By Rob Morgan
This is very British specific, not a review, but a suggestion perhaps.
Here is a new series of metal models in 1/144th and 1/200th scale which has just appeared in bookshops and news agents in the UK, and has a few surprises in it!
The first aircraft is the Lancaster, workhorse of Bomber Command, and a legend in its own right. This is a very late war 617 (Dambusters) Squadron machine, with a Tallboy bomb to be slung under — to be used against U-Boat pens. It’s most unusual and at only £1.99, a real giveaway. Wingspan is some 8″ by the way. Air wargamers might venture three of them to make a decent flight for an on-table game against Luftwaffe fighters and flak, but it’s a pity in some ways that this isn’t a standard Lancaster with all three turrets.
The second aircraft has just appeared at £3.99, and in 1/144th scale too. The is the amazing Junkers Ju290, a vast aircraft and very unusual indeed. This is the first model of it I’ve ever seen, and it dwarfs the Lancaster! Wingspan over 12″ and, in camouflage with three turrets and a gondola, this is a maritime reconnaissance aircraft.
Each of the models I’ve seen comes with landing gear down and a sturdy stand, by the way.
I can’t think of a wargame use for the Ju290, except as a target for an SAS raid, parked on the ground, but I’m sure there is one!
The third model is to be an Avro Vulcan, one of the most beautiful aircraft ever designed, but prices are creeping up. This is to be on sale at £7.99.
The next model after the Vulcan will be the B-17 Flying Fortress, and that obviously will have wargames uses, though it will, I suspect, sell at around £9 or £10.
Something to look out for.