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Texas Jack03 Apr 2017 7:56 a.m. PST

Hi everyone,

I am curious what scale aircraft you have on your table if you game WWII land in 1/72 or 20mm.

I find 1/72 doesnīt look the part, the planes look too big to me. When I gamed 10mm I had 6mm planes and found they looked great.

I for now am using 1/72, but that will probably change.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP03 Apr 2017 8:03 a.m. PST

Assuming you are not gaming 1-1, 1/144 looks okay to me.

DColtman03 Apr 2017 8:05 a.m. PST

I agree. I have been using Zvezda's Art of Tactic airplane kits with 1/72 WW2. They are 1/144.

I use 1/600 for my 6mm stuff too.

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP03 Apr 2017 8:17 a.m. PST

I use 1/100 aircraft with 1/87 tanks, would also work well with 1/72.

wrgmr103 Apr 2017 8:20 a.m. PST

We use 1/72, they ok to me.

dandiggler03 Apr 2017 8:24 a.m. PST


Texas Jack03 Apr 2017 8:40 a.m. PST

I was really curious if the 1/144 looked okay. I have had my eye on the Zvezda range especially.

I should have been more specific in the original post, but what I donīt like about the 1/72 is they kind of spoil the illusion of being higher than the ground forces. I love the actual kits, but what a pity they just donīt do it for me.

PiersBrand03 Apr 2017 8:58 a.m. PST

I use 1/72 planes with 1/72 models… Cos… their the same scale. Look grand to me. :)

Texas Jack03 Apr 2017 9:12 a.m. PST

But Piers ALL of your stuff looks amazing!

John Treadaway03 Apr 2017 9:42 a.m. PST

As Piers said. Mixed scales brings me out in a rash!

John T

shaun from s and s models Supporting Member of TMP03 Apr 2017 11:03 a.m. PST

1/72, plenty about especialy diecast ones

Bunkermeister Supporting Member of TMP03 Apr 2017 12:34 p.m. PST

I hang my airplanes from a wire grid suspended from the ceiling. 1/72nd scale planes, 1/72nd scale troops, HO scale vehicles.

Mike Bunkermeister Creek
Bunker Talk blog

Texas Jack03 Apr 2017 1:25 p.m. PST

Yeah Mike, I have seen your stuff on your blog and it looks really good.

Personal logo sillypoint Supporting Member of TMP03 Apr 2017 2:36 p.m. PST

1/144, unless it's on the table (as a wreck or grounded aircraft). 🙂

Marc at work04 Apr 2017 5:20 a.m. PST

1/100 – feels better to me as the planes are further away – ish…

Not easy getting 1/100 though

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP04 Apr 2017 6:04 a.m. PST


Texas Jack04 Apr 2017 7:17 a.m. PST

What is available in 1/100?

HidaSeku04 Apr 2017 11:23 a.m. PST

1/72. I personally enjoy seeing the size difference, as it's a reminder how much bigger airplanes really are!

Tiberius04 Apr 2017 6:09 p.m. PST


Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP05 Apr 2017 10:16 a.m. PST

What is available in 1/100?

I've got a trio of P-51 Mustangs, Accurate Miniatures EZ-Build plastic models (I'm pretty sure they had Thunderbolts too, but I always like Mustangs!). Plus a B25 and a Focke-Wulf diecast from Model Power's Postage Stamp diecast series.

There was more out there when I was shopping for them, but the above pretty well covered my needs for BKC scenario play.

Texas Jack05 Apr 2017 11:09 a.m. PST

Thanks miniMo, I will check them out!

Greebs05 Apr 2017 1:08 p.m. PST

I'm a little confused by the logic that "Planes should be smaller as they are further away"…

You look DOWN on the tabletop. Therefore if you're trying to fake perspective with them, your planes should be a Larger scale than ground troops, surely?

Texas Jack05 Apr 2017 1:17 p.m. PST

Okay, your logic is fine, but in a ground game the player (or at least I) identify with the ground forces, and thus it looks nice for the planes to be smaller, as if they are farther up.

Martin Rapier05 Apr 2017 11:05 p.m. PST

We always go subscale for planes. For 20mm stuff, 1/100 or 1/144 looks fine.

Bonkers as it sounds, the visual trick does work as planes are 'further away'.

Dave Holden06 Apr 2017 7:19 a.m. PST

I'm in the process of planning an airlanding scenario for Operation Sealion. I'll need to land a load of JU52s and DFS 230 gliders on the table. 1/72 models would just take up too much space so I've gone with 1/144. It's going to look a bit odd with figures right next to them though :-)

Marc at work06 Apr 2017 8:18 a.m. PST

When I am in my garden, those jumbos flying overhead look small to me grin

Each to their own, of course.

But for me, when I am playing a ground based game, my focus is on the ground troops, so my "eye line" is with the troops. SO planes feel right to me as being "further away"

I love 1/72 planes, but they are BIG, and to my mind would dominate visually. Most other things get scaled down to get the right "feel" (like trees – mine are only a few inches tall – not the 10 inches they perhaps should be), so it is a visual "shorthand".

Good discussion though – it is always interesting to understand what other gamers are trying to achieve, and what works for them

Texas Jack06 Apr 2017 11:02 a.m. PST

I agree totally Marc. When I play 1/300 WWII aircraft, they attack my 1/3000 fleets because the point of view is in the air.

In the end I ordered three 1/144 kits to try it out, so thanks everyone for the input! thumbs up

AuvergneWargamer10 Apr 2017 4:07 a.m. PST


The very idea of mixing scales!

It reminds me of those adverts you used to see in "MAD MAGAZINE" or similar publications which had 1/35 figures with 1/72 tanks and 1/200 aircraft.

Really won't do!!



PiersBrand10 Apr 2017 4:13 a.m. PST

I couldn't use differing scales… way too jarring to my sensibilities…

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