Team Yankee Aviation   1 comment

One of the most iconic weapons of the Cold War are the aircraft.  The A10 is my personal favorite.  The only way I would have joined the Air Force is if they would have guaranteed me to be an A10 Pilot.  They couldnt, so I joined the Navy and became a Civil Engineer Corps Officer (Seabee)

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The Battlefront A10 model is top notch.  It is easy to put together with minimal clean up on the ordinance.  I cant wait to play this on the battlefield.

On the Soviet side is the small and sleak SU 25 Frogfoot.  Such a small craft with a powerful punch.  Again great model,  it took quite a bit of time to clean up the ordinance on this kit.  I picked the 357th squadron as the model for the camouflage pattern.

US Rotary aviation is the Battlefront plastic model kit of the AH-1 Cobra.  This is a very well done kit and I like it better than the original BF resin Cobras.  I went with the plain Jane US Army appearance.  Even today the Blackhawks dont really have many markings.

TY AH1 Cobra

Saving the best for last.  The Mi24 Hind.  I remember this beast from the movie Red Dawn in the 1980s.  I was so enamored by it that I made a lego version as a kid.  Overall this model looks great, but sucks to put together.  I had issues with the rotor blades and the cockpit.  Hopefully, version 2 of this model improves upon assembly!

TY MI24 Hind (2)TY MI24 Hind (1)

 

US Forces for the Pacific (Gung Ho Edition)   1 comment

The question here is… how much do I expand my Pacific Theater Forces?

US Amtrac (1)

The Answer is “of course I need one more USMC company and support”

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Japanese Forces for Flames of War (Banzai Edition)   Leave a comment

I have a hard time saying no to new shiny models.  In this case my excuse was I dont have a Japanese Special Naval Landing Force!

Well here it starts.  The first platoon of SNLF troops and a platoon of HMGs.  Now I need to find two more BF platoons.  An observation is that the BF figures are significantly thicker than Peter Pig.  I think the Peter Pig miniature better represent the Japanese solider at the time with respect to size.

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The Armory Library   Leave a comment

Here is a quick synopsis of what I have been reading and my 2 cents!

Kindle

The desert War

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Posted May 29, 2016 by shermon15 in Audible Books, Book Review

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WIP May 2016   2 comments

It has been an insane 5 months since I last posted.  Work has keep me on the road almost continuously.  I have been modelling and I have actually plated a couple games of Flames of War at the local shop in Mainz.  Below is most of my progress since January sitting ready for matte varnish.

WIP May 2016

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Work in Progress January 2016   2 comments

One of my big purchases in 2015 was the 21st Panzer Division Stug tanks and other mechanized units based on French equipment.  After a long series of negotiations, I was able to convince a good friend (Brad) into trading for these hard to find tanks.

21st Panzer_2

I still have some halftracks to finish painting.  The next step for the whole army is to ink, set decals, and then seal.

I have also been working on some Soviets.  I was able to assemble and paint 8 x T34/85s for the Seelow battle, a battery of 152mm guns, and the heavy rocket battery which I got for XMAS.  They all still need some finishing touched.  I also completed the ZIS 2 57mm AT guns.

ZIS 2

I have a number of Soviet infantry, I am working on to complete the Strelkovy for mid and late war plus more ISU 152 or 122 to assemble.  Not sure which it will be yet.

I also have:

  • 3 x Zvezda T72 tanks painted
  • 1 Zvezda BTR 80 APC painted
  • 6 x M1 tanks from TY box
  • 2 x AH1 Cobra from TY box
  • 3 x M109 155m guns from Vietnam box almost painted
  • 4 x M113 APC painted
  • 4 x M113 APC assembled
  • A WW1 German army assembled and based
  • WW1 Stoss platoon painted
  • WW1 British trench mortar painted
  • WW2 US 101st engineer platoon
  • WW2 German volksgrenadier (1 platoon out of 3 completed)
  • 5x KV1S tanks assembled
  • 4x M36 Jacksons almost painted
  • 1 M577 painted, 1 not, and 1 objective to paint
  • 1 Modern US platoon (rebel minis and Khurasan) underway.

As you can see my concentration is out of control!

Team Yankee Soviets are inbound.  I am almost settled in my house in Germany.  I just need to find a good gaming group!

 

Posted January 3, 2016 by shermon15 in Uncategorized

AAR: Seelow Heights   3 comments

Seelow T341

I had the privilege to travel with my command on a Staff Ride to visit the battlefields associated with the Seelow Heights and the Battle of Berlin.  The Navy never had staff rides and it was an amazing experience to attend one as a civilian.

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