Friday, 26 August 2011

Plane of the Week: Sopwith Pup

A new feature for the blog - Plane of the Week! Each week we'll pick a plane and post some colour schemes that might pique your interest. To kick off we've picked the Sopwith Pup, recently released by Der Kampflieger in 1/144th. Suggestions for forthcoming Planes of the Week are welcome in the comments box, on our Facebook page or in the Yahoo Group.

"Black Arrow" was flown by FSLt. E.Pierce, 3rd Squadron RNAS, April-May 1917. Pierce claimed four Albatros fighters in this plane.

"Julia" was flown by 1st.Lt. J.A. Shaw during anti Gotha duties at the Walmer Defense Flight in June 1917.

This RNAS Pup flown by Fl.Sub.Lt.Bernard Arthur Smart shot the Zeppelin L-23 down on 21st of August 1917. Nice scheme this and a change from the usual drab RFC/RNAS planes...

(pictures from Wings Palette)

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Der Kampfflieger Release 3D Printed Sopwith Pup

Der Kampfflieger have followed up recent releases with a highly useful Sopwith Pup.

(photo of 3D render from Der Kampfflieger)

Monday, 8 August 2011

New Der Kampfflieger at Shapeways

Der Kampfflieger  have released two new 1/144th 3D printed models at Shapeways:

Handley Page O/400:

Pfalz D.IIIA:

(photos of 3D render by Der Kampfflieger, the props are attached to the back of the model for production purposes, you just snip them off and glue them to the engines...)

Sunday, 7 August 2011

AirWarSoc - a society for air wargamers...

Wargames societies dedicated to specific periods or genres are a well established idea in wargaming circles with the likes of the Society of Ancients, Society of Twentieth Century Wargamers and Naval Wargames Society well established.

All these groups work on a subscription basis with members paying an annual fee to join and a group of volunteers producing a society journal which is posted out to the membership.

Unfortunately air wargaming does not have a dedicated society where interested gamers can share ideas and material, or to promote the genre. Air wargaming is just seen an adjunct of existing (land warfare dominated) periods covered by the likes of the SOTCW or SFSFW.

This is now changing with the creation of the Air Wargames Society (AirWarSoc) for wargamers interested air wargaming, whatever period or scale - if it flies and fights, it's in!

Unlike other societies it is free to join and is internet based using Yahoo GroupsBlogger and/or Facebook for gamers to get involved as much or as little as they wish.

So if you are interested, just click the link on the left and reach for the skies!!