Father’s Day

The Motor Pool’s Father’s Day Gift Guide

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Father’s Day is just a few weeks away so we’ve compiled a section containing loads of gift-giving ideas for dear old dad. There’s something for everyone, from first-time father’s to grand dads fondly looking back on their military service. Remember, we’re here to answer your questions and can quickly ship you anything listed as being in stock in time for his big day.

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Graduation Day: The Class of 2018

We know its a tad early, but because of some family committments at our end, that will force us to close for a week in late April, we thought it made sense to start advertising the approach of graduation day. That said, we have some fabulous gift-giving ideas sprinkled throughout our Gift Giving section, all guaranteed to bring a smile to that special someone keenly interested in military history. And, need we remind every one that Father’s Day falls on June 17th, a special day that honors dear old dad and his many fatherly deeds done over the years. So, whether its celebrating a grad or honoring a dad, we’ve got you covered and then some in 2018. 

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Dear Dad: Your Special Day is June 18th


Ditch the dreary ties and steer clear of the sweater rack. Dad deserves better, and we have the best gifts in mind — something from the heart squarely aimed at his heart. We have loads of terrific gift-giving ideas that cover every budget and conceivable interest, plus we can ship you these special memorabilia well before Father’s Day this June 18th. So why not take a look at our online selection or better yet feel free to give us a call and we’ll suggest something that will guarantee to put a smile on his face and make this Father’s Day a truly memorable event!

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Father’s Day Wishes and Caviar Dreams


Some dad’s hope for an iPad, haberdashery, or a quiet day alone napping in a shade-covered hammock. For me, I have my own set of simple dreams for Father’s Day – perhaps a copy of Tom Clancy’s latest tome, but more importantly, loads of new diecast replicas that are oddly missing from the market.

To begin, there are a number of new navy ships from around the world that are now setting sail or coming to the fore, including the HMS Queen Elizabeth, USS Gerald R. Ford, the USS Independence (LCS-2), which is a bold trimaran littoral combat ship, USS Zumwalt – a stealthy guided missile destroyer, an all-new nuclear-powered People’s Liberation Army Navy cruiser, and a littany of other warships.


In the air, there seems to be a dearth of 1:72 scale twin engine aircraft, including the Messerschmitt Me 410, the Pe-2 bomber, and all sorts of Japanese and Italian aircraft from WWII. As far as modern aircraft goes, there’s the new Lockheed SR-72 reconnaissance plane that comes to mind, as well as the USAF new long-range strategic bomber.

Armata Tankc

And then there are the ground systems, or lack thereof, now that several players have exited the market. Minichamps left the 1:35 scale military market several years ago, yet we still receive oodles of requests for new vehicles. Likewise, Forces of Valor’s departure in the 1:32 scale regime doesn’t necessarily mean there isn’t a market for these vehicles – rather a marketing strategy that some where along the way went afoul. The Russians debuted their Armata tank, the Poles have an interesting new vehicle aimed at the export market and there are other vehicles soon-to-be deployed that would make for excellent replica subjects. C’mon guys, now’s a great time to test the waters and try something new before some one else beats you to the punch. Producing the same old same old, might work in the short run, but it gives your competition ample wiggle room to enter the fray with something new and fresh.

Happy Father’s Day!

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