|For the Dutch M36...|
|...substitute the Polish Wz.29. Simples!|
|Burning Ju-52s at Ypenburg. German aircraft losses were heavy.|
|Ju-52 hit by Dutch AA fire.|
Balance of forces would be decided by the real battles, tweaked to give as fair an action as possible, and also guided by the parameters of the 'airborne assault' scenario in the BKC rulebook. Most of the figures used I would already have (Polish and German infantry). Vehicles and heavy weapons needed would be limited - the former would only be fielded by the Dutch/Polish. So what would I need to acquire over and above what I already had?
|Destroyed Ju-52s at Valkenburg, showing the type of grass airfields involved.|
|That's Craig, third from left.|
I intend to put together a couple of AA mgs for the defenders, to fight alongside an existing Bofors 40mm - once again, I can cobble something together from the bits and bobs tray.
Vehicles: not many needed. A company of Dutch armoured cars were involved at Ypenburg, so I decided to add a Polish Wz.34 and Wz.29 to my list of purchases, to join a Wz.34 I already have.
Most importantly, how about those Ju-52s? 1/100th scale models would be too big and expensive (I wanted at least 4, preferably 6). 1/144th scale models might be ideal, and are available to purchase, but they're still around £15 each including p+p, making £90 for 6. No way. This time it was the Russians to the rescue, when I discovered that Zvezda do a 1/200th Ju-52 kit which you can get for about £2.50. Wingspan is 6", which will do the job. What the hell, maybe I'll buy 8.
With a bit of luck, I hope to keep my purchases within about £50, including modelling materials and the terrain mat.
The Story So Far
To close, here's the Wz.29 model completed and undercoated.
|The commander and turret hatches had to be added, as well as the 2 machine guns,|
the unusual arrangement of which is a distinct part of the vehicle's character.
But not a bad model for its age, and the only one available in 15mm size.
Updates to follow!