December 2016

Wings of the Great War Grows a Tail

When they rolled out their Mark IV Male and Female tanks, everyone knew it was just a matter of time before some of the variants were introduced to the collecting community. Earlier today, Wings of the Great War confirmed those suspicions when they unveiled their newest land warship: a Mark IV Male Tadpole heavy tank (WW10203).

During the War, a large number of Mark IV tanks were also used for development work. In an attempt to improve trench-crossing capability, the tadpole tail, an extension to the rear track horns, was introduced. However, it proved insufficiently rigid and does not appear to have been used in combat. Other experimental versions tested radios, mortars placed between the rear horns, and recovery cranes. Some of these devices were later used on operational tanks. Mark IVs were also the first tanks fitted with unditching beams by field workshops. A large wooden beam, reinforced with sheet metal, was stored across the top of the tank on a set of parallel rails. If the tank became stuck, the beam was attached to the tracks (often under fire) and then dragged beneath the vehicle, providing grip.

Look for the first Tadpoles to slither across the battlefield sometime in February.

 
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Waltersons Mutters, “Mugsy, Take the Scenic Route”

Lately, it seems as though most of the new product announcements we are posting have one thing or another to do with Waltersons’ resurgent look at the Forces of Valor brand. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, particularly if their intent is to resurrect some of the oldies but goodies in the Forces of Valor product portfolio. Earlier today, as part of the run-up to the Nuremberg Toy Fair, the Company floated the idea of bringing back the deluxe diorama sets that were a part of their initial product mix way back in 2003, when the line was first introduced. I fondly remember ogling the sets at the American International Toy Fair held here in New York City, remarking to the distributor and owner how lifelike they looked and the degree they were prepared to support the hobby across all market segments.

Fourteen years later, and it now appears as if the new owners feel the same way, showcasing one of the now sold out scenics with an accompanying Tamiya 1:35 scale Challenger II main battle tank. If they do indeed move forward with the re-release of the dioramas, they will likely make some minor tweaks and improvements along the way, which may or may not affect the retail price, weight, packaging, etc. For now, we’re just happy that they are looking to bring them back in full force, which will no doubt be supplemented with additional dioramas featuring several of the new vehicles they’ve already hinted at coming to market in 2017. Enjoy!

 
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The Motor Pool’s $4.95 Flat Rate Shipping Special!

We are happy to announce that for a limited time we are offering $4.95 flat rate ground shipping for qualifying orders of $25 or more that are shipped within the 48 contiguous states. Restrictions: The free shipping discount does not apply to the BBI or Merit 1:18 scale lines of military aircraft and vehicles, Unimax Bravo Team and BBI 1:18 scale military vehicles, Dragon 1:6 scale vehicles, Merit’s 1:350 scale aircraft carrier, 1:16 or 1:24 scale radio controlled vehicles, or any over-sized Corgi aircraft, such as the 1:32 scale De Havilland Mosquito and 1:72 scale multi-engine bombers. Simply put, over-sized items are too expensive for us to ship to qualify for reduced-rate shipping discounts. We also reserve the right to cancel an order should it prove too costly for us to complete the transaction.

 
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The Motor Pool’s 15% Off Winter Sale Begins Now!

Its cold outside, the snow is piling up and you have a wad of cash you’re dying to spend on your favorite piece of diecast. If that’s the case, why not take advantage of our 15% off “Winter Sale” now in progress! This discount may be applied to any item listed on our web site except for the following lines: Hobby Master, Wings of the Great War, Air Force 1, Luft-X and Aviation 72. Please enter discount code ” TMP163” in the coupon box just prior to final checkout. Sale ends midnight, Sunday, January 8th, 2017. May not be combined with any other sales discount.

 
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Waltersons Declares, “One if by land, three if by sea”

 

Mum for some time regarding their soon-to-be-released range of static military models, it now appears as if Waltersons is releasing information to the public on a day-by-day basis. Yesterday the Company posted imagery of their upcoming 1:32 scale Tiger I tank. Earlier today, they revealed pictures for the warship series, which explains how the vessels will come packed when “shipped out.”

Rather than using a plastic blister to keep them in place, the Company developed a new locking nut mechanism that permits the buyer to easily take the ship in and out of its packaging. Moreover, the outer packaging features an open tabbed fifth panel, which is designed to make it far easier to remove, and, if necessary, replace the item in its box, thereby reducing the likelihood of damage.

As an Easter Egg of sorts, it appears as if the French Navy’s nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, Charles de Gaulle (R91), will be joining the growing Forces of Valor fleet in 2017, as well as some other unidentified warships. We’ve also re-categorized our Forces of Valor 1:700 scale subsections into a Battleship and Aircraft Carrier Series to correspond with the changes shown on the back of the aforementioned packaging.

 
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Waltersons Maintains, “There’s Still a Tiger in Your Tank!”

As a special holiday gift, Waltersons, the new owners of the Forces of Valor brand, has debuted images of their upcoming 1:32 scale Tiger I heavy tank. Posted to Facebook earlier today, the up-close photos demonstrate some of the principal differences between the Tiger I tank produced by the former owners, Unimax, then contrasts them with some of the enhancements made by Waltersons, all of which are intended to correct certain deficiencies and make each vehicle more realistic. In the case of the Tiger I tank, five new molds were produced, among them a new chassis, new road wheels, swing arms, torsion bars, new sprocket & new idler wheel, new engine details, and new caterpillar tracks. You can see all on the improvements and follow the progress of some of the other vehicles still under development on their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/fovhobbies/?hc_ref=NEWSFEED. A new web site is also reportedly under construction.

 
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Happy Holidays from The Motor Pool

With the holidays nearly upon us, we just wanted to take a moment and wish all of our customers and their families a very Happy Hannukah and a Merry Christmas. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for making this another joyous year at The Motor Pool and we hope you continue to stop by our stores into the New Year! There’s lots more ahead!

 
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The Motor Pool’s 15% Off Winter Sale Begins Now!

Its cold outside, the snow is piling up and you have a wad of cash you’re dying to spend on your favorite piece of diecast. If that’s the case, why not take advantage of our 15% off “Winter Sale” now in progress! This discount may be applied to any item listed on our web site except for the following lines: Hobby Master, Wings of the Great War, Air Force 1, Luft-X and Aviation 72. Please enter discount code ” TMP163” in the coupon box just prior to final checkout. Sale ends midnight, Sunday, January 8th, 2017. May not be combined with any other sales discount.

 
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Trump’s Military: What Price Glory?

The aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford CVN 78, is represented here in a combination model and live shot digital photo illustration. The ship is the first in a new class of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, for the US Navy under construction at Newport News Shipbuilding.

There was a time during the Reagan era when it was inconceivable to permit the US Navy to fall below a 600-ship threshold as it stood toe-to-toe with its Cold War adversary, the Soviet Union. Fast forward 30 years and the US Navy is now down to less than half that number, patrolling the high seas, safeguarding certain sea lanes, and standing sentry near a number of geopolitical hot spots, despite being stretched to the limit. With Trump taking office this January, and lots of campaign promises to increase the size of the Navy to a more respectable total to fulfill its global mission, the magazine Popular Mechanics postulated what the Navy might look like in the coming years if he decides to stick to his renewed claims of glory for the country’s military. You can read the entire article here: http://www.popularmechanics.com/military/navy-ships/a24284/trump-350-ship-navy/?src=nl&mag=pop&list=nl_pnl_news&date=121716

 
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The USPS Bellows, “Tis the Season”

Even though it might have made more sense to unveil it earlier in the season, the USPS announced yesterday that it has created a free smart phone app that heightens the experience of giving and receiving a gift that comes packed inside a USPS Priority Mail box.

“The Postal Service is offering a free app for smartphones that aims to build excitement among customers who send and receive Priority Mail boxes during the holidays.” said the Postal Times.

“Customers who send a gift inside a Priority Mail box can use the app to send a personalized multimedia greeting to the recipient. The messages let the recipient know that a package is on its way. Recipients can also use the app to send the customer a holiday-themed thank-you message.

“Our app adds that special touch by delivering cheer when mailing and receiving holiday gifts via Priority Mail,” said Chief Customer and Marketing Officer James Cochrane.

The app is available on the Postal Service’s DeliverCheer.com holiday site, which has downloading instructions. The site also allows customers to buy stamps, order free boxes, schedule a free package pickup, find Post Office and collection box locations and determine mailing dates.”

 
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