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Product Announcements: September 16, 2021

8 new scale model kits, aftermarket detail sets, and books

Bruce Larson USA-1 Pro Stock Vega
Scale: 1/25
Kit: MPC828
MSRP: $33.99

Options in this kit by MPC include 4 different hood scoop setups, 2 sets of rear wheels, pre-lettered drag slicks and beautifully authentic decal graphics. Over 110 easy to assemble parts; approximately 6 inches long once assembled. Molded in white with pad-printed black vinyl tires and clear windows. Many chrome plated parts. Paint and glue required.


Potez 25 B2 Polish Jupiter Against the Tide
Scale: 1/72
Kit: No. SH72416
MSRP: $29.20

The kit contains four styrene sprues, a single clear sprue and a photoetched-metal fret. The decal sheet offers markings for three Polish machines, all of which were damaged during the September 1939 invasion and fell into the enemy’s hands. 


Supermarine Sea Otter Mk.I/ASR Mk.II Foreign Service
Kit: No. SH72431
MSRP: $32.40

This kit of a British amphibious flying boat contains four styrene sprues, one clear parts sprue, photoetched-metal parts, and a set of resin parts. The decals offer markings for three machines as flown by the French, Dutch, and Danish forces.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E Engine Set
Scale: 1/72
Kit: No. 7455
MSRP: $17.90

Detail set of the DB-601 engine without its covering panels, fits the new Special Hobby’s model kits and Eduard’s rebox. The engine cowl panels and armament panels come along in the set.
1982 Dodge Van Custom (Turtle Wax)
Kit: No. MPC943M
MSRP: $31.99

The Turtle Wax 1982 Dodge Van from MPC features tinted window options, sunroof, roof wing spoiler, side pipes and custom interior. Kit also includes a large sheet of Turtle Wax decals and vintage-style Retro Deluxe MPC packaging. Paint and glue required.

TOPGUN: The Legacy: The Complete History of TOPGUN and Its Impact on Tactical Aviation
By Brad Elward
ISBN: 978-0-7643-6254-5

Hard cover, 720 pages, over 95 color and black-and-white images.

The history of air combat has seen one recurring theme—new tactics are learned in battle, forgotten or discarded when battle concludes, and relearned at great cost during the next war. This cycle continued into the 1960s, when America was drawn into the Vietnam War. Despite having a skill and equipment advantage, US Navy aircrews were faring poorly against North Vietnamese fighters. Air combat lessons learned during prior wars, and since forgotten or deemed inapplicable due to advances in technology, were once again relevant. TOPGUN, the Navy’s Fighter Weapons School, was established in 1968 to teach Navy aircrews the core air combat tactics, to train others in those tactics, and to ensure that naval aviation “never again” forgot its lessons learned. TOPGUN: The Legacy provides a unique, detailed, and never-before-told history of the Navy Fighter Weapons School. Based on over 450 interviews with graduates, instructors, and commanding officers, and thousands of pages of archival documents, this definitive study covers the early history of air combat tactical development, the school’s founding in 1968, and its progression throughout the decades to the present day. TOPGUN’s programs, significant events that shaped the school, and its unique culture have made it a center of excellence and the leading fighter weapons school worldwide.
Focke-Wulf F200V3/A-09 Condor “Immelman III”
Scale: 1/144
Kit: No. 343
MSRP: $19.99

Four engine passenger aircraft, produced in 1937 under the direction of the famous aircraft designer Kurt Tank. Initially, these aircraft were to be used by Germany's leading airline, Lufthansa, on prestigious transatlantic flights, but with the outbreak of World War II, most of them were involved in military missions. One of them, Fw 200V3/A-0, was initially transferred to the Luftwaffe testing facility in Rechlin, and later, after a series of special alterations, it was presented to the leader of Nazi Germany, Adolf Hitler, as a personal VIP transport. The FW-200V3/A-0 was named 'Immelmann III' after the famous First World War ace Max Immelmann, and was used until 1944 on flights to the occupied territories.
Douglas C-133 w/PGM – 17 Thor IRBM
Scale: 1/144
Kit: No. 336
MSRP: $39.99

Douglas C-133A w/PGM-17 Thor IRBM: a mobile strategic aircraft complex consisting of a C-133 aircraft and a PGM-17 Thor missile. The main goal was to quickly deliver intermediate-range ballistic missiles by transport aircraft to remote points on other continents in order to place the missiles as close as possible to the borders of a potential adversary. From 1959 to 1963, missiles of this type were transported to the territory of Great Britain with the help of the C-133A. In October 1962, when humanity was on the brink of a full-fledged global nuclear conflict, the PGM-17 Thor, operational at British bases, was one of the key factors in forcing the Soviet Union to reverse its decision to deploy its missiles in the immediate vicinity of US borders, on the island of Cuba. After the de-escalation of political tensions in the world, all PGM-17 Thors based in the United Kingdom were soon returned to the United States by means of the same C-133A transport.
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