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Vigilant16 May 2018 7:20 a.m. PST

I am building up forces for the late 1980s South African operations in Angola. I have a platoon pack of Team Yankee T55s but need quite a few more. How close do the PSC models compare to these?

22ndFoot16 May 2018 11:00 a.m. PST

There is very little to choose on quality and quite a significant difference in price (PSC £21.50 GBP/5; TY £30.00 GBP/5). As a Yorkshireman, or at least a resident of Yorkshire, I'd have thought the choice would be obvious. ;^D

What are you using for Olifants?

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP16 May 2018 12:17 p.m. PST

QRF metal tanks are 6GBP

Vigilant16 May 2018 2:01 p.m. PST

Definitely a Yorkshireman – at least back to the early 1700s, so PSC looks like the ones to get. I've a couple of the Battlefront Israeli Centurions standing in for Oliphant since they have the 105 mm gun and the rear decking is close to the SA version. Working on the battle of the Lomba initially. Picked up a couple of books from Helton at Hammerhead last month which detail the number and type of Ratels involved, including the crew names. The Oliphant were not present in the initial battles in September and October, so they are lower on the priority list. QRF will be getting an order for the Ratels pretty soon.

22ndFoot16 May 2018 2:58 p.m. PST

That sounds like a great project – I played a couple of cracking games on a similar theme a few years ago at Historicon using the B'Maso rules. Which were the books you got?

I'd like to hear how you get on.

All the best,

Jon (Lancastrian in exile)

Vigilant17 May 2018 3:08 a.m. PST

Leopold Scholtz Africa@War 26 The Battle of Cuito Cuanavale ISBN 978-1-909384-62-0. Same author Ratels on the Lomba the story of Charlie Squadron ISBN 978-1-911512-87-5. David Mannall MMM Battle on the Lomba 1987 ISBN 978-1-909982-02-4. Mannall was a Ratel commander during the battle so his is a 1st hand account. Scholtz's books are based on interviews with veterans and access to South African records. I got them all from Helion & Co. All 3 are great books with plenty of illustrations and maps.

mysteron Supporting Member of TMP09 Sep 2018 2:39 a.m. PST

There isn't much to choose between them so I got both.Battlefront-Very sharp detailed models .PSC Not as sharp but offers more options for building different types.

mysteron Supporting Member of TMP10 Sep 2018 7:39 a.m. PST

I have just got my hands on the new BF T62s. Whilst I havnt built one as yet the parts look very sharp and detailed.

mysteron Supporting Member of TMP12 Sep 2018 6:49 a.m. PST

However the T62s are for the 73 model and not the 67 model as indicated on the cover of the box that they came in.

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