• 2021 2020 '19 '18 '17 '16 '15 '14 '13 Moderator

    You and me Marc. One day!
    Funny how makers did not choose Lancaster for UK: it symbolises Bomber Command for most people. And are still some flying!

  • 2021 2020 '19 '18 '17 '16 '15 '14 Customizer '13 '12 '11 '10

    @wittmann:

    Funny how makers did not choose Lancaster for UK: it symbolises Bomber Command for most people. And are still some flying!

    It’s not alone in the odd-choice category.  The US carrier sculpt has always been the Wasp, a one-ship class whose design was severely compromised by the fact that the US had very little unused construction tonnage left in its treaty allocation after it had spent most of it on some more capable carriers.  It was under-powered (and under-everything-elsed, as I recall), and I don’t think its combat record was particularly notable.  I’d have picked the Enterprise as an early war design or the Essex as a later one.

  • '18 '17 '16 '15 Customizer

    @wittmann:

    You and me Marc. One day!
    Funny how makers did not choose Lancaster for UK: it symbolises Bomber Command for most people. And are still some flying!

    Couldn’t have said it better.

  • '18 '17 '16 '15 Customizer

    @CWO:

    @wittmann:

    Funny how makers did not choose Lancaster for UK: it symbolises Bomber Command for most people. And are still some flying!

    It’s not alone in the odd-choice category.  The US carrier sculpt has always been the Wasp, a one-ship class whose design was severely compromised by the fact that the US had very little unused construction tonnage left in its treaty allocation after it had spent most of it on some more capable carriers.  It was under-powered (and under-everything-elsed, as I recall), and I don’t think its combat record was particularly notable.  I’d have picked the Enterprise as an early war design or the Essex as a later one.

    Yes, I noted that same issue in the “if you could choose one new sculpt thread…”

    Same goes for the P-38.


  • Gentlemen,

    I agree they should have chosen the Essex or Enterprise for the US carrier.  I am toying with modifying some of the Wasps into Essex class carriers by simply adding a new flight deck using old credit cards to the exsisting flight decks.  Till FMG or HBG comes out with an Essex it will have to do.
    If this works I will post a picture ot two.
    P-38 was used in all theatres of the war, but they could have given us a real carrier fighter such as the Hell Cat or Corsair instead for use in carrier operations.

    WARRIOR888

  • 2021 2020 '19 '18 '17 '16 '15 '14 Customizer '13 '12 '11 '10

    @WARRIOR888:

    they could have given us a real carrier fighter such as the Hell Cat or Corsair instead for use in carrier operations.

    Fortunately they did give us an F6F Hellcat fighter in the original Pacific game and in Guadalcanal, but sadly in no other game since then.

  • '18 '17 '16 '15 Customizer

    @WARRIOR888:

    P-38 was used in all theatres of the war

    Used in all theaters yes, but when you think of the prototypical or generic American fighter of WWII, do you immediately think of the P-38? I doubt it.

    That is how I rationalize choosing a particular class of vehicle as a sculpt: how popular, iconic or representative it was. P-38 may win in some respects as representative, but I do believe most people think of a single fuselage aircraft such as the P-51, F6F or even P-40 before they think of the P-38.

    I think they got it right with choosing the B-17… I think that is what almost everyone sees when they here WWII American bomber.

    Just sayin…

  • 2021 2020 '19 '18 '17 '16 '15 '14 '13 Moderator

    Corsair would be nice. Always loved it. Have never liked the P38.
    Do not like putting them on a carrier.

  • '18 '17 '16 '15 Customizer

    @wittmann:

    Corsair would be nice. Always loved it. Have never liked the P38.
    Do not like putting them on a carrier.

    Same. Which is one reason I bought some Corsairs, Warhawks and Mustangs from HBG. Plus I do have Hellcats from Guadalcanal. Being an American, I know all the different plane types and like having that variety, even though in the game a fighter is still a fighter. Now that I am painting them, I will have some options and can put Corsairs and Hellcats on carriers, Mustangs in Europe, a Warhawk in China and P-38s wherever else I want.

    Did you see that there are P-40 Warhawks as the Allied fighter sculpt in the new AA '41? I like them better than the HBG P-40s because they are a good deal larger and match up to the size of other fighters in Axis & Allies. They are even decently detailed; wheels on the bottom and aluminum plate grooves.

  • 2021 2020 '19 '18 '17 '16 '15 '14 '13 Moderator

    They are, yes. I think it is a good sculpt.
    1941 has some very good planes (and 2 tanks).
    Just for us, I think.

  • '18 '17 '16 '15 Customizer

    @wittmann:

    They are, yes. I think it is a good sculpt.
    1941 has some very good planes (and 2 tanks).
    Just for us, I think.

    Well it does seem like the detail quality has improved, so somebody must be listening.


  • Agree,

    We have some really nice new units to game with.  Still would like to see a HMS KGV for a Battleship instead of a Royal Soverign.
    What do you guys think of the HE-111 as a new unit for Germany?  I think it is a decent sculpt.

    WARRIOR888

  • '18 '17 '16 '15 Customizer

    @WARRIOR888:

    What do you guys think of the HE-111 as a new unit for Germany?�  I think it is a decent sculpt.

    I love it, personally. As is to be expected, the molding detail is average, but I don’t mind too much. When you are painting them, you can add more detail yourself and what is or isn’t there already is less noticable.

    Honestly, I was just thrilled to get a new sculpt for the German bomber, and even happier seeing that it was an He-111. Much more representative of a German strategic bomber than the Ju-88. Same for the new Tiger tanks… Not that they are more appropriate as an overall unit choice than the Panther, because they aren’t, but they are going to look really bad ass when painted up and on the board. If they don’t actually matter to the game mechanics, at least you will have a psychological advantage knowing your tanks are better than the enemy’s. Gotta be worth something… I mean, “so many positive waves maybe we can’t lose… you’re on.”

  • 2021 2020 '19 '18 '17 '16 '15 '14 '13 Moderator

    Love it. Am so happy with all the sculpts.
    As I said, they did that for us. We have cried  out for unit variety.
    The game itself is for our friends: I cannot play it for fun, only teaching.

  • 2021 2020 '19 '18 '17 '16 '15 '14 Customizer '13 '12 '11 '10

    @WARRIOR888:

    Did any other scuplts change in the Pacific 1940 Second Edition besides the ones mentioned already?Â

    I finished inspecting the new Global sculpts last weekend and here are the main differences I was able to spot between old and new versions of sculpts which are supposed to represent the same model of equipment.  I took a few pictures (see below) to go with these notes.  (I haven’t noted cases in which some of the details on the sculpts are simply defined a little better in one version than in another, without being different in actual shape.)  Most of the differences involve sculpts which were introduced in 1942 (2nd ed) game, and which were then replaced by revised sculpts in the Global 1940 (2nd ed) game.

    Artillery: 105mm LeFH 18 howitzer (German)

    • Introduced in 1942 (2nd ed), in which the breech and the undercarriage are connected.  In the 1940 (2nd ed) version, there is a gap between them.

    Antiaircraft Gun: 3.7in QFAA (British)

    • Introduced in 1942 (2nd ed). In the 1940 (2nd ed) version, there is an additional structure underneath the thick lower part of the barrel assembly, at the point where it connects to the mounting.

    Antiaircraft Gun: M1939 85mm (Russian)

    • Introduced in 1942 (2nd ed), in which the gun ends with a flared muzzle brake.  In the 1940 (2nd ed) version, the barrel is more slender and ends with grooves running around the barrel tip.

    Antiaircraft Gun: 88mm FLAK 41 (German)

    • Introduced in 1942 (2nd ed), in which a spur extends backward from the base of the breech, the horizontal element projecting forward from the front of the mounting is cylindrical, and two of the mounting’s legs are thicker than the other two.  In the 1940 (2nd ed) version, the breech is shorter, the horizontal element projecting forward from the front of the mounting is oval, and the mounting’s four legs are the same thickness.

    Antiaircraft Gun: 75mm Type 88 (Japanese)

    • Introduced in 1942 (2nd ed), in which the mounting’s four legs are thicker than in the 1940 (2nd ed) version.

    Cruiser: Kent class (British)

    • Introduced in Anniversary.  In the 1940 (2nd ed) version, the third funnel is short instead of being the same height at the other two.

    Sculpt Differences 1.jpg
    Sculpt Differences 2.jpg

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