niedziela, 27 lutego 2011

Daring rescue scenarios ?

Following the daring rescue of Britons from Benghazi by RAF C-130 Hercules planes, I searched for a suitable 1:72 model. I found one from Italeri kit nr. 1255, C-130J Hercules. I am quite sure it will find use in many airport scenarios, from civilian evacuation to supply and/or military unit transportation, the possibilities are endless. One thing is sure, such an advanced plane must be owned by a suitably high tech force.

Incoming plastic reinforcements

More plastic 1:72 kits have arrived:

ACE AML-60 Mortar Carrier.
Together with its twin AML-90, one of the most popular armored vehicles in Africa.
Any aspiring military leader should have a few unless he goes shopping in the Eastern Block.
The kit looks very daunting with the ultra tiny photo-etched parts...

Revell HMMWV M 998 Cargo / Troop carrier and M 1025 Armament Carrier.
What a bargain ! Two vehicles in one box ! :o)
Seriously Italeri or another manufacturer could create a fast and cheap snap-fit / no-glue wargaming version of this popular vehicle. Those Humvees will join 4 metal 1:72 diecasts bought really cheap with a local bi-weekly magazine.

Another dirt cheap Mastercraft AH-1G attack helicopter [8.50 PLN = 2 Euro / 1.75 GBP !!]
This is another variant of the same vehicle with a different box cover. For reasons I don't quite understand my local shop always has only one copy of any of the different versions at any given time.
Oh well, while the image above clearly shows the artist must have been testing some strong chemicals affecting his central nervous system, the vehicle inside is a clone of the previous helicopter. All together quite a good wargaming purchase, could be sturdier and has some stability issues with the tail being heavier than the front, but that can be expected at this price and is quite easy to fix with a piece of lead.

I got the above kit second hand still in sprue for less than 2 Euros. Still undecided on what will be its use.

poniedziałek, 14 lutego 2011

Attack helicopter camouflage

Thinking about interesting camouflage patterns for the AH-1G and military vehicles in general. The above are modern South African attack helicopters. I am sure 1:72 kits will look splendid in this camouflage...

niedziela, 13 lutego 2011

New year, new purchases

Thanks to my new IT job I am able to buy more toys now like the helicopters shown in this post.
I still haven't decided which faction will receive them but the uses for a Mil Mi-2 transport can range from a luxury VIP aerial limo to airmobile special forces transport... The AH-1G quite possibly will be employed alongside the Mi-2 as its armed escort. Decisions, decisions...