Saturday, November 24, 2018

Crusaders Over 'Nam - Planes Needed

Previously on this blog appeared a short review of Crusaders Over 'Nam, a short scenario book for Check Your 6!  This post is a bit of an add on to discuss just how many of each plane type is needed in order to run all the scenarios.

In the eleven available scenarios, the primary forces consist of U.S. Navy F8 Crusaders facing off against MiG-17s of the Vietnamese Peoples Air Force.  Add to that a mix of MiG-21s, and A4 Skyhawks, and a lone A6 Intruder, and one has a fairly simple mix of aircraft to purchase and paint.  The MiG-17s are simply F models, while the MiG-21s are either F-13 or PFM models.  The Crusaders are of four variants (C, E, H, and RF), and the Skyhawks are either E or C types.  That might sound a little confusing, but as we can use the same model Crusader, Skyhawk, and MiG-21 to represent the various variants, we can drastically simplify the buying process.  So what are our maximum needs to cover all eleven scenarios?  As follows:

F8 - 6
A4 - 12
A6 - 1
MiG-17 - 10
MiG-21 - 4

Using the Raiden 1/285th scale offerings (nicely cast models at a fair price from I-94), we can order the following codes:

F8 - USA103 - $3.50 - $21.00
A4 - USA102 - $3.00 - $36.00
A6 - USA126 - $3.00 - $3.00

Americans total 19 planes at $60.00.

MiG-17 - RUS103 - $3.00 - $30.00
MiG-21 - RUS104 - $3.00 - $12.00

Vietnamese total 14 planes at $42.00.

But wait, I offer to you an option.  Maybe you do not want to purchase and paint that many planes.  If we remove one scenario, one with twelve A4s, we can get the totals down even more:

F8 - 6
A4 - 2
A6 - 1
MiG-17 - 8
MiG-21 - 4

F8 - USA103 - $3.50 - $21.00
A4 - USA102 - $3.00 - $6.00
A6 - USA126 - $3.00 - $3.00

Americans total 9 planes at $30.00.

MiG-17 - RUS103 - $3.00 - $24.00
MiG-21 - RUS104 - $3.00 - $12.00

Vietnamese total 12 planes at $36.00.

Still too rich for your wallet?  Let's take out just one more scenario, leaving you the ability to game nine scenarios in the book, with just the following planes needed:

F8 - 4
MiG-17 - 5
MiG-21 - 4

F8 - USA103 - $3.50 - $14.00

Americans total 4 planes at $14.00.

MiG-17 - RUS103 - $3.00 - $15.00
MiG-21 - RUS104 - $3.00 - $12.00

Vietnamese total 9 planes at $27.00.

So, for $41.00 you could have the planes needed (including options) to game nine of the Crusaders Over 'Nam scenarios.  One heck of a deal I say - time to go place an order!

2 comments:

  1. I'd be sorely tempted to go down the 1/600 scale route myself but those Raiden models are stunning!

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    1. Yes, the temptation was too strong...I ordered the Raiden ones today. :)

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