My 1:100th-scale ‚air force‘

When I decided to begin work on rationalising my World War II Eastern Front/Great Patriotic War collection, I realised that the model aircraft I had were in a variety of incompatible scales. After some soul-searching I came to the conclusions that:

  • 1:144th-scale would be the best scale to chose … but were a bit flimsy and
  • 1:72nd-scale were a bit too big, even though they were easy to obtain and compatible with my 20mm figures and vehicles.

As a result, I decided to use 1:100th-scale model aircraft, many of which I already had, having previously collected aircraft from the Axis & Allies Miniatures ‚Angels 20‘ and ‚Bandits High‘ ranges. In addition, I had also managed to add some 1:100th-scale diecast aircraft from various sets produced in Europe.

My collection currently includes the following aircraft:

German

  • 9 x Messerschmitt Bf-109 fighters (A&A)
  • 1 x Focke-Wulf Fw-190 fighter (A&A)
  • 3 x Messerschmitt Bf-110 heavy fighters (A&A)
  • 1 x Junkers Ju-87 Stuka dive bomber (diecast)
  • 1 x Heinkel He-111 bomber (diecast)
  • 1 x Fieseler Fi-156 liaison aircraft (diecast)

Italian

  • 2 x Macchi C.200 Saetta fighters (A&A)

Russian

  • 3 x Polikarpov I-16 fighters (A&A)
  • 1 x Lavochkin-Gorbunov-Gudkov LaGG-3 fighter​s (diecast)
  • 1 x Lavochkin La-7 fighter (diecast)
  • 3 x Yakovlev Yak-1 fighters (A&A)
  • 3 x Yakovlev Yak-3 fighters (diecast)
  • 1 x Yakovlev Yak-9 fighter (diecast)
  • 4 x Ilyushin Il-2 Shturmovik ground attack aircraft (1 x A&A, 3 x diecast)

United States

  • 1 x Curtiss P-40 Tomahawk fighter (A&A)
  • 1 x North American P-51 Mustang fighter (A&A)
  • 1 x Grumman F4F Wildcat fighter (A&A)

United Kingdom

  • 11 x Hawker Hurricane fighters (A&A)
  • 1 x Hawker Typhoon fighter (A&A)
  • 8 x Supermarine Spitfire fighters (A&A)

Japanese

  • 1 x Mitsubishi A6M Zero fighter (A&A)

French

  • 1 x Dewoitine D.520 fighter (A&A)

I may not need all of them for my Eastern Front/Great Patriotic War project, but I do not see any reason to get rid of the surplus aircraft models at present … just in case I even want to try my hand at island-hoping in the Pacific, refighting battles of the North African campaign, or refighting the Battle of Britain.

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Autor: Robert (Bob) Cordery / Wargaming Miscellany

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