Posts Tagged ‘Flashpoint Taiwan’

Flashpoint Spring Clean

Posted on April 28th, 2018 under , , , , , . Posted by

I have been giving some thought to the various Target Locked On! projects that I have started, collectively titled as the ‘Flashpoint’ projects. These are all focussed on Cold War conflicts, either real or imagined, with one already nearly compete (Fla…

Flashpoint Taiwan Plan B

Posted on March 18th, 2018 under , . Posted by

I had a bit of a disjointed day at the workbench, with various diversions dragging me away, not the least being the freezing garage and my daughters cup cake competition entry, so I didn’t get quite as much done as I hoped. However, I now have thr…

Flashpoint Taiwan Plan

Posted on March 18th, 2018 under , . Posted by

I have a bit of time today, so I’m going to finish off preparing the final lot of aircraft for my Target Locked On! Flashpoint Taiwan project, with a few Soviet fighters thrown in for good measure. The main aim is to use up the bases that I salvaged fr…

Flashpoint: Taiwan ROCAF Sabre Dogs

Posted on March 13th, 2018 under , . Posted by

The success of the magnet basing storage experiment has pointed out the relative short fall in aircraft for the Taiwanese ROCAF, compared to the PLAAF line up, so I’ve decided to add some more 1/600th scale Tumbling Dice planes to beef things up a…

Magnetic Basing Bingo!

Posted on March 11th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

 I tried out the magnetic sheet and iron impregnated adhesive box liner that I got from Tiny Tin Troops the other day and I’m dead impressed with the results. Not only was it quick and easy to cut, stick and trim the magnetic sheet to the hex…

More Magnetic Storage Solutions

Posted on March 6th, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

I have been frustrated by the way that my trusted blobs of blu tack fail to keep the homemade mdf bases on my 1/600th Cold War aircraft from sliding around in the bottom of their Really Useful storage box. They also tend to rip the fibres fro…

Re-Basing and Re-Cycling

Posted on March 4th, 2018 under , , , , . Posted by

I decided yesterday to de-base my 1/600th scale modern aircraft that I will be using for the Target Locked On! Flashpoint Baltic project. These were based on mdf hexes with wire stands but weren’t ideal as they required the models to be drilled and glu…

1960’s Cold War Soviet 1/600th Jets

Posted on February 21st, 2018 under , , . Posted by

I have been thinking of quickly basing and painting a handful of Russian Cold War aircraft in 1/600th scale, just as something to do over a wet weekend. These would be based using the simple wire and mdf hex method that I have used on my Flashpoint:Tai…

Flashpoint Taiwan: Low Level Intruders

Posted on February 13th, 2018 under . Posted by

I was interested to read about the ultra low level night overflights of South West China by Taiwanese P2V-7 Neptune aircraft during the early 60’s. These reconnaissance and intelligence gathering flights were flown so low that the pursuing MiG-17’s cou…

Chasing the Intruders

Posted on February 12th, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

I’m away this weekend so have been catching up on some background reading for the MiG Alley and Bag the MiG project. This includes Catching the Intruders, a brief but really interesting biography of a PLAAF fighter ace, who flew in the Korean War and a…

Flashpoint Taiwan Xian H-6 / Tu-16 Badger A

Posted on February 5th, 2018 under . Posted by

I added a trio of these onto my Tumbling Dice order at the weekend, as I thought they would make a great addition to my PLAAF force for the Target Locked On! Flashpoint: Taiwan project. They are pretty hefty models and will look really good once I’ve a…

Goodbye 2017!

Posted on December 31st, 2017 under , , , , , , . Posted by

This time last year I had just packed in my job and was about to take a leap into the dark with a new job, with no guarantee that it would work out. In the end. it’s gone pretty well (fingers crossed) and I have had four pay rises and my contract exten…

Taiwan Crisis 1958 Newsreel

Posted on December 9th, 2017 under , . Posted by

This is also worth a look, even if it’s jam packed full of 1950’s Cold War clichés! I particularly liked the Tawainese frogmen in their little bazooka equipped rowboats dropping plastic propaganda ‘messages in a bottle’ off the Chinese mainland to demoralize the Reds! I wonder if it worked? There are some really good shots of CNAF F-86 Sabres scrambling to intercept the Chinese MiG’s and some ground attack F-84 Thunderjets dropping napalm on some suspicious foliage. Brilliant!

Taiwan Crisis 1958 Newsreel

Posted on December 9th, 2017 under , . Posted by

This is also worth a look, even if it’s jam packed full of 1950’s Cold War clichés! I particularly liked the Tawainese frogmen in their little bazooka equipped rowboats dropping plastic propaganda ‘messages in a bottle’ off the Chinese mainla…

Taiwan Crisis 1958 Declassified

Posted on December 9th, 2017 under , . Posted by

I found this de-classified US Government report on the Taiwan Straits Crisis of 1958 the other day. It has a section on the air warfare aspect of the crisis which is really interesting and includes some very useful details on the tactics and relative s…

Taiwan Crisis 1958 Declassified

Posted on December 9th, 2017 under , . Posted by

I found this de-classified US Government report on the Taiwan Straits Crisis of 1958 the other day. It has a section on the air warfare aspect of the crisis which is really interesting and includes some very useful details on the tactics and relative s…

Flashpoint Taiwan Finished

Posted on November 26th, 2017 under , . Posted by

Well, almost. I have spent most of the afternoon finishing off the four F-86 Sabres and MiG-17’s for the Target Locked On! Flashpoint:Taiwan project, which means that I have everything sorted for a game. I do have some more ROCAF planes to paint but I …

Flashpoint Taiwan Finished

Posted on November 26th, 2017 under , . Posted by

Well, almost. I have spent most of the afternoon finishing off the four F-86 Sabres and MiG-17’s for the Target Locked On! Flashpoint:Taiwan project, which means that I have everything sorted for a game. I do have some more ROCAF planes to paint but I …

Flashpoint Taiwan Bases

Posted on November 25th, 2017 under , . Posted by

I spent an hour or so this morning re-painting the hex bases of the Chinese PLAAF aircraft for the Target Locked On! Flashpoint:Taiwan project, so that they match with the ROCAF F-104 Starfighters. I like the shade that I’ve used, Vallejo Pale Gre…

Flashpoint Taiwan Bases

Posted on November 25th, 2017 under , . Posted by

I spent an hour or so this morning re-painting the hex bases of the Chinese PLAAF aircraft for the Target Locked On! Flashpoint:Taiwan project, so that they match with the ROCAF F-104 Starfighters. I like the shade that I’ve used, Vallejo Pale Gre…

Flashpoint: Target Locked On!

Posted on November 23rd, 2017 under , , . Posted by

I was having a chat with one of the players at the club who is interested in 1/600th scale modern air gaming, so I mentioned the Target Locked On! rules by Rory Crabb when asked what I was using. I then realised that I haven’t actually play tested them…

Flashpoint: Target Locked On!

Posted on November 23rd, 2017 under , , . Posted by

I was having a chat with one of the players at the club who is interested in 1/600th scale modern air gaming, so I mentioned the Target Locked On! rules by Rory Crabb when asked what I was using. I then realised that I haven’t actually play tested them…

Flashpoint Fleet Air Arm

Posted on November 15th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

I have decided that the Royal Navy needs to be involved in my Target Locked On! and Air War:C21 ‘Flashpoint’ projects somehow. The tenuous excuse for this is that the Chinese are sabre rattling in the South China Sea and, in particular, are involved in aggressive overflights of Hong Kong and the New Territories in the late 1960’s. A bit far fetched?

According to recently declassified reports, Chinese leaders were so opposed to the prospect of a democratic Hong Kong that they threatened to invade should London attempt to change the status quo. “We shall not hesitate to take positive action to have Hong Kong, Kowloon and New Territories liberated,” Liao Chengzhi, a senior Chinese official was reported to have said in 1960.

The Royal Navy has dispatched a carrier task force to the region as a demonstration of force, leading to an incident in which Fleet Air Arm aircraft could clash with the PLAAF and PLANAF. This means that I have an excuse, if one is needed, to add some of those iconic 1960’s British naval aircraft including Sea Vixens, Buccaneers, Scimitars and Gannets.

I have already unpacked my latest order from Tumbling Dice and, as a result, have a big smile all over my face in anticipation of painting them up. Paul even added an extra couple of packs of Scimitars as he packed them together with another order so saving me postage. What a nice chap he is and the models are absolutely cracking too!

Flashpoint Taiwan ROCAF F-86F Sabres

Posted on November 13th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

I’ve been practising my blocking in on four Tumbling Dice 1/600th scale F-86F Sabres this evening, using a small selection of bright colours over a matt white basecoat. The scheme is very similar to that used on USAF Korean War aircraft, which is no su…

Flashpoint Taiwan ROCAF / PLAAF Planes

Posted on November 13th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

I had a day release from work today, which is very unusual but also very welcome, so I thought I’d get the extra bits based and undercoated for the Flashpoint Taiwan project. I was also planning to do some more painting of the B17’s for Bag t…