Unfortunately, it didn’t get a unique sculpt. They reused the Japanese bomber, molded in brown. Apparently they thought that the Japanese Betty more closely resembled an actual Italian bomber than any of the other existing sculpts.
Thanks for a quick answer :-), but either way I would have liked a unique sculpt even if it was ugly looking
I do not want to enter in a discussion about italian miniatures, it seems that the majority of the players are not interested in this aspect and, furthermore, A&A Anniversary is not a miniature game. So it is ok to use an already available mini.
However also I would like to have a unique sculpt for the Italian bombers. Moreover, it is really unclear to me where they discovered the similarity with the Betty.
The Japanese Betty was a medium bomber with two engine.
The more representative Italian Bomber the Savoia Marchetti SM-79 “Sparviero” (sparrowhawk) was a three engine medium bomber, used for level bombing and also as torpedo bomber. Moreover the SM-79 was really a bad looking airplane, it was knew in Italy as the “Gobbo” (humpbacked) for the layout of the body. For this reason it is similar to the Betty in the same manner that the Ju-88 is similar to the B-17. It was a stubborn airplane, used in several roles and missions.
The Regia Aeronautica (Italian Royal Airforce) entered the war with a respectable force of bombers so it is obvious that Italy get a Bomber.
Thanks for sharing the info on the Bob Semple tank, that was a fun little piece of trivia to learn about! I guess it was an attempt to beat plowshares into swords…
Sounds like they’d have been better off trying to convert some kind of car or light truck into an armored car, though, as tractors just aren’t geared right to make into tanks…
As to the Brits & ANZACs and their Matilda’s: I guess it’s kind of nice to get them a different model for variety/ visual appeal, but the fact remains that the Matilda is really a decisive step down in quality vs. the Sherman… and the Brits actually used more Shermans than any other tank. I’d have been much happier if they’d chosen the Cromwell; it was at least not outclassed by the Sherman (not to mention nearly every German tank…)
I am beginning to wonder if the Heavy Bomber rule that has some people bent so out of shape is in there to compensate for the large boost that attaining National Objectives gives the Axis. As a guess, it is going to be easier for the Axis to attain their objectives, and more productive to them than for the Allies to attain their objectives, which do not appear to give them anywhere the same boost.
If I wanted to purchase a copy of AA50 from someone on the forums, ebay, amazon or some other seller, what would be a good price? What do they normally sell for. Amazon has some listed for 750$! Do they really sell for that price?
I suspect the price will come down now that global is out. Until that happens you can do any one of the previous reccomendations or simply play off the battlemap module wether it be online or ftf. The setup is right there with no hour wasted.
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