Every so often, we receive press releases regarding new product announcements that give us pause for consideration but nevertheless take a pass on for any number of reasons. Yesterday we learned that our friends over at Aiken’s Airplanes had entered into a partnership agreement with Merit International to release a 1:18 scale Avenger torpedo plane that was flown by former President George H. W. Bush during the closing stages of WWII. According to the press release, “this model features a moving canopy with cockpit detail, movable flaps, movable landing gears, positional torpedo bay doors folding wings, and includes the pilot, top gunner and belly gunner.”
Only 330 pieces are being produced, so if you are interested in purchasing one of these limited edition replicas, run, don’t walk over to the following link: http://www.aikensairplanes.com/tbf-avenger-x-2-vt-51-uss-san-jacinto-1944-lt-george-bush-aikens-exclusive/
While its unfortunate we no longer have the 1:16 scale Extreme Metal vehicles from Unimax for sale this holiday, we do have some good news. Merit’s 1:16 scale US Oshkosh M-ATV Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) Vehicle is expected to arrive at our depot just before Thanksgiving, meaning we can get these under the Christmas tree or beside the Hanukkah menorah with time to spare. Fully built, fully painted and bearing all of the hallmark detail you’ve come to expect from our deftly assembled military range, we’re sure this vehicle will put a smile on many a veteran’s face as we close out the calendar year. Happy holidays!
It’s been an especially long time since we were able to announce a new super-sized, pre-assembled vehicle to our collecting community but happily one seems to have surfaced. Merit International informs us that they plan to release a 1:16 scale Oshkosh M-ATV Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) this fall, fully built, fully painted and fully ready to take on any Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) their customers might have ready for them (MIL68605). The MRAP is one of those vehicles that came out of the Army’s need for a vehicle that could withstand the blast from a roadside explosive device after a number of Humvees and other lighter, less protected vehicles were destroyed during Operation Enduring Freedom. Its also a vehicle many collectors have been after for some time, in any scale, so its especially welcome news that Merit plans on doing it right and in a big way. Priced at just $159.99, this beefy vehicle is expected some time this fall. Due to its size, it does not qualify for our free shipping discount. We will post actual photos of the replica once they are provided to us.