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Well, since today was Sunday, I decided to finally give a good clean up to my man child toys small vehicles collection, as I’m a lazy bastard that lets it collects too much dust for weeks at a time.

And since they’re all bright and shinny, I decided to share it with you guys, my pride and joy that has been slowing growing for the past 10 years, so, without further ado, here they are!

Aircraft

Aérospatiale/BAC Concorde - Air France 

Airbus A330-200 - Avianca

Airbus A330-300 - Swiss International Air Lines

Airbus A340-300 - Iberia

Airbus A340-300 - TAP Portugal

Airbus A380 - Prototype

ATR-42 - Avianca

AgustaWestland AW101 - Royal Canadian Air Force

Avro Lancaster - Royal Air Force

AgustaWestland AW109 - US Coast Guard

Bell 207 Jet Ranger - Los Angeles Police Department 

Bell 412 - Corpo Forestale dello stato

Boeing 737-400 - Lufthansa 

Boeing 737-700 - Gol Transportes Aéreos

Boeing 737-800 - Aires Colombia

Boeing 737-800 -  Gol Transportes Aéreos (different scale)

Boeing 737-800 - Varig 

Boeing 747-400 - Royal Air Maroc

Boeing 767-200 - LAN 

Boeing 777-200 - American Airlines

Being 777-200 - Singapore Airlines (different scale)

Boeing 777-300 - Japan Airlines 

Boeing AH-64 Apache - US Army

Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress - USAAF

Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet - US Navy

Boeing Vertol CH-46 Sea Knight - USMC 

CANT Z.506 Airone - Regia Aeronautica 

Dassault Mirage V - Colombian Air Force (made from three 7.62mm bullets)

Douglas Commercial DC-7 - 

Embraer E190 - TACA

Embraer E195 - AirEuropa

Eurocopter EC135 - German Army

Eurofighter Typhoon - Luftwaffe

Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II - US Air Force

Fokker 50 - Aer Lingus

Fokker 50 - Avianca

Fokker Dr.I - Luftstreitkräfte (Red Baron) 

General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon - Royal Netherlands Air Force

Grumman F-14 Tomcat - US Navy

Grumman F-14 Tomcat - US Navy (different scale and wing angle)

Hawker Hurricane - Royal Air Force

Junkers Ju-87G Stuka - Luftwaffe

Lockheed C-130H Hercules - US Coast Guard 

Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird - US Air Force

McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II - USMC

McDonnell Douglas DC-10 - Northwest Airlines 

McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II - US Navy

Messerschmitt Bf 109 - Luftwaffe

Mikoyan MiG-29 - Russian Air Force

Mitsubishi A6M Zero - Japanese Navy

Mil Mi-17 - Soviet Air Force

Mil Mi-25 - Iraqi Air Force

North American P-51 Mustang - USAAF

Panavia Tornado - Luftwaffe 

Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk - US Army

Sikorsky SH-60 Sea Hawk - US Navy

Supermarine Spitfire - Royal Air Force

Yakovlev Yak-3 - Soviet Air Force. 

Tanks and Armor

Krupp Protze and 3.7 cm Pak 36

M2 Bradley (I had bought a T-72, but the seller sent that one by mistake)

Marder III Ausf. H,

Panzer IV Ausf. G

Panzer VI Tiger Ausf. E 

Sd.Kfz. 7/2 armored cab version

In the following years, I want to add soviet airliners (I’ve had my eye for a while on a Herpa Wings Tu-154M), Vietnam-era helicopters, trijets, at least one biplane (the fokker’s a triplane), british turboprops, allied WWII armor and more AT guns, but that will be when I’m back in Colombia, as I can’t indulge in this hobby as much as used to, as most came from the time I worked a full-time job, where more often than not I ended up eating only spaghetti and canned bologna sauce for weeks at at time after overspending in one of these, mostly the helicopters and tanks (all worth it!).

I had a bit more, but two movings and a car crash destroyed them. 

The U.S. Marine Corps 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit prepares to perform high altitude-low opening jumps out of a C-130H Hercules aircraft from the 36th Airlift Squadron, Yokota Air Base, Japan, Aug. 11, 2014. The 36th AS conducts theater airlift, special operations, aeromedical evacuation, search and rescue, repatriation and humanitarian relief missions with a C-130H Hercules mission-ready aircrew while being the only forward-based tactical airlift squadron in the Pacific. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Stephany Richards/ Released)

Paratroopers jump out of a Nevada Air National Guard C-130H Hercules while conducting airborne training at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, April 13, 2017. The Soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, U.S. Army Alaska, belong to the only American airborne brigade in the Pacific and are trained to execute airborne maneuvers in extreme cold weather/high altitude environments in support of combat, partnership and disaster relief operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Alejandro Pena)

Lockheed C-130H Hercules

The C-130 Hercules has been in service for more than half a century. The aircraft can airdrop up to 42,000 pound loads or land on short, unimproved airstrips in forward combat zones.
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United States Air Force aircrew assigned to the 438th Air Expeditionary Wing and their Afghan counterparts conduct training on a Afghan Air Force C-130H Hercules at Forward Operating Base Kabul, Afghanistan Dec. 7, 2015. 438th Air Expeditionary Wing advisors, as Train, Advise, Assist Command-(TAAC) Air have grown the Afghan Air Force since 2006. During this time, the Afghan Air Force has made great strides toward becoming a professional, capable and sustainable Air Force. 

(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Corey Hook/Released)

Egypt’s dubious record at special forces operations.

>In 1978, Egyptian Army Special Forces (Task Force 777) were dispatched via a C-130H to Larnaca International Airport, Larnaca, Cyprus in response to the hijacking of a Cyprus Air passenger aircraft by operatives of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). The operation was organized hastily, and Egyptian authorities failed to notify Cyprus of the arrival of the unit. As the Egyptian commandos approached the plane on the tarmac, they were mistaken by the Cyprus security forces as terrorist reinforcements. Cypriot security forces opened fire on the approaching Egyptian SF members, who were without nearby cover and conspicuous in desert camouflage clothing. The firefight cost the lives of 15 members of the 79 members of the Egyptian commando force sent, however there were no reported Cypriot fatalities.

Of the Egyptian commando force, 15 men were killed, in addition to three crew of the C-130H Hercules transport aircraft who were killed when it was struck by a missile. An estimated 15 more Egyptian commandos were reported to have been taken injured to Larnaca General Hospital with gunshot wounds.

Following the assault, it emerged that the surrender of the two hostage-takers had already been secured at the time of the failed Egyptian attack, and the two men were taken prisoner by the Cypriots and later extradited to Egypt, where they received death sentences, later commuted to life sentences.

>In 1985, Task Force 777 was dispatched again to deal with a hijacking, this time to Malta. An Egypt Air Boeing 737 (EgyptAir Flight 648) had landed in Luqa Airport under the control of Abu Nidal faction terrorists, purportedly as retaliation for Egypt’s failure to protect the terrorists that had hijacked the MS Achille Lauro earlier that year. Several hostages were released (11 passengers), and at least one Israeli woman was executed. Although the operation was planned more carefully this time, the TF 777 operators committed several mistakes that would eventually prove fatal to many of the hostages. As explosives were detonated to attempt to blow a hole on the top of the airframe, the explosion ripped through the cabin area, immediately killing 20 passengers. Using the same hole, the operators gained entry to the plane but in the confusion opened fire indiscriminately and killed and injured more passengers. In the ensuing chaos, passengers that managed to flee the plane were then gunned down by snipers in positions around the airport who mistook them for terrorists attempting to escape. 

The total number of passengers killed was 57, out of 88 total.

In conclusion, either deadlier to themselves, or deadlier to the hostages.

189th flies over Arkansas

An Airman from the 189th Airlift Wing gives a thumbs-up during a training flight June 8, 2015, near Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. The Air Education and Training Command’s 314th AW and Arkansas Air National Guard’s189th AW provide the foundation of combat airlift with initial training in the C-130J Super Hercules and C-130H Hercules. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Scott Poe/Released)