Captain Darling's extraordinary exploits and fearless feats of daring do during the Victorian Era of colonial expansion are legendary!
This blog interweaves his fantastic tales of adventure in an alternate late Victorian history with 28mm table top gaming.
Sunday, 3 April 2016
The VSF Red Baron Soars! AKA the TOBSEN77 Libelle Kit...
democracies looked to Captain Queensford-Smith as their hero in the sky the
evil Empires too had a shining star frequenting the firmament over Europe and accumulating
a toll of victories that all other airmen viewed with envy! The German aviator ace
Baron Von Dueschbag otherwise known as the Red Baron because of the colour of
his machines nose cone was accruing a tally of ‘kills’ with machinelike Teutonic
panache. The deadly Barons flying contraption of choice was designed by a noted
Dutch designer Fokker and it was known as the Fokker Dragon Fly Mk III. This
particular flyer was not as fast as some of the newer Sopwith Blimps but was
very manoeuvrable and supplied the pilot with a superbly stable firing
platform. Also it was equipped with two rapid fire machine guns giving it
double the firepower of most of the other flyers in the sky at the time! Manfred Von Dueschbag along with his elite
group of fellow German flyers shaped the great Fokker Scourge scare of 1878
when during September of that year they downed enemy avionic machines at a ratio
of three to one a hitherto unheard of happenstance! The Military Leaders of the
Democracies turned to the Sopwith Company to up the power and armament of their
Blimps to counter this…
Below is a rare pictice of the 'Red Baron ' in action taken by one of his fellow flyers as he stalks an American built Wong Brothers flyer...
Well these ares the last of the TOBSEN77 kits I purchased recently and I think it's design is by far
the coolest of the trio I selected…
kit comes complete you get everything you need with this one so you have a
pilot and armaments in the box!
what you get in the kit, from the TOBSEN77 site:
A few of
my fuselage parts in this kit needed some filling and sanding but once that was
done they went together easily. With the wings I could not figure out the best
way to attach them so contacted Tobi and he gave me a good idea. I used a
toothpick as a pin running through the fuselage attachment point and into the
wings it gave them a solid point of contact to fix in place! A bit of paint and
it was finished!
things I’d point out with this kit is like the others the stand is nice but low
and also some guidance on attaching the wings would have been nice if included
it didn’t matter as Tobi quickly supplied me with some pictures that helped me
views of the finished product!
And here's picture of a Libelle with one of the Blimp 1's...
Hmmm so far dear reader this year I've been adding to my 28mm VSF collection big time but have only managed one proper FUBAR VSF game well that's not good! My 2016 game count currently stands at:
2 games of Rapid Fire WW 2
game of A State of War ACW
2 Napoleonic Era Naval games
1 Longstreet game (Campaign start)
1 FUBAR VSF game - The Charge of the
I think some more FUBAR VSF gaming is called for and soon by God!