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5 gift ideas to make this Father’s Day the best yet!

Your dad may not need what’s on this list, but he needs what’s on this list
Sure, maybe Dad rattled off a few things during the last year that he would like to have, but did you write them down? Keep a list? Tell Mom or the kids to remember the whuzzit he mentioned last week? 

Uh, oh. 

It’s OK. Take a deep breath, because we got some cool gift ideas for the hobbyist Dad(s) in your life.

For the history buff who likes airplanes

If your dad fancies himself an armchair historian and waxes eloquent about the bygone era of when flying was a luxury, then you’re in luck. The Aviation Historian is a quarterly journal that covers everything about civilian and military aviation since before the Wright Brothers flew their first time at Kitty Hawk up to the dawn of crewed space flight and beyond. With plenty of photos, not only will Dad be satisfied with the stories, but every issue offers great reference material for modeling. You know, because Dad probably builds scale models, too.

Build something else with the family

Sometimes it’s hard to peel Dad from the workbench, right? We suggest luring him away with the promise of building something else: a puzzle! That’s right, you can get Dad a puzzle of World War II warbirds, tanks, or modern warplanes. Each vehicle depicted is labeled, including its name, country, and other interesting information. Tanks and warbirds may not be the thing you’re interested in, but this is Dad’s day.

Trusty repair manuals

While Dad may not own a StuG III and doesn’t have the RMS Titanic sitting the backyard, what matters is that he can imagine he does and know how to fix all the things that might go wrong with them. For years, Haynes Manuals were the go-to aid for home mechanics fixing their cars. Now, Haynes takes you inside various vehicles (historical and fictional) and gives readers a detailed look at the inner workings. No matter if Dad likes Tiger tanks or F/A-18 Hornets, you’re bound to find a manual to please.

Vintage gear

Okay, sure, we get it. Dad already has a lot of T-shirts and hats. But does he have a hat with the Lockheed logo on it? How about a shirt with the North American P-51 Mustang? Didn’t think so! Deck Dad out with a new hat or shirt that he’s never seen before, and that not only wins points with him, but it makes him the talk of the town (or at least among his buddies at the next model club meeting).


If Dad has been walking around the house, wondering aloud what he should build next, give him the gift of inspiration: the Armor Modeling from A to Z and Desert War Modeling special issue bundle. He’ll find plenty of encouragement with more than 35 projects covering modeling armor and desert-war subjects, and plenty of advice to help improve his skills. 

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