(UPDATE: Mike’s drawings are now available in both .doc and PDF form. See below.)
By Mike Crane
The Battle of Britain is one of my favorite periods of history. I made almost all of these models in 2000 after a visit to London. Perhaps I was inspired by the 60th anniversary celebration or by the monument showing the ruins of the bombing. Whatever it was, I promised myself that I would play a Battle of Britain game when I came home from vacation. Unfortunately, we were low on funds when we returned and my wife warned me that I would not be able to buy any “toys” for several months. They say that necessity is the mother of invention, so I made up these paper models and wrote up the first of many home-brewed rules for the period.
This is the season for giving and, hoping that someone is interested, I am giving these colored models so you will be able to use them to make up a set of rules, play a game, and write an exciting article in Lone Warrior magazine to share with the rest of us. Just use your computer’s printer and white card stock to make as many airplanes as you want. Cut them out with scissors, bend out the wings and elevators, and glue the two halves together with white glue (Elmer’s). I hope you will have as much fun with them as I have had for the last dozen years. They never seem to wear out. If you want to make stands, print them on the olive green cardstock paper found in the scrapbooking section of Hobby Lobby. Merry Christmas!
Here are the drawings in .doc form:
And here are the drawings in PDF form: