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Pastimes come in many different forms. Some individuals like to play video games whereas some prefer to read a good book. Others enjoy bird watching while some like to study their die cast toys. Many children when they are growing up get to play with these types of toys, we just do not term them as such. Sometimes we call them Matchbox toys and other times we call them dinkies. In either case, many people in the past as well as in present times have a lot of fun with these figures. Die cast toys never seem to grow old.

There are always new additions to the collections of toys from various manufacturers. Some become more popular than others. The real Matchbox 1-75 series is where there is more generic term, Matchbox, originated from. Now we simply know any of these miniatures as Matchbox even though there are tens of thousands that are not affiliated at all with any of the Matchbox series.

Although die die cast toys might be seen as a child's play toy – something to play with inside and outside, something that brings a child's imagination to life – it is also an toy for the grown up as well. While usually adults are not seen playing with these toys as children are, they still love to look at them, collect them, and imagine themselves driving the real life version of them. They are appealing to individuals of any age, for males and females.

Perhaps it is this appeal to the imagination for individuals of any age that makes the love for these toys live on through the years. Not every toy has such success but the manufacturers seem to have caught on to an ever-living trend of vehicles of all sorts that capture the minds and enthusias of a child's toy that can turn even the most astute adult into a grown child.

Source by Marry Sumry

The Reaper is an aircraft about the size of a jet fighter, powered by a turboprop engine and capable of flying at 300 mph and reaching over 50,000 feet. Packed with over a ton and a half of missiles and guided bombs, infrared, laser and radar targeting the Reaper is loaded but no one is inside. The pilot sits at a video console at the Creech AFB in Nevada.

The Reaper is a US "hunter-killer" drone and will be deployed in Iraq to hunt and kill. The first combat tests will be in Afghanistan but is expected to arrive in Iraq by fall of 2008. The idea is to send manned airplanes back home and save lives and resources according to Lt. Gen. Gary North of the US Air Force.

The US Air Force is adding a 400,000-square-foot extension of the concrete ramp area now used for Predator drones at Balad Air Force Base in Iraq 50 miles north of Baghdad. The staging area will probably be completely turned over to Reapers.

The Air Force looks to be planning an extended stay in Iraq, supporting Iraqi government forces in any continuing conflict, even if ground troops are drawn in the future.

The estimated two dozen or more unmanned MQ-1 Predators currently surveying Iraq have become the core of the US war effort, offering full time airborne "eyes."

At 5 tons gross weight, the Reaper is about four times heavier than the current Predator and its incredible size (36 feet long and 66-foot wingspan) make it comparable to the profile of the Air Force's workhorse A-10 attack plane. It can fly twice the speed and altitude of the Predator.

Source by Ada Smith

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