Thursday, 24 May 2018

Star Trek Attack Wing USS Valiant ship build

Today we take a trip to the Utopia Planitia ship yards to take a look at fitting out the USS Valiant for battle.  She's a Defiant Class, so is very manoeuvrable for a Federation ship already, but what can we do to make the most from her?  Using the usual rules of nor more then 50 points, and only using the cards in the pack.
Lets take a look and see what we have and how we can use her.....

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Star Trek Attack Wing ATR 4107 Dreadnought ship build

Today takes us deep into Cardassian space as we look at the ATR 4107, specifically the Dreadnought for the Dominion forces.  As always only cards that came in the pack are used, and no more then 50 points.
 The Dreadnought is fast, doesn't really turn to well though, but that's generally normal with Cardassian ships.  She does how ever hit very very hard with an attack of 6, and is solid with 4 hull and 5 shields.  The named ships ability allows you to discard up to 2 upgrades to cancel an equal amount of attack dice.  Not something I intend to really use, but handy in a pinch.

Lets take a closer look..........

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Star Trek Attack Wing Denorios Bajoran Lightship ship build

Todays ship yard comes from the hangers of DS9, after Ben Sisko has finished tinkering with the antique designs of a Bajoran Lightship Solar Sailor.  As always no more than 50 points, and only using the cards that come in the pack.
 She's not fast, she has no shields, and only a 1 strength weapon.  She is nimble though, and very cheap. but can anything fun or useful be done with her?  Lets see.......

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Star Trek Attack Wing Robinson ship Build

Time for another visit to the shipyards to see what we can make of the Robinson.  ITs a captured Jem Hadar Attack Ship used by the Federation for covert missions in the Dominion War.
Using the normal rules of only cards that came in its pack, and costing no more than 50 points lets see what we can come up with
 Lets take a closer look and see what shes like.......

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Zvezda JU 87 Stuka kit 1/144 scale unboxing and review

Looking for some air support for my Germans for Flames of War, I thought I would get a Stuka.  Zvezda do a Stuka model, and for only £3 I thought it well worth a look.

The Junkers Ju 87 or Stuka (from Sturzkampfflugzeug, "dive bomber") was a two-man (pilot and rear gunner) German dive bomber and ground-attack aircraft. Designed by Hermann Pohlmann, the Stuka first flew in 1935 and made its combat debut in 1936 as part of the Luftwaffe's Condor Legion during the Spanish Civil War.

The aircraft was easily recognisable by its inverted gull wings and fixed spatted undercarriage. Upon the leading edges of its faired maingear legs were mounted the Jericho-Trompete ("Jericho trumpet") wailing sirens, becoming the propaganda symbol of German air power and the blitzkrieg victories of 1939–1942. The Stuka's design included several innovative features, including automatic pull-up dive brakes under both wings to ensure that the aircraft recovered from its attack dive even if the pilot blacked out from the high g-forces.

Although sturdy, accurate, and very effective against ground targets, the Ju 87, like many other dive bombers of the war, was vulnerable to modern fighter aircraft. Its flaws became apparent during the Battle of Britain; poor manoeuvrability and a lack of both speed and defensive armament meant that the Stuka required a heavy fighter escort to operate effectively.

The Stuka operated with further success after the Battle of Britain, and its potency as a precision ground-attack aircraft became valuable to German forces in the Balkans Campaign, the African and Mediterranean theaters and the early stages of the Eastern Front campaigns where Soviet fighter resistance was disorganised and in short supply.

Once the Luftwaffe lost air superiority on all fronts, the Ju 87 once again became an easy target for enemy fighter aircraft. In spite of this, because there was no better replacement, the type continued to be produced until 1944. By the end of the conflict, the Stuka had been largely replaced by ground-attack versions of the Focke-Wulf Fw 190, but was still in use until the last days of the war. An estimated 6,500 Ju 87s of all versions were built between 1936 and August 1944.

Some notable airmen flew the Ju 87. Oberst Hans-Ulrich Rudel was the most successful Stuka ace and the most highly decorated German serviceman of the Second World War. The vast majority of German ground attack aces flew this aircraft at some point in their careers.

Lets take a look inside the box at the kit.