown. These were not the missions the S-61 (company designation) was originally designed for. As the cold war developed after WWII, the US Navy was concerned… more