Re:USAAF Miniature Models?
Back in the mid 1980s, when Axis and Allies came out, my friend and I purchased every type of 1/700 airplane kits out there. We modified the carriers to resemble Japanese carriers without the island. Anyways, we were able to purchase all the Japanese Fighters, German Fighters and American Fighters (P-51D, P-47D Razorback, P-38, P-40, B-25B [these were part of the Doolittle Raider Carrier set] and the B-29). I still have all of these small airplanes. They even came with decals. We were also able to get all USN fighters and bombers. And Japanese Betty and Dinah bombers; German JU-52, ME 262, He111 and ME 163 too.
These kits can be found on the internet if you dig a little. The scale was 1/700 -- some were part of the "Waterline" series of model ships. We also bought custom soliders and painted them; also Tiger and Japanese Tanks. Remember, this was over 20 years ago when I bought these kits---late 1980s. They really enhanced our marathon Axis and Allies games (some lasting over a two or three day session). Rather play Axis and Allies on the board instead of the keys any day.
Anthony J. Mireles
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