June 2013

The Motor Pool’s 4th of July 15% Off Sale!

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Light the firecrackers and wave the sparklers because we’re proud to celebrate our nation’s independence with our annual July Fourth 15% Off Sale!

As always, we would greatly appreciate it if you could keep these orders separate and do not combine non-qualifying items with sales merchandise. If you have any questions, feel free to call or email us. Customers must apply discount code “TMP113” at the point of checkout in the coupon code box. Sale ends Sunday, July 7th, 2013….[posted 6/17/2013]

 
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The Motor Pool's 4th of July 15% Off Sale!

Rockin-4th-of-july-animated-gif

Light the firecrackers and wave the sparklers because we’re proud to celebrate our nation’s independence with our annual July Fourth 15% Off Sale!

As always, we would greatly appreciate it if you could keep these orders separate and do not combine non-qualifying items with sales merchandise. If you have any questions, feel free to call or email us. Customers must apply discount code “TMP113” at the point of checkout in the coupon code box. Sale ends Sunday, July 7th, 2013….[posted 6/17/2013]

 
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War Master Ups the Ante this Fall

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War Master continues to impress, with an ever growing array of diecast military vehicles and aircraft available at very affordable prices. For September, four new vehicles were announced along with a pair of WWII-era military aircraft. For vehicle aficionados, expect an Israeli Merkava Mk. 3 main battle tank (#WMTK0036), US WC 63 weapons carrier with trailer (#WMTK0035), German King Tiger tank (#WMTK0034) and German Jagdtiger tank destroyer (#WMTK0033).

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If you’ve got your eyes in the clouds, look forward to seeing an US Grumman Avenger torpedo plane (#WMAPF0024) and German Focke Wulf Fw 190A fighter (#WMAPF0023). When you consider the escalating costs of other lines, its nice to see War Master continue to hold the line and not bow to pricing pressures. Bravo!

 
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Dragon Scouts Ahead

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Its refreshing to see Dragon getting back on track with their highly successful Dragon Armor line of 1:72 scale military vehicles. Besides releasing a bunch of overdue vehicles, a couple of new product announcements have also been made, including the upcoming release of this German Sd. Kfz. 231 armored car (#DRA60599). Based on a vehicle that participated in the invasion of Russia in 1941, this all-grey replica is expected some time in August, and will no doubt be followed up with other similar vehicles in other liveries.

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While we’re all awaiting its debut, we call to your attention the recent release of several Ultimate Armor pieces, including a pair of German VK 45.02 (P)V Ausf. A heavy tanks (#DRR60587 and #DRR60530), a couple of German VK 45.02 (P)H Ausf. A heavy tanks (#DRR60530 and #DRR60588), and two Ersatz M10 tank destroyers (#DRR60529 and #DRR60649).

 
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Oxford Keeps ‘Em Coming

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On both the ground and in the air, Oxford Diecast is continuing to churn out an ever expanding array of military replicas. For the ground pounders, collectors can look forward to such novelties as a 1:76 scale British Army 40mm Bofors gun, along with a convoy of interesting soft-skinned vehicles.

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In the air, aviation buffs can wrap their mitts around a Japanese Ki-84 “Frank” fighter, as well as a De Havilland DH.103 Hornet fighter. These and other new introductions have now been posted in our Oxford Diecast military vehicles and aircraft sections.

 
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Oxford Keeps 'Em Coming

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On both the ground and in the air, Oxford Diecast is continuing to churn out an ever expanding array of military replicas. For the ground pounders, collectors can look forward to such novelties as a 1:76 scale British Army 40mm Bofors gun, along with a convoy of interesting soft-skinned vehicles.

Oxford Compilation

In the air, aviation buffs can wrap their mitts around a Japanese Ki-84 “Frank” fighter, as well as a De Havilland DH.103 Hornet fighter. These and other new introductions have now been posted in our Oxford Diecast military vehicles and aircraft sections.

 
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Century Wings Resurrects the Dead

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On the plus side, Century Wings has gotten over its infatuation with the F-14 Tomcat to produce some additional aircraft for 2013. On the down side, no new tooling(s) have been announced thus far, instead more of their older aircraft types at vastly inflated prices. Don’t get us wrong, its nice to see a new Vought A-7E Corsair II attack aircraft parked on the tarmac for the latter half of this year (#CW001604), however, the choice of scheme, price, and proximity to the holidays could have been better planned. No offense to the Ohio National Guard, but an A-7E in southeast Asian camouflage would have generated a lot more interest, especially when their first SEA Corsair II is fetching big bucks in the after market. It also appears as if a $117 price point will be the new normal for Century Wings’ smaller aircraft types (A-6 Intruder and A-7 Corsair II), twice that of comparable Hobby Master jets, such as their F-16 and F-4 Phantoms. We’re happy to see that they are still in the scale aircraft game when others were giving up on them, its just that we have to wonder how they can justify their stance when some of their key competitors are doing well enough at much lower asking prices.

 
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The Battle of Britain: Turning Lemons into Lemonade

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Although it may not look like much, salvage operators extricated a downed German Do 17 light bomber from its watery grave. Nestled in the muddy bottom of the English Channel, this unidentified bomber was reportedly shot down during the Battle of Britain around the latter half of 1940. According to researchers, this is the only surviving example of the rare Dornier Do 17z light bomber, which aviation museums worldwide have sought to add to their collection.  According to the Mirror, a UK-based publication, historians hope to restore this aircraft to pristine condition in approximately two years, and will likely be featured at the Duxford Museum. For more information on the rescue operation, visit this page.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/dornier-bomber-recovery-pictures-only-1944737

Since Corgi first brought this matter to our attention, we presume that Corgi will likely produce a diecast replica of this particular Dornier in the not-too-distant-future.

 
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Minichamps Gets Classy

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With their second 1:18 scale Mullin Automotive Collection introduction expected at any moment, we’ve added a bevy of new 1:18 scale rides of yesteryear to our Minichamps Classic Cars section. While no definitive release dates have been provided by the manufacturer, we nevertheless thought it important to highlight these impeccable resin replicas, which have already become focal points for many a scale model car collector. Several new Delahaye, Talbot Lago and Delage vehicles have now been posted, all of which can be pre-ordered for 15% off their listed prices.

 
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Oxford Flies Where the Buffalo Roam

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Oxford Aviation has finally unveiled images for their upcoming Brewster Buffalo fighter (OXFAC035). Portraying a plane flown by Captain William C. Humberd, who was attached to VMF-221 at the Battle of Midway during June 1942, this sharp-looking model comes attractively priced at just $19.99, making it an affordable option for newcomers aiming to get into the hobby or collectors desiring a low-cost replica to fill out their collection. Expect the Buffalo to reach sales altitude later this month.

 
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