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alan lockhart Supporting Member of TMP10 Nov 2017 11:50 a.m. PST

In anticipation of obtaining a copy of Target for Tonight, I would welcome suggestions for suitable 1:300 models. I suppose that the RAF would be most likely Lancasters and perhaps Halifaxs. What are the most likely night-fighters for the Luftwaffe?

Does TfT cover the usual aircraft?

Dave Jackson Supporting Member of TMP10 Nov 2017 2:19 p.m. PST

Right on RAF, Lancs and Halifax bombers. Short Stirling and others were relegated to other ops etc. Mind you, no one would call you wrong if you had one or two in there!

Wrt the Luftwaffe nachtjager, quite a few different aircraft, BF110, even BF109, He219 (Uhu), Do217, FW Ta, even heard of 262s,

I'm not familiar with the rules, but may have to look for them. Wrt 1/300 aircraft, Scotia-Grendel, Armaments in miniature (resin) are a couple. Check out some blogs and they'll give you reviews and lists etc (Check your six xomes to mind). Leading Edge (museum Miniatures has a very small range of very lovely models. GHQ is all 1/285, not that much different. Seems to me there's a company called Raiden which does that scale (I think it's that)

Dave Jackson Supporting Member of TMP10 Nov 2017 2:28 p.m. PST

Also, the Ju88 was used in a nightfighter role.

Here's the link to Raiden (1/285 tho):


Dave Jackson Supporting Member of TMP10 Nov 2017 2:34 p.m. PST
dwight shrute10 Nov 2017 2:49 p.m. PST

My great uncle went from 35 sqn in Halifax's to 635 sqn in Lancs . On the same airbase were mosquito's doing pathfinder roles .

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP10 Nov 2017 3:28 p.m. PST

Here's a list (by no means all-inclusive) of several of
the Luftwaffe's night fighter aircraft:

Dornier Do 217J/N
Focke-Wulf Ta 154
Heinkel He 219
Junkers Ju 88C/G
Messerschmitt Bf 110D/F-4/G-4
Messerschmitt Me 262 A-1a/U2, B-1a/U1
Focke-Wulf Fw 189 A-1
Focke-Wulf Fw 190 A-5/R11

Several models of the Bf-109 were used in the 'Wilde Sau'
role in 1943-1944, in JagD 300 (JG 300, JG 301 and JG 302)

As far as British bombers at night go, the Lancasters
and Halifaxs carried the load, with Wellingtons early in
the campaign. For the first (Cologne) 1,000 plane raid,
Manchesters, Hampdens and Stirlings participated
(with the Lancasters, Wellingtons and Halifaxs), with
the original plan calling for FAA Whitleys to take part,
but this was vetoed by the Admiralty.

Fatman Inactive Member10 Nov 2017 3:51 p.m. PST

Mossies were used both as fast bombers and pathfinders

KSmyth10 Nov 2017 5:38 p.m. PST

I have many 1/300 planes. Quite a few Scotia Lancasters and they are quite nice. Pretty nice Halifaxes too. Scotia has a very nice range of British and Germans. I also really like the Raiden miniatures, though they don't have as many of the multi-engine bad boys.

Don't know the rules, but they sound interesting.

Mr Steve11 Nov 2017 12:58 a.m. PST

More info on the rules and their availability can be found on our club website with examples of the game being played

alan lockhart Supporting Member of TMP11 Nov 2017 4:05 p.m. PST

Many thanks.

rmaker12 Nov 2017 4:33 p.m. PST

IIRC, the movie this ruleset is named after highlights a Blenheim unit.

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