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Below are links to some of our partners.  If we can't find the kit they might.

www.rareplanedetective.com
Long-serving Lockheed-built Shooting Star 2-seat jet trainer aircraft developed from the
P/F-80 fighter. Often referred to as the 'T-bird', it remains one of the world's best known
aircraft, having served with the air forces of more than 20 countries over a service life
spanning nearly 40 years. Limited-run kit featuring injection-molded airframe with fine
engraved panel lines, multi-part canopy and detailed tandem cockpits. Also includes resin
parts (including ejection seats, cockpit details and wheels) plus photo-etch parts. Decals for
3 aircraft:

Czech Model kit #3203
Price: $45.00

Mid Atlantic Plastic Model Swap Meet UPDATE:  


The North American B-25 Mitchell was an American twin-engined medium bomber
manufactured by North American Aviation. It was used by many Allied air forces, in every
theater of World War II, as well as many other air forces after the war ended, and saw
service across four decades.

The B-25 was named in honor of General Billy Mitchell, a pioneer of U.S. military aviation. By
the end of its production, nearly 10,000 B-25s in numerous models had been built. These
included a few limited variations, such as the United States Navy's and Marine Corps' PBJ-1
patrol bomber and the United States Army Air Forces' F-10 photo reconnaissance aircraft.

Monogram kit #5500
Price: $25.00
The Douglas A-26 Invader (B-26 between 1948–1965) was a United States twin-engined light
attack bomber built by the Douglas Aircraft Co. during World War II that also saw service
during several of the Cold War's major conflicts. A limited number of highly modified
aircraft (designation A-26 restored) served in combat until 1969.

The redesignation of the type from A-26 to B-26 has led to popular confusion with the
Martin B-26. Although both types used the R-2800 engine, they are completely different
designs.  The last A-26 in active US service was assigned to the Air National Guard; that
aircraft was retired from military service in 1972 by the US Air Force and the National Guard
and donated to the National Air and Space Museum.

Monogram kit #5506
Price: $18.00
The Heinkel He 111 was a German aircraft designed by Siegfried and Walter Günter in the early
1930s in violation of the Treaty of Versailles. Often described as a "Wolf in sheep's clothing", it
masqueraded as a transport aircraft, but its purpose was to provide the Luftwaffe with a fast
medium bomber.

Perhaps the best-recognised German bomber due to the distinctive, extensively glazed,
bullet-shaped "greenhouse" nose of later versions, the Heinkel was the most numerous and
the primary Luftwaffe bomber during the early stages of World War II. It fared well until the
Battle of Britain, when its weak defensive armament, relatively low speed, and poor
manoeuvrability were exposed

Monogram kit number:  5509
Price: $22.00  
The final version of the Mitchell, the B-25J, looked much like the earlier B, C and D, having
reverted to the longer nose. The less-than-successful 75 mm (2.95 in) cannon was deleted on
the J model. Instead, 800 of this version were built with a solid nose containing eight .50  
(12.7 mm) machine guns, while other J-models featured the earlier "greenhouse" style nose
containing the bombardier's position. Regardless of the nose style used, all J-models also
included two .50 in (12.7 mm) guns in a "fuselage package" located directly under the pilot's
station, and two more such guns in an identical package just under the co-pilot's
compartment. The solid-nose B-25J variant carried an impressive total of 18 .50 in (12.7 mm)
guns: eight in the nose, four in under-cockpit packages, two in an upper turret, two in the
waist, and a pair in the tail. No other bomber of World War II carried as many guns.

Monogram kit #5507
Price: $15.00
The Mk VIII (and VII) featured a strengthened fuselage with a retractable tail wheel. Each wing
carried a 14-gallon self sealing fuel tank, and the main fuselage fuel tank was increased in
size to 96 gallons. These changes gave the Mk VIII the same range as the Mk V, although as
this distance was achieved at a higher speed, the Mk VIII could stay in the air for less time
than the Mk V. Most Mk VIIIs used a new broad-chord, or pointed-tip rudder. It also featured a
new tropical filter that was so well designed it was installed on all Mk VIIIs and adapted for
time Mk IX. The Mk VIII used the “c” wing armament (four cannon or two cannon and two
machine guns) and could carry up to 1,000lbs of bombs.  A Mk VIII was the first Spitfire to use
the revised cockpit seen on most later models, with a cut-down rear fuselage and a bubble
canopy. This design improved the rearwards visibility of the aircraft, and was used in late
production.  

AMT Ertl kit #8881
Price: $10.00
The Focke-Wulf Fw 190 Würger (Shrike) was a German Second World War single-seat,
single-engine fighter aircraft designed by Kurt Tank in the late 1930s. Powered by a radial
engine, the 190 had ample power and was able to lift larger loads than its well-known
counterpart, the Messerschmitt Bf 109. The 190 was used by the Luftwaffe in a wide variety of
roles, including day fighter, fighter-bomber, ground-attack aircraft also operating to a lesser
degree as a night fighter.

When the Fw 190 started flying operationally over France in August 1941, it quickly proved
itself to be superior in all but turn radius to the Royal Air Force's main front-line fighter, the
Spitfire Mk. V.[1] The 190 wrested air superiority away from the RAF until the introduction of
the vastly improved Spitfire Mk. IX in July 1942

AMT Ertl kit #8887
Price: $8.00
The Douglas A-20/DB-7 Havoc was a family of American attack, light bomber and night fighter
aircraft of World War II, serving with several Allied air forces, principally those of the Soviet
Union, United Kingdom, and United States. The DB-7 was also used by the air forces of
Australia, South Africa, France, and the Netherlands during the war, and Brazil afterwards.
The bomber aircraft was known as Boston among British and Commonwealth air forces, while
the RAF night fighter variants were given the service name Havoc. The USAAF assigned the
DB-7 the designation "A-20" and gave it the popular name "Havoc".


AMT Ertl kit #8894
Price: $15.00
The Dassault Mirage 2000 is a French multirole, single-engine fourth-generation jet fighter
manufactured by Dassault Aviation. It was designed as a lightweight fighter based on the
Mirage III in the late 1970s for the French Air Force (Armée de l'Air). The Mirage 2000
evolved into a multirole aircraft with several variants developed, with sales to a number of
nations. The variants include the Mirage 2000N and 2000D strike variants, the improved
Mirage 2000-5 and several export variants.  Over 600 aircraft were built and it is in service
in nine countries as of 2009.



Monogram kit #5425
Price: $12.00
The Douglas TBD Devastator was a torpedo bomber of the United States Navy, ordered in
1934, first flying in 1935 and entering service in 1937. At that point, it was the most
advanced aircraft flying for the USN and possibly for any navy in the world. However, the
fast pace of aircraft development caught up with it, and by the time of the Japanese attack
on Pearl Harbor the TBD was already outdated. It performed well in some early battles, but
in the Battle of Midway the Devastators launched against the Japanese fleet were almost
totally wiped out. The type was immediately withdrawn from front line service, replaced by
the Grumman TBF Avenger.

Monogram kit #7575
Price: $18.00
The P-38J was introduced in August 1943. The turbo-supercharger intercooler system on
previous variants had been housed in the leading edges of the wings and had proven
vulnerable to combat damage and could burst if the wrong series of controls were mistakenly
activated. In the P-38J model, the streamlined engine nacelles of previous Lightnings were
changed to fit the intercooler radiator between the oil coolers, forming a "chin" that visually
distinguished the J model from its predecessors.   

The final 210 J models alleviated the compressibility problem through the addition of a set of
electrically-actuated dive recovery flaps just outboard of the engines on the bottom
centerline of the wings.

Monogram kit #5479
Price: $12.00
The Douglas SBD Dauntless was a naval dive bomber made by Douglas during World War II.
The SBD was the United States Navy's main dive bomber from mid-1940 until late 1943,
when it was largely replaced by the SB2C Helldiver. The aircraft was also operated by the
United States Army as the A-24 Banshee.

Although relatively slow and outmoded when it began its combat career, it was rugged and
dependable and sank more Japanese shipping than any other aircraft during World War II.

Monogram kit #5212
Price: $10.00
The Douglas A-4 Skyhawk was a carrier-capable ground-attack aircraft designed for the
United States Navy and United States Marine Corps. The delta winged, single-engined
Skyhawk was designed and produced by Douglas Aircraft Company, and later McDonnell
Douglas. It was originally designated the A4D under the U.S. Navy's pre-1962 designation
system.  The A-4 is a compact, light-weight design with a maximum takeoff weight of
24,500 pounds (11,100 kg). With a top speed of more than 600 miles per hour (970 km/h),
its performance is compromised by its small size. The aircraft's six hardpoints support a
variety of missiles, bombs and other munitions. Power is provided by one
9,300-pound-force (41 kN) Pratt & Whitney J52.

Monogram kit #5406
Price: $18.00
The Northrop F-5A/B Freedom Fighter and F-5E/F Tiger II are part of a family of widely-used
light supersonic fighter aircraft, designed and built by Northrop. Hundreds remain in service
in air forces around the world in the early 21st century, and the type has also been the basis
for a number of other aircraft.

The F-5 started life as a privately-funded light fighter program by Northrop in the 1950s. The
first-generation F-5A Freedom Fighter entered service in the 1960s. During the Cold War,
over 800 were produced through 1972 for U.S. allies, including Switzerland. The USAF had no
need for a light fighter, but it did specify a requirement for a supersonic trainer and
procured about 1,200 of a derivative airframe for this purpose, the Northrop T-38 Talon

Monogram kit #5407
Price: $17.00
Republic Aviation's P-47 Thunderbolt, also known as the "Jug", was the largest, heaviest,
and most expensive fighter aircraft in history to be powered by a single reciprocating
engine.[2] It was heavily armed with eight .50-caliber machine guns, four per wing. When
fully loaded, the P-47 weighed up to eight tons. The P-47, based on the powerful Pratt &
Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp engine, was very effective in high-altitude air-to-air combat
and proved especially adept at ground attack.

The P-47 was one of the main United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) fighters of World
War II, and served with other Allied air forces such as France, the UK and the USSR.
Mexican and Brazilian squadrons fighting alongside the U.S. were equipped with the P-47.

AMT/Ertl kit #8886
Price: $12.00
The Consolidated PBY Catalina was an American flying boat of the 1930s and 1940s
produced by Consolidated Aircraft. It was one of the most widely used multi-role aircraft
of World War II. PBYs served with every branch of the United States Armed Forces and in
the air forces and navies of many other nations. In the United States Army Air Forces and
later in the United States Air Force their designation was OA-10. A Canadian-built PBY
would be familiarly called a Canso.

During World War II, PBYs were used in anti-submarine warfare, patrol bombing, convoy
escorts, search and rescue missions (especially air-sea rescue), and cargo transport.
The PBY was the most successful aircraft of its kind; no other flying boat was produced
in greater numbers. The last active military PBYs were not retired from service until the
1980s. Even today, over 70 years after its first flight, the aircraft continues to fly as an
airtanker in aerial firefighting operations all over the world.

Revell kit number #H-211
Fire House Hobbies price: $12.00
The Curtiss P-40 Warhawk was an American single-engine, single-seat, all-metal fighter
and ground attack aircraft that first flew in 1938. The P-40 design was a modification of
the previous Curtiss P-36 Hawk which reduced development time and enabled a rapid
entry into production and operational service. The Warhawk was used by the air forces
of 28 nations, including those of most Allied powers during World War II, and remained
in front line service until the end of the war. It was the third most-produced American
fighter, after the P-51 and P-47; by November 1944, when production of the P-40
ceased, 13,738 had been built,[3] all at Curtiss-Wright Corporation's main production
facilities at Buffalo, New York.

Revell kit number #H283
Fire House Hobbies price: $18.00
The Grumman F4F Wildcat was an American carrier-based fighter aircraft that began
service with both the United States Navy and the British Royal Navy (as the Martlet) in
1940. First used in combat by the British in Europe, the Wildcat was the only effective
fighter available to the United States Navy and Marine Corps in the Pacific Theater
during the early part of World War II in 1941 and 1942. (Although the Brewster Buffalo
was the Navy's first monoplane fighter, it proved disappointing in combat. It was
withdrawn very early in the war and replaced by Wildcats as they became available.)
With a top speed of 318 mph (512 km/h), the Wildcat was outperformed by the faster
and more nimble 331 mph (533 km/h) Mitsubishi Zero, but its ruggedness, coupled with
tactics such as the Thach Weave, resulted in an air combat kill-to-loss ratio of 5.9:1 in
1942 and 6.9:1 for the entire war.


Revell kit number: H-299
Fire House Hobbies price: $18.00
The Supermarine Spitfire Mk.V probably England's best World War II fighter.  Although
it wasn't a great success when first introduced, it eventually outclassed and out
performed any Axis aircraft it went up against.  Most of the English people believed
that the Spitfire saved England from the early days of the German Blitz but in fact it was
the Hawker Hurricane that shouldered a majority of the responsibility.  The reason
there were not enough Spitfires to go around for every pilot in every fighter squadron.
 Suffice to say that with the modifications made through out the war the Spitfire truely
earned its wings.


Fujimi kit number 5A15 350
Fire House Hobbies price:  $5.00    
As of the update of this announcement all vendor tables for the Mid Atlantic Plastic Model Swap Meet have been sold out.  
It has come as a complete suprise to us but we do not have any additional tables or any additional room for anymore
vendors.  But it doesn't mean that you can not bring some kits along for potential trades or sales.  Just remember you'll
probably have to carry them though.  As of this writing we have the following vendors committed for the show:  

Misha Jelisavcic, Brian Smouse, Eric Johnson, Dave Vaughn, Gary Michael, Mike Howe, Angel Garcia, Ken LaSala, David
Fueller and Chuck Conner, Mike Pordea and Faust, Fire House Hobbies of course and Rare Plane Detective Jeff Garrity.


How knows what you will find at the meet.  It can be everything from the latest kit release to an old classic which hasn't
been in production since we were kids.  We expect a hugh turn out for the event!  For those who don't know the specifics
they are posted below.
 

The show will be held at the Brandywine Volunteer Fire Department, 14201 Brandywine Road, Brandywine MD from 9 AM
till 1 PM.  
Admission for the meet is free but donations to the Brandywine Volunteer Fire Department would be greatly
appreciated.  Parking is available around the fire station but please do not park in front of the fire house itself.   
So we hope
to see you there
and hope to see a large selection of kits go home with happy modelers.  Oh yea, before we forget the
place is air conditioned and with the expected heat wave we will have in the DC area this week, that "honey do" list can
certainly wait to much cooler weather.