Thursday, 9 August 2018

'Nam: The Air War

F4 Phantom

The next air campaign that I intend to cover for my new game is the air war over North Vietnam.

F105 'Thud'

Accordingly, I have bought a few suitable 1:300 models from Scotia-Grendal's Collectair range. These are old fashioned metal models (lead alloy?) and some of the moulds are slightly ragged BUT they are excellent value for money. This whole collection cost less than £30 including postage.

Mig 17

The Soviet fighters are really small compared to American planes. These obsolete 17s gave the USAF and USN some real headaches.

Mig 19

The Mig 19 was not exactly a roaring success after the 17 and 15, and was not used much by North Vietnam.

Mig 21

The 21, armed with two reverse-engineered Sidewinder missiles, was a formidable opponent. The fighter/interceptor is the same generation as the Lightning and Starfighter.


  1. Looking good John - will you be covering hypothetical 60's - I'm thinking nuclear bombers and interceptors - I know it's a bit old fashioned compared with where you started!

    1. Dunno, Rick, nuclear bombers might be a leap too far. I have got nervous about these things .

  2. Great collection of planes John, will you be adding helicopters in some of your scenario's ?

    1. No plans to, Dave. The game focuses purely on fighter-fighter combat.

  3. Dear John,
    I suspect the models would be Zamac which is more zinc than lead. (I'm not sure I ever saw it spelled so don't trust that. And it's a very long time since I took metal shop.)
    The only things I saw working in the field in 1970 were F-100s--Supersaber--on bombing runs. They're MiG-19 equivalents (speed of sound in level flight) but were redesigned with thicker wing metal and hardpoints for bombing. No fighter vs fighter interest, but I saw them diving in with Napalm.
    Glad to see Shieldwall's up! That's quite a good and fun book!



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