Month – January 2017

Nakajima G10N Fugaku Mount Fuji Japanese Strategic Bomber

Nakajima G10N Fugaku "Mount Fuji"

Nakajima G10N Fugaku “Mount Fuji”: Long Range Strategic Bomber 1/144 scale   The ultra long range strategy bomber of the Imperial Japanese Air Force was called Nakajima G10N Fugaku which means Mount Fuji in Japanese. The purpose of the development was to perform aerial bombing campaigns along industrial targets along the West Coast (e.g., San Francisco), Midwestern and Northeastern of […]

Project G8N Renzan: Japanese strategic bomber “Rita”

Captured G8N Renzan for testing in the US.

G8N Renzan: Japanese strategic bomber “Rita”     The Imperial Japanese Navy, surprisingly, did not consider seriously to have a long-range strategic bomber until February 1943. Only then, the IJN Headquarters seriously asked Nakajima Company to develop a long-range land-based attack plane with four engines. The designation was G8N Renzan, the latter word meaning “Mountain […]

PACRIM Black Day of the German Army Wargame

Canadian troops shelter in a ditch along the Arras-Cambrai road.

PACRIM Black Day of the German Army Wargame     Smallish game of the Entente’s Aug 1918 offensive which massed 500 tanks and fresh forces against the German’s Amiens salient, giving the allies a true break thru. U.Blennemann’95 Background:  The German General Erich Ludendorff described the first day of Amiens as the “Schwarzer Tag des […]

PACRIM: Summer of 1863 Board Game

L. Prang & Co. print of the painting "Hancock at Gettysburg" by Thure de Thulstrup, showing Pickett's Charge. Restoration by Adam Cuerden.

PACRIM Summer of 1863 Wargame     Key features: Strategic level board game using a point-point map depict the one-month period that the battle of Gettysburg was the capstone of. Game provides the economic & political drivers that lead to the campaign and allow players to take it from there from early June to early […]

PACRIM: Lee Invades the North Wargame

General Robert E. Lee mounted on Traveller, his famous "war horse".

PACRIM: Lee Invades the North Wargame     Key Features: Magazine board game of RE Lee’s two offensives into Union territory, 1862 & 1863 Strategic level with an emphasis on command control & planning Second of the four issues of Counter Attack magazine Magazine and game. Strategic scale coverage of the Confederate offensives in the […]

PACRIM Drive on Frankfurt wargame

Drive on Frankfurst counters sample

Counterattack Magazine Nr. 1 including Drive on Frankfurt Board Game     Key Features   Magazine and game. Good game of a Soviet drive on Frankfurt via Fulda Gap shortly after the outbreak of World War 3 in Europe. Similar to Next War, game envisions a very fluid, non-linear battlefield in which air & ground […]

PACRIM Pacific Rim Publishing Wargames Review

Game of the near-impossible retreat of US marines from Chosin Reservoir during the Korean War, Nov.1950

PACRIM Pacific Rim Publishing Wargames Review     There are many historical companies dedicated to publish board games on conflict simulations. One of them is Pacific Rim Publishing, which has been devoted to wargames since 1987. One interesting aspect of games published an designed by PacRim Publishing  is that they focus on conflicts which have […]

IJN gunboat Heien former Chinese ironclad Pingyuan

IJN Gunboat Heien at 1/700 scale

IJN gunboat Heien former Chinese vessel Pingyuan     The Pingyuan was as an ironclad coastal battleship operated by the Imperial Chinese Beiyang Fleet. After it was captured by Japanese, it was included as Imperial Japanese Navy vessel. Previous transliterations of its Chinese name include Ping Yuen and Ping Yuan. In Japanese it was known as […]

Battle of Somme World War I Diorama at 1/72 scale

Battle of Somme representation at 1/72 scale with airplanes by Airfix.

Battle of Somme World War I Diorama at 1/72 scale     The number of packs and dioramas that represent famous battles of World War Two are increasing in market. But recently, World War I is a good topic to represent famous operations and battles. Airfix brings this time a complete representation of the famous […]

WW2 Sherman Tank models 1/72 scale

Bastogne battle diorama with Sherman tanks at 1/72 scale by Italeri.

WW2 Sherman Tank models at 1/72 scale     The Sherman tank was probably the most famous American tank in the World War Two. There are, therefore, numerous model kits at different scales from 1/72 to 1/35 which reproduce the large number of variants and camouflages of Sherman Tanks during the war. The Sherman tank […]