Saturday, December 8, 2018

Tiny Air Combat WWII


So I've gotten deep into Thomaston's "Tiny Air Combat," having bought and mounted a slew of them:

The whole mess, a ton of WWII and Post-WWII stuff.

I finished up all the WWII stuff.  Hell, I've even played seven dogfights and posted them here (fights 12-18):

I'd been playing a makeshift gaming surface; I'm happy to report that I've finished my new, permanent gaming surface, which you can see under the box holding the aircraft.

Let's take a closer look, see what I've got.

Six F4U Corsairs.

Six F6F Hellcats.

Six F4F Wildcats.

Six SBD Dauntlesses.

Six TBF Avengers.

Six P-40 Warhawks.

Six B-25 Mitchells.

Six P-38 Lightnings.

Six carrier-based A6M Zeroes.

Six D3A Vals.

Six B5N Kates.

Six land-based A6M Zeroes.

Six G4M Bettys.

And six Ki-43 Oscars.

Now for some closeups.

The Wildcat.  The sharp-eyed amongst you will note that I have repainted them a lighter shade of blue-gray.

A Dauntless, one of the most graceful aircraft out there, in my opinion. What, your 1/900 aircraft don't have red and white tailstripes on them? ;)

A Hellcat.

A Corsair.  I'm not really happy with my paintjob, tried to do the blue over gray, not enough contrast.

A P-40.

A B-25.  My olive drab paint was a little lumpy, dammit...

A P-38.  Very happy with how these turned out.

A Zero of the 'Kido Butai.'

A Val dive-bomber.

A Kate torpedo-bomber.

An Oscar.  Ugh, the camo doesn't very good closeup, but it looks decent on the table.  To whit:

Three Avengers closing in on their target are bounced by a pair of Oscars...

But are saved when a tri of Hellcats pounce on them.

Anyway, wanted to show off what I'd finished in terms of aircraft and my new board, and I'm looking at getting those USAAF P-40s into the action this weekend.


Monday, December 3, 2018

FOR SALE: 1/600 WWII, Vietnam, and Modern Aircraft Collections


I was upstairs to make some clean space so I could, ya know, actually get some gaming in, and I noticed something: it's getting harder and harder to make a clean space.  Ya know why?  I got too much stuff!!!  So, as much as I don't want to, I need to clear some more space.  Over the past few years I racked up a decent-sized collection of 1/600 (3mm) aircraft, mostly from PicoArmor (Oddzial Ozmy), but a sizeable amount from Tumbling Dice as well.  I've got WWII Pacific, WWII Battle of Britain, Vietnam War (USN and USAF), and a cross section of 'modern' air wars.

***The aircraft are in various states.  Some are completed (primed, painted, washed, decals, magnet applied), then others go down from there, all the way to simply primed, with everything in between.  I'd guess that just a little under half of all the aircraft for sale are ready for the tabletop; if you're unsure about the status of particular aircraft, contact me via the comments here or via email.  I'm selling these fairly cheaply because they're 'as is,' I'm not looking to put more effort into painting these so I can sell them, so please keep that in mind.

I'm selling them in packages, and I'm selling as follows:

Whole Package: N/A
Vietnam: $55 ($50 + actual shipping for International)
WWII Battle of Britain: SOLD
WWII Pacific: SOLD

I can't really see myself breaking these up into smaller packages, you'd have to be offering some serious cash, AND I'd really have to like ya, and I don't like that many people ;)  In any case, I think I'm offering pretty competitive rates, pretty much less than the bare metal costs.  I'll ship anywhere; the US price includes postage, international can knock $5 off the price BUT you have to pay ACTUAL SHIPPING.

If you're interested in buying, please contact me via email at: big jack mac (at) hot mail (dot) com
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I very much prefer to do business via Paypal, it's quick, easy, reliable, and there's a record of the transaction, and I'll have your order in the mail within two days of payment.

The whole mess, from left to right: modern, WWII Pacific, WWII Battle of Britain, and Vietnam.

The Vietnam package:
12 F-4 Phantoms (8 OO, 4 TD)
13 A-4 Skyhawks (7 OO, 6 TD)
9 F-8 Crusaders (6 OO, 3 TD)
10 A-7 Corsairs (6 OO, 4 TD)
8 A-6 Intruders (4 OO, 4TD)
4 A-1 Skyraiders (all TD)
4 H-3 helicopters (all TD)
1 E-1 Tracer (TD)
2 RA-3D Skywarrior/EB-66 Destroyer (both TD)
2 RA-5 Vigilante (both TD)
3 F-105 Thunderchiefs (all TD)
4 MiG-21 Fishbeds (all TD)
2 MiG-19 Farmer (both TD)
2 MiG-17 Fresco (all OO)
6 MiG-15 Fagot (all OO)
And, just for fun, 8 F-86 Sabers (OO, didn't know where else to put them)
*82 Vietnam aircraft and 8 Sabers
Price: $55 ($50 + actual shipping for International)

Top to bottom: F-4s, A-4s, F-8s, and A-7s.

A-6s, H-3s and A-1s, RA-5s, A3D/EB-66, and E-1, MiG-21s, and F-105s.

MiG-15s, MiG-17s, and MiG-19s, then F-86s.

The WWII Battle of Britain package:
8 He-111s
6 Do-17s
6 Me-110s
4 Ju-88s
4 Ju-87s
8 Me-109s
6 Hawker Hurricanes
6 Supermarine Sptifires
3 British light bombers, not sure which type
*51 total aircraft
Price: $40 ($35 + actual shipping for International)

Top to bottom, with British light bombers at left: Spitfires, Hurricanes, and Me-109s.

Me-109s, Ju-87s, Ju-88s, and Me-110s.

Do-17s and He-111s.

The WWII Pacific package, with Japanese at bottom left, USAAF at top left, and USN/USMC at right.
4 G4M "Betty" bombers
8 B5N "Kate" torpedo bombers
8 D3A "Val" dive bombers
16 A6M "Zero" fighters (eight white and eight green)
3 white light bombers, don't recall what type, might even actually be Soviet bombers I painted up as Japanese...
3 green light bombers, a different type than the one above, but same concept, don't recall what kind.
4 B-25 Mitchells
2 US light bombers, don't recall which type
8 P-40 Warhawks
8 P-38 Lightings
8 P-51 Mustangs
4 F4U Corsairs
8 TBD Devastators
8 SBD Dauntlesses
7 F4F Wildcats (can't figure where #8 went)
8 TBF Avengers
8 F6F Hellcats
*115 total aircraft
Price: $70 ($65 + actual shipping for International)

Top to bottom: "white" Zeroes, Vals, Kates, and Bettys.

The two different types of light bombers that I can't remember, "green" Zeroes, and "white" Zeroes.

P-38s, P-40s, two light bombers, and B-25s.

Start in the center, got F4U Corsairs, P-51 Mustangs, and P-38s.

Hellcats, Avengers, Wildcats, Dauntlesses, and Devastators.

Yeah, the P-40s have shark mouths on them ;)

And lastly, the modern package:
8 Su-27 Flankers
9 F-15 Eagles
4 F/A-18 Hornets
8 MiG-23 Floggers
12 F-16 Fighting Falcons
4 Eurofighter Typhoons
16 MiG-29 Fulcrums
4 A-4 Skyhawks (painted as Argentinian)
8 Mirage IIIs (4 painted as Argentinian)
8 AV-8 Harriers (4 painted as Harriers for Falklands)
*81 total aircraft
Price: $45 ($40 + actual shipping for International)

Top to bottom: MiG-23s, F/A-18s, F-15s, and Su-27s.

Top to bottom: Mirages, Harriers, A-4s and Neshers (Argentinian Mirages from Israel), two rows of MiG-28s, F-16s, and Typhoons at left.

Closer look at the aircraft for the Falklands.

Eurofighter Typhoons and Iraqi MiG-29s.

Russian MiG-29s, USAF F-16s, Israeli F-16s, and Syrian MiG-23s.

USN/USMC Hornets, USAF F-15s, and Russian Su-27s.

Well, that's it, let's make a deal!