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New Release: WWII US Infantry Boot Pack – Stickers

WWII US Infantry Boot Pack - Stickers

Equip your minifigures with this high-quality sticker sheet from Brickmania! Includes 12 pairs of WWII US Infantry boots and matching gaiter uppers. You can even cover up those shameful legholes with optional back stickers for a full 360° of leg coverage.

Click here to pick up your own WWII US Infantry Boot Pack Stickers today!

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New Release: Modern US Navy Deck Crew

Modern US Navy Deck Crew

The deck of an aircraft carrier is an exciting place. The complexity, potential dangers and limited space require deck crews to operate with minimal errors. To keep things simple, the deck crew uniforms are color-coded to indicate responsibilities on the carrier:

  • Purple: sometimes referred to as “Grapes”, responsible for handling aviation fuel
  • Blue: responsible for plane handling, including operating tractors and elevators
  • Green: catapult and arresting crews, they also handle cargo and air wing maintenance
  • Yellow: officers for plane handling, catapulting and arresting
  • Red: responsible for handling ordnance
  • Brown: air wing plane captains, petty officers
  • White: various, including quality control, inspectors, liquid oxygen crews, and medical personnel

Click here to pick up your own Modern US Navy Deck Crew minifigures today!

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From Our Upcoming Blitzkrieg Bricks Instruction Book

Polish 7TP will be exclusively available as part of the upcoming Blitzkrieg Bricks instruction book! #brickmania #brickarms #lego #blitzkriegbricks

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New Release: F-35B Lightning II – STOVL Stealth Multirole Fighter

F-35B Lightning II - STOVL Stealth Multirole Fighter

About the F-35B Lightning II – STOVL Stealth Multirole Fighter:

A joint strike fighter, the F-35 is designed to accommodate a wide range of roles across three different U.S. military branches: Air Force, Navy, and Marines. The F-35B Short Take-Off/Vertical Landing (STOVL) is the Marine variant of the three, equipped with vertical take-off and stealth technology. As a joint strike fighter, the F-35B can be outfitted with a massive variety of armaments on each of its two internal pods and four external hardpoints.

At a cost of $240–300 million per unit, the F-35 program is slated as the most expensive military program in history, estimated at $1.5 trillion. As of September 2018, the U.S. military announced that the F-35B conducted its first combat mission with the Marines in Afghanistan, beginning a new era of fighter technology.

Specifications:

  • Crew: 1
  • Engine: Pratt & Whitney F135 afterburner turbofan
  • Speed: 1,217 mph (1,960 km/h)
  • Maximum range: 1,035 mi (1,667 km)
  • Combat range: 517 mi (833 km)
  • Main armament: 25mm GAU-22A Gatling cannon

Additional information about this Brickmania custom building kit:

The F-35B Lightning II – STOVL Stealth Multirole Fighter kit comes with the following features

  • 28x positionable features
  • Custom-printed American Pilot minifigure
  • Printed elements
  • High-quality sticker sheet
  • Mounting point for display stand (BKM890)
  • Detailed cockpit
  • $300,000,000 of raw American power packed into an affordable $525 Brickmania kit
  • 1/35th scale to match other Brickmania models

Click here to pick your own own F-35B Lightning II – STOVL Stealth Multirole Fighter kit today!

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All Brickmania model kits are made of new-condition LEGO bricks. This model comes disassembled and includes complete printed building instructions and comes packaged in a sealed box. This is a limited-edition kit and production may be discontinued at any time.

Building On the Past: Lesser-Known Allied Tanks

Crusader Mk III - World War II Cruiser Tank, IS-3 Pike - Russian Heavy Tank and M26 Pershing Tank

Here at Brickmania, we are always looking for new tanks to feature. Among the many tanks of World War II, there are several unique tank designs that are not often mentioned in history books. These tanks include models such as the Soviet IS-3 Pike and the American M26 Pershing. Several of these lesser-known Allied tanks contributed to the war effort in small ways, either in combat or by helping with future designs.

Two heavy tanks, the IS-3 and Pershing are both late-war responses to heavy German armor such as the Tiger and Ferdinand. Many of the Allied medium tanks, like the Sherman and T-34, had significant difficulty in engaging these German tanks in combat due to their thick armor and powerful 88mm gun. In anticipation of the war stretching into 1946 or 1947, the Allies began turning out these heavy tanks knowing the likelihood of facing stiff German resistance as they invaded the Reich. Although many of these tanks never saw combat, they went on to influence design for Cold War main battle tanks by their respective nations. The IS-3 and Pershing demonstrated precisely what the Germans had learned the hard way: heavy tanks were not cost-effective and had a tendency to develop severe maintenance problems.

Two other lesser-known tanks appeared at the beginning of the war—the American M3 Lee and British Crusader MK III. Deployed at Operation Torch in North Africa, these two tanks struggled in combat against German panzers commanded by Erwin Rommel. Largely considered a stop-gap measure, weaknesses in the two tanks helped both the United States and England in future tank designs such as the M4 Sherman and Cromwell Cruiser MK VIII.

New Release: M998 HMMWV Add-On Packs

HMMWV 998 Add-Ons

M998 HMMWV – Cargo & Troop Carrier Canvas Add-On Pack:

A true utility vehicle, the Humvee can be equipped with a canvas cover for hauling supplies to troops and bases. A great addition to any modern military MOC.

M1025 HMMWV – Weapon Carrier Conversion Kit Add-On Pack:

A true utility vehicle, the Humvee can be equipped with a variety of armaments. A common variant seen on the battlefield is the M1025 HMMWV weapon carrier equipped with a machine gun mounted on a rotating turret. This multi-purpose weapon has several different functions, including convoy protection, infantry support, and perimeter security.

M997A2 HMMWV – Ambulance Conversion Kit Add-On Pack:

Motorized battlefield ambulances date back to World War I, providing a tool to quickly extract casualties from the front lines to a field hospital. As technology progressed, helicopters like the H-13 Sioux “M.A.S.H” also performed similar tasks. The M997A2 HMMWV Ambulance is the modern version of medical battlefield technology, capable of carrying 4–8 patients, medical personnel, and equipment.

Click here to check out these add-on packs today!

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Behind the Scenes with Brickmania’s Animators

Rendering an upcoming animation

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Our Next Magazine Issue Is Coming Together!

#Repost @lando_bkm – Phenomenal work by @sfour and many more. The magazine is in its final proofing stages. Hitting the press shortly!
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Building On the Past: War Pigeons

Building On the Past - War Pigeons

In 1943, the 169th London Infantry Brigade had taken the Italian village of Calvi Vecchia ahead of schedule. Unable to transmit a radio message, they sent G.I. Joe back to American headquarters to call off a planned American bombing of the village. Both the villagers and forward elements of the 56th London Infantry Division were saved as a result when G.I. Joe arrived with his message in the nick of time.

G.I. Joe was a war pigeon.

Deployed in both world wars, pigeons provided commanders with a simple way to receive messages from the front. Pigeons were kept near the trenches of World War I and could be dispatched at a moment’s notice. Pigeons were also kept on aircraft during World War II as a means of relaying a position if the aircraft was downed and the crew bailed out.

When the war began, English pigeon fanciers offered their birds to the struggle to act as message carriers. It is estimated that the Army, Royal Air Force, and Civil Defense Service deployed almost a quarter million of these birds during the war. After the fall of France, resistance members began to look for ways to relay military intelligence to their allies in England.

In April 1941, the British began Operation Columba. This top secret pigeon drop operation was designed to give the French Resistance a simple way with to send messages back to England with low risk. The first pigeons were dropped from a Whitley transport plane, and soon after pigeons began arriving back in England with critical intelligence on German troop movements and the location of supply dumps along with other military targets.

During the war, 32 pigeons were award the PDSA Dickin Medal, a decoration for animals who demonstrated gallantry.

New Release: M998 HMMWV – Two-Door Cargo & Troop Carrier

M998 HMMWV - Two-Door Cargo & Troop Carrier

About the M998 HMMWV – Two-Door Cargo & Troop Carrier:

Another example of American utility, the HMMWV or “Humvee” has been produced over the past 30 years and features more than a dozen different variations, ranging from troop carriers and ambulances to weapons support. Over 180,000 Humvees have been produced by AM General in South Bend, Indiana.

Deployed in places like Iraq and Afghanistan, the Humvee has performed in military conflicts across the world, a common sight wherever American military forces are present. In combat situations, the Humvee can be equipped with everything from machine guns to anti-tank missiles. Armored versions have been introduced to provide soldiers with proper protection against enemy IEDs (Improvised Explosive Device).

Specifications:

  • Crew: 1
  • Speed: 70 mph (112 km/h)
  • Range: 348 mi (560 km)
  • Armaments: Various, including
    • ​40mm MK 19 Mod air-cooled automatic grenade launcher
    • ​12.7mm Browning M2HB heavy machine gun
    • ​7.62mm M60 machine gun
    • 7.62mm M240B machine gun
    • TOW anti-tank missile launcher
    • Stinger short-range air-to-air missiles
    • AIM 120 medium-range air-to-air missiles

Additional information about this Brickmania custom building kit:

The M998 HMMWV – Two-Door Cargo & Troop Carrier kit includes the following features:

  • Opening doors and tailgate
  • Engine hood opens like the real Humvee
  • Easy interior access
  • Rubber tires
  • Several add-on packs available
  • 1/35th scale to match other Brickmania models

Click here to pick your own own M998 HMMWV – Two-Door Cargo & Troop Carrier kit today! And be sure to check out the add-on packs we made!

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